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My fiance's father is looking to do a new build. He knows how to build it he just hasn't done one in a while so he is asking me for recommendations. His PC still uses a 9800XT and he has a Samsung 24" monitor . He likes AMD/ATI. So this is what I came up with
  • AMD 7750 Dual Core CPU
  • 780G MB mATX (Will be compatible with AM3 CPUs)
  • 4GB 1066 DDR2
  • 4870 1GB
  • Other Misc

Likes small form factor PCs and he most likely isn't going to overclock. I thought about recommending the Phenom II 940 but besides gaming there isn't anything that he does that could possibly use a quad and he could always upgrade later if he wanted to. Whole build came to about $800.

What are your thoughts?
post #2 of 13
Im guessing by 7750 dual core CPU you mean THIS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103300

If you get that processor, you will need to get an aftermarket heatsink for it, as I believe that the Black Edition processors do not come with one. Also, if you don't want to get a quad-core for that build, why not try out one of those tri-core CPU's? I haven't personally used one, but the idea seems sound enough (The third CPU processes background things while the first two run "bigger" apps, more of which are becoming multi-threaded every day).

If you want a Black Edition of faster processor, and are willing to add $40 to the build, go with something like THIS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103295

With a decent HSF, you could easily overclock that a little to get it to the same speed as that dual core you were looking at (300mhz is nothing for a good heatsink+fan)

Or, if that is a bit much, this one is only $12 more than the 7750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103254

Otherwise, the build looks pretty solid, just make sure to get a decent power supply, you wont regret it.
    
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tri-cores perform 1-2FPS slower than quad's in most games.
they are way cheaper. and they overclock nicely.
IMO
tri-core=quad-core.
i love mine. and it's way more stable than my brisbane dual-core. better performance too (not just from extra core but from added cache, and the phenom architecture)
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post #4 of 13
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Thanks for the replys. I was going to get a Scythe Shuriken for the cooler since this is going into a microATX case. Tri-core looks nice and perfect for gaming.
post #5 of 13
Give us a fixed budget, and well map out everything for you.
I've done 3-4 build recommendations today so far
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Also, if you don't want to get a quad-core for that build, why not try out one of those tri-core CPU's?
The 7750 is based on new architecture & has bigger cache size then the current x3's if i'm right. and i'm sure they would be as good as the x3's. x3 is a nice things, but the 7750 is alot cheaper and its actually a damn good cpu for the money

as for the rest, it looks solid.
Edited by Alwinp - 12/24/08 at 5:53pm
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the 7750 is an x3 but instead of having 1 disabled core, it has 2 disabled cores. It is basically a quad core phenom with two cores disabled.
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Originally Posted by tkl.hui View Post
the 7750 is an x3 but instead of having 1 disabled core, it has 2 disabled cores. It is basically a quad core phenom with two cores disabled.
ok, thanks for clearing that out to me!
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post #9 of 13
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He doesn't necessarily have a budget but the cheap the better so under $1k. There are so many games I wanted to give him for Christmas but his computer wouldn't even start most of them. I'll be talking with him later today so I'll post what he thought.
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Looks like he is going for the Phenom II but going to wait for some good reviews first.
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