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Old 01-27-2010, 09:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I will be building a PC for a friend here pretty soon and he said he'd like to keep it around $500-$600. Doesn't need anything like monitor, keyboard, mouse (as far as I know, anyways) but he does need an OS (Win7 Home or Pro). He said he doesn't do anything too intensive, mainly just internet browsing, MS Office, and other basic stuff. I was thinking i3/i5 but haven't really kept up with the market lately...

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Old 01-28-2010, 01:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey burn, saw your post I recommend this for your friend

Newegg.com - Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - Processors - Desktops

Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TH55B HD LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Ram is under 55 with free shipping
Newegg.com - Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3/2GR - Desktop Memory

Also same as the ram is under 55.00 with free S/H
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

For the OS if he has vista and you know the upgrade trick to windows 7 the easy way this will work out perfectly. also it will be 91.00 total for this item.
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Anytime Upgrade from Home Premium - Operating Systems


If I'm right all that should equal up to around 360.00 plus he has room for a case and a dvd burner or anything else you decide for him.
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For the OS if he has vista and you know the upgrade trick to windows 7 the easy way this will work out perfectly. also it will be 91.00 total for this item.
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Anytime Upgrade from Home Premium - Operating Systems
you cant upgrade from vista to 7 with anytime upgrade software, only from one version of w7 to another version of w7.

Windows Anytime Upgrade: frequently asked questions

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Can I use Windows Anytime Upgrade to upgrade a previous version of Windows to Windows 7?

No. Windows Anytime Upgrade can't upgrade previous versions of Windows to Windows 7. Windows Anytime Upgrade is designed only to upgrade your computer from one edition of Windows 7 to another edition of Windows 7.
here are some other options
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Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Desktop Memory
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems

totals $576 w/ free shipping on everything. $568 w/ promo code (EMCYZNT57 - $8) from the case.

if you dont think he'll need 4gigs of ram, you could get him 2gigs instead and save around $27.
Newegg.com - Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3K2/2GR - Desktop Memory

but, he could also get a quad core from ati's offerings
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
Newegg.com - ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

switching just the cpu and mobo while keeping everything else the same (w/ the 4gigs of ram) would change the total to $562 also w/ free shipping and $554 with the case promo code i listed above.
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Totally forgot about this thread lol. I think going with AMD could be the best choice... I mean you can get a quad for like $100...

Question though, how well do Athlon II's compare to Phenom II's? I was thinking of going with the build Aliasaid suggested just going with this instead, Unless Anthlon II's are like WAY worse than the Phenom II's...
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
That way I can give him the option of a decent GPU, if he wants/needs it.
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I could be wrong, but I believe the Athlon 2 to P2 is like C2Q 65nm to C2Q 45nm
guessing that athlon 2 620 is similar to the q6600
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AnandTech Bench (beta): AMD Phenom II X4 955 vs AMD Athlon II X4 620

for the price, the athlon ii 620 is a good deal, but it looks like there is a pretty noticeable difference between it an a x4 955.

what about going with a x3 720?
AMD HDZ720WFGIBOX Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition 2.8Ghz Socket AM3 95W 2.80 GHz Desktop Processor Retail at ZipZoomfly

this should still offer good multitasking with 3 cores and still be good for gaming, plus it should OC better, if he's even interested in that.
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It was just an idea; I just have a natural hate of integrated graphics, lol.

And nah he won't be OCing, he knows little about computers so OCing would be out of the question.

If I did go with the Athlon II 620, what GPU should I pick up? Just something decent, nothing too beefy - 4670 maybe?
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oh lol.

in that case, you could switch the mobo too. this ones a little cheaper too and no pesky igp
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

not sure on which dedicated card though. i mean, whatever you feel will suit him best.

a 4650 maybe? idk.
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Alright, final build (unless I screwed something up)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.334805
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Desktop Memory
Newegg.com - POWERCOLOR AX4650 512MD2-H Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Newegg.com - Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.com - RAIDMAX APEX ATX-802B Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.com - LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner - Bulk - CD / DVD Burners
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems

All good? That's $650 after shipping and tax

edit: any opinion on recertified PSU's? found this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341029
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