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    Haven't been keeping up, £500 for a gaming Pc? Spec?

    Hi, haven't posted for a while or been keeping up on whose beating whom in benchmarks and so on, but my friend wants to build a gaming pc for around £500 without a monitor and i was wondering what you guys recommended?I have been reading recently that intel is now better than Amd, is that true for games?Thanks for any help!John
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    core 2 duo are the best cpu's out atm, but mobo's and ram are expensive atm. your looking at the best part of 400 for that, 7600gt for 90ish?
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    Sorry if I'm a bit late, did a spec for you (all on scan):

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300, £125.48.

    Motherboard: ASUS P5B-E iP965, £97.87. (or if you can afford it ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP iP965 for £128.53).

    Graphics Card: 256MB Sapphire Radeon X1950Pro, £132.65 (think 7900gt but cheaper).

    RAM: 1Gb Corsair XMS2, DDR2 PC5400 (667), £82.88.

    Hard Drive: 250 Gb Western Digital WD2500KS, £52.28.

    Case: Up to you (it would be great if you already had one).

    Total: 491.16 plus a tenner shipping.

    I'm asuming you already have software.

    Forgot DVD Drive, add £20 to that.
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    He hasn't got the software or a power supply so that's probably another £100, is there anything else i can take off that because he was looking for specifically £500, but thanks for the help!
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    haha yes, that's what i meant included in the software he doesn't have...i should have been a bit clearer.
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    In that case go for AMD939 as the ram is significantly lower in price
    With love and many thanks,

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    If you do go Core2Duo you might as well go for a Asrock 775I945GZ or CONROEXFIRE-ESATA2 (if you want a few more options) unless it's going to be overclocked. £50 saved, and nothing really lost...

    Agreed that AMD is probably still the all-round best choice value for money wise at <&#163;500 though.

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    Dang about the OS, sure he hasn't got win2k as its basicly xp without the fancy bits

    AMD Athlon 64 3000 + Socket939, VeniceCore, 1.8GHz, 512KB Cache, Retail &#163;44.40
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    1Gb (2X512Mb) Corsair Value Select DDR PC3200 (400), 184 Pins, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 2.5 &#163;76.75
    80 Gb Samsung HD080HJ SpinPoint P80, SATA300, 7200 rpm, 8MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ &#163;30.42
    Scan 2015 Silver Body/Blue Facia ATX Midi Tower 400W pPFC PSU &#163;24.08
    512MB Sapphire RX1300XT PCI-Ex16 12Pipes 800MHz GDDR2 500MHz GPU D-Sub/DVI/S-Video Retail &#163;73.43
    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP2 Retail &#163;169.20

    Total: &#163;464.80

    Assumed that he has keyboard/mouse also

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    Whats win2k?
    With love and many thanks,

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    Best I can do for near &#163;500, gives you all the basic's like Core 2 Duo and what not, skimps on things like HDD capacity and only a 7600GS but it is in this budget range that a little goes a long way, for only an extra &#163;17 you can get a 7600GT instead of the GS which should give a decent gain in gaming. Includes windows with a vista upgrade coupon. You can always add a second hard drive in the near future as well.
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    Cheers for your help guys!Time to get buying...
    Cheiftech Matrix/xp 2600@ 2.3ghz/ Abit NF7 v2/1gb GEIL value dual channel pc3200@ 2.5-3-3-6/XFX 6600gt/80gb Western Digital boot disk/80gb maxtor for storage and games/LG cdrw/Nec 3500A

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