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Old 09-06-2008, 03:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm starting to pick parts for a cheap build wife's computer it will be used for basic home use and as host for home network (3 computers) my goal is for upgradeable for a few years please fell free to scrutinize my picks and suggest better places to put money and save money on quality parts for the most longevity in price range of $500 or less.

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MB - Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Case - Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Power - Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
CPU - Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
Mem - Newegg.com - OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
HD - Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
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I need to login that, please publicize your Wish List

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If you're an occasional gamer, you can get a reasonable graphics card that's better than your motherboard's graphics for about $40 after mail in rebate - like the 2600PRO:

Newegg.com - MSI RX2600Pro-T2D256EZ/D2 Radeon HD 2600PRO 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready Silent Heatpipe Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Depending on your use, you can get away with 2GB of RAM instead of 4GB, and you can also get away with a good 430W PSU rather than the 550W PSU. Otherwise, it's a nice build in my opinion.
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You have no video card... that board has no onboard, so try to find a dedicated card
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you could switch over to AMD, and get an onboard graphics like the hd3200/hd3300.. i'm using the 3300 and it's actually better than expected. Nothing amazing, but it get's me by on eq2, and css with ease.
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I'm starting to pick parts for a cheap build wife's computer it will be used for basic home use and as host for home network (3 computers) my goal is for upgradeable for a few years please fell free to scrutinize my picks and suggest better places to put money and save money on quality parts for the most longevity in price range of $500 or less.

Thanks for any help and suggestions


MB - Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Case - Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Power - Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
CPU - Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
Mem - Newegg.com - OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
HD - Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Thanks for the help I've added a gpu and changed the mem.

Gpu- Newegg.com - EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Mem.- Newegg.com - CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

More opinions and susggestion please will be ordering this week
Builds comming in at around $425+sh
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Newegg.com - XFX PVT88SFDD4 GeForce 8800GS XXX 384MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

5$ more and it will outperform TWO 8600GT's in SLI.
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You don't need a GPU.

If you decided to get one (if there is some light gaming) get this: Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 1014L Radeon HD 2600PRO 512MB(256MB on board) 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

You wont need anything more and that card is almost equivalent to a 7600gt~
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Old 09-08-2008, 04:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Redmo0n, doesn't that card offload some of it's processing power to the RAM? I suggested the MSI version of this same card above, which is still in stock for now and has the same on-card memory.
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Yeh but since hes probably gonna get 2gig and the computer is just for his wife, i doubt they will be needing the full 2 gig.

Go for the MSI verison though, i admit that i didn't think of that when i posted it
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