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I am going to scrounge up a build for my parents. My mom just went back to school and her current computer is counter-productive since it is so slow. Budget is very tight at $600, but I am trying to add another $50-$100 depending on my finances at the time of the build. I have never taken a look at the AMD side of things before until now. I have looked at Intel/Nvidia 9300 IGP, used Intel boards and video cards, and now I am looking at the 780G. Upon looking at some online reviews, I find that the 780G does what I want at the price I want. There seems to be no big difference for my needs compared to the 790GX, and it also seems to have better memory bandwidth compared to the 9300. The GeForce 9300 does not allow for CAS4, only CAS5 and that seemed to drag down the 9300 chipset significantly on almost all memory bandwidth tests. It is also so cheap I am able to afford a quad core CPU! This is what I just came up with.

Antec 300 case $50.45 I am FIRMLY stuck on this case. I already own one, there is no case that will beat this for the price. There will be no convincing me otherwise.
Lite-On Optical Drive $20.99
WD800AAJS $35.99 I am looking for a used HDD and will make the final decision when I am ready to build.
Hanns G 19" Monitor $119.99 I am not crazy about the 19" 1440x900 resolution, but it is still lightyears ahead of their current 17" CRT
Silverstone ST400W PSU $29.99 I would like an 80+ certified PSU, but I think this one will be OK. I am debating the extra cost of a Corsair 450 or 400W.
Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2HP AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX $74.99 This looks pretty good for the price. Is there something I am missing that makes it a bad choice?
AMD Phenom 9850BE 2.5Ghz Quad Core $154.99 I know NOTHING about AMD, but a Quad Core for $150? I am sold!!
G Skill Pi Black DDR2 800 2x2GB $49.99 The reviews I read used DDR2 800 with 4CAS timings and this was one of the nicest I could find, and a great price IMO
Vista Home Premium 64 Bit $99.99 I am hoping to get this a little cheaper.
Aftermarket CPU Cooling - I would like to find a used Zalman or Xigmatek cooler. If not, I think we will be ok without aftermarket cooling.

Total Shipped: $656.32

Will the PSU be enough to match this quad core? I don't know much about AMD hardware. Is everything compatible? Will the 400W PSU be enough to add a small (HD4670) video card later?
Edited by Greg121986 - 12/15/08 at 10:23pm
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Vista Home Premium 64 Bit $99.99 I am hoping to get this a little cheaper.
I loled a little bit...


I sincerely doubt this rig needs 4gb of ram.

you could go dirt cheap with these.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227124
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why get a matx board in the 300? Here's a full atx. It has more usb ports, more pci slots for any expansion. It does use a slightly lower version of bridges, but it's only $5 more. I don't know...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128370

and i think stock cpu cooling will be fine if she'snot overclocking. the 300 is a cool(temp) case.

edit: i guess while i was looking at some other gigabyte boards i forgot you said you were looking for 780g NB. i may look around newegg some more.
And you may love your 300, but does your mom want a comp that looks like that?
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I loled a little bit...


I sincerely doubt this rig needs 4gb of ram.

you could go dirt cheap with these.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227124
I paid $84.99 when I bought Vista. That is what I mean by cheaper. It occasionally goes on sale at NewEgg. There is no reason to not get 4GB of RAM when it is so cheap. And to the second post, I need IGP. It doesn't matter how the PC looks, they don't care. I am very comfortable working inside an Antec 300, I love the way it looks, and I love the way it performs.
Edited by Greg121986 - 12/15/08 at 10:37pm
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I loled a little bit...


I sincerely doubt this rig needs 4gb of ram.

you could go dirt cheap with these.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227124

You can NEVER have too much RAM, when i play Crysis i use just over 3gig.
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A quad-core might be just tad overkill for your ma'. Then again, I'm being presumptuous, because you gave no insight on what she plans to do now that she's in school, as you said, or what she does in general on the comp. I'd suggest the X2 5400+ BE otherwise. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103289 $66.
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I have a 6000+ and I do quite a bit of multitasking. It handles photoshop cs3, web browsing, instant messaging, and windows media player all at the same time really well. If your mom isn't going to be doing anything to even require a pci gpu then i think a dual core will be fine,
    
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I chose a quad core because I could. There is no reason for it, but it fit into the budget so I put it in there.

However, I am just now noticing the AMD Athlon 7000 series Dual Cores. I think that might be the way to go. I won't be building until after Christmas, so I should be able to pick one up if they are as good as they claim.
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Um. I just saw the power consumption of the AMD Athlon and Phenom processors... No thank you. I will be sticking to 45nm Intel for this build.
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Now hold that phone.


Low power Phenom that only has a 65W TDP.
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