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Old 07-22-2007, 12:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default GUIDE: Recomended Builds By JB514

Hey guys, I made a guide to give an idea of what us ďTech ForumĒ users would typically recommend for a general build in a certain budget range. I see the same things being recommended over and over. I think this guide would be a nice place to showcase builds that we are constantly repeating everyday to people. It will try to keep the prices and parts updated as everyone sees fit. Suggestions are welcome and encouraged, so we can try and make these builds the best we can. Iíve put together what I think the best builds are for these price ranges and your input would be great. My goal is to have a regularly updated guide with the most current parts, prices, and performance for the money. Let me know if you think this is a bad idea guys, itís not final, but hears what I got so farÖ

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With all the various computer parts to choose from, itís sometimes hard to decide which combination is best. This guide is designed to give you, the builder, what we here at Tech-Forums believe to be the best all around build, for your particular budget. These are of course general builds that might not be ideal for you, but serve as a good starting point.

Reader Note 1: For standardization purposes, all items are linked and priced to newegg.com. Other sites such as Zipzoomfly.com are also highly recommended for competitive pricing.

Reader Note 2: Cases are not listed in the build due to the individuality factor in choosing a case. Case prices and other accessories should be added onto the cost.

Reader Note 3: Prices do not include the cost of shipping which should be factored into your final purchase price.

Hears a link to an excel spreadsheet which has all the information below, so you can customize it yourself. The spreadsheet is dynamic, so totals update themselves.

http://home.comcast.net/~jumping_bea...uter_Guide.xls


$1,500-1,600
Power: Corsair 520W Power Supply $124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Power%2bSupply

Components:
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128050
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo Q6600 $299.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115017
Ram: G.Skill 2GB HZ's $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231065
Graphics: EVGA 8800GTX 768MB $516.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130072

Drives
Hard Drive 1: Seagate Barracuda 7200 320GB $79.99
Hard Drive 2: Seagate Barracuda 7200 320GB $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148140
Optical: SAMSUNG Black 18X $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...1&Tpk=SH-S183L

Cooling
Heatsink/Fan: Tuniq Tower 120 59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835154001

Totals $1,401.92 + Case + Shipping - Rebates

$1,200-1,300
Power: Corsair 520W Power Supply $105.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Power%2bSupply

Components
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3R $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128050
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo Q6600 $299.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115017
Ram: G.Skill 2GB HK's $114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231114
Graphics: EVGA 8800GTS 320MB $279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130082

Drives
Hard Drive 1: Seagate Barracuda 7200 250GB $67.99
Hard Drive 2:Seagate Barracuda 7200 250GB $67.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148144
Optical: SAMSUNG Black 18X $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...1&Tpk=SH-S183L

Cooling
Heatsink/Fan: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...%2bFreezer%2b7

Totals $1,105.93 + Case + Shipping - Rebates

$900-1,000
Power: FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX500 $86.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104934

Components
Motherboard: BIOSTAR TFORCE 550 Socket AM2 $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138026
CPU:AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane $59.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103036
Ram: G.Skill 2GB HK's $114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231114
Graphics: EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 320MB $279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130082

Drives
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB $67.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148144
Optical: SAMSUNG Black 18X $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151133

Cooling
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185125

Totals $743.93 + Case + Shipping - Rebates

$600-700
Power: FSP Group AX400-PN $39.99 - $7.84
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104953

Components
Motherboard: BIOSTAR TFORCE 550 Socket AM2 $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138026
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane $59.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103036
Ram: G.Skill 2GB HK's $114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231114
Graphics: EVGA 7900GS $124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130056

Drives
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB $67.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148144
Optical: SAMSUNG Black 18X $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151133

Cooling
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185125
Totals $541.93 + Case + Shipping - Rebates

Cases
Budget: Coolermaster Centurion 5 $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119077
Normal: Antec P180 $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129154
Normal: Antec Nine Hundred $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=antec%2b900
Normal: Thermaltake Armor $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133154

Monitors
20": ViewSonic Q20WB Black 20" $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824116075
20.1": SCEPTRE X20WG $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824112006
22": SCEPTRE X22WG $249.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824112009
22": Samsung 226BW $319.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001096

Mice
Logictech MX518 39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826104178
Logictech G5 45.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826104191
Razer Copperhead 68.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826153105
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Very nice, the only addition i could suggest is a choice for the e6750 cpu in the $1,500-1,600 range and a change the cpu to a e6650 for the $1,200-1,300.

This should be stuck, and updated monthly i think.
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I think for the first 2 builds, Xclio 550W PSU would be at a better performance at better price.
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Very nice, the only addition i could suggest is a choice for the e6750 cpu in the $1,500-1,600 range and a change the cpu to a e6650 for the $1,200-1,300.

This should be stuck, and updated monthly i think.
q6600 is better when spending that money. great job on the builds.
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Errr.. I don't think stickying this is that good of an idea. No offense to you, but within a week everything will be outdated..
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yeah i agree and then noobs wont post as much build questions, that will make us bored
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well the noobs never check our stickies..... so we still wont be bored
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I think for the first 2 builds, Xclio 550W PSU would be at a better performance at better price.
Personally I wouldn't ever buy anything from Xclio. But if everyone agrees then I will be happy to change the builds. Thanks for the input.

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Errr.. I don't think stickying this is that good of an idea. No offense to you, but within a week everything will be outdated..
Well if you had read the beginning, the point is to continuously update the builds so they are current. I plan on updating them at least once a week with ideas I read on this thread and on the forum in general.

Thanks to everyone else for for the feedback.
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Errr.. I don't think stickying this is that good of an idea. No offense to you, but within a week everything will be outdated..
ppl here don't read... he said clearly he'll update it......
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