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Hey,
My dad's friend is having me build his daughter a new computer since she's still using one that shipped running Windows 98. I guess she likes to play some games, but mostly like The Sims 2 and stuff that isn't all that new or graphics intensive. I specced out a machine for him, he wanted it to be able to last awhile, but not be too expensive.
I'm fairly comfortable with my choices on RAM, Processor, Hard Drive, Case, and Optical Drive, and I'll just shop around for a little to see if there are any good deals going on when I go to order it, but I'm curious what anyone has to say about the Motherboard, GPU, and PSU I'm looking at:
Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138106
GPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814141078
PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817339020

I have no experience with Biostar so I only really have the reviews off of Newegg to judge, but they seem to be decent for the price. And suggestions on those 3 parts would be greatly appreciated, trying to keep the price low.

Thanks,
Victor
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That's a really cheap PSU. I've never tried that particular one so I can't say that it won't perform well. However, I remember buying a PSU around that same price 3 months ago. I installed it on my cousins computer and he's been happy with it. Hopefully the shielding on those cables is sufficient.

Overall you have fairly modest components and to tell you the truth I haven't seen many people around here with biostar hardware. However lately that company has been growing more and more and it can only be because of their low prices and longevity of their hardware.

edit: Do you mind telling me what cpu you were considering?
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I own a Biostar, and it has been great to me so far... not a single problem in the last 7 months since I bought it. I have also recommended them to others, and as far as I know, the 4 or 5 people that have picked one up as well, have been very happy with theirs. I havn't heard any problems yet.

One disclaimer to that, is that I only have experience with the slightly more costly Tforce series boards, and not the basic boards... but I have no reason to think that the quality would be lower... although I would expect the features to be less robust on the budget boards.

The build looks fine, you might look into getting a better PSU like was already mentioned (try THIS one out, its quality), as well as a different GPU (the 9500GT is probably fine for that kind of gaming, but for the same price, you can get a 4650, or even a 4670 if you're luck, and they perform alot better).

Good luck with your build
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Originally Posted by Victorious25 View Post
I have no experience with Biostar so I only really have the reviews off of Newegg to judge, but they seem to be decent for the price. And suggestions on those 3 parts would be greatly appreciated, trying to keep the price low.
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Originally Posted by logan View Post
I own a Biostar, and it has been great to me so far... not a single problem in the last 7 months since I bought it. I have also recommended them to others, and as far as I know, the 4 or 5 people that have picked one up as well, have been very happy with theirs. I havn't heard any problems yet.
Biostar boards are very good, many AMD users (such as Logan), can and have vouched for them more then once.

Even considering Biostar's good reputation... I would go with this Gigabyte 780G and possibly a ATi Radeon HD3450 to hybrid CrossFire with the 780G chipset, maximizing your performance-per-doller, as well as consuming less energy than a completely discrete solution.
I would also choose the Gigabyte board over the Biostar for its future upgradability with the upcoming Phenom IIs for AM2+ & AM3. I'm not saying Biostar isn't going to be ready for the transition, but the Gigabyte board is 140W CPU ready, and previous low-end Biostar boards have had problems with high wattage CPUs (one member had a mosfet melt off).

Now to that PSU, I don't know much about HEC, but this Silverstone 400W unit is $20 off and rock solid.

Hope things work out well.
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Originally Posted by Kamikaze127 View Post
I would also choose the Gigabyte board over the Biostar for its future upgradability with the upcoming Phenom IIs for AM2+ & AM3. I'm not saying Biostar isn't going to be ready for the transition, but the Gigabyte board is 140W CPU ready, and previous low-end Biostar boards have had problems with high wattage CPUs (one member had a mosfet melt off).
I'll agree on this one for the most part. In supporting Biostar boards (because of my good experiences with them, and that others have shared), I by no means claim that they are the best available, but merely a great value.

It is true that one member melted a MOSFET off of his board (which was identical to mine), but that was with a CPU with a TDP that was the max that the board supported, and under heavy overclocking... that isn't an excuse, but most any board without MOSFET coolers can have similar problems in those same circumstances. As long as you dont push the OC to hard, or use a higher TDP chip than the board allows, it should be just fine.

Also, Hybrid X-fire is a good idea... but it wont come close to touching the 4670's performance, so it just comes down to the whole price/performance thing.

Other good 780G boards to look at: one by Biostar, and the other by Foxconn.

Also, that silverstone PSU is a great deal, its not quite as efficient, but has two more amps on the 12v rail, so its still a great deal.

Good luck
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