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post #1 of 11
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The forum I frequent let me down in terms of help with my upcoming build, so I'm hoping maybe you kind folk would take a second to throw out some suggestions and such.

Now, I'm currently running on a terribly old computer. It has served me well, but it's a tad slow for my purposes (P4 1.7ghz, 768mb, 18gb HD , jic you were wondering). I'm not into the latest games, but it would be nice to be able to play games such as CS reasonably. In all, I'm mostly going to be using it for Firefox (with usually ~8 tabs open), Photoshop, and other such programs.

What I always do is think about building a computer, then decide that it's not worth the cost and just reformat my current one. I have, however, finally realized how slow this thing is, so I've been looking out for the "best bang for the buck", in terms of processors and such. This is what I have come up with -

CPU / MOBO: AMD Phenom 9600 Quad-Core Processor + GFORCE6100PM Motherboard- $169.99 (Fry's Sale)
Case: Antec Solo Mid-Tower case - $39.99 after MIR
PSU: Basiq 500w ATX - $9.99

HDD: Maxtor 500gb SATA - $89.99
Graphics Card: 8800GTS? - 229.99 (maybe a little much for my purposes - may look at a 8800GT for 170)
RAM: ????


I have no idea what kind of optical drive to get, but the above pretty much covers all of the bases. Is there anything there that is just complete crap? Anything better for the money you'd suggest? Any help is greatly appreciated
post #2 of 11
That motherboard supports DDR2 memory, so get the set on the left.

Are you sure that you want to go Phenom/8800GTS for a "budget" build? You could go with a cheap Intel dual core, P35, and a 9600GT for around $500-600, save yourself a bit of cash.
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post #3 of 11
You will get better performance at this time with a cheap Intel build rather than AMD
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hmm, maybe Intel would be the way to go. I've been looking for good deals and happened to stumble across that cpu/mobo and card. If a nice Core 2 Duo build will suffice and not become obsolete any time soon, I'll go that route.

Any suggestions, or shall I browse through the Intel build logs/make a thread there when I get home?

Thanks guys
post #5 of 11
Hi,

Post a new thread in the Intel section and the gurus there will be happy to help you.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial M4 SSD 16x DVD+/-RW SuperDrive Windows 7 Professional x64 13.3" (1366x768) 
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Chiclet keyboard Sony laptop charger Black plastic Trackpad 
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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by pbn sean View Post
Hmm, maybe Intel would be the way to go. I've been looking for good deals and happened to stumble across that cpu/mobo and card. If a nice Core 2 Duo build will suffice and not become obsolete any time soon, I'll go that route.

Any suggestions, or shall I browse through the Intel build logs/make a thread there when I get home?

Thanks guys
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post #7 of 11
This will even play Crysis for about $280
AMD X2 4000 Brisbane
Gigabyte 780G MB
HD 3650 video card
Crucial ballistix DDR2 800 2GB
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post #8 of 11
Any system aout there will perform better thenthat you have now. Going Intel or Amd with be like day and night from your system. The difference will be so much for both. If gaming is not your thing then sent as liitle as you can and upgrade more often.
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
SanDisk Ultra II 960GB Toshiba X300 5TB Corsair H100i GTX eVGA Hybrid Water Cooler  
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
4x GentleTyphoon AP-15 Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC 4K Razer BlackWidow Chroma  
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eVGA SuperNOVA 750 G3 Define Nano S Logitech G502 Proteus Core PECHAM Gaming Mouse Pad XX-Large 
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Audioengine D1 DAC Mackie CR Series CR3 Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Sennheiser HD 598 
Audio
Sony XB950BT 
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AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 4.2GHz ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB @ 1200/1500 2x 4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 60GB WD Caviar Green 1.5TB 2 x Seagate Barracuda 2TB XSPC Raystorm 
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post #9 of 11
If you just want to play CS then a 8800 anything is overkill. If you do go down that route a 8800GT is the way to go. For cheaper options look into a 8600GT.
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Seagate 500GB 7200.11 + Seagate Barracuda 250GB Samsung SHS203B Win 7 Samsung 22Inch 226BW 
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post #10 of 11
Do you already have any components/software (like a monitor, speakers, OS, keyboard/mouse, etc.)?

I have a couple of saved "wish lists" on Newegg that were either builds or prospective builds for friends/coworkers. I could modify them for what you need.
    
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2x160GB WD RAID 0, 750GB Samsung Spinpoint F1 LITE-ON 20X SATA DVD/CD RW Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Viewsonic VA2702w 27" LCD 1920x1080 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
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