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Old 03-20-2009, 03:09 PM   #11 (permalink)
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gotcha, thanks for the quick responses.

last question probably... this cpu compared to the 4850e? Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 5050e Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

seems like just $6 extra for 2.6 vs. 2.5... which would be a better choice?
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Old 03-20-2009, 03:18 PM   #12 (permalink)
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The extra 100mhz won't make a noticeable difference in performance so I would stick with the 4850e.

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There was a 2400 in that sentence too... :P

But I was actually talking about the Avivo HD technology...weren't they implemented with the 2400/2600? Hence why I mentioned them...
Sorry, I misunderstood you.
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And yeah, the 4850e will be plenty. You could get the next step up if you wanted, but you really won't notice much difference.
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what's the diff between itx and micro atx? why is itx a no-no?
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Different form factor, ITX cases need ITX motherboards, they are for super small computers. Micro ATX is probably too big for that case.

I honestly think the Apex I linked you to will serve you well, it's decently small too.
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Baez, you have the Apex? Most of the reviews (I know Newegg reviews are bad or w/e, but I can't ignore them) say the case fan is really loud. Also how's the spring for the front drive bay? Is it really cheap?

I also read that it only comes with one sata power connector... does this mean I need to add something else to have the HDD and DVD drive?
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I've used that Apex in over 100 budget builds for clients spit. Not a single one has failed me. I've never had that with any other case. Maybe it's just rediculous luck but with that many I feel more inclined to say it's quality.
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Good enough for me - what about the sata power connection question?
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Sorry was away the last couple days. Almost all motherboards come with 1 Molex to SATA power adapter so you should be fine.
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thanks, and no problem... I decided to tell my mom about it instead of making it a surprise and she was pretty convinced that she didn't want it lol... at least I didn't waste money.
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