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Old 05-23-2009, 09:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Building a computer for a friend

Just thought I'd throw it up here and get some opinions on it.

MOBO:
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-G31M-ES2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

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

Processor:
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Monitor:
Newegg.com - Acer X193W+BD Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2000:1 (ACM) - LCD Monitors

Video Card
Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Hard Drive:
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

DVD Burner Drive:
Newegg.com - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - CD / DVD Burners

Case:
Newegg.com - NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

PSU:
Newegg.com - SeaSonic S12 Energy Plus SS-550HT 550W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

Sound Card
Newegg.com - Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Sound Cards


This all totals out to $808, with $51 in rebates.

Any thoughts or alterations? He likes these choices but hes willing to go up to $900.
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Old 05-23-2009, 10:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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never base your purchase on mail-in rebates..they rarely go as plan.

uhmm the board is no good. the P31 chipset is extremely old. Go with a P43 or P45 chipset board. DO NOT go with that power supply..most unheard of name brand PSU's are garbage and blow up. Get either a corsair or PC power n cooling PSU. Antec makes some good ones that you can usually find with antec cases (combo deals). If you're going on a budget I would get rid of the sound card. Most people can't tell the difference..so unless something is causes an issue i wouldn't get one to start with.
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That board is not worth getting with that processor. You'd be better off getting a P45 board.

You also don't need a sound card, the onboard is fine.

You can take the money you save and get better parts in general.

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Newegg.com - EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.com - NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.com - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - CD / DVD Burners
Newegg.com - Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2500:1 - LCD Monitors

Total comes to 871.59 after shipping, with 50 bucks in MIRs.

Much better board, better PSU, better HDD, bigger monitor.

EDIT: Waffle, SeaSonic isn't exactly an unknown brand...Corsair PSUs are actually SeaSonics, just rebranded...
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Old 05-23-2009, 10:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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try my motherboard

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

it's a monster for the price, people has pushed over 600MHz FSBs on it :drool:

check this thread

** Official ** Gigabyte UD3 P45 Series -- EP45-UD3 / EP45-UD3R / EP45-UD3P - XtremeSystems Forums
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The combo with the E8400 for that board will put him over the $900 limit...he'd have to skimp on something else.

But it is a good board.
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Looks good. Consider for $10 more this RAM, it has better timings.
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DO NOT go with that power supply..most unheard of name brand PSU's are garbage and blow up. Get either a corsair or PC power n cooling PSU.
Yha, this psu is on the VERY TOP of the list for top psus... And as said are the makers of Corsair......

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Yeah, SeaSonic makes Corsairs PSU's, I'm pretty positive. ^^
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They do. That doesn't mean I won't recommend the 650tx though. :P
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This Hd 4850 has similar performance to the GTS 250 however it is cheaper and also allows you to add a second card for crossfire in the future.

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100258-1GHDMI Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
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