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C2D 6600>3800+ AMD
Duh.... it's also about three times as expensive.

That's not really a post that contributes anything.
    
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Definitely go with the E2140 / E2160. I can overclock over 3.0Ghz on the stock cooler and performs very well. It is only $85 on the egg.



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post #23 of 45
like it was already posted to get a good intel board you need to spend more then youd have to for a good amd board.

i second chozarts suggestions on ram.
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PSU Was $60 shipped yesterday $80
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16817182032

RAM $80
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16820144047

DVD $35
http://www.newegg.com/product/produc...82E16827152076

CPU and board, $100
http://www.newegg.com/product/Produc...82E16813127026
http://www.newegg.com/product/Produc...82E16819103046

X1950XT $210 (wait for another cheap open box to come in)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814161048R

Thats about $520 after shipping, grab a lower video card, and a cheap case from somewhere to make it $450.
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I dunno, 1GB of RAM treats me great. My current system runs Oblivion with high-res mods, the "Natural Environments" mod, and full settings and rendering distances (minus the grass shadows) at between 20-40fps, which is plenty if you ask me. It's not exactly fast-paced, so one can afford lower framerates.

P.S. Screen resolution is 1440 x 900.
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like it was already posted to get a good intel board you need to spend more then youd have to for a good amd board.

i second chozarts suggestions on ram.
BioStar Tforce isn't that expensive. About $80.
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I have a HDD I can give him, so far what I have picked out is:

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Xclio Goodpower
I in no way wish to offend you (or anyone) but seriously... people start building a decent rig, nice processor, GPU, motherboard & ancillories, then cheap out on the PSU (the single most important component in a system IMHO)

Xclio? Rosewill?

It's not the wattage factor that counts, it's the Amperage on the rails that decide if a PSU will cut it OR not, I mean without a clean reliable (and regulated) voltage supply how can you expect to get the best out of your 'uber' components

FWIW I also get by on a meager 1Gb of Geil UltraX DDR (upgraged from 512Mb Corsair XMS) though I primarily run RTS titles, the OS you're using (and visual extras enabled) also dictates how much RAM is sufficient

Getting a decent PSU should be your primary concern, RAM can be upgraded (added to) but a PSU can only be replaced
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I in no way wish to offend you (or anyone) but seriously... people start building a decent rig, nice processor, GPU, motherboard & ancillories, then cheap out on the PSU (the single most important component in a system IMHO)

Xclio? Rosewill?

It's not the wattage factor that counts, it's the Amperage on the rails that decide if a PSU will cut it OR not, I mean without a clean reliable (and regulated) voltage supply how can you expect to get the best out of your 'uber' components

FWIW I also get by on a meager 1Gb of Geil UltraX DDR (upgraged from 512Mb Corsair XMS) though I primarily run RTS titles, the OS you're using (and visual extras enabled) also dictates how much RAM is sufficient

Getting a decent PSU should be your primary concern, RAM can be upgraded (added to) but a PSU can only be replaced
Don't think of a PSU as a component... think of it as insurance. If you spend $35 on it, then it's more likely something will go wrong (there are people on this forum who have had a bad PSU burn their system.... like smoke, fire, the works!!). If you spend $75-125 you can get a great PSU that can last 2 or 3 systems and has a very low probability to hurt your componets.

[edit] Don't just look at cost and wattage either. Look at brands, ask around for the best brands and stick to those. They are tried and tested and proven to work. They are suggested for a reason.
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I in no way wish to offend you (or anyone) but seriously... people start building a decent rig, nice processor, GPU, motherboard & ancillories, then cheap out on the PSU (the single most important component in a system IMHO)

Xclio? Rosewill?

It's not the wattage factor that counts, it's the Amperage on the rails that decide if a PSU will cut it OR not, I mean without a clean reliable (and regulated) voltage supply how can you expect to get the best out of your 'uber' components

FWIW I also get by on a meager 1Gb of Geil UltraX DDR (upgraged from 512Mb Corsair XMS) though I primarily run RTS titles, the OS you're using (and visual extras enabled) also dictates how much RAM is sufficient

Getting a decent PSU should be your primary concern, RAM can be upgraded (added to) but a PSU can only be replaced
Yeah, but that PSU is known to be a good budget PSU, it also gets good reviews on Newegg.

Would the FSP 450w a better choice?
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Yeah, but that PSU is known to be a good budget PSU, it also gets good reviews on Newegg.

Would the FSP 450w a better choice?

I don't believe the NewEgg reviews are worth the virtual paper they're written on, this is why researching products (like PSU's) is so important, sites like Johnny Guru's not to forget reliable review sites can give a great insight to potential components

I'm not familiar with FSP products, I generally stick to Antec (yeah I know about their capacitor history), PCP&C, Silverstone, Enermax & Seasonic are well reputed suppliers, Hiper & Tagan also have a reasonable following too

Looking closer at your proposed choice, will dual 18A be sufficient? keep in mind that won't be 18A max simultaneously on both lines... however if we're to work within the $60.00 USD budget range would you look at something like this Mushkin 550w dual 12v 20A $69.99 USD?

Of course for a little more 'moola' you could have 22A per dual 12v rail from this Enermax 485w PSU @ $79.99 USD FWIW this unit has significantly more oomph! on the 3.3v & 5v rails too!

Quote:
Originally Posted by ae804
Don't just look at cost and wattage either. Look at brands, ask around for the best brands and stick to those. They are tried and tested and proven to work. They are suggested for a reason.
QFT! cheaper PSU's are significantly lighter as they lack decent internals (ie. heatsinks), remember you don't need high wattage to acheive decent amperage!
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