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I am building a new computer as my old one is just not cutting it for me anymore. It has vista 32bit, 3gb of ram, q660 processor and 2 low end graphics cards. Anyways, I am hoping to get something build for hopefully no more than $500. I listed below what things I was looking for and the links on newegg where I have already found some of the parts. If anyone would care to throw in their suggestions that would be much appreciated because I am not up to date with what is currently out there! I am going to mainly use this computer for work. We use skype, dreamweaver, photoshop, firefox, chrome usually all open at once. Photoshop and dreamweaver are not always open necessarily as well. I do play games, but not much so no need to keep that into consideration really. Thanks much in advanced!

Processor: I want to go quad core for sure. I am posting in the Intel section as I would like to stay with intel if possible, however price may be a big factor in this I would think? I am thinking maybe http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115220 ?

Motherboard: Honestly, this is where I am most confused. I want something decent, no need for high end or sli etc. I currently have an sli board and never used the sli on it.

RAM: I'm thinking 8gb would be just fine. I found this on newegg and it had great ratings. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226095

Video Card:I run 4 monitors so I could need 2 cards with 2 outputs each on them. I would re-use my old cards, but I mine as well sell the old computer

Hard Drive: Something around 1TB would be more than sufficient for this. I can easily find one of these on my own.

Soundcard: On board is totally cool for me.

Case: I'll have no problem finding this myself as well.

Anything else I would need for the box? mobo should come with all cables needed etc or else I'll just run down to the local fries and grab it.

Thanks again anyone who replies! I am really lost on where to start with this!
Edited by Kill4Thrill - 1/9/11 at 5:13pm
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Well for the CPU I recommend the Athlon x4. Then I would go with any ASUS mATX motherboard under $50 that supports DDR3 memory. I also think that you don't need any more that 4GB of memory. For graphics cards, if you aren't gaming then you can basically get any card that supports dx9 or higher.
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i would say u take amd coz with the i5 760 all other good quality components wont fit in ur budget....so my advice
get an x4 955be
a good cpu cooler with it overclock past 3.8ghz
get this mobo
it allows 8x/8x pcie
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-438-_-Product
for ram go with 4gb gskill ripjaws instead of 8gb
and get 2x 6850's in crossfire from msi(cyclone dition)
or saphire toxic edition
for hdd get samsung spinpoint f3 1tb
EDIT: id not see ur budget.....for that budget
cpu--940 amd
mobo--same
ram--same
hdd--seagate barracuda 1tb 7200 rpm
gpu--ur choice either hd 5770 or gtx 460 se(288 shaders)
and sli/cf afterwards
^this build costs approx 522 usd and would be cheaper after mail in rebates and promo codes
if this is not going to be a gaming build then i suggest choosing a lower gpu otherwise for any knid of decent gaming a hd5770 is a bare min:.....
Edited by ghost_z - 1/9/11 at 5:48pm
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i would say u take amd coz with the i5 760 all other good quality components wont fit in ur budget....so my advice
get an x4 955be
a good cpu cooler with it overclock past 3.8ghz
get this mobo
it allows 8x/8x pcie
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-438-_-Product
for ram go with 4gb gskill ripjaws instead of 8gb
and get 2x 6850's in crossfire from msi(cyclone dition)
or saphire toxic edition
for hdd get samsung spinpoint f3 1tb
His budget is $500. LOL
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okay so yes you are right intel can get really really pricy i suggest going into amd for you possibly the athlon II x4 series i have that currently and my situation is similar to yours i use it for work few games and Photoshop opens once or twice to mess with friends. So for the mobo since you dont want anything fancy heres one i found nice and goody, this MOBO will work with your ram and i gave some upgrading space for cpu gpu and ram for you. For gpu BIOSTAR VA5553NHG1 Radeon HD 5550
sound card: DIAMOND XtremeSound XS51 5.1 Channels
case: Rosewill Smart One ATX Mid Tower
and final hdd: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS

total cost of system is 495 dollars so use that five for shipping =)

hope i helped a lot ohhh i forgot to mention you will need a psu i am not sure how much upgrading you want but essentially the more watts you get the more room you have to upgrade. I am assuming you can scavenge you old optical drive and dont need to buy one unless you really want blu ray well thats it.
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post #6 of 9
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Thanks everyone! Awesome suggestions that I really appreciate. That clears up a lot of stuff for me One last question. Would it make more sense if I kept my current processor(Q6600) and got a new motherboard and RAM? I would definitely save a lot more money that way I'm thinking. I could keep my current hard drive as a backup on the system and get a new one to load windows 7 on it.


ASLO: My current system is in the signature so easy to look at and see if an upgrade would be sufficient.
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1 x 250gb 1 x 1.5TB Windows Vista Ultimate 4 monitors; 22" wide, 19", 19", 20" inch wide Comfort Curve Keyboard 
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460Watt 
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460Watt 
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post #7 of 9
for the config suggested by me and taking into account future cf/sli get a good quality 650watt psu from corsair,seasonic,antec,cooler master.....
for single card a good 500watt is enough
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Originally Posted by Kill4Thrill View Post
Thanks everyone! Awesome suggestions that I really appreciate. That clears up a lot of stuff for me One last question. Would it make more sense if I kept my current processor(Q6600) and got a new motherboard and RAM? I would definitely save a lot more money that way I'm thinking. I could keep my current hard drive as a backup on the system and get a new one to load windows 7 on it.


ASLO: My current system is in the signature so easy to look at and see if an upgrade would be sufficient.
i would say overclock ur q6600 to 3.6 at least and keep it there wont be much improvement going from a highly overclocked q6600 to a ph2 x4.......get a good mobo ,ram and a good graphic card.....
see this link stock to stock comparison of an x4 940 and q6600
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/53?vs=80
so as u see an overclocked q6600 will hold on pretty well against the phenom 2's....
and importantly get a good 650 watt psu.....for ur upgraded system....
Edited by ghost_z - 1/9/11 at 6:25pm
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Thanks everyone! Awesome suggestions that I really appreciate. That clears up a lot of stuff for me One last question. Would it make more sense if I kept my current processor(Q6600) and got a new motherboard and RAM? I would definitely save a lot more money that way I'm thinking. I could keep my current hard drive as a backup on the system and get a new one to load windows 7 on it.


ASLO: My current system is in the signature so easy to look at and see if an upgrade would be sufficient.
yes i think it would be much better that way i mean the processor upgrade is just to handle more things at once and do it faster so if you are satisfied with that then just upgrade around your old cpu
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