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Well, I'm going to be boarding for high school next year (parents moved to a farther away location, so at my private school, I'm forced to go boarding instead of day which i have been doing for the past 2 years). So, before I go off to boarding school, I'll be needing a new PC to replace my old one (my dad will be keeping that one). My only key requirements to fit with the boarding school thing is for it to be silent (or relatively silent) and not flashy (no case windows, no LEDs, etc.). My budget is around 800-1000 dollars, and I'm not sure if I want to overclock (having the BSOD halfway through the school year doesn't souind great to me, but in the summer of this year or next year, it might be okay).

Anyways, to my plans so far:

CPU: My uncle has an E8400 and I might be able to get it since he can't do much with it (it was a gift from a friend that works in the industry). If that happens, 200 bucks less for me to spend. Otherwise, I'm probably going to go with a 45nm core 2 duo or a cheap core 2 quad.

Mobo: No idea, I'm not updated in the times nowadays, but likely a P31/35 or a P43/45 since the X models are a tad expensive for my budget. I'll be taking suggestions in this category.

Hard Drive: I have a Seagate 320GB 7200.9 hard drive lying around, and 320 seems more than big enough for my needs.

Memory: 2x1GB of some DDR2 memory, depends on my decision to OC or not, I'll be taking suggestions in this category as well. I'm not really updated to the times, the last time I was relatively PC savvy, the G.SKILL DDR2 6400 GZs (the black ones) were all the rage.

Graphics Card: Hopefully I can stretch to accomodate an HD4850, as they truly are a very good buy for the money. If not, the 8800GT will be a likely choice, posssibly a HD3870.

PSU: Something reliable that's over 600 or more watts, probably like an antec or a seasonic, something like PCP&C is a little expensive for my build. Taking suggestions here too.

Case: As I said, something not too flashy, I'm looking at the Antec P180/182 since they are good cases that look fairly professional. Same with the Lian-Li's (not ones with windows or anything like that) as they are also of very high build quality. I"ll be taking suggestions here as well.

Everything else I have covered, peripherials, OS, etc. If I happen to need to cool my CPU for overclocking, I have a BIg Typhoon in my old rig that I might be able to salvage (man that thing will be hard to dismount).

Anyways, besides the normal schoolwork and such, I guess I'll use this PC for a bit of gaming when I get the chance, not hardcore, but it's always nice to have good graphics (eye candy in games is a big turn on ).


All suggestions and constructive criticism are welcome.
    
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Here's a decent setup:

E8400 ~ $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115037
Antec 300 ~ $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=Antec%2b300
4GB Patriot DDR2 800Mhz ~ $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220267
650TX Power Supply ~ $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139005
DFI LANPARTY DK P35 ~ $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136043
Samsung DVD Burner ~ $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151155
Western Digital 500GB HD ~ $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136073
HIS HD 4850 ~ $190
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Tpk=his%2b4850
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Total: ~$850
Edited by Anqt31 - 7/9/08 at 7:17pm
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Thanks for the quick reply. You might not have to worry about the price of the CPU, as said, my uncle has an E8400 which he may have no use for. No need for a hard drive, as I already have one. THat should free up money for say, a more expensive case.

ANd wow... memory is really cheap these days.
    
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Okay, I've done some more research and am finalizing my plans, so far I got:

CPU: E8400, 189.99
Mobo: DFI Lanparty DK P35, 129.99
PSU: PC Power and Cooling 610W, 114.99 (it has one hell of a powerful +12v rail)
Memory: G.Skill 2x2GB (the PQs), 83.99
GPU: Either the HIS or Sapphire 512mb HD4850, 194.99
Case: Antec P180, 134.99
Optical Drive: Samsung DVD Drive (the one mentioned above), 26.99

I already have the HD, so the grand total adds up to about 851 dollars without shipping. Any suggestions, I mean, I might have some extra money laying around (meh, it's 50 days worth of starbucks lol), so I dunno what to do with th at. I could upgrade the system more, but I honestly think that this setup is more than adequate for my need, I could get a quad core 45nm for about 80 bucks more, or I could get get a HD4870, but I don't honestly think it's worth the extra 100 bucks or so over the HD4850, at least for my needs. Other possibilities are a slightly better case, faster memory, better cooling (in case I would like to over clock) hell, I mihgt even be able to make myself a cheap watercooling setup to make my PC even quieter (in which case I would be able to get more silent fans).

So, any suggestions are welcome for the PC, or the extra 149 dollars I have lying around.
    
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4870? maybe get a TRUE? depends what the pc is exactly for.
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Well, I guess you could say this PC is meant to be a silent gaming PC (yeah, silent and gaming don't go together, that's the problem). The TRUE I hear is only very effective when using a high CFM fan, which usually are a bit loud. I hear the Noctua UH12P is silent and good at cooling too, so I will consider that. I am also thinking about a VGA cooler, since the HD4850 runs pretty hot, so a Accelero S1 Rev. 2 with th e turbo fan module will be considered, same with the HR-03GT, although that is a more expensive cooling solution.

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I'm a huge fan of Lian li cases, and I think you should get a rocketfish, if size doesn't matter because it is HUGE:
http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-ROCKETFISH-A...QQcmdZViewItem

Since you are going for a silent gaming PC, go with a Zalman hsf:

refurbished, but you can pick up a GREAT DEAL here:
http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZrefurbdoc

I highly recommend getting cleaner if your buying from refurbdoc^^ just to be safe.

cleaner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835100010

If you don't trust refurbished items, definately go with a Zalman tho because they are super silent, and GREAT coolers

zalman 9500 - 49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118003

Good luck with your build!
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if you dont want a huge case then i suggest getting something with a smaller profile, because i think P182 is on the big side (not very big, but still takes up quite a bit of space.)

i think the CM 590 should be pretty good. but of course, at $70 from the egg it's easy to lean towards the bigger CM690 at $80.

a note however, that the CM 590 comes with 120mm led fan at the front. not too sure if the rear is LED as well. so you might want to swap them out to your old rig, or get some cheap scythe slipstream (no LED and good airflow for case fan)

as for cpu cooling, i own a zalman 9700 and i would say it's pretty loud. so i suggest you to get a Xigmatek HDT-S1283. it's cheap and comes with decent performance, and lastly, easy to upgrade with better fans if you wants to.

also for the 4850 cooling. the accelero S1 Rev2 should be a good choice.
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the 149 dollars u could spend on ur games? And for the cooler the one in my Sig is really quiet u cant hear it even if i open the case and put my head next to it, lol. anyways, u should get a better cooler for the 4850/4870 ur planning to get as the fan is not very effective in hot temps. Also get a P45 broad as it has better CF support if u decide to CF later. I would reccomend the P5Q Deluxe, its a bit more expensive then ur current planned broad but its more future proof. Good Luck building!
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