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Option # 1


$87.00 mushkin 184-Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200, Model 991366 - Retail


$139.99 One Day Sale, Ends 3/1/2005 5:30 PM PST

DFI "LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D" NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra Chipset Motherboard For AMD Socket 939 CPU -RETAIL


$155.00 AMD Athlon 64 3000+, 512KB L2 Cache, Socket 939 64-bit Processor - Retail


$99.00 SAPPHIRE ATI RADEON X600 PRO Video Card, 128MB DDR, 128-Bit, DVI/TV-Out, PCI Express, Model "587L" -RETAIL Lite Box



Option # 2


$148 Athlon 64 3000


$143 MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum


$69 Crucial 512MB PC3200


$0 Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro (reason it is $0, I already have it)



Ok, this is my thinking. The X600 would do the job on some games for a while, it may not be not top performer but it would get the PCI-e video card to get the system up and going.


Also, I take it that motherboard can still be modified to make it a SLI ?


Worse case scenario, I end up selling the Radeon 9800 pro since I am not sure how much the son will be gaming (he is 12 and he still thinks in the "Gamecube/PS2" frame of mind where he needs a control pad and can't grasp the idea of using a keyboard mouse combo.)


I am leaning towards option # 1 due to the PCI-e having room to grow. The AGP is more or less topped out by the 9800 Pro.


RAM - as long as I can get some decent RAM that will work, I will worry about getting better RAM a little further down the road.

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