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My friend and now coworker finally can buy a new computer, he asked me to help him pick out some parts.

His budget is 350-500 but the lower the better.

I made this quick build, seeing as SB is doing well and I think dozer will be out of his budget range and needs. He just plays WoW and SC II, streams netflix, and watch his DVD's and anime.

CPU: Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz $124.99

Mobo: ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 $72.99

RAM: G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $39.99

PSU: Antec BP550 Plus 550W $59.99

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB $64.99

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER $54.99

Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS $21.99

Total 439.93 including S/H

In the future if this is still around....

SAPPHIRE 100297L Radeon HD 5830 1GB $109.99


I'm open for suggestions my friend wants to buy as soon as possible, the onboard graphics can hold him over till he can buy a video card.
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post #2 of 13
What are you planning to run as in os. Since I don't see windows in that budget.

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His birthday is next month, so I will buy him Windows 7 as his early bday present.
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post #4 of 13
everything looks good.
how about the psu? does he want modular?is that why you picked the antec 550?
i think you can spend less on the psu like a good 430w would be more than enough.
    
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Modular is just less clutter he likes how my PSU is modular and Its for the 5830 if it is still available.
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post #6 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by fernandude View Post
My friend and now coworker finally can buy a new computer, he asked me to help him pick out some parts.

His budget is 350-500 but the lower the better.

I made this quick build, seeing as SB is doing well and I think dozer will be out of his budget range and needs. He just plays WoW and SC II, streams netflix, and watch his DVD's and anime.

CPU: Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz $124.99

Mobo: ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 $72.99

RAM: G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $39.99

PSU: Antec BP550 Plus 550W $59.99

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB $64.99

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER $54.99

Drive: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS $21.99

Total 439.93 including S/H

In the future if this is still around....

SAPPHIRE 100297L Radeon HD 5830 1GB $109.99


I'm open for suggestions my friend wants to buy as soon as possible, the onboard graphics can hold him over till he can buy a video card.
This chip can't be OC'd,
so you should get him a phenomII x4 955 BE,
this chip will perform better,for the mobo get asus m4a88t-m-le,
Hope u like my suggestion
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post #7 of 13
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I don't think he wants to OC or even knows of OCing for that matter. If he does....I don't think it would be wise to buy a PII 955 when bulldozer is right around the corner.
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post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by fernandude View Post
I don't think he wants to OC or even knows of OCing for that matter. If he does....I don't think it would be wise to buy a PII 955 when bulldozer is right around the corner.
But bulldozer is not meant for a $500 build,x4 955 BE is the best cpu for a $500 build
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post #9 of 13
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The i3 will provide about the same if not better performance on non demanding games, multimedia and web surfing right?
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post #10 of 13
Quote:
Originally Posted by fernandude View Post
The i3 will provide about the same if not better performance on non demanding games, multimedia and web surfing right?
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no,
in any kind of video rendering,multimedia tasks a phenomII x4 955 be will perform better because its a quad core,heavy application will work better on a quad core than a dual core,
only the applications which uses dual core,there the i3 will perform on par with phenomII x4,
hope this helps.
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