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[Case Gallery] The best budget sleeper ever! (~$650 after rebates!)

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To view this case mod, go here.



Specs:
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 256MB ram (upgraded soon after purchase) built-in VGA (upgraded soon after purchase) 80 HDD DVD+-RW DL
Price for computer=$750 -$250 rebate -$50 rebate -$50 rebate -$75 Discount

+$180 for ATI X800 GTO2 (unlocked and overclocked)
+140 for 1GB + 2X512 GB (not optimized yet with pairing, but whatever!)

Total = $645!!

The performance? It speaks for itself with the GTO2 @ 575/612

http://service.futuremark.com/compare?3dm05=1682587


That's right, 6559!!
Boo-yah.

I mean, the mod was non-existant. I just used the best prices around and a black friday sale. Oh. For that price, I also got a monitor (yet a bit small for my tastes: 15" LCD monitor) and an all in one canon mp450 printer. Anyone want to buy them off me? hahaha

I know my mod sucks, but I think I have the best performance/dollar ratio out there.
 
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not bad at all man. most rigs for that price are considerably slower. personally im leary of rebates thx to all the whoops you have to jump thrwe most times but good job shoping around.
 
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KennyT772 said:
im leary of rebates
yeah, i waited until i got all my checks back and deposited before i posted this. That's why I waited so long since Thanksgiving to post. Clearly, "rush" is not in their vocabulary at the rebate places. Oh well.
 

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Very nice... can you explain to us more about how you got this deal? What's a black friday? Did you find it local or on the internet? Good job however you did it :)
 

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well black friday is the friday after thxgiving when all stores maxxx out their sales. (its what you see on the news when there was like 50 fights in the local mall over legos and toolboxes)
 
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nice

please don't remind me of how ugly the insides of pre-built computers, especially those from emachines can be. i hate the look of ribbon IDE cables. but the specs of your system look good. nicely done on the resourceful thinking and some smart shopping you did. that's what black friday is made for!
 
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chopperdan88 said:
i hate the look of ribbon IDE cables.
I know, tell me about it. I'm thinking about taking the insides from this computer and putting it in a REAL case and upgrading to rounded cables all around, but of course, the cost would increase. We'll see...
 
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Your FSB on your CPU is wrong, its supposed to be set @ 200 not 199, Athlon 3200+ = 200FSB with a 10 multiplier just go into your bios and set her to 200, 3D mark says yours is @ 199.

mines an 11 multiplier cuz its a stupid NewCastle :[
 
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i just want it to be known that i have two votes of tens, neither of which i did. i think thats hilarious
 

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i_am_mustang_man said:
I know, tell me about it. I'm thinking about taking the insides from this computer and putting it in a REAL case and upgrading to rounded cables all around, but of course, the cost would increase. We'll see...
I wouldn't do it. That will spoil the entire point! Just keep it under you desk where you can't see it and let the performance do all the talking, not the looks.
 

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That is an awsome score, thumbs up. I yet to see what my 300$ rig can score in 3DMark05 the specs are listed below-

p4 2.8 LGA775 @ 3.6 on air with Vcore of 1.4 WOW and it was free
X1600pro 550/603 111$
1gb (2x512) DDR2 533 79$
ASUS P5LD2 118$
And every thing else to build a computer was free, to tired to name them.
but yeah i dought it could do as good as yurs nice job!!!
 
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Tory said:
I wouldn't do it. That will spoil the entire point! Just keep it under you desk where you can't see it and let the performance do all the talking, not the looks.
oooh i love that point. it made me smile pretty good

i still think i might get rounded cables at least to improve air flow or maybe i will just do a good tuck job. :)
 

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i_am_mustang_man said:
oooh i love that point. it made me smile pretty good

i still think i might get rounded cables at least to improve air flow or maybe i will just do a good tuck job. :)
Rounded cables are not too hard to make. It can be easily done with a few zip ties. Try to find a guide for making them on the internet somewhere.