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post #11 of 22
Your spending a bit of a premium on the mobo. This one would be good

http://www.Newegg.com/Product/Produc...em=13-138-283R

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post #12 of 22
That all looks good to me. There isn't a reason it wont work together but what some other people are saying about buying a premade is true. That copy of windows alone is 20% of your budget.
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post #13 of 22
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That copy of windows alone is 20% of your budget.
Yeah that is true, most people just pirate their OS but since he's building it for a friend it would have to be a legit copy.
post #14 of 22
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No, but we have a Fry's in Austin. That HDD is showing 79.99 for me
when i looked it up it showed $45
anyhoo

SEAGATE BARRACUDA 500GB SERIAL ATA/300 7200RPM 32MB BUFFER INTERNAL HARD DRIVE - ST3500320AS - FACTORY RECERTIFIED $40
http://www.frys.com/product/6642274?...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG
post #15 of 22
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My friend is asking me to build him a PC for web browsing and viewing local ATSC hi-def channels. He wants it to be fast so that there's no huge delays in opening programs. I already have the hauppauge 1255 HDTV tuner with an antenna for my own computer and it works great. I'm posting this just to double check that everything here is compatible. I dont know alot about onboard video, will it be able to handle viewing HD content? Thanks

ASUS M4A88T-M LE Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Athlon II X2 260 3.2GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
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G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory
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LG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS70 OEM
Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1250 Hybrid TV Tuner /Video Recorder 1196
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

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I suggest you do the same PSU/Case, same OS, same tuner, however... replace the CPU/RAM/MOBO/HD/ODD with the following:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.747236
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822145299
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157241
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151233

The CPU is faster and uses less power, the ODD is a bit cheaper, twice as much RAM, and a HD large enough to actually live in. (win7 is over 20GB install, and will probably try to take another 8-16GBGB for virtual memory space, this leaves more than half a 64GB SSD consumed if it's your only drive after a fresh install)
This brings the budget to $500 shipped. (including your tuner thing)

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The above suggested is based on if you want to buy everything from the same place. If you don't mind shopping around, you can still find 500GB drives for ~$50 or less, and you can get windows 7 for ~$85-90 at alternative places. The $50+ savings could go towards upgrading the CPU to an i3-2100. (same combo with ram is available for 2100 also).
Edited by mdocod - 10/31/11 at 11:30pm
     
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post #16 of 22
Are you a student? You could get Windows 7 for normally 20 bucks or free depending on where you go to.
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post #17 of 22
This is where the AMD APUs are going to take the cake. You get excellent video acceleration with the APU and even respectable gaming capabilities for a casual user. An SSD would be the best option for the OS drive right now just because the prices of HDDs are so inflated. You can add a storage drive later.

At all costs avoid crap PSUs that come with cases. Most PC deaths in my experience have been caused by poor PSUs especially the ones coming with cases as a package deal on cheap models.

Also read the above post, this is a very handy piece of information if applicable.
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post #18 of 22
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If you have to buy a OS, it is cheaper to get a premade and upgrade the ram if you need to. Building bottom of the line PCs see no cost benefit its sometimes more expensive. With $450 (+TV Tuner) to spend on a desktop, he can get a nicer desktop from dell (i know, but i had to put it out there), hp or any other company.

Here is one with an i3 for $450:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16883227367


The i3 will be much better than the Athlon too. It will be night and day difference.
Go prebuilt or "customized" through manufacturers for cheap builds.
ibuypower make crap computers.

Your advise is good, there are some cheap pre-builts out there, I'd just avoid them.
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post #19 of 22
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This is where the AMD APUs are going to take the cake. You get excellent video acceleration with the APU and even respectable gaming capabilities for a casual user.
I have to disagree with llano taking any significant cake on this one. There are alternatives to most llano configurations that trade blows in performance depending on the task at hand that should be considered.

Example: $140 A8-3850, or for about the same price, you can mix an intel Pentium G840 with an HD5570. The result would actually be a slightly better gaming rig that handles 1-2 threads (most peoples needs) better. While the llano would handle heavily threaded scenarios better.
Or, a Celeron G530 paired up with a GDDR5 HD6670 would also cost about the same price, but gaming performance would be substantially better. A nice in-between option, an Athlon II Rana mixed with a an HD5570/5670/6570 type card is again, about the same price but would perform better in games and better in most computing tasks with the exception of the rare task that can load 4 threads.

The A8-3650, at $120, or for around same price, an intel pentium G620 or celeron G530 or Athlon II X2 paired up with an HD5570. The intel or Athlon configuration with the dedicated GPU would play games better, while the llano would handle heavily threaded tasks better. Again, a Rana is also a possible option with a dedicated GPU in this budget, and IMO, the higher clock of a Rana would overcome the performance of the 3650 is almost all cases.

The A6-3500, at $100, Or, a Celeron G530 paired with an HD4670. Again, the Intel + dedicated GPU would perform slightly better in games, while the llano would handle multi-threaded slightly better here.

The A4-3400, at $80, or pick an intel pentium G840 for $5 more, and use the intel HD graphics on the SB chip. In this comparison, the pentium is stronger in all CPU bound tasks, and the llano is faster in all GPU bound tasks.

The A4-3300, at $70, or an intel pentium G620, same as above, the intel wins in all CPU bound scenarios, while the llano wins in all GPU bound tasks.
Edited by mdocod - 11/1/11 at 9:00pm
     
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No, but we have a Fry's in Austin. That HDD is showing 79.99 for me
I Think you might have a micro center nearby! I'd snag the 59$ Phenom x4
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0371961
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