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That top sticky thread is where you might get a ton of help. They've parted some nice rigs for around 500 recently though not with a monitor.
Steam: duckilama Battletag: DuckiLama#1806T.Rex is more impressive than a cockroach, but that doesn't mean it aged better. - CheezePavillion
Do you have an OS that can be reused? Preferably Windows 7.
How did I live before digital distribution of old, cheap games?
You did live before digital distribution of old, cheap games. Now you just play games.
Thanks for the tip duckilama. I'll look.
Garion: Yes, I have Win 7 Ultimate.
I have the following parts sitting in the garage, PM if interested:1 Gainward GeForce 5700 128MB
2x 2GB 10600 RAM
1x 2GB 8500 RAM
4x 512MB 5300 RAM
2x 512MB 4200 RAM
2x 128MB PC133 RAM
Do you ever walk alone like a drifter in the dark?
If I were you, I'd watch craigslist and try to find a free CRT monitor. Most people just toss 'em these days. I know it's big and bulky, but it saves you having to spend anything on a monitor now, and frees up more resources for the other parts.
I'm bad, and that's good. I will never be good, and that's not bad. There's no one I'd rather be, than me. -Wreck-it Ralph
Thanks Eezy: I'll wait till I more parts become available before I get any one thing
Thanks Pur': Good idea. But as it stands now, and probably not making a whole lot of
sense, if I do have to go desktop, I'll try to make it a 'mobile' as possible (moving it to
another room and back again if neeeded).
I'll have an extra video card soon, pci-e 2.0. I'll contact you. Oh, and I'll have some RAM too.
There's no materials safety sheet for astatine. If there were, it would just be the word "NO", scrawled over and over again in charred blood. - Randall Munroe
I've been thinking of upgrading so I might consider selling my current rig. Keep in mind most of it is over 3 years old except the graphics card. Runs most new games on mid to high settings but it can't quite keep up with my bazillion browser tabs open on one monitor while running a windowed game on the other.
Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black w/ one extra case fanMotherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3Graphics Card: HD 5870Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHzRAM: 4x1GB G.SKILL 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800Hard drives:
-Setup in raid 2x320GB Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
-Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/sMonitor: ASUS VK222U Black 22" 2ms (GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor Built-in 1.3M pixel webcamPower Supply: OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W
I've never sold a used computer before so I'm not quite sure how to price it out. I tried putting together a new build on newegg that would be roughly equivalent (hard to do since you can't get most of these parts anymore) and it was about $850. Also I'm sure shipping won't be cheap.
EDIT- For clarification $850 is not what I would be asking since that would be brand new.
Anyways I'll leave it at that until I know if you are at all interested.
I have a couple of old gigabyte gtx580's that I'd let go for $250 each but that's probably out of your price range.
I want to thank every for their advice and offers. Upon reflection I got ahead of
myself in the excitement of it all. But the reality is, now is not a good time for
me to embark on such a purchase.
Again, appreciate everyone's input.