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Old 03-29-2009, 06:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, I had trouble deciding Intel or AMD, but most people on this forum tend to go the AMD. So, yea, build for High School, huge project. Determines graduation of program.
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Budget 550max because I have to throw in shipping
Processor: Phenom x3 (just wondering what does level 2 cache mean)
RAM: 4G+ reg speed (Can I bring it up to 6G with the mobo you asked???)
Motherboard: bare minimum to thrive, hopefully able to go 6G if POSSIBLE
PowerSupply: bare minimum to be able to run 4830/50 and everything else, most last at least 3 years and not explode : /
HDD: 7200 RPM 320 G
GPU: This I am not sure on, I don't understand the diff between 128bit and 256 bit. However, I want it to do better than my 9500GT and run the newest CoD 4-5 months down the road with at least 80 FPS: ).
CD Drive: minimum , 16xperferred?
Case: minimum, must come with fans, no see through with those cathode neon blue lights.
OS: I hear people telling me 32bit is better for this and that and 64 bit is better, i think in this case 64 bit is better since I have quite a few G's of RAM, however, should I have at least 6G of RAM???? Cheapest one also, except for Ubuntu Linux.

Also. is there anything I should look for in a monitor other than 19"? All I really want is a cheap one that doesn't give me eye sores.

Thanks a bunch
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Old 03-29-2009, 07:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You know, it's nearly impossible to fit all that into 550 bucks, especially with an OS and a monitor. I have a really good X3 build that I recommend, but it's just a tower, no monitor or OS for 600 bucks. If you really need to have a budget that low with those parameters, you can't get an x3 720.

EDIT: I can price out a build with a monitor, without a video card and OS for 580, and all shipping is free. Any less than that, you're looking at skimping on some parts.
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Agreed, he'd have to raise his budget. If he wouldn't need a monitor it could maybe be possible.
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It's not just that, it's the monitor AND the OS that's the problem. That $600 build I do has a 4850 in it, but no monitor or OS...
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Old 03-29-2009, 08:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Sorry, I obviously didn't clarify. I don't need a monitor.
Still RAM 40$
HDD 60$
GPU 100$
OS 100$
CD 25$
Case 30$
PS 30$

Am I missing a point or something : /
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You don't want a $30 PSU, I found one for 40 that will be ok. Here's the build.

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Newegg.com - Rosewill RP500 500W ATX12V v1.3/ EPS12V Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.com - LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVDĪR DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
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Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - Operating Systems

$583.80 after shipping, then you get 25 bucks back in MIRs. Closest I could get without giving you crappy parts.
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Anyway to reduce that Mobo cost? everything else is great. thanks
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i think $135 for that board is a very good price. considering that there are much more expensive intel boards that can go in to like $500-$600. my mobo was $180 when it was bought around x-mas time and now it is cheap. so you are getting a good deal
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You don't want a $30 PSU, I found one for 40 that will be ok. Here's the build.

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Newegg.com - Rosewill RP500 500W ATX12V v1.3/ EPS12V Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.com - LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVDĪR DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners
Newegg.com - Rosewill R223-P-BK 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - Operating Systems

$583.80 after shipping, then you get 25 bucks back in MIRs. Closest I could get without giving you crappy parts.
If he wants to cut down more, you can cut 1 whole dollar by getting an X4 920, and you can get that Biostar 790GX uATX board for $90... mind you that only cuts $11.. but ya
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If I start skimping on the motherboard, you're going to have a cruddy machine. Simple as that. Really, I was say that's the bare minimum before we start looking for crappy brand names and not reliable parts.
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