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Hey guys, im getting my console playing friend into PC's and im building him a computer. He mainly wants it for movies, music, the net etc. But i want him to try out a few games too, nothing like crysis, maybe some cod4, but otherwise just some classic pc games. the parts below are what im considering getting:

Thermaltake jr.
Asus m2n4-SLI
AM2 4200
Xpert Vision 8600GT
700W PSU
160G samsung HDD
OCZ Platinum 2G RAM
leadteck TV card
LG dvd RW drive

Thats the computer, he also wants keyboard, mouse speakers and monitor, this is what i came up with:

ASUS 22" monitor
logitech g51 speakers
Logitech g15 keyboard
logitech mx518 mouse

All up we can get these parts for 1500 + shipping. Do you guys think this is an alright build? Any reccomendations?

Thanks OCN
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post #2 of 23
Here's my recommendation:

CPU: Intel E2180 $69.99
--better than that AMD and also a lot more overclocking potential

Mobo: Gigabyte DS3L P35: $89.99
--tried and true. No SLi but if you don't need it don't buy an Nvidia motherboard

PSU: Corsair 550W $89.99 After Rebate
--Quality unit. Enough power unless you'll be running multiple video cards.

RAM: 2GB Ballistix Tracer 800 $30.99 After Rebate
--I've used many, many sets without hassle. Good Price.

Video Card: PNY 9600GT $149.99

**OR**

Asus 3870 $149.99

--both will absolutely blow that 8600 out of the water. HUUUUGE performance increase. Both are approx $50 more than the 8600GT but even if you have to sell blood, this is going to be the best $50 you spend in this entire build...period.
post #3 of 23
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Originally Posted by MNiceGuy View Post
Here's my recommendation:

CPU: Intel E2180 $69.99
--better than that AMD and also a lot more overclocking potential

Mobo: Gigabyte DS3L P35: $89.99
--tried and true. No SLi but if you don't need it don't buy an Nvidia motherboard

PSU: Corsair 550W $89.99 After Rebate
--Quality unit. Enough power unless you'll be running multiple video cards.

RAM: 2GB Ballistix Tracer 800 $30.99 After Rebate
--I've used many, many sets without hassle. Good Price.

Video Card: PNY 9600GT $149.99

**OR**

Asus 3870 $149.99

--both will absolutely blow that 8600 out of the water. HUUUUGE performance increase. Both are approx $50 more than the 8600GT but even if you have to sell blood, this is going to be the best $50 you spend in this entire build...period.
Can't disagree...it will last alot longer than the AMD and it performs way better
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8800gt
Edited by flag182 - 4/12/09 at 2:08am
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If you'd like me to, I could link you to my current wishlist build off of newegg. Before I added in the 9800GTX over the 8800GTS 512, the second HDD for RAID0, and a few other happy little tidbits, the total came in to be about 1450ish. I think with some custom tailoring of the build I have on there, you could easily build a way better computer for a 1500$ price limit.
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250gb Seagate 32mb cache SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R Windows XP Pro Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 
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Folks, the guy is in Australia. We're not talking $1,500 US here...

Please let me know which website(s) you plan to use, so we can check what's withing budget for you. I do agree you probably can do better than the parts you picked, but US links like Newegg just don't work.
    
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post #7 of 23
You wont need a 700 watt, I like Mnice guys build but you will want a cpu cooler like a artic freezer 7 for like $30 so you can clock it to like 2.8Ghz or somehing. 4Gb of ram is only necessary at all if you have vista.
    
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Originally Posted by flag182 View Post
honestly, i agree with niceguy here wiht most things, i'd go 4GB of ram and i'd get an 8800GT from evga, now i just purchased one and my cousin has a 9600 and there is a good diffirence between them also if your looking to save money on a PSU i'd go with the rosewill 550 watt i have to say it looks good and it so quiet i cant believe it. i'd def got with a q6600 proccesor too and oh i also have a 22" screen and i must say its pretty good but mainly for showing off
While most of your suggestions were decent, I would never ever ever suggest building a computer around a sh%tty PSU like a rosewill unit. The PSU is literally the heart of the computer, pumping the necessary juices to all the vital organs. You don't want a PSU that does a crappy job of supplying your primo hardware with rippled/unstable power.

In *my* honest opinion, sell the blood to get the better PSU. Nothin' like investing in 1500$ worth of hardware to have something crap out on you because you picked up the bargain barrel PSU.
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250gb Seagate 32mb cache SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R Windows XP Pro Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 
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post #9 of 23
Why do I always forget to check OP locations!?!

Well I disregarded the intentional budget and went for a slimmed down yet competant machine. Hopefully these will still be good picks after conversion/markup.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by Chozart View Post
Folks, the guy is in Australia. We're not talking $1,500 US here...

Please let me know which website(s) you plan to use, so we can check what's withing budget for you. I do agree you probably can do better than the parts you picked, but US links like Newegg just don't work.
I noticed that after I posted. Poor guy.. If only his country had a strong currency.

Well ignore my first post in this thread then.. but by all means heed the second one.
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250gb Seagate 32mb cache SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R Windows XP Pro Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 
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250gb Seagate 32mb cache SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R Windows XP Pro Acer AL2216Wbd Black 22" 
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