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Alright my father wants to upgrade his PC, because he wants to edit some foto's. He needs a new CPU (currently Sempron 2800+ @ 1.6GHz ) maybe some new ram as he runs vista 32-bit (currently 2x 512MB) and a new SATA harddisk (currently a maxtor 30GB IDE HDD) on an ASROCK AM2NF3-VSTA motherboard wich will support CPU's up to the Deneb cores with a bios update.

His budget is about $200. What should I get for him?

More info on the system is in my profile "Old AMD/ATI system"
post #2 of 32
get a dual core kuma, 2 gigs of like gskills, and 500 gig harddrive, should be under 200 for all of it
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post #3 of 32
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Originally Posted by transhour View Post
get a dual core kuma, 2 gigs of like gskills, and 500 gig harddrive, should be under 200 for all of it
Wouldn't a quad be better at editing?
post #4 of 32
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I thought of getting this setup:

CPU: AMD Phenom X4 9650
RAM: 2x 1GB Kingston Hyper-X
HDD: Maxtor STM3500320AS 500GB

Almost 200 euro's in my country

Other CPU options would be a Phenom II X3 710 (same price), Phenom X4 9950 BE (20 euro's more) or the Phenom II 940 (30 euro's more and I will have to cancel the RAM)
post #5 of 32
Go with the Phenom II X3. The original Phenom X4's were crap.

And definitely upgrade the ram. Maybe even consider going 4GB if you can squeeze it in the budget.

And DON'T get a Maxtor hard drive. They are one of the most unreliable manufacturers out there. Go Western Digital or Samsung for reliability.
post #6 of 32
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Originally Posted by SgtSpike View Post
Go with the Phenom II X3. The original Phenom X4's were crap.

And definitely upgrade the ram. Maybe even consider going 4GB if you can squeeze it in the budget.

And DON'T get a Maxtor hard drive. They are one of the most unreliable manufacturers out there. Go Western Digital or Samsung for reliability.
Thanks for the info, but shouldn't 4 core's be better for editing or would a triple suffice?
And I will look for another brand thanks for noticing
post #7 of 32
The power in the cores of the Phenom II X3 kinda makes up for it, no need for Phenom I.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SgtSpike View Post
Go with the Phenom II X3. The original Phenom X4's were crap.

And definitely upgrade the ram. Maybe even consider going 4GB if you can squeeze it in the budget.

And DON'T get a Maxtor hard drive. They are one of the most unreliable manufacturers out there. Go Western Digital or Samsung for reliability.
I agree with his cpu recommendation
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post #9 of 32
$120 ph2 x3 710
$50mir 760g+sb710 am3 ready
$45 2x2gb pc6400

as for the hdd, for photo editing, get a fast one like a wd black
Edited by gerikoh - 5/13/09 at 11:53am
   
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post #10 of 32
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Ok, I trust you guys as you've never failed me before. Definately getting the Penom II X3 (maybe 720 BE)

+rep for you
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