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Old 12-16-2009, 04:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So my brother picked out what he wants for his computer. Any suggestions??

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First of all, what's your budget?
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Seems like you're investing in Old technology. You should be able to go with a phenom with that budget!
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Here's a build i came up with, much better and a bit cheaper.

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Newegg.com - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD&#43;R 8X DVD&#43;RW 12X DVD&#43;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&#47;CD Rewritable Drive - CD / DVD Burners
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb&#47;s 3.5&#34; Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Total: $695.89 with free shipping on a lot of the items.
The hard drive you had is out of stock.. so i put the 500gb version. Also, the case isn't flashy or anything, but its pretty good. And the bundles apparently come with a free game and USB flash drive.
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I suggest that when you have everything picked out , make multiple , smaller orders when ordering from Newegg. If you get everything in one huge order , they will cram everything into one small box , increasing the probability of damage. The price of shipping will be the same. I speak from experience.

I like the build above , but I think I might sacrifice DirectX 11 for power : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-436-_-Product

Here's one that's IN STOCK LOL : http://www.google.com/product_url?q=...hl=en&sa=title
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looking to spend right at $700.. not including windows. i've got an extra copy for him. should i go ddr2 or 3 on this build? i'm pretty confused.
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oh and another question.. if i run an Intel processor can i still run Radeon cards? or is that just for amd?
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yes you can mix ati and intel... you can mix and match whatever brands you like. In your price range, like i've suggested above, the phenom and a radeon card will be your best bet. You can go with the 5770 i suggested, or a 4870 or 4890 like others have suggested.. they're all close in price and performance.

As for memory, since ddr2 and ddr3 are pretty much the same price, why not go with ddr3? More future-proof. So i've selected socket AM3 which supports DDR3 memory.
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I just looked at the posts above once more , and realized you had picked a 5770. I retract my earlier statement. I believe the 5770 is the best choice.
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So here's everything we ended up going with. Thanks everyone for your help! His new build is going to kill my computer.. haha

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb&#47;s 3.5&#34; Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Newegg.com - Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Newegg.com - hec X-Power Pro 600 600W Continuous &#64; 40&#176;C ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System - Speakers

Newegg.com - ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

Newegg.com - XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 &#40;Juniper XT&#41; 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB &#40;2 x 2GB&#41; 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 &#40;PC3 12800&#41; Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Desktop Memory

Newegg.com - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD&#43;R 8X DVD&#43;RW 12X DVD&#43;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&#47;CD Rewritable Drive - CD / DVD Burners

Should be pretty nice!! I'll post pics of the build.
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