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Hi I am helping my friend build a decent computer. It needs to run Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. It currently has nothing besides a hard drive that can run Oblivion. I need some suggestions on what to buy and some links. He has about a 200$ budget >:)

 

 

 

(Also I need a processor for myself. I just had a AMD64 3700 ((can't believe I remember that)) and it misteriously overheated and now it no longer works. Please help me as well as my friend :) Thank you.)

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It all depends on which Resolution and game settings your friend feels comfortable with. If he doesn't care that much and wants to run smooth then a MID-RANGE video card might cut it for him. Either way i'm not sure if you can buy a decent processor, ram, video card, motherboard, under $500 now and days. He can save some money on sound card and use the on-board sound that comes with a motherboard, but he'll need an optical drive, a powersupply as well. I don't think $500 is enough. Maybe someone has a better idea....

 

Why don't you invest in a Dual Core processor, preferbly an Opteron 165 with a good stepping (0610) which can overclock very high with less voltages so it doesn't get that hot. I usually shop at Monarchcomputers.com because they don't tax you as long as you don't live in their location (Georgia) or Newegg.com. I hope this helps :)

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ok with 400$ you cant get much to run oblivion smoothly,you say he has a hardrive,Need abit more information on what you need,power supply?????? how much video card do you want,........im pretty much clueless on what you need,as for your cpu with a possible friedcpu...are you sure the cpu is dead and not the powersupply???

ANyway newegg and monarch computers is where i buy all my hardware....both have good cust support......also check www.cyberpowerinc.com they have some pretty good deal on prebuilt systems that wont break your wallet.

But with conroe otw i would wait.....if you dont get a conroe cpu ya night be interested in possibly a single core p4 or dual core since the prices will be dropped with the conroe release up to 60+ %

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I wish I could help, but I havent played oblivion yet and dont know what the requirements are for it. I just dont see you being able to build a good rig for anywhere near that budget. My vid card alone costs more than that. Would it be possible for him to wait a little while so he can save up some $$$. I would hate for him to go out and get the bare minimum required just to have to upgrade again in 6 months. Just a thought. ;)

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Pentium d 805 from zipzoomfly.com 123.20:

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetai...st=pricegrabber

 

Abit NI8 SLI from tigerdirect.com (its was 49.99 the other day, just check slickdeals.net because they seem to have promotions for it often):

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/se...OcxUNkoRUBwS6wQ

 

1GB (2x512) DDR2 667 OCZ GOLD from newegg.com, for 96.99 and there's a rebate:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16820227046

 

EVGA 7600GT, 175.52 from pagecomputer.com:

http://www.pagecomputers.com/store/product...ct%5Fid=1051839

 

This setup will leave some room for overclocking, but your gonna need a decent power supply.

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For that amount of money, especially if he already has a PC with a decent hard disk, he might look at the XBOX360.

 

Not that' I'm saying building a gaming pc isn't possible for that amount, but the XBOX 360 is pretty good performance for that amount of money, and will likely trounce a $400 computer.

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