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  1. #1

    I challenge you to beat this build for less than $700

    All parts are from TigerDirect. Note that I do not have an OS, keyboard, mouse, speakers, or monitor in the build price.

    74.99 Raidmax case w/ 450 W Power Supply 20 rebate

    207.99 Asus A8N SLI MB w/ AMD Athlon 64 3700+ CPU

    39.99 Thermaltake Blue Orb CPU Cooler

    129.99 1 GB Ultra PC3200 RAM 40 Rebate

    109.99 Seagate 320GB SATA-300 Hard Drive

    159.99 XFX GeForce 7600 GT 30 Rebate

    54.99
    Lite-on Super Allwrite SHM-165H6S / 16x8x16x DVD+RW / 16x6x16x DVD-RW / 5x DVD-RAM / 8x DVD+R DL / 4x DVD-R DL / 48x24x48x CD-RW / Black/Beige Faceplates / Internal / DVD Writer with LightScribe 15 Rebate

    Total before shipping and rebates
    777
    -105 rebates
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    672 after rebates.

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    Love that Newegg site. Here's a couple of quickies...

    Liteon ($32): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106019
    Thermaltake ($37.99) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835106069
    Seagate HDD ($94.99) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148140

  3. #3
    Hmmm-
    Point taken Bear. Newegg does have better prices after all. I went to Newegg and made a few refinements. Saved some $$ on the MB by not getting SLI, and found an ATI combo.

    How does the ATI X1650 Pro compare to that GEforce 7600 GT?

    Knocked the price down quite a bit, and I think I now have a more solid case/power supply. The mushkin ram might be a little more stable also. Whaddya think?

    93.00 AMD XP 3700+ CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103539
    204.99 - MB/GPU Combo! Asus A8N-E MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131530
    Radeon X1650 Pro 256 MB PCI-E Video Card http://www.newegg.com/product/Produc...82E16814161030
    -10 Mail in
    99.99 -40.00 mail inAntec LifeStyle SONATA II Piano Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450Watt SmartPower 2.0 ATX 12V V2.0 for AMD & Intel systems Power Supply - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129155
    37.99 Thermaltake CL-P0257 Blue orb II CPU Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835106069
    77.99 Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144701
    115.99 mushkin Value 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146326
    30.99 NEC Black 18X DVD+R http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827152076
    31.03 Shipping

    Total 676.96
    MI Rebates -50

    Total cost 626.96

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    No problem.

    I built my kid brother a computer that beats that hands down for less then $600. (athlon x2 3800 / 1gb / 7800gt / 200gb hdd.

    Newegg <3's you.

    edit - I typed this out before you posted, just didn't hit post

    But yes, Newegg and Zipzoomfly have way better pricing then Tigerdirect

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    You should be happy with the Sonata 2 case. Solid, reasonably quiet, easy to work in. Built one for the wife using it. Can't comment on the graphics, not much of a gamer, so most of my power needs in that dept are pretty humble. I do have 2 GB DDR RAM in this crate though. Must have *some* luxuries.

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    Yes, I have an Antec SLK2650 BQE - Black Quiet Mid-Tower on my current computer, and I am very happy with it. Very quiet and it was really easy to install all the components into. I've used the cheap-o cases before, and they are really not worth it. I've also got a Chieftec Dragon Mid-Tower, and it is nice too. The Chieftecs are getting hard to find these days though.

  7. #7
    Sometimes you can find psycho computers for really cheap sometimes. I saw a computer with 2GB, 7600GT, 19" LCD, Core 2 Duo E6300, for under 600 bucks.

  8. #8
    By psycho, do you mean crazy price?

    Where did you find this deal?

  9. #9
    It was a bit over a month ago in an Australia Magazine called Atomic.

    Psycho was meant to mean crazy, great, too good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meanpc
    Yes, I have an Antec SLK2650 BQE - Black Quiet Mid-Tower on my current computer, and I am very happy with it. Very quiet and it was really easy to install all the components into. I've used the cheap-o cases before, and they are really not worth it. I've also got a Chieftec Dragon Mid-Tower, and it is nice too. The Chieftecs are getting hard to find these days though.
    I started with a cheap case on that one, and it was so noisy it was annoying across the room. Couldn't stand it. For my latest buiild for myself, I got the Antec P180B. Can't say I'd recommend it.
    It has a strange "isolate the PSU" design by enclosing it below the main body of the case, and the wiring is awkward as a result. On top of that, it's built to be very quiet...but since it has a very open rear panel and two 120mm fans (top and rear), CPU fan noise is easily heard outside the case. Dumb. I had to buy a different heatsink with a large (120mm) fan to quiet it down to acceptable levels. Big and heavy, but works very well. Check out this monster. Felt pretty silly mounting this...and had to remove the graphics card to reach the last mounting pin. Stupidly large gadget.

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