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So right now my friend is asking me to either build him a PC for roughly $500 or go with this deal he found:

New black Antec VSK-2000 case with rear 3speed cooling fan
New FSP 750 watt 80 Plus Bronze psu (can SLI with 2nd 8800gtx)
Asus P5N32-E SLI motherboard with Supreme FX/dts sound card
2GB OCZ DDR2 800 Ram CL5 timings
750GB Seagate Sata 2 HDD (< 1yr old)
Intel 3.16GHz E8500 Wolfdale (rare, superfast) cpu + Artic Freezer7 Pro
BFG 8800 GTX superclk Video card ( comparable to Nvidia's gtx 460 )
LG 16x dvd burner + USB and Firewire rear brackets
Original box, manual and installation discs
for $500

Which one should he go with?

EDIT: He wants to SLI/Crossfire in the future. But from my understanding the board cannot Crossfire, only SLI?
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post #2 of 23
E8500 is hardly rare or that fast anymore, but I'll get a $500 build for you in a sec.
    
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post #3 of 23
go with that deal, he can just get a new card later on.
    
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post #4 of 23
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Originally Posted by chinaman25;13934655 
So right now my friend is asking me to either build him a PC for roughly $500 or go with this deal he found:

New black Antec VSK-2000 case with rear 3speed cooling fan
New FSP 750 watt 80 Plus Bronze psu (can SLI with 2nd 8800gtx)
Asus P5N32-E SLI motherboard with Supreme FX/dts sound card
2GB OCZ DDR2 800 Ram CL5 timings
750GB Seagate Sata 2 HDD (< 1yr old)
Intel 3.16GHz E8500 Wolfdale (rare, superfast) cpu + Artic Freezer7 Pro Not rare and not fast
BFG 8800 GTX superclk Video card ( comparable to Nvidia's gtx 460 ) Nowhere near gtx 460 levels.
LG 16x dvd burner + USB and Firewire rear brackets
Original box, manual and installation discs
for $500

Which one should he go with?

EDIT: He wants to SLI/Crossfire in the future. But from my understanding the board cannot Crossfire, only SLI?

Jut build one, you'll get better stuff in it anyways.
 
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post #5 of 23
Screw intel and he can get a much better build for $500
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post #6 of 23
i think you could easly build a phenom II x4 build with GTX460/6850 and 4gb of ram with that money wink.gif
    
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post #7 of 23
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i think he plans on running SC2 for the most part.

also he's a nvidia guy so looking for gtx 460.

I'll probably ask for suggestions in the AMD thread too
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post #8 of 23
I'd probably go with something like this
i3 2100
Gigabyte P67-D3-B3
2x2Gb Gskill Snipers
7200.12 500Gb Seagate
GT440 or 6770
Thermaltake V3
Enermax NAXN 450watt
post #9 of 23
AMD Athlon II X2 250 Dual Core Processor Socket AM3 3.0GHZ 2MB L2 Cache 65W Retail Box
Usually ships in 1-2 business days.
In Stock 56116 $67.16 $67.16

ASUS M4A78LT-M LE mATX AM3 DDR3 AMD 760G 1PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 2PCI Radeon 3000 Sound GBLAN Motherboard
Usually ships in 1-2 business days.
In Stock 47948 $68.57 $68.57


Corsair VS2GB1333D3 2GB 1X2GB DDR3-1333 240PIN DIMM Memory
Usually ships in 1-2 business days.
In Stock 39572 $19.32 $38.64

XFX Radeon HD 6870 Dual Fan 900MHZ 1GB 4.2GHZ GDDR5 2XDVI HDMI 2x Mini Display Port PCI-E Video Card
Usually ships in 1-2 business days.
In Stock 58512 $199.99 $199.99


Total War - Shogun 2 - Electronic Digital Download Coupon *AMD Promo Only*
In Stock 60296 $0.00 $0.00

Western Digital WD20EARS Caviar Green 2TB SATA2 3Gbps 64MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM
Usually ships in 1-2 business days.
In Stock 49591 $69.99 $69.99


Thermaltake V4 Black Edition ATX Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 EXT 4X3.5 INT Front USB Audio No PSU
Usually ships in 1-2 business days.
In Stock 54705 $55.99 $55.99

Coolermaster Extreme Power 650W ATX 12V V2.01 Silent Power Supply 20/24PIN 120MM Fan


MINUS the 6870 LOL, that's for me. Gonna build this next week.
Totals to $572 (with 6870 as an upgrade)
$373 without
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post #10 of 23
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161349

That card is better for money then the one posted above.
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