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Old 09-02-2009, 12:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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She's on a budget, she'll primarily be doing gaming and limited office work. Oh and overclocking is out of the question.

CPU - Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
MOBO - This Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards or this Newegg.com - ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
MEMORY - Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Desktop Memory
VIDEOCARD - Newegg.com - XFX GX260NADFF GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Or should I get the 4870 1gb?
HARDDRIVE - Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
RAM - Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Desktop Memory
PSU - Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
Her budget is, best price/performance.
What do you guys think I should get?

I'm not sure about the case either.

Man this is getting expensive.. ;o;
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She's on a budget, she'll primarily be doing gaming and limited office work. Oh and overclocking is out of the question.

CPU - Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
MOBO - This Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards or this Newegg.com - ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
MEMORY - Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Desktop Memory
VIDEOCARD - Newegg.com - XFX GX260NADFF GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Or should I get the 4870 1gb?
HARDDRIVE - Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
RAM - Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Desktop Memory
PSU - Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
Her budget is, best price/performance.
What do you guys think I should get?

I'm not sure about the case either.

Man this is getting expensive.. ;o;


go with this ram,

Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Desktop Memory

for a case a antec three hundred will do.
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what makes that ram better than the one selected?
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A. Its cheaper
b. its got a better cooler
c. better Cas Latency and timings
d. Triple Channel is more suited for Core i7, whereas AM3 still works better with Dual Channel
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oh ok, thanks alot guys!
Is this CPU and Mobo good for her?

and and your thoughts on the vid card, vs the 4870 1gb?
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Well the HD 4870 1GB is cheaper:

Newegg.com - XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Unless you really want the game..

The CPU + Board seems fine.

But if you go AM2, you can save a lot of money (step down to PII 940 BE) and you have cheaper SB750 boards that use only DDR2, where you'll save at least another $50. In that case you could get an even better GPU or a better cooler.
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but DDR3 is the future. it's worth it. cause by this xmas DDR3 prices will be close to DDR2 prices.
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so does that mean I should maybe get a ddr2/ddr3 capable motherboard? That way I can buy some cheap ddr2 now, and upgrade to ddr3 in the future?
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Don't do that...

Just get a DDR3 board if you are that concerned about future proofing it.
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is that 4870 reall the best i can do for that price?
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