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Old 01-15-2009, 11:11 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Okay, I bought the PSU, RAM, and Case. $209 with shipping and handling, then after $55 in rebates thats: $154 so far.

Is 500Watts enough for a PSU?

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Newegg.com - AMD Phenom 9850 BLACK EDITION 2.5GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom 9950 BLACK EDITION Agena 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 140W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

The 9300 is like $250
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:50 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Go with this site instead

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Old 01-15-2009, 11:56 AM   #13 (permalink)
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+1 to Hussein; when in doubt, newegg.

If you want to go with an AMD instead, you need a different board...and I have a recommendation believe it or not.

Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TFORCE TA780G M2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

That board has a nice onboard card, you won't even need to buy a seperate one if you don't game. And the onboard can handle medium gaming fairly well with low to mid resolutions and mid to high quality. And there's a rebate. Great mobo for the price.

With that, you'll save loads of money. The intel CPU/mobo/video card combo was about 360 before shipping/rebates, the amd/mobo is 233 before shipping/rebates. That's over 100 bucks back in your pocket, so not a bad deal.


EDIT: The PSU will be just fine, you aren't running anything super high end like an expensive video card. And it's a good quality, which means it will be a true 500w.
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Old 01-15-2009, 12:18 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Well which is a better bang for my buck? which will be able to multi-task better?
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Well, i think the Q6600 is still a better CPU, but saving over 100 bucks is a nice bang. The Phenom is plenty fast in its own right, so I think it would be better bang for buck...though it would be great if Hussein seconded that so I feel more confident, haha.
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So do I get the 2.6 - 140 Watt or the 2.5 - 120Watt?
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Go with the 9950, it's better, and for some reason, cheaper.
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I don't think you can run a 9950 on that Biostar 780g because of it's high tdp
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This one, then.

Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX A2&#43; AM2&#43;&#47;AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

Still good price.
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so if I get this:
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom 9950 BLACK EDITION Agena 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2&#43; 140W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
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Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX A2&#43; AM2&#43;&#47;AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

and I have that power supply, case, and memory. All I need is a hard drive now and a monitor?Didn't you say that the mother board had a sound and video card already- or do I have to get those too?
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