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Old 02-27-2010, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so I posted a build up here like a week ago and made some changes. First of all, is windows 7 32 bit the best os to go with? And also, will it run without problems with this setup? Thanks and feel free to suggest improvements/ways to cut costs without cutting performance.

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116074
MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130242
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817171046
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820211066
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148511
CD/DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106289
MONITOR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009210
CASE: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&sku=A355-2000
OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116752

Also, I realize that case comes with a psu but I'm skeptical about using it. But if you guys think it will be reliable and sufficient, please let me know. Oh, and I'd prefer to go Intel unless there's a real deal-breaker with AMD. Thanks!!
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You have a 2GB (2x1GB) kit of memory and a mobo with built-in video. The built-in video will allocate some of your 2GB of memory for it's own use. The more memory you allocate to the video the better it will perform but that will leave less memory for the system itself. I think you should get a 4GB (2x2GB) kit of memory so you can set the video memory to it's maximum value and still have excellent system performance. But you will also need to buy Win7 64-bit to utilize all 4 GB of memory
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Ok, well in terms of performance, how much will the onboard video sap my ram? This computer doesn't need top video capabilities so I was hoping to get by with only 2gb. Also, what kind of compatibility issues are there with 64 bit compared to 32 bit? Thanks for the quick reply.
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Just displaying a background wallpaper requires video memory, moving an icon or anything that is displayed on your monitor requires video memory. If you have 2 programs opened and you switch between them the more video memory equals a faster/smoother transistion.

More ram is probably the best or most noticable upgrade you can do to a system with built-in graphics.

I haven't had any problems what so ever with Win7 64-bit.
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totals $526 which i think is only $4 more than the total of what you listed.

you get a faster triple core cpu, mobo with better onboard vid and a larger hdd.
I second this build.
The Athlon has a chance of unlocking to an Athlon II X4 with that motherboard also.

That build would destroy the one in OP's post.
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