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post #1 of 8
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Hi everyone, first post. Im thinking about getting a new PC, and I've asked help on a very helpful portuguese forum, along with others forums where I've posted this. I'd like to read everybody's feedback.

My budget is 1500 euros tops, although it woud be cool if it can be much less than that (it's around 2000 us dollars), and I favour the best cost effective computer parts out there, so I will ask your advice about them. The following is a list of items Im thinking in buying. There are people who also recommended me the E4300 and even the E4400. Also, while reading several posts out there, Im also inclined in buying a 8800 GT (or 8800 GTS?).

Well, anyway, I guess you can come up with any part you think it's worth it and cost-effective, even if it's more expensive than my original budget. There was this guy who commented he'd rather spend some more money now and just need to upgrade 2 years from now, than having it cheaper and need to upgrade 1 year from now. This got me to think, also, so be my guest and give me some suggestions

Note1: I already have a CD/DVD player.

Note2: I need a box, those Nox boxes would be great, but the Tuniq Tower doesn't fit in. Do you have any recommendation?



Asus P5B Deluxe Chipset 965 Socket 775
  • €165


Intel Core 2 Duo E2140 1.60GHZ FSB800 1MB CACHE BOX
  • €79,90


Gskill 2GB DDR2 PC6400 HK
  • €129,90


Xpertvision 8600 GT 256 MB DDR3 PCIe
  • €125


Tuniq Tower
  • €39,90


Nox ATX Urano 600W SLI
  • €46,50


Western Digital 250GB SATA II "2500KS"
  • €74,50



Total = €719,60 = 967,28 us dollars
post #2 of 8
I would say upgrade to the E6420 or E6600
and upgrade the the GPU to 8800GTS 320 (if your running resoultion lower then 1280X1024) or the 8800GTS 640
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Core 2 Duo T7200 2 Ghz Go 7900 GS 2GB G.Skill 667Mhz 120 Gb 5400 RPM 
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DVDRom/CDRW 17" Widescreen Dell Inspiron E1705 
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post #3 of 8
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I heard on the 22nd July there will be price drops on most components and especially on the quad cores. Im very patient, do you think they'll be worth they price at $268?
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Ok, Im slowly coming up with new changes. What do you think of these? I don't know which memory is more valuable to its price, I don't mind giving extra for the Reaper if it's worth it.

post #5 of 8
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After some advices I've been giving and a lot of browsing I came up with this build. I guess it isn't much cost effective now, and Im probably be eating grass for a couple of months, but these were the absolutest cheapest prices for the given parts I was able to find in my country, also taking in consideration its location. All the parts here are in 2 different shops in the same city.

There is one thing missing: the motherboard. I have no idea about it. Im not even sure the Antec is the case to get, or if the 8800 GTX is going to fit in all this stuff. Also, I've decided not to buy the Tuniq Tower 120, Im not sure whether it's really necessary or not.


Case
  • Antec P180 Black > €127,00

Graphics Card
  • XFX GeForce 8800 GTX 768 MB > €574,00

Processor
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 > €199

Hard Drive
  • Western Digital 500 GB 5000 AAKS > €125,90

Power Supply Unit
  • Corsair HX 620W > €151,90

Memory
  • Gskill DDR2 PC6400 HK 2GB > €129,00


TOTAL = €1306,8 = £885,85 = $1758,95
post #6 of 8
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Ok, after some advice and some phone calls to a store Im planning on going, here is a revised build:

Case
  • Antec P180 Black > €127,00

Motherboard
  • Asus P5B > €102,85

Graphics Card
  • BFG GeForce 8800 GTX OC 768 MB > €590,00

Processor
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 > €199

Hard Drive
  • Seagate 500 GB SATA II 7200.10 > €125,90

Power Supply Unit
  • Corsair HX 520W > €120,00

Memory
  • Gskill DDR2 PC6400 HK 2GB > €121,00

Air Cooling
  • Tuniq Tower 120 > €48,90


TOTAL = €1434,7 = £972,55 = $1931,10
post #7 of 8
if you can, get the Gskill hz ram. i would also suggest an Asus P5K Vanilla if the p35 chipsets are available in your location, although the P5B vanilla you are suggesting i have owned and is a great board.
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WD 250GB Samsung DVD-RW AC Freezer 7 Pro Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x86 
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32" Insignia LED @ 1080p 550w Antec Truepower II Thermaltake Soprano Audigy 2 ZS 
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post #8 of 8
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The Gskill hz series are better?
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