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Old 12-11-2008, 01:38 PM   #11 (permalink)
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that's were the Silent 8400 i was hinting at might come in (;
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To be honest, I don't support any of those choices.

Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
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 with LightScribe - CD / DVD Burners
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Newegg.com - MSI R4350-D512H Radeon HD 4350 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Newegg.com - Antec earthwatts EA380 380W ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
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 - GIGABYTE GA-EP43-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

$415 and it will handle all of the things your parents will be using the computer for with ease, and the parts are the best in their price range, and they'll all last for a long time.

Look no further, the build I quoted above ROCKS for that price.
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Maybe so Sapper, but I'd actually like to pay more around $500. My parents bought a fast PC in it's time, but it's 8 years old now. I want their new PC to last another 3-5 years. I really want them to have the PC they deserve, and it needs to be as future compatible as possible for my $500 price range. I could go above $500 but I need to stay as low as possible...

I'm not gonna move from the Hard Drive I picked unless you can show me a better 700GB+ HDD that's the around same price or cheaper (with better specs).

As for the gfx card, I want to buy one with a hdtv port.
Is Radeon all that good? I've only had experience with Nvidia. Also, I realize the 8600 I picked only has 256mg ddr3.
Would 512mb be much more noticeable?
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Maybe so Sapper, but I'd actually like to pay more around $500. My parents bought a fast PC in it's time, but it's 8 years old now. I want their new PC to last another 3-5 years. I really want them to have the PC they deserve, and it needs to be as future compatible as possible for my $500 price range. I could go above $500 but I need to stay as low as possible...

I'm not gonna move from the Hard Drive I picked unless you can show me a better 700GB+ HDD that's the around same price or cheaper (with better specs).

As for the gfx card, I want to buy one with a hdtv port.
Is Radeon all that good? I've only had experience with Nvidia. Also, I realize the 8600 I picked only has 256mg ddr3.
Would 512mb be much more noticeable?
It would be noticeable in new gen games, but if it's for your parents, then I doubt it. If you wanna spend more, keep the same I recommended before, but change the CPU to this:

Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 Wolfdale 2.66GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Better graphics card with HDTV Out:

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100252L Radeon HD 4550 512MB 64-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Low Profile Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Hard Drive:
Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3750330AS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

Should bring you around 500.
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I've taken all of your suggestions but I want to stick to certain components like the Q6600 and the HDD.
How does it look?


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I'm keeping this post updated as my current selections.
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The quad won't be utilised and will be slower then a E7300 in the standard desktop environment and programs
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The quad won't be utilised and will be slower then a E7300 in the standard desktop environment and programs
Really? If that's true then I guess it would be better to go with the e7300. I want their PC to be as fast as possible for under $700 (600-700 is what they said they'd actually like to pay).

Edit: What about the e8400? 3.0ghz is a good bit faster. Also, the L2 cache is much larger, but will that be noticeable in a non-gaming PC? I would think so, seeing as it would be able to execute programs faster...
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yeah the E8400 is a goodun and the E8500 use to be available for $10 more which may be worth it if your not overclocking it.
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yeah the E8400 is a goodun and the E8500 use to be available for $10 more which may be worth it if your not overclocking it.
Yeah, my parents won't need overclocking so I doubt I will.

Also, this 9600gt is only $10 more than that Radeon and the specs are all a bit higher. I know some of you disagreed and said it'd be overkill, but I'd rather have a bit too much power in the future than too little. Know what I mean?
'Specially considering my parents are heading towards graphic design and web building.
Would the PSU still be able to handle this card?
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Yes it will handle it
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