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If you want a futureproof AMD system today, all you need is an AM3+ motherboard. Which there are several available for ~$100 or less. I would definitely choose one of these if I were you:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=1&name=AM3%2b
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Mobo (With Onboard 4250)
OS
HDD
RAM
Case
PSU
CPU

$474.84 w/shipping
Edited by PsYcHo29388 - 6/17/11 at 6:44am
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post #13 of 18
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Originally Posted by james_ant View Post
Really no point in a SSd if your not gaming. I have a Pentium Dual core rig that cost me under 200$, 64$ for the CPU, 60$ for the motherboard with Intel integrated graphics. Then I used my old ATA 120gb hard drive and some old DDR2 ram. Then I bought a Antec 450w 80+ psu for 40$. So really I only spent 160$.

With a budget of 300 you could build the same thing with his 1tb drive a cheap MicroATX case and Windows 7 if your intent on buying that.
The majority of the benefits SSD's have to offer only apply to non-gaming. Makes the OS a lot more responsive, reduces boot times, etc. If you buy an SSD for strictly gaming purposes at this point you fail IMO.
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I was just trying to help him future proof some since Phenom IIs are EOL soon and SB is much faster, but yes, for his basic needs, he wont have a problem.

This combo is a great deal but with W7 and SSD it will go over budget. OH and LOL at "Phenom 2nd Gen." marketing jargon.
You should just go with that, I'm trying to build something cheap but obviously I'm having no luck...

Also Phenom's are going to EOL soon, but if all you're doing is browsing the internet and typing documents, I honestly don't see the big deal. My parents are still happy with their pentium 4 and that's all they do.
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u can use the ssd for the primary drive and use that 1tb hard drive he's got for storage
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From what I understand it's basically a computer for someone who wants something that will work and not have to deal with OC'ing or core unlocking....

I'm going to go with an AMD build and there may be the potential to unlock but I'm not going to push it. Relatively "non essential" parts like PSU and Case will be cheap bundled stuff, RAM will be ValueRAM and SSD will use older controllers.

I'm going to go with a 30GB SSD here because I've heard that Win7 x64 requires 20GB to install or something. If that's not true downgrade to a Kingston SSDNow V100 16GB or something.

Try this:

CM Elite 360 w/ PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119205
Biostar 770 mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138179
XFX HD4670 (comes with MIR): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150525
2GB Kingston DDR3-1333 kit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820134788
Athlon II X2 250: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103903
OCZ Vertex (1st gen) 30GB SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227393

And of course Win7 Pro x64: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116992

Total comes to $472 shipped to some random zip code in Richmond, Virginia. Coupled with $15 MIR you're at just over $455 once the smoke clears.
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post #17 of 18

Needs better RAM guys. Generic 1333 CL9 RAM will hold back that SSD from its full potential; by utilizing an SSD you are throwing significantly more data into and out of the RAM at once due to its capabilities. You should be pushing to get that better speed & timings. I'm even seeing a lot of people suggesting 3 DIMM RAM kits that will run in single channel and ruin everything in terms of performance.

My recommendation (by the way, quad core would be TOTALLY unnecessary here, you're playing back video and doing nothing else; seriously focus on the form factor and power consumption/efficiency!):

Athlon II x2 250 + Biostar A880G+ - $100
2x2GB A-Data DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8 - $39 (not only is this better for the SSD performance due to 1600Mhz at low timings, but it's cheaper than every 1333 CL9 kit). Or get these $35 1333 CL7 Ballistix Tracer
Windows 7 x64 Home Premium - $96 shipped [Supermediastore, cheaper than Newegg]
OCZ 50GB Solid State Drive - $100 shipped [Nextwarehouse]
Antec Earthwatts EA-380 - $35

- $35 shipped [Amazon]
Newegg $10 off new customer promo code - $10 off

Total cost: $395 shipped

Alternative/extra choices:
-Pixxo small form factor case/PSU (I highly recommend small form factor for builds like this, and it also saves money) - $28 + $11 shipping
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB HDD - $50 shipped after promo

What to do with the extra $100:
-Go with that quad core you want (but honestly, that will fare worse for power consumption and be TOTALLY unnecessary for just video playback)
-Have fun
Edited by xd_1771 - 6/17/11 at 4:16pm
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Man, got a lot of responses. Thanks to everyone. OCN rocks. Before I started this thread, I had picked out the PII 955 and the Asus AM3+ board lots of you guys picked out combined with Win7 pro combo deal. I talked with my co-worker today and he said that if I get within $50 (aka $550), he'd be happy, so I have a little headroom.

Some of you have made compelling cases for cheaper hardware. I really do want to go with an AM3+ board so that he'll have an upgrade path. However, I doubt this machine will ever get upgraded. I'll post back with my selections in a bit.
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