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post #1 of 13
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I need to help my cousin's friend put together a new computer. It's just going to be used to surf the web, word processing, multitasking, and light gaming (nothing GPU intensive).
Subtotal: $577.93

The challenge is...the total price should be around $500 for the entire computer (including monitor). We can leave the mouse and keyboard out for now because I might have extras laying around.

What I need help on is the mobo, the case and the PSU.
  1. I'm going to try to overclock whatever I can. Obviously not much, but whatever that's viable within the budget. Is there a better mobo I can use?
  2. Any opinions on the case?
  3. If I'm correct, the PSU only has 22A. Will the PSU be sufficient and efficient?

Update
Subtotal: $535.93

What you guys think now?
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post #2 of 13
If your budget, with LCD is to stay under $500, I'd go with the AMD 3800+ Brisbane with the BioStar 550 Chipset board and go from there!
post #3 of 13
Drop down to the E2140. It's basically the same chip. A simple increase in FSB in the Bios and you have a 2160. A very light over-clock can operate on stock cooling and will never cause any stability problems and will save you $6-7 on the pop.

You could save another $25 by going with one of these power supplies-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182016
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817189005

And another $8 by going with this DVD burner-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151133

That puts you really close to the $500 mark and gives you just as good, if not better components. The Xclio and Rosewill PSU I linked you are way better than the Cooler Master PSU you were originally planning on getting.

The burner I linked you is also better than the Lite-On. Lite-On drives have been giving people trouble lately.
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post #4 of 13
I support the Rosewill PSU choice listed above. It's currently working flawlessly in a budget AMD build with a 7600GT
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post #5 of 13
look on the for sale thread here i believe someone is selling a mATX MSI board for like 35 bucks great deal and will probably overclock better then an intel board
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Originally Posted by dannyyboii View Post
I need to help my cousin's friend put together a new computer. It's just going to be used to surf the web, word processing, multitasking, and light gaming (nothing GPU intensive).Subtotal: $577.93

The challenge is...the total price should be around $500 for the entire computer (including monitor). We can leave the mouse and keyboard out for now because I might have extras laying around.

What I need help on is the mobo, the case and the PSU.
  1. I'm going to try to overclock whatever I can. Obviously not much, but whatever that's viable within the budget. Is there a better mobo I can use?
  2. Any opinions on the case?
  3. If I'm correct, the PSU only has 22A. Will the PSU be sufficient and efficient?
I think you can do much better on the PSU. I cannot seem to find the NUUO anymore, but that is a great PSU if you can find it. I also agree about get the 2140 to save some money.
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post #8 of 13
My picks (yes, AMD)
Subtotal: $518.93

- Cheapo case
- Good mATX mobo with onboard video
- Good budget PSU
- X2 3600+... 'nuff said.
- 2GB RAM (that's were the savings on the case went )
- HDD with 16MB Cache
- Monitor... sure.
- Cheaper SATA burner

Note that a 19" monitor can be had for $169.99 and FREE shipping, which is only $8.46 more than the 17" you picked (shipping cost included)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824254001
    
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If I were to go with Intel, what would you say? One reason is that I don't know how to OC AMD CPUs and I don't feel like learning it at the moment.

Edit: On the second though..I might do AMD, just to expand my knowledge But let's say I want it to be with Intel. What would Chozart say?
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post #10 of 13
those 3600 x2 are good overclockers i have seen some hit 2.5-2.6 on stock volts
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