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post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Usario View Post
I'd get a little more RAM. You can get 8GB for $50 nowadays.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231308

The difference between different types of DDR3 is negligible, your dad won't notice a difference between 1066 and 1600. And the 1066 is CAS 7.

EDIT: Don't go Sandy Bridge, it's much more expensive
I did a sandy bridge build and it wasn't that much more expensive, and it would have resulted in a much faster system. Don't just throw stuff like that around. it makes you look like a fanboy.
post #12 of 16
looks good for a pc. hell you might even be able toplay some cod4 there
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Nice budget build. Should be pretty decent for the price and specs. Also, the Gskill 8gb kit that was linked earlier is a good choice as well not to much more money.
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post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by thrasherht View Post
I would go with a sandy bridge build.
much higher quality, and will be faster too.
Actually, due to the lack of 1. HyperThreading, 2. AVX/AES extensions (what gives SB a big plus), 3. relatively expensive to expand, and 3. total lack of overclockability, the AM3 chip may end up being faster.

Click for epic 2x4GB RAM deal (IF you need it)

Windows 7 is cheaper yet here
Cheaper but still good quality 2x2 DDR3-1600
Now spend the extra money you saved on a better hard drive or something

If you plan to overclock and unlock, definitely increase the investment in the board - 3+1 phase is not overclocking ready for higher TDP CPUs i.e. quads, and due to Hyper 212+ will be getting no cooling which can be dangerous.
Edited by xd_1771 - 8/2/11 at 2:20am
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Good solid build. I have that motherboard myself in my HTPC, I was skeptical about Biostar at first, but it proved to me that it was a great budget board.

Have fun with the build!
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post #16 of 16
Here's an extreme budget build for $171.96
AMD Athlon II X2 260 + BIOSTAR A880G+ - $105
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR 1333 CL9 - $27
WD Caviar Blue 500GB - $40
Total: $171.96

And here's a budget gaming build with a 6770 for $291.95 ($271.95 after MIR).
AMD Athlon II X2 260 + BIOSTAR A880G+ - $105
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR 1333 CL9 - $27
WD Caviar Blue 500GB - $40
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100328VXL Radeon HD 6770 1GB - $120
Total: $291.95 ($271.95 after MIR)

Both come with a Dual core at 3.2 Ghz, you can overclock to 3.6 on stock cooler at stock voltage and still have good temps, 4GB DDR3 1333 CL9 memory, and a 500 GB hard drive. The build with a 6770 has a good cooler so you should be able to overclock the 6770 pretty high. The extreme budget build has a 4250 clocked at 560, you can overclock that to at least 700 at stock voltage fully stable. You dad probably doesn't need more than a Dual Core running at 3.6, even for gaming, and if he does, you can always spend $50 more and get a Phenom II X2 840. You can save another $5 if you get the Athlon II X2 250 and the BIOSTAR A880G+ separately instead of the Athlon II X2 260 in a combo but it's only $5.
Edited by Ecstacy - 8/2/11 at 9:49am
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