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They didn't by chance change the hookup for the IDE hard drives, did they? I have 2, don't want to buy another, and I don't need any surprises.

BTW, would anyone suggest that I buy some of these items open box? I think it would save some $$, but I don't feel too good about it.
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There is open box and there is open box
Open Box OEM are NEW and bulk shiped to the retailer for builds, they come with NO accesories what so ever!
Open box that are returned are a crap shoot, who know what you get with them but the item and maybe other stuff but carry the same warranty as new in most cases.
    
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OK, so which is better: The dual core processor with the 7300LE; Or the Sempron64 with the 8500GT?
    
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OK, so which is better: The dual core processor with the 7300LE; Or the Sempron64 with the 8500GT?
id have to go with the dual core with the 7300-- only reason not to is if you plan on watching a lot of HD stuff. although in the end they might just balance out.
i dunno, what do other ppl think about this?
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8600 GT/GTS $114-$200 depending on brand and model.
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Yea, just go for the 8600, instead of the 8500 or 7300.
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Yeah, I think I will do the dual core with the 7300. I don't have any HDTV needs. All of my movies are AVI or MPEG form, anyway. Also, I have a regular flat screen TV, no HD capabilities. That's where I plan to hook up this new rig.
    
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CyberDruid has some sweet deals on vid cards in the For Sale section.
7950 GT OC for $150
http://www.overclock.net/sale/203169...ness-sale.html
    
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Ok, I have my CPU narrowed down to 2 choices:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ Brisbane 1.9GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+(65W) Windsor 2.0GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor

Someone said that the 3600+ had better overclocking. What do you guys think?

Also, I saw that there are several options for MoBo combo deals. It could save some bucks, but if the MoBos suck, then I don't want them. So if someone recommends me a 3600+ or 3800+, could you recommend me a good MoBo to go with it?
    
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the brisbane does overclock better and its made with a newer process (65nm) - im pretty sure this means that it doesnt require as much voltage and therefore stays cooler.

also in my opinion, if you are looking for cheap quality when it comes to motherboards Id go with a brand like Biostar or Gigabyte or maybe ASUS (im not sure about the quality of there budget boards, but generally they have a reputation for quality) or maybe MSI. Just try and get one that has a Nvidia Nforce chipset. (if its not immediately apparent what chipset a particular mobo has, then look under "Southebridge:").
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823109149
I would suggest this keyboard for watching movies.....cheap with shortcut buttons, and microsoft makes some good keyboards.
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It doesn't freaking matter what chipset the guy is getting if he isn't gaming or overclocking! He's watching movies, all you need is one that will support the right CPU that you want: i. e. Intel or AMD.
I would get dual core if you're going to watch movies. ESPECIALLY if you ever decide to 'back them up' It will cut your time in half. I would also get 2Gb of RAM, seeing how cheap DDR2 is.
Check out these combos. I would grab the cheapest mobo combo and get this RAM with it:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Size=10&page=1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820134384
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