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Old 12-03-2008, 05:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here's my idea for a build for my fathers PC. I have about a MAX of 700 to spend including monitor, and here's what I have come up with. Any ideas?
How does it look?

Case HEC 69R5BB Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case $69.99

Processor AMD Athlon 64 X2 5050e Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core Processor $62.99

Motherboard ASRock A780GXE/128M AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G ATX AMD Motherboard $79.99

Memory G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory $44.99

Video Card SAPPHIRE 100256L Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card $89.99

Power Supply Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W ATX12V Power Supply $40.99

Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive 64.99

ROM SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe $28.99

Monitor Hanns·G JW-197DPB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1(DCR 2400:1) Built in Speakers $119.99

Total of $602.91

I'm missing fans and cooling stuff... probably more, I'd love some help here, really.
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Everything looks pretty good. I see you picked up the G.Skill ram off of the motherboard combination to save extra money.

4GB of ram is a bit much, are you going to run a 64bit OS take full advantage?

Other than that, I can't make any other suggestions with your current package. What do you mean missing fans? Are you going to swap out your heatsink and stock cooler on the cpu?
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Newegg.com - GeForce 9800 GT, GeForce 9 series, $75 - $100, Desktop Graphics / Video Cards, Video Cards & Video Devices, Computer Hardware

9800 GT's for under $100. Considering they compete with my 4830, its definitely worth every penny.
The price tag on those 9800 GT's is too good a deal to ignore.
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Yeah those 9800's would be my choice for sure at that price.

The MSI looks like the best option there especially with the cooling it has
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only gripe I have is that psu...
18 amps on the 12v, and 65% efficiency. latter part can't be helped but the 1st can

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COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-500-PCAR-A3 500W ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC Power Supply
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If you have budget of $700 then you may want to swap the CPU for this
CPU - $82.99
Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
Motherboard - $69.99 after MIR
Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TForce TP43D2A7 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

This will cost you $605 after MIR if you get the other parts the same as the one you posted in your first post. You can even get an E7300 or E7400 and you build will still cost under $700
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The main reason i went with the board that I did was because I want another PCIe 2.0 slot to work with for future upgrading. I want the computer to be upgradable to a good degree and I know with this one I can add a AM3 processor if needed later on down the road and some better RAM.

I'll take a look at he 9800 thanks.

To reply to you object, I picked 4g of ram mainly because I will be using 64bit vista, and the price is almost too good to pass up on that. I figured to use 2x2 that way I will have room for expansion later on that system without having to replace 4x1 sticks.

Also, does anyone think there are any bottolenecks here? I dont see any but I may have overlooked something.
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+1 for Maroon's, you get more for the money.
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I see the enhancement, any idea's on a decent board with 2 or more PCIe slots and upgradable to at least 8g mem... preferably to keep within budget..
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I see the enhancement, any idea's on a decent board with 2 or more PCIe slots and upgradable to at least 8g mem... preferably to keep within budget..
You don't really need 4GB of ram or more. Unless your doing some editing work or CAD.
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