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Old 01-16-2009, 09:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Im currently thinking about building my own desktop pc, i have an idea of what i want to be included and was wondering if anyone could possibly rate this system (preferably out of 10) and give me an idea of how much a system like this would cost, retail and custom build (the system specs are shown below, excluding chassis and PSU)? Thanks very much

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AMD HD985ZXAGHBOX Phenom Quad-Core 9850 2.5GHz 125W L2-2MB L3-2MB Socket AM2+ CPU - Black Edition
Motherboard
Asus M3A78-CM
Hard drive
(1.5TB) Seagate Barracuda 7200 32MB Cache SATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive
Memory (RAM)
Kingston 2GB (1X2GB), 1066MHz, DDR2, Non-ECC RAM
graphics card
Sapphire ATI Radeon 512MB HD4870 GDDR5 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI HDTV-Out Graphics Card
CD/DVD Drive
LG GH20LS15BRL SATA 20X DVD-RW Optical Drive with LightScribe Retail (Black)
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Im currently thinking about building my own desktop pc, i have an idea of what i want to be included and was wondering if anyone could possibly rate this system (preferably out of 10) and give me an idea of how much a system like this would cost, retail and custom build (the system specs are shown below, excluding chassis and PSU)? Thanks very much

Processor
AMD HD985ZXAGHBOX Phenom Quad-Core 9850 2.5GHz 125W L2-2MB L3-2MB Socket AM2+ CPU - Black Edition
Motherboard
Asus M3A78-CM
Hard drive
(1.5TB) Seagate Barracuda 7200 32MB Cache SATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive
Memory (RAM)
Kingston 2GB (1X2GB), 1066MHz, DDR2, Non-ECC RAM
graphics card
Sapphire ATI Radeon 512MB HD4870 GDDR5 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI HDTV-Out Graphics Card
CD/DVD Drive
LG GH20LS15BRL SATA 20X DVD-RW Optical Drive with LightScribe Retail (Black)
if your going with a phenom, get a phenom II 920 or 940

also on the ram, get 2x2 instead of 2x1
everything else looks fine.
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Im currently thinking about building my own desktop pc, i have an idea of what i want to be included and was wondering if anyone could possibly rate this system (preferably out of 10) and give me an idea of how much a system like this would cost, retail and custom build (the system specs are shown below, excluding chassis and PSU)? Thanks very much

Processor
AMD HD985ZXAGHBOX Phenom Quad-Core 9850 2.5GHz 125W L2-2MB L3-2MB Socket AM2+ CPU - Black Edition
Motherboard
Asus M3A78-CM
Hard drive
(1.5TB) Seagate Barracuda 7200 32MB Cache SATA 3Gb/s Hard Drive
Memory (RAM)
Kingston 2GB (1X2GB), 1066MHz, DDR2, Non-ECC RAM
graphics card
Sapphire ATI Radeon 512MB HD4870 GDDR5 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI HDTV-Out Graphics Card
CD/DVD Drive
LG GH20LS15BRL SATA 20X DVD-RW Optical Drive with LightScribe Retail (Black)

Good thing you posted before you purchased those parts. That 9850 is a phenom 1. Its slow and can't overclock. If you absolutely must go amd get a phenom 2. But I would strongly recommend getting an Intel build. Depending on your budget you could afford a Q9400. In the next week or two it will be around $220. It is about on par with the Phenom 2 940, but soon will be much cheaper. As for a motherboard I would recommend either the Biostar TP45hp or the I45. They are great at overclocking and have features and performance of boards that cost much more. As for ram I recommend OCZ golds in the 1066mhz in 2gb kits. They are good for 4-5-4-15 at 1100mhz.
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thanks alot, i only just managed to cancel my order, lol. Im now doubting weather a quad core processor is what i want anyway since im more of a gamer anyway. Im thinking of buying a dual core as games seem to exploit these alot more anyway, what do you suggest? Im currently using a Intel Core 2 Due T7250 2.00GH/s processor but i would really like the extra processing power.
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If you are looking at dual cores then the e8500 is a good choice. If you get an E0 then you will be set for overclocking with the core contact. I got my e7200 to 4.1ghz with my core contact and the e8500 is an even better overclocker.
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yeh, that looks pretty good, ive just noticed that AMD are going to release the new AMD phenom FX prossessor that apparantly has a stock speed of 4.4GH/s . I might wait till that comes out but im doubtfull as to how much it will cost. Im trying to find a processor that has the high GH/s of a high end processor but for lower price so i'll probably try and stick with AMD instead of going with Intel. With regards to the motherboard i got that Asus M3A78-CM dirt cheap and i already have it. Plus im happy with that model at the moment and dont see the need to get the ones you suggested. However, that may make a good buy simply for the duel PCI express slots that it has allowing for dual graphics cards. Then again i can always upgrade the motherboard anyway, there only going to go down in price. (hopefully)
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Ghz means absolutely nothing. A 2.6ghz quad is faster than a 3ghz dual core. And AMD chips right now are slower than Intel chips. If you buy amd you will be wasting your money. The phenom 2 is equivalent to Intel's quads 2 years ago. They also have higher tdps and don't overclock as well. Get the e8500. I guarantee you will be happy. It is good for 4ghz and then some. I want to see an AMD do that on air cooling.
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thanks alot, im now in the process of buying a Intel E8600 Core 2 Duo Proccessor - 3.33 GHz,6MB L2 Cache,1333MHz FSB,Socket LGA775,45 nm from Amazon.co.uk. Should do me just fine, im also ordering an ASUS P5Q, don't have a clue what im going to do with my current mobo . Cost me 50 . Anywho, thanks alot
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Get the Biostar TP45hp. It is cheaper and has better OC abilities.
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Matt, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the E8500 just an E8400 with a bumped up multiplier? At least, that was what I thought.
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