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Old 02-12-2009, 10:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hey everyone, i just put together the following for my brother, any comments or suggestions, we're trying to save as much $$$ as possible while still putting together a nice machine that he can upgrade in the future, not a gamer and just for internet, some multitasking and music playing, and lots of storage in the future. (prices are before mail in rebate)

1 SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F - OEM $23.99

1 LIAN LI PC-61 USB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$79.99


1 Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $74.99

1 Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail $169.99

1 D-Link WDA-1320 32-bit PCI Wireless G Desktop Adapter - Retail $29.99

1 EVGA 512-P3-N954-TR GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $64.99

1 Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU 500W ATX 12V 2.0 Power Supply - Retail $49.99

1 Logitech V10 2.0 USB Notebook Speakers - Retail $36.99

1 Logitech 967557-0403 Silver/Black USB + PS/2 RF Wireless Slim Cordless Desktop S 510 - Retail $47.99

1 Rosewill RCR-102 52-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate - Retail $11.99

1 G.SKILL PI Black 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBPI-B - Retail $54.99

1 GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $119.99

1 Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E5200 - Retail $72.99

1 Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM $99.99

1 APPLE - Airport Express w/ AirTunes - Retail $99.00

Subtotal: $1,037.86 ($50 less with MIB)
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If it is not for gaming why not just a motherboard with onboard the mobo would probably be cheaper and that would cut the cost of the gpu out. For that setup i would also look at a 450vx instead of that psu. Or maybe a 380 earth watts if you want to spend less.
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we went with that PS cuz it had a $20 MIB, so $30 total...
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yeah but trust me, that psu is not too great, and the psu is something you don't want to cheap out on. Also, you did not answer my question...why the gpu, why not go with a motherboard with onboard video, not only will it cut the cost of the gpu but the mbo its self will prob be cheaper then the mobo you selected.
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He would have to get a mobo with G45/G43 chipset for onboard video. How well would they overclock compared to a P45 chipset? Or maybe he's not into overclocking, then I guess it wouldn't matter.
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yeah but trust me, that psu is not too great, and the psu is something you don't want to cheap out on.
The Thermaltake PurePower 500W is a great PSU. You will find that a lot of members on this site swear by Corsair PSU's, which is great because Corsair make some very good ones, but that isn't to say that there are no alternatives. I used an XCilio PSU, and it works great for my build. That Thermaltake PSU is perfect for your budget and needs.
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yea, did look at some corsair PSUs but i had seen that Thermaltake recommended and couldnt beat the $30 price. i do however agree that the PSU is important and shouldnt be skimped on. ill make sure to read some newegg reviews and compare to a corsair.

i had thought about just onboard video, but i thought i wanted to have a good base (P45) for long term stuff and that a $60 dedicated video card would be good value, but that is why i posted the build to get everyones input so i appreciate it. could i do an intel build with onboard video...ive mostly seen AMD builds with the onboard... he doesnt plan on overclocking
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The Thermaltake is a fine PSU, I would stick with that.

You know, for just a little more money, you could get an AMD Phenom II 920 and a 790GX board (which has great onboard video, about the equivalent of that 9500GT there), and you can always get a good dedicated card later.

Or, for maybe a few bucks cheaper than your current intel build, you could pick up the new X3 Phenom 720BE, when it hits newegg.

EDIT: I just priced out all the stuff you wanted, but with a Phenom II 920...the total is $1,069.55 after shipping, then 30 bucks in MIRs. It will be about 40 to 50 bucks cheaper if you grab the X3 when it hits newegg.

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i dont know much about AMD... that phenom is quad core? would i have to change anything else in the build apart from the mobo?

i couldnt find the E5200 on this list to compare to the phenom, but he 920 looks pretty high up there...

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i did see it on the 'high end' list....

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is the AMD much better than the E5200.... why would i go intel?
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The Phenoms just came out recently, these new ones are bringing AMD back into the game. The E5200 is a great little processor, and it can overclock like mad, but it's better for budget machines, and since you won't be needing a video card, you can shell out your money on better things, like the new Phenoms.

The 920/940 are quad-cores, while the X3 720BE that's coming out soon is a tri-core, but it keeps up with the higher end Phenoms pretty well for only costing around 140 bucks.

You can keep the rest of your parts the same; the PI Blacks are a great choice and will work fine, the PSU is good, everything else is compatible.
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