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PC for ~$600

OrogogusOrogogus San DiegoRegistered User regular
edited September 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
EDIT: Expired, but would still be good to know for future reference. Specifically, what kind of video card goes well with a $300 PC?


I'm thinking about buying a $300 HP refurbished desktop and upgrading the RAM and video card.
* Athlon 64 X2 4600+ 2.4 GHz
    * 1 GB PC2-4200 DDR2 Memory
    * 250 GB SATA (7200 rpm)
    * 16X DVD(+/-)R/RW 12X RAM (+/-)R DL LightScribe SATA drive
    * 56Kbps data/fax modem
    * Integrated GeForce 6150 LE graphics
    * TV tuner card with FM tuner
    * Integrated High Definition audio
    * Integrated 10/100 Base-T networking interface
    * Memory card reader
    * Remote Control
    * USB infrared remote and receiver
    * Windows Vista Home Premium
    * External ports (front panel)
          o 1x 1x 9-in-1 (4 slot) + 1 USB
          o 1x 1394 (Firewire)
          o 1x USB
          o 1x Headphone
          o 1x Line-in
          o 1x Microphone
    * External ports (rear panel)
          o 2x PS/2 (keyboard, mouse)
          o 1x VGA
          o 4x USB Four
          o 1x 1394
          o 1x LAN
          o 1x SPDIF out (coaxial)
          o 1 each: side speaker out, rear speaker out, center speaker out, line-in, line-out, microphone

Motherboard specs

I think I'd bump the RAM up to 2 GB, and add a video card to get away from integrated.

3 questions:

1. Would I be better off building it myself at this price?

2. What would be an appropriate video card for these specs? I wouldn't plan on playing any modern FPSes on this, but it would be nice if I could play other games without turning all the details down. To give an idea of what I'm upgrading from, I have a Radeon 9100 PCI at the moment. Ideal price would be $100-150, hard limit $250; no point buying a higher end card if the CPU would be holding it back.

3. How is backwards compatibility under Vista?

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  • DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited September 2007
    Front-side bus (FSB)

    * 2000 MegaTransfers/second

    what the fuck?

    In any case, the RAM is slow, and I doubt the motherboard is equipped to deal with faster RAM if you want that.

    Doc on
  • tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Assuming you have everything else you need (monitor, keyboard, etc.) This build is $600. Let me know if this link does not work.

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  • gneGnegneGne Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    For games I would atleast get something from the newest mid-range gfx card segment or a high-end card from a generation older. Something like a nvidia 8600gt or a ATi 1950 xt/pro.

    Anyway, CPU and memory prices are pretty good today. I don't know if your knowledgable/eager to learn about building a computer yourself though. Dell should be quite good if you're shopping for a computer on a budget. I came up with quite a good computer on Dell for about $759 (excluding monitor).

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  • tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    From what I have heard the 8600 series is pretty disappointing. So yeah, the 1950XT or Pro would be a good choice but the XT is considerably more expensive.

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  • gneGnegneGne Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Dissappointing, but reasonable nonetheless.

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  • typhoontyphoon Registered User regular
    edited October 2021

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