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I have never tried AMD before, as I have never really been on a budget. For this reason I have never really looked at their lower end stuff. Maybe a cheap processor and I can overclock it. I have no idea how well the AMD chips OC compared to the C2D chips.
This computer will be used for some games on occasion, but it will not be a gaming machine. The resolution will be 1024x768, and some newer games will be played, but mainly stuff like COD4, CSS, WOW.

Any suggestions would be great. I am gong to look through the other AMD build logs to see what I can find from that.

EDIT: I will not be buying from newegg (they don't ship to canada) but new egg links are fine and I will look for the parts on canadian stores. Links from canadian stores are also welcome.

EDIT 2: A optical drive is not needed, but a wireless card is.
Edited by Dethredic - 5/31/08 at 6:25am
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Not really sure what you wanted for a wireless card, figured i would leave that up to u or someone else. Also not sure if needed a HDD but i included the goods.

X2 5000 Black Edition $87.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103194

Mobo $99.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131289

RAM $85.00 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145184

EVGA 9600GT if you want to go NVidia - $139.99 after MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130334

ASUS 3870 if you want to go ATI - $152.99 after MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121233

Corsair 550VX PSU - $79.99 after MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139004

Total going the ATI way - $504.97 (and there r cheaper ATI 3870 cards or u could even go with a 3850)
Total going the Nvidia way -$492.96
    
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Here's what I came up with:

A lot can be done with 500 bucks.
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion...=ocn+wish+list
Edited by Retrospekt - 5/31/08 at 9:16am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Retrospekt View Post
Here's what I came up with:

A lot can be done with 500 bucks.
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion...=ocn+wish+list
I'd go with amd because he won't use this for high end stuff so he probably won't overclock too
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Retrospekt View Post
Here's what I came up with:

A lot can be done with 500 bucks.
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion...=ocn+wish+list
That looks pretty good for the price. That would make a nice general pc and the 8800gts will give it a boost for gaming.

wireless card
I have one of these and they work quite well. For $30 after mir its a great card.
Edited by mortimersnerd - 5/31/08 at 9:51am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Retrospekt View Post
Here's what I came up with:

A lot can be done with 500 bucks.
https://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion...=ocn+wish+list
I'd say go for Retrospekt's list. Intel is still ahead of the game by a fair bit and if you decide to do ANYTHING overclocking, they're the way to go...especially with the E2180.
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don't the 320mb gts. You might as well get a GT or GS
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The problem with the Intel E2180 is that it is not available in many Canadian stores.

How well does the AMD processor suggested overclock?
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The problem with the Intel E2180 is that it is not available in many Canadian stores.

How well does the AMD processor suggested overclock?
ok, I maybe a newbie to OC'ing BUT phenoms for OC'ing are a no go but the older amd processors are well good for oc'ing. for instance my old comp single core 3.4GHz amd (2.0GHz standard) I oc'd it to 3GHz on a fairly low voltage and underload it does 51C!!!

It works great too, no crashes when I use it for about 2hours on Mount & blade.
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