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Old 03-20-2009, 11:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Alright, this is for a dude in my cod clan. He's got a budget of $600. I'm probably also going to build another similar with a little bit better stuff for my family to be hooked up to a 52" 1080p lcd tv. Just look this over, and tell me what you think.

CPU: Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops $120
Mobo: Newegg.com - ASUS P5Q Pro LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards $120 - $15 MIR
RAM: Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory $41
GPU: Newegg.com - PNY VCGGTX260XPB GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards $175 - $20 MIR
PSU: Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling Silencer Dell Upgrade PPCS500D 500W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies $75 - $25 MIR
HDD: Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives $65
Case: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases $45
Optical drive: Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - CD / DVD Burners $23

Total: $664 - $60 MIR
Total after MIR: $604

Am I forgetting anything? I'm assuming he has an OS, keyboard, mouse, and monitor. For the family build, I'm thinking of either an e8400 or e8500 for the cpu, and a 1 gig 4870 for the vid card.

What do you think of the build?
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Old 03-20-2009, 11:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you're going to get a 260, get one with the 216 processing cores:
Newegg.com - MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv2 GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

But a 4870 1Gb would be faster if he can afford it:
Newegg.com - MSI R4870-T2D1G Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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Heres a good combo deal that would save $40 to upgrade the gfx card to a gtx260 core 216 or a 1gb 4870

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There is a combo with the E7400 and the P5Q Pro too:
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Wow, nice finds guys. Thanks.

CPU + Mobo: Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more! $225 -$15 MIR
RAM: Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory $41
GPU: Newegg.com - MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv2 GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards $190 - $30 MIR or Newegg.com - MSI R4870-T2D1G Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards if affordable $200 - $25 MIR
PSU: Newegg.com - PC Power & Cooling Silencer Dell Upgrade PPCS500D 500W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies $75 - $25 MIR
HDD: Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives $65
Case: Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases $45
Optical drive: Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 20X DVDĪR DVD Burner with LightScribe - CD / DVD Burners $23

With core 216
Total: $664
After MIR: $594

With 4870 1GB
Total: $674
After MIR: $609

So I'm good to go on telling him these parts? That psu will work for either of those cards?
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Yup you should be good to go. Tell him to get the 4870, it is way better than the regular gtx260.
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I was going to go with an e7400 build but i was told the amd phenom II combo posted above is better
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Is it really? It's triple core. Intel doesn't have any triple-core processors, do they?

I guess for the family build, I'm going to go with the core 216 just because I want the farcry 2. I'll need to buy an hdmi cable, and I"m assuming the card comes with a converter. What kind of audio cables am I going to need for the tv? Also, what's a good reasonably priced wireless mouse and keyboard I could get?

How is this:
Newegg.com - Microsoft BV3-00003 Black 102 Normal Keys 17 Function Keys USB + PS/2 RF Wireless Standard Optical Desktop 1000 - Keyboards
Newegg.com - Logitech LX7 931395-0403 Blue 5 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB or PS/2 RF Wireless Optical 1100 dpi Mouse - Mouse
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Yeah that's what I was told. The black edition is a good overclocker too, and with the extra core it would perform better with certain programs I believe. And it's much cheaper. I don't have experience with intel, and don't yet have experience with the x3 (though in the next few days i will!) but that's what I was told.
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