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I am planning to do a Brisbane budget build and, since I am on a budget, I can only afford to get one thing every week or so. My question is, what order should I buy the items to get the best deals? (assuming there is a price drop i the next month or 2) I need mobo, ram, cpu, cooler, hdd and maybe vista. I am thinking to get cpu, mobo, hdd, cooler, vista and ram. I would think that the ram prices will have the most price decrease. What do you think?





Although, this could change depending on what package deals I can find on the egg.
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Ram prices have moved up from a month or 2 ago, and when DDR3 comes out people speculate DDR2 will increase due to decreased production.

I'd just save and buy what I can use in my current rig.

I'd get the hdd since their prices probably won't drop alot, then save up and buy the mb, cpu & mem at once
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Start with:

CASE: Antec 900, THermaltake armor, or budget Athenatech ATX case, with 400w psu(backup) for 19.99$ after MIR. nice huh?. prices barely ever fluctuate on cases exept on sales.

Monitor: 20.1" specter for 159$ after MIR. Get warranties for at least 2 years extra. Need I say more really? 20.1 inch for 159$...300 cd/m2, 1000:1 contrast etc....

Ram: 2*1GB DDR2-800 Crucial ballistix, 79$ after MIR (they are not going to go any cheaper, remember DDR1??, after this, when ddr3 hits, they start going UP)

Cpu: Core 2 Duo E2140 83$ Conroe. Here's WHY Also retail box, price close to brisbane. E2140 at 2.93GHZ

Mobo: P5NE-sli (OEM) 87$. 488FSB guaranteed, all the options you need, and some you wont.

Video card: X1950XT 149$ or 8800GTS 320MB 259$ after MIR (depends on your budget) If you go DX10, dont go lower than 8800gts. the 8600s and 8500s cost way too much for what little performace they give. if you plan to budget, get that XT and sell it later when the 8900s come out to get an 8800.

PSU: Xclio, Corsair, BFG, Silverstone or FSP, 500W or more. one of those is bound to be cheap with an MIR. there was an XCLIO 500W for 49$ but its out of stock right now.

Hard drive: 500GB seagate perpendicular. prices are going down with releases of 750GB and just generarily. they were 150$ about 4 months ago, now at 99$

CPU cooling, AS5, GPU cooling , fans etc...

and there you have it.
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Thats nice, but I don't need half that stuff and I want to stick with AMD.
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I figure you can strike out what you dont need (video card, psu, case, hdd?, cooler?) and just follow that order.

As for the AMD choice, you can get an Brisbane 3600+ for around 70$ and a biostar Tforce T550 for around 70$. Good luck!!
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The Biostar 550 MB (nonSLI) is a good OCer and reasonably priced. THere is also a new comer to the AM2 MB circuit which uses the 7050 chip set, its a mATX w/OB vid, but is disabled when installing a vid card. It also OCs very well dependant on the brand but don't OC well with OB video. Why do I get into that.. so you may get your build going with out the high dollar PCIe vid card for now. Just wait for the OCing later when you get a PCIe vid.
With a retail 3600+ you should reach 2800ish with the retail cooler for now and have the 3 year warranty Then get a better HSF later.
So, MB, CPU, RAM first off and your PS should get you buy for now too!
Biostar 550, currently under $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138026
Biostar 7050 about $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138061
As said. Ballistix DDR2 800 about $80
CPU X2 3600+ Retail $62
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103046

About $210-220 for those 3 components.

Oh, and the Biostar 7050 does OC well... several have gotten over 3G form the 3600+.
    
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I think I would get the ram first since prices seem to be going back up.A X2 3600 Brisbane next and get the MB last with the other parts in between.The MB last because I would get a AM2+ MB so you can upgrade to next gen. CPU later and their just starting to come out now and if you wait you'll have a better selection.Here is the first one out.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138081
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Get the RAM first. RAM prices have no where left go but up, especially after the massive drop in prices we have seen recently.

RAM first. This is a no brainer. You could even stick it in your current rig while you wait, assuming your current rig is DDR2.
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