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Old 09-20-2008, 02:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Price/Component Check for a budget rig

About to order the following for a budget rig. The Cpu is C2D E7200, motherboard is with oboard intel gma 3100. havent read any good reviews on the X4500HD or the 4500.. so dint go for the g45 chipset.

Will throw in a videocard in a couple of months.

main uses - watchin movies (divx, dvd etc..) playing light fps games (mostly adventure), browsing the internet, downloadin n burning music, etc.


Heres the list and the prices in Canadian Dollars...

Case:
Thermaltake Wing RS 100 Piano Black ATX Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB & Sound - $39.96

PSU:
Coolermaster Extreme Power 500W ATX 12V V2.01 Silent Power Supply 20/24PIN 120MM Fan - $39.96

RAM:
OCZ Gold XTC PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-15 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit $20.00 CAD Mail in Rebate for this item - $48.30

ODD:
LG GH22NP20 Black DVD+RW 22X8X16 DVD-RW 22X6X16 DL 16X/12X 2MB IDE OEM - $26.12

Motherboard:
Gigabyte GA-EG31M-S2 mATX LGA775 G31 DDR2 1PCI-E16 2PCI SATA2 Video Sound GBLAN Motherboard - $63.43

Processor:
Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 Dual Core Processor LGA775 2.53GHZ 1066FSB 3MB Retail Box - $126.88


Hard drive:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB SATA2 8.5MS 7200RPM 16MB Cache Hard Drive Oem 5YR Mfr Warranty- $49.88

Subtotal - CAD $394.53
Total (tax included+free shipping+insurance) - CAD $427.47


Still debating with the possibility of getting a motherboard with the onboard
X4500HD until I throw in a videocard but then on the other hand the X4500HD is really useless once I get a videocard....


I am considering a 9600GT or the 8500GT


Like always all advices for the above components are welcome.


the retailer I am ordering through is my favorite - DirectCanada.com
(until NewEgg doesnt launch)
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Default Re: Price/Component Check for a budget rig

i don'y know enough about budget parts to comment much, but as far as the video cards you're considering go for the 9600gt over the 8500.
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Have you considered purchasing an AMD based build? The 780G chipset can run with a video card and is much more powerful than the Intel graphics.
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Have you considered purchasing an AMD based build? The 780G chipset can run with a video card and is much more powerful than the Intel graphics.
i was but i am not sure about amd's power and temps...
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Power? as in Speed of the GPU? Well its faster than anything Intel has out right now, even beats the GMA X4500 by a good bit..

However, some would say that AMD has an "inferior" product compared to Intel, they are a bit behind though... I'd say stick with Intel and don't plan on gaming on the GMA X4500, or drop the settings a lot!!
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Power? as in Speed of the GPU? Well its faster than anything Intel has out right now, even beats the GMA X4500 by a good bit..

However, some would say that AMD has an "inferior" product compared to Intel, they are a bit behind though... I'd say stick with Intel and don't plan on gaming on the GMA X4500, or drop the settings a lot!!
hey man vernong.. howzit goin bud..

the X4500 would be just my insurance incase a videocard decides to die on me.

by power i meant... the power requirements / temp. issues (heating etc)

See i was even considering the AMD 790GX with SB750. But then I had a hard time jusitfying the price/performance ratio between an X4 Phenom and a C2D (the latter being beating the former in performance/power consumption/heat).

Otherwise, AMD is capable of an awesome budget rig no doubt.


howz the temps on your amd rig?
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Go with the 9600gt, they are really cheap now, or even an 8800gs, as it is not much far behind a 9600gt. Also the timmings on that ram are a little lagging, pun intended, i would go for a set with 4.4.4.12
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Go with the 9600gt, they are really cheap now, or even an 8800gs, as it is not much far behind a 9600gt. Also the timmings on that ram are a little lagging, pun intended, i would go for a set with 4.4.4.12
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im a little out of the loop right now, have been busy, i didn't even know it had released.
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