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Old 02-23-2009, 10:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Been doing some research, room mate wants to game with me... though is stingy and only wants to be spend ~$600... I've thrown a couple builds together... but I'd like to see what you all can get.. I have a hard time not getting around $650/$700... so might have to talk him into shelling a bit more cash out...

This build is from the bottom up, keyboard, mouse, OS... I'm talking the whole bit... I want him to get on a 64bit os though.... (you probably don't have to worry about the keyboard/mouse)... but everything else is fair game!

BTW: Games like COD5, some other heavy games... etc...

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Old 02-23-2009, 11:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is probably the best I could do.
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Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

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Newegg.com - Rosewill RP500-2 500W ATX12V v2.01 Power Supply - Power Supplies

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Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - Operating Systems

Total is $632.09 with shipping. Then $25 worth of mail in rebates. If he doesn't mind, an AMD build could turn out cheaper.
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So we're a little further into the build process, our budget went up a little bit... but it's still with in reach, we can fine tune things down a little if need be... However, what I am running into problems with is finding a decently affordable mobo for the Phenom II x4... I see listings on newegg, but only a very small handful literally list phenom II.. is that right? or do some boards just not list it? My impression was if the socket is compatible so should the CPU... in any event here we are:

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Newegg.com - Rosewill RP500-2 500W ATX12V v2.01 Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.com - Logitech Deluxe 250 Black 104 Normal Keys USB Standard Keyboard - Keyboards
Newegg.com - Logitech MX310 6 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB or PS/2 Wired Optical Mouse - Mouse
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
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We were kinda "shooting for the stars" on this one... I know some stuff doesn't matter like mouse/keyboard etc... Also the Ram is 1066, it's not necessary but it's cheap enough and I prefer 1066 over 800... so the board should be compliant with that if at all possible...

We're open to any suggestions... Thanks!

BTW.. we've obviously exceeded the ~600 budget, this ones more in the ~8-900 before s/h/ and tax So we may have the fine tune, if you've any ideas all is appreciated!
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You could save some money by going x3.
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Alright, I appreciate your suggestions even with that being said the question still stands... what's the deal with Phenom II (x3/x4) Compliant mobos?? Are there really only ~10 to choose from on neweggs site? or... just as long as you're on a AM2+ Socket, or whatever it is should it be okay? I know the board usually specifies the "series" but, theres not much to choose from if thats the case
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Grab the TA790GX 128M, it's a great board, and 95 bucks after MIR.
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...did you read through the whole thread?
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