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Old 04-14-2009, 12:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My friend has been without a computer for months and he needs one. I'm trying to convince him not to order a Dell or something. So I'm going to offer an idea of what he can get. I want it to be under $300 and no need for monitor, OS or optical. He does zero gaming, at the most online poker. He does no overclocking and I would like a decent motherboard to keep his options open for a future processor upgrade.

This is what I thought up:

Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Newegg.com - ASUS P5KPL-CM LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Newegg.com - Rosewill RV350-2 350W ATX 2.2 Power Supply - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Newegg.com - HEC 6C28BB8S Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Total is $286 with shipping.

Or I was thinking AMD route. Everything but the cpu & mobo are different:

Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma 2.7GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition Processor - Processors - Desktops

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA74GM-S2 AM2+/AM2 AMD 740G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

Total with that is $281 with shipping.

Let me know what you guys think.
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might want to get this PSU instead,

Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-460-PMSR-A3 460W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply - Power Supplies

or for a few more bucks,

Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-500-PCAR-A3 500W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply - Power Supplies

but every thing else looks good. if it were me i would go with the intel build
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Those power supplies look good. I'll consider those.

What about the E5200 vs. 7750 at stock speeds? Seems like the 7750 at stock clocks is slightly faster with its L3 cache.
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Go with the AMD setup. The onboard GPU for the AMD setup is much better (HD3200vsGMAx3100). It will just make for better experience if he does want to move into some things.
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7750 is better at stock. AMD setup would suit your friend well.
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