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Hey, guys, I need some advice on a basic build. I pretty much just write, have a million mozilla tabs open, play older FPS(UT99, Call of Duty,) and sometimes light video/audio editing.

I'm currently using a horrible dimension 2400. I've only got a 40GB HD and 256MB of ram. Needless to say, it's driving me nuts. Anything would be an improvement.

Here's the system I'm planning to build. I don't need anything amazing for what I'm going to do, so I'm not planning on overclocking. I'll probably stick with XP, though it would be nice to have a system I could use vista on someday. Here's what I had in mind:







Antec 900 Case w/ Stock Fans
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard
Video Card: no idea?? I just need something cheap and half-way decent. I'm not a big gamer.
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor
2GB Corsair DDR2 667MHZ Dual Channel Ram (I'll add more later, just for now)
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA
Corsair TX 650w Power Supply








Any suggestions? I really have no idea what video card to get. Is this a good choice for a motherboard? I liked it because it can take 16GB of ram. I figure that might be good for the future?

Also, is that power supply enough? I'm trying to spend as little as possible(800ish max with OS). Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 12
An Nvidia 9800GT or HD4830 would be fine for those two games you mention.

Also drop the 667mhz ram and go ahead and pickup DDR2 800mhz 4gig kit. This will enable you to switch to Vista when you are ready.

Because you don't plan on OC, swap the Q6600 to E8400. The 600mhz would be nice for an overall light gaming pc.

***EDIT*** Just want to add that if you need to save more money. Go with a quality 500W PSU, 750gig HD, Maybe even go for a P35 or P43 motherboard instead. That should save you about $100 to add to OS.
Edited by flyin15sec - 12/18/08 at 9:43am
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Originally Posted by flyin15sec View Post
An Nvidia 9800GT or HD4830 would be fine for those two games you mention.

Also drop the 667mhz ram and go ahead and pickup DDR2 800mhz 4gig kit. This will enable you to switch to Vista when you are ready.

Because you don't plan on OC, swap the Q6600 to E8400. The 600mhz would be nice for an overall light gaming pc.

***EDIT*** Just want to add that if you need to save more money. Go with a quality 500W PSU, 750gig HD, Maybe even go for a P35 or P43 motherboard instead. That should save you about $100 to add to OS.
That all looks a bit to overkill for his needs.
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E8400 @ 3.9GHz Asus P5Q Pro 4870 @ 790/1100 4GB DDR2 880Mhz Kingston (2x2) 
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WD 640GB Windows XP Pro 32 Bit LG W2242S 22" TFT Monitor 1680x1050 Corsair TX 650w 
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E8400 @ 3.9GHz Asus P5Q Pro 4870 @ 790/1100 4GB DDR2 880Mhz Kingston (2x2) 
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WD 640GB Windows XP Pro 32 Bit LG W2242S 22" TFT Monitor 1680x1050 Corsair TX 650w 
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I could sell you a perfectly good 9600GT, which should last you a long time, and two more gigs of the same speed RAM if you have two more slots open.
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Barracuda+Caviar Blue (1 TB) Samsung DVD burner Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Samsung T240HD 24" LCD (1920x1200) 
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post #5 of 12
For the vid card look into the 8800gt. They are solid gpus that will suite your needs for a while. Also stick with the q6600, it will help with your video editing more than the e8400. Sure the e8400 is a tad bit faster, but the quad core will help your needs more, and from your current system, you dont upgrade your pc much.

I would also drop the ddr2 667 and bump up to ddr2 800 or even ddr2 1000. The ddr2 800 and gskill ddr2 1000 are at a very reasonable price now. You can stick with the 2gig you want, but with the price of ddr2 RAM 4gigs would help you in the long wrong.
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I just picked up a sapphire HD4830.

