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So here's the situation folks: My mom has a $1100 budget for a PC at her office, but since its a machine that is only required to run Office, I figured I would give her my old PC that I had given to my little brothers and build a new one for them.

Of course the limit is $1100 CAN but if it goes under, I get to make a few bucks.

Here's the PC that will go to the office:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1.8Ghz OCed @ 2.4Ghz
Motherboard: Intel D975XBX "Bad Axe" rev304
RAM: 2x1024MB of OCZ Gamer Edition XTC 5400 (533mhz)
GPU: Diamond Radeon x1600PRO 256MB
PSU: 500W Ultra
Case: Utra Wizard MidTower

Here's what I got in mind for the replacement:

XFX GeForce 8800GT 512MB $169.99 after $30MIR This card will actually go in my own PC and I will give the GTS 320mb to my brothers. Buying this card this week gives me free shipping for my entire order.

Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 2.4GHZ 800FSB 2MB $162.83

Coolermaster Elite RC-330 ATX Blk Case $47.73

Corsair CMPSU-450VX 450W $71.46 after $10MIR

OCZ Platinum XTC REV.2 PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 $49.99 after $30MIR

ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP $166.46

LG G-H20NS10 Black DVD+RW 20X8X16 DVD-RW $27.99

EDIT: I forgot to mention that I already have a 320GB SATA Seagate lying around. No need for a second HDD.

TOTAL AFTER TAXES AND RMA INSURANCE: $828.91

AFTER MIR: $758.91

What do you guys think? My little brothers are not graphics whores, but I think they would be well served with this rig.
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post #2 of 19
Nice build man.

Lucky you, getting to give your old computer to your mom in exchange for 1100 towards a new computer...

If I were you, try to get the Galaxy 8800 GT if you can, they have voltage jumpers on them and they can overclock hihger

I would go with a higher end dual core such as the E8*** series, or the Q6600, for the cpu. I personally lean towards the Q6600 because well, it's quad core and it can take higher vCore.

and for your MB -- do you really need wifi?

Just get the regular P5K, it performs rather well with my quad and i've never had any problems.

Otherwise, nice build. I would just use the extra money you are 'saving' for higher end products.

Just my two cents though.

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post #3 of 19
Sounds good.
Do you need the WiFi capabilities? Other than that, I don't see a reason to not save another $50 on the mobo...

Sounds like your mom is getting taken advantage of here though
Lol.
Out of curiosity, what "old pc" is she recieving for $1.1K?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeag View Post
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1.8Ghz OCed @ 2.4Ghz
Motherboard: Intel D975XBX "Bad Axe" rev304
RAM: 2x1024MB of OCZ Gamer Edition XTC 5400 (533mhz)
GPU: Diamond Radeon x1600PRO 256MB
PSU: 500W Ultra
Case: Utra Wizard MidTower

Here's what I got in mind for the replacement:

XFX GeForce 8800GT 512MB $169.99 after $30MIR This card will actually go in my own PC and I will give the GTS 320mb to my brothers. Buying this card this week gives me free shipping for my entire order.

Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 2.4GHZ 800FSB 2MB $162.83

Coolermaster Elite RC-330 ATX Blk Case $47.73

Corsair CMPSU-450VX 450W $71.46 after $10MIR

OCZ Platinum XTC REV.2 PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 $49.99 after $30MIR

ASUS P5K-E/WIFI-AP $166.46

LG G-H20NS10 Black DVD+RW 20X8X16 DVD-RW $27.99

EDIT: I forgot to mention that I already have a 320GB SATA Seagate lying around. No need for a second HDD.

TOTAL AFTER TAXES AND RMA INSURANCE: $828.91

AFTER MIR: $758.91

What do you guys think? My little brothers are not graphics whores, but I think they would be well served with this rig.
You're downgrading your cpu ? Why not pull it and buy a E2140 for the office?
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Sounds good.
Do you need the WiFi capabilities? Other than that, I don't see a reason to not save another $50 on the mobo...

Sounds like your mom is getting taken advantage of here though
Lol.
Out of curiosity, what "old pc" is she recieving for $1.1K?
refer to the original post..

quote:
Here's the PC that will go to the office:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1.8Ghz OCed @ 2.4Ghz
Motherboard: Intel D975XBX "Bad Axe" rev304
RAM: 2x1024MB of OCZ Gamer Edition XTC 5400 (533mhz)
GPU: Diamond Radeon x1600PRO 256MB
PSU: 500W Ultra
Case: Utra Wizard MidTower
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Quote:
refer to the original post..
My bad. :\\
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To make it clear: only the GPU in this new build is going to the computer in my sig, the rest will go in a new comp I'm assembling for my brothers since the one mentioned above is going in my mom's office:

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1.8Ghz OCed @ 2.4Ghz
Motherboard: Intel D975XBX "Bad Axe" rev304
RAM: 2x1024MB of OCZ Gamer Edition XTC 5400 (533mhz)
GPU: Diamond Radeon x1600PRO 256MB
PSU: 500W Ultra
Case: Utra Wizard MidTower

And is a Vanilla P5K good enough for gaming? (I don't plan on overclocking this rig, since my bros aren't very knowledgeable in computers).

EDIT: I also wonder if 2mb L2 cache is not a bit too weak for their gaming needs. But I figure since this board is 45nm ready, better keep it cheap and maybe upgrade later!

shawnjo: Unfortunately, they had Galaxy 8800GT OC for sale for 10 bucks cheaper, but they're sold out =(
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post #8 of 19
oh ok..

I just assumed that this was your computer, and not your brothers.

Well then --- nice build.

I still recommend the Galaxy GT though, try to get it if you can.
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post #9 of 19
Any mb is good for gaming at stock settings, including a $50 ish one
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I found a Galaxy for $199 that gives also free shipping for my order, but is it worth the extra 30 bucks? It's an OC model though, but it's got that weird cooler, I know Galaxy has three different coolers on their 8800GTs...

Here it is
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