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Hey guys...

Need some help and ideas. My friend wants a not so major upgrade from athlon 64 3200+. We'll get the stuff of course from the Egg. We are leaning to an AMD quad and we only need these parts:

CPU
Ram
Mobo
GPU
PSU

I know the budget might be too little but I can convince him to spend little more.

By the way it's gonna be more like an HTPC and some minor gaming.

Thanks....
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have you thought of looking into the ocn market place? you could get a gtx 450 or gtx 460 for a really good price. maybe get a last generation card from ati or try getting your hands on a 5770? and maybe get some 4GB ram?
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I doubt my friend wants some used stuff. If they're mine why not.

But that's a good idea. I'll let him know. Maybe we could get a gpu for cheap here.
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It would be hard (see impossible) to get that stuff for 300$ if it's not used. If you cut the gpu you probably could.
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The X3 will be plenty,plus the board will allow easy future upgrades.
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you could go with a phenom1 quad, a gtx260, m2n68-am se2, and 4gigs ddr2, 500 watt antec power supply. probably close to budget, some used dome new
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If you had a microcenter nearby this would be insanely easy with mobo and cpu combos. I would still try to find a combo on newegg and keep using the newcustomer10 code whenever possible through multiple orders.

Other parts:

You can easily find 4gb ram kits for $20ish AR.

GTX450 would be great for light gaming and htpc use.

PSU I would recommend either the corsair 430w or an antec earthwatt, they can be had for $20-40 AR.

Finally pick up a samsung F3 for $49.99 if space is needed or a $64 AR 64gb kingston SSD.

I apologize for rambling I am dead tired.
    
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post #8 of 30
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Redwoodz View Post

The X3 will be plenty,plus the board will allow easy future upgrades.
Like this. Triple core isn't that far away performance wise from x4. The rebates will make-up with the over budget.

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Originally Posted by Asustweaker View Post
you could go with a phenom1 quad, a gtx260, m2n68-am se2, and 4gigs ddr2, 500 watt antec power supply. probably close to budget, some used dome new
That will be my last resort if I can't convince him to raise his budget.

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Originally Posted by Somenamehere View Post
If you had a microcenter nearby this would be insanely easy with mobo and cpu combos. I would still try to find a combo on newegg and keep using the newcustomer10 code whenever possible through multiple orders.

Other parts:

You can easily find 4gb ram kits for $20ish AR.

GTX450 would be great for light gaming and htpc use.

PSU I would recommend either the corsair 430w or an antec earthwatt, they can be had for $20-40 AR.

Finally pick up a samsung F3 for $49.99 if space is needed or a $64 AR 64gb kingston SSD.

I apologize for rambling I am dead tired.
I appreciate your input. You must be really tired since I didn't include hardrive on my list. Thanks. We are like 30 miles away from microcenter but I'm keeping an eye on Fry's weekly ad.
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Figured since you said it was an HTPC that DX11 wouldn't be an issue. Just add the HS of your choice, after the promo code it brings the total to $313 before rebates ($273 after). Weekend deal on the VC.
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I paid $59 for my CPU at Fry's on sale
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