Very fast, (beats the 8800gt/9800gt) and reasonably priced.
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Intel 6800K Asus X99-A II Zotac 1080Ti AMP Extreme Edition G. Skill Trident Z - 32GB/ 3200Hz/CL14/Quad  
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Sandisk Extreme Pro 480GB Corsair H100i V2 - w/ML120 Pro Fans Windows 10 Home 64 Bit Acer Z35P 1440P G-Sync 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Steelseries Merc  EVGA Supernova G2 1000W Corsair 450D Mionix Naos 8200 
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Inwin Batmat Aluminum Sound Blaster Z Logitech Z906 - 5.1 Maxnomic Commander S-III Gaming Chair 
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Intel G3440 Asus B85M-E/CSM EVGA GTX 950 Patriot Viper 3 - 2x8GB 1600hz 
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Samsung EVO 850 - 500GB + 4TB/3TB x 2/2TB WD Green LG CH12LS28 Bluray Scythe Big Shuriken 2 w/Corsair SP120 Fan Windows 10 64 Bit 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 6800K Asus X99-A II Zotac 1080Ti AMP Extreme Edition G. Skill Trident Z - 32GB/ 3200Hz/CL14/Quad  
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Sandisk Extreme Pro 480GB Corsair H100i V2 - w/ML120 Pro Fans Windows 10 Home 64 Bit Acer Z35P 1440P G-Sync 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Steelseries Merc  EVGA Supernova G2 1000W Corsair 450D Mionix Naos 8200 
Mouse PadAudioAudioOther
Inwin Batmat Aluminum Sound Blaster Z Logitech Z906 - 5.1 Maxnomic Commander S-III Gaming Chair 
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Intel G3440 Asus B85M-E/CSM EVGA GTX 950 Patriot Viper 3 - 2x8GB 1600hz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Samsung EVO 850 - 500GB + 4TB/3TB x 2/2TB WD Green LG CH12LS28 Bluray Scythe Big Shuriken 2 w/Corsair SP120 Fan Windows 10 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 75" TV.... GooBang Doo MX3 Corsair CX430 V2 NMEDIAPC HTPC 6000B w/ Pro LCD Module 
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post #7 of 12
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Thanks for the tips guys. Yeah, I'll definitely do that on the ram. As far as the processor, yeah, I really do wanna stick with the quad core. I'm not big into gaming. I rarely ever even play the games I do play.

As far as the video card, any options that are even cheaper? I was originally going to find a mobo with onboard video just to save money. My video editing is EXTREMELY mild. I figure I can always get a nicer video card later. I'm thinking uber cheap for now. Like, just enough to do average surfing, watching **** on youtube.
post #8 of 12
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822152100
$74.99

Foxconn A7GM-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
$66.99

Rosewill RP500-2 500W ATX12V v2.01 Power Supply

$39.99

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8000CL5D-4GBPQ
$44.99

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ Brisbane 2.8GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core black edition Processor Model ADO5400DSWOF

$66.00

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
-$8.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate

$36.99
$28.99

Subtotal: $321.94

You can get an Antec 900 at Microcenter for 80 bucks.
So thats around $420 for everything including shipping.
That motherboard can play COD4:MW @ 1024 or a bit higher if you lower the settings.
I would however, get an open box 790GX motherboard and take advantage of SATA2
Edited by Weedvender - 12/18/08 at 10:24am
post #9 of 12
Here's a build that I will be doing in a few weeks for my cousin but I'm using a Q9300 cpu. Instead of the Antec 900 case get a Cooler Master 590 case which has excellent airflow and good cable management.

Intel Q9300, $244.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115043

Cooler Master 590 case, $59.99 with FREE SHIPPING.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119152

Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L Micro Atx Motherboard, $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128357

GSkill 4gb (2x2gb) DDR2-1066 Dual Channel Ram, $54.99 ($10.00 instant savings)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231166

MSI GeForce 8400 GS, 256mb, Pci-Express 1.0 Video card, $32.99 (after a $10.00 mail in rebate = $22.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127368

Seagate 250gb SATA 3.0gb 16mb cache Hard drive, $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148262

Western Digital 640gb SATA 3.0gb, 16mb cache Hard drive, $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136218

Corsair 550 watt Power supply, $97.99 (after $20.00 mail in rebate $77.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139004


Subtotal $615.93
Shipping UPS 3 day guarantee $12.01
Newegg Total $627.94
After $10.00 mail in rebate Total $617.94


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Yorkfield Q9550 E0 @ 3.66ghz Gigabyte EP45-UD3P rev.1.0 Gigabyte ATI HD 4350 4gb (2x2gb) Mushkin DDR2-1066 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 36gb Raptor, Seagate 320gb & 500gb Sata HD's Pioneer 216, Benq 1640, LG H62L XP Pro SP3 Samsung 23 inch lcd tv 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD 36gb Raptor, Seagate 320gb & 500gb Sata HD's Pioneer 216, Benq 1640, LG H62L XP Pro SP3 Samsung 23 inch lcd tv 
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post #10 of 12
first of all, why the hell would u recommend a high end quad, and then suggest a really crappy gpu.

id drop that q9300, and grab an e5200 + 9600gso/hd4830/8800gt
also, id drop that corsair to the 450w version.. and why 2 hard drives?
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wolfdale e7300 Biostar P43 Msi gtx260 Crucial Ballistx ddr2 800mhz 
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500GB Seagate Barracuda Lite-on dvdrw/cdrw Windows XP 64 Pro Hanns G 17'' widescreen 
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Rosewill 500W Cooler Master 590 
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