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The biggest problem with giving a SSD to a non-techie is teaching them and them sticking with the ability not to save unnecessary items to it. It ends up being more of a hassle for them then it's worth.
     
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Originally Posted by Pao View Post
The biggest problem with giving a SSD to a non-techie is teaching them and them sticking with the ability not to save unnecessary items to it. It ends up being more of a hassle for them then it's worth.
Ive used them many times in bild for families and a techie is setting it up can install all nesecary programs to the SSD and change the default program install to the HDD for anything the end user installs and then MK link the user files directory to the HDD aswell.
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You want to start with RAM that isn't 1333 CL8 i.e.

, much cheaper and better
Since I'm out of time... everyone else, take it from here!
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Thread Starter 
thanks for all the input! Is it just for sandy bridge then that the frequency doesn't seem to matter much?
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I agree with others that dropping to a Propus or Rana, smaller drive, cheaper case, etc would be more practical and a better use of funds.

Here's what I would do...

Athlon X3 + 4650 $11 combo savings.

Asus 770 + 2x2GB kit $30 combo savings.

Case + DVD burner $10 combo savings + use promo code EMCKHJJ24 for $5 off.

Antec 380W Earthwatts $20 off and free shipping right now

WD black 640GB Use promo code EMCKHJJ25 for additional $10 off.

That's $373 shipped, great trusted brands throughout the build. Dedicated GPU.

Enjoy

Eric
     
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I would be going for ASUS over ASROCK, Asrock are cheap and nasty.
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Originally Posted by andrewmchugh View Post
I would be going for ASUS over ASROCK, Asrock are cheap and nasty.
Asus actually owns asrock but they are not the same company.
    
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post #19 of 39
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I agree with others that dropping to a Propus or Rana, smaller drive, cheaper case, etc would be more practical and a better use of funds.

Here's what I would do...

Athlon X3 + 4650 $11 combo savings.

Asus 770 + 2x2GB kit $30 combo savings.

Case + DVD burner $10 combo savings + use promo code EMCKHJJ24 for $5 off.

Antec 380W Earthwatts $20 off and free shipping right now

WD black 640GB Use promo code EMCKHJJ25 for additional $10 off.

That's $373 shipped, great trusted brands throughout the build. Dedicated GPU.

Enjoy

Eric
Except for the RAM and the HDD (you can get a good 1TB for that price) I'd take this build. For HDD, F3 1TB is a mere $5 more here. Mobo.... as for RAM, with those good deals i.e. the Crucial RAM and the Patriot RAM gone I must admit, I really can't find anything that matches that unless I suggest a similar board at lower price tier (feature-wise... I mean, that ASUS board with the 770 chipset has a 4+1 VRM that can be purchased with most cheaper $50-70 range boards) mobo and then the better RAM.
post #20 of 39
My gaming rig was $580 and I can play pretty much any game smoothly on 1920x1080 and maxed settings.
Think about this:
-AMD Phenom II x2 555, fast as a dual, even faster now as a quad. 85-90
-4GB G.Skill RAM overclocked to 1600. 45-55
-Blitz MidTower case 39
-Motherboard with integrated graphics and sound (along with ACC, and at least a 710sb for core unlocking)
-1TB HDD go for 50-65 depending on brand
-500W psu
-Any DVDrw drive (ASUS, Lite-On)

And one other huge tip I want to give you: use combinations of items. Out of my 12 items I had 5 combinations and I saved $70 just by doing that. When picking out an item scroll down and choose "browse similar combos" or something like that.
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