Ok, didnt get a reply but went ahead put this build together that is really streching the budget as thin as possible, remember is a non-OC build. Primary concern is upgrade ability as an office/internet/light girly gamer comp.
gigabyte ep43, e5200, 9500gt, 500gb barricuda, 2gb RAM 6400, DVD-RW, centurion 5,coolermaster 460watt
 some more info, the 9500gt is $60CAN and the mobo is $102.
It came out to $510 CAN (e5200 is used) after taxes and S&H, that's about as low as its going to get with these specs.
Question 1:Any recommendations to knock it down a bit more in price? Is there a cheaper 775 mobo you would suggest? or vid card i should consider?
Question 2:what about the coolermaster psu? any good for $40?
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The only way the e5200 makes it into the build is if i give them my old one...am considering stepping up my cpu to a q6600 as am looking to upgrade. My primary concern is multitasking and HD home video rendering.
Question 3: with a $200 or so budget to upgrade my cpu is the q6600 the best option when multitasking is my primary concern? Or should i get the 8400 and OC the **** out of it on my p45? Again, am not a gamer, just multitask like nuts and do a lot of HD video stuff, hence quad consideration.
I know the newer q6600's aren't as good as the old ones so just curious if they are worth the extra $$$ still.
Anyways, replies appreciated, on a tight timeline here as most of the items are on time sensitive "while quantities last" sales...rep to be given for good responses!