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post #1 of 10
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Hey I need some suggestions for a build that I will be making for my little brothers in the time to come.

Currently I just got this MSI board back from RMA after I stupidly put my X6 on it and tried to overclock during my n00b days
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0342512

I plan to use the integrated ATI 4200 GPU and would like some suggestions mainly for a CPU, PSU, and RAM.

Should I even consider more than 2GB for this build as all my brothers do is either watch Youtube, Play Club Penguin, and alot of other flash games.

I've got a 60GB and 80GB 2.5" HDD from a PS3 and old laptop respectively that will be more than enough for storage.
post #2 of 10
Athlon II x3 425 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103725
should be perfect as it is, and has chance to unlock extra core and or l3 cache

Also: I assume you still have your stock 1055t cooler laying around right? It should be perfect for this build.
Edited by overclockingXTC - 12/29/10 at 4:34pm
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post #3 of 10
Hah, this is what you get for using an unheatsinked 4+1 power phase with an overclocked x6 2GB of DDR3 is always a ripoff; the best value comes from 4GB DDR3 now (i.e. Corsair XMS3 1600 9-9-9 $50, $40 AR). An Athlon II x2 should be fine for your little bro, as well as an Antec NEO ECO 400C.
Edited by xd_1771 - 12/29/10 at 7:31pm
post #4 of 10
Im thinking if he still has the stock cooler he should get the Athlon II x3 425 for $4 more
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post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by overclockingXTC View Post
Im thinking if he still has the stock cooler he should get the Athlon II x3 425 for $4 more
Sounds okay but I doubt his brother can make use of 3 cores, plus the less L2 cache per core might actually decrease performance; this is why I chose the x2 over the x3 for a recent family build.
post #6 of 10
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Yea, I still have the stock heatsink. I also have a zalman heatsink too. Either would do the job. Any reason not to get a Phenom II x2?
post #7 of 10
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Yea, I still have the stock heatsink. I also have a zalman heatsink too. Either would do the job. Any reason not to get a Phenom II x2?
IMO the Athlon II x3 is better because your guaranteed 3 cores, still have about the same chance of unlocking, and its $10 less.
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post #8 of 10
I would say with a dual core that has a good chance of unlocking 2 more cores to make for a quad. Remember now, unlocking is never a sure thing and even if it is you run into instability issues.
post #9 of 10
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I would say with a dual core that has a good chance of unlocking 2 more cores to make for a quad. Remember now, unlocking is never a sure thing and even if it is you run into instability issues.
The Athlon II x3's can be unlocked too (into Phenom II x4's or Athlon II x4's)
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post #10 of 10
id just go the x3 a 400w psu and cheap ddr3 ram
Edited by Th0m0_202 - 12/30/10 at 6:21am
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