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Old 04-05-2010, 10:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My friend turned 18 today and got some cash for his birthday. He is running an old computer with a Socket 939 CPU, an old motherboard, an 8800GT, DDR RAM, and a 300 Watt PSU.

He would like to upgrade his: CPU, Motherboard, RAM, PSU, and GPU. If a good aftermarket heatsink can be added it would be nice. Budget is $450 he can go $500 but he would like to keep it lower.

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what does he mostly use it for?
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A good amount of gaming, web surfing, aim, etc.
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ok, so what about something like this:
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Desktop Memory

would total about $477 + shipping.

he might be able to unlock to cores on the x2 555, not guaranteed though so i mean... don't overhype this detail too much lol

if your freind is willing to spend more on a cooler, he could get this core contact
Newegg.com - Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
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Could save some money and get this RAM.
Newegg.com - A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-AG - Desktop Memory

Also, he could get an Athlon II X3 instead of a Phenom II X2, either way it'll be an upgrade for him. I certainly wouldn't complain if I were him if I could save the $30 or so and get a triple core Athlon.
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^ wow man, i knew that ram was somewhere but i seriously could not find it. thx for that.
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