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How's this look in terms of a good starter rig? I have all but the GPUs and PSU ready to go. It's going to be an early Bday present for him. ^^

AMD Athlon X2 7850 @ 2.8GHz (ACALP64 Pro instead of stock cooling)
ASUS M2N-SLI
4GB DDR2 667mhz
*NEED A GOOD SINGLE GPU SOLUTION*
500w Antec Earthwatts
APEX TX-381-C mATX Computer Case
Seagate Barracuda 320GB HDD
Edited by Imglidinhere - 3/10/11 at 10:06am
     
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post #2 of 18
It looks good overall but are you buying right now?

You can get a better chip than that 7850. Same with the case.

I suggest changing the case to the Xigmatek ASGARD and the chip to the Athlon II x2 245 C3
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post #3 of 18
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Oh no these are parts that I have literally lying around. XD If I were buying these parts, he'd be getting a computer on par with mine.

I've had the M2N-SLI for a good year and it's still running like a top, the other Apex case was found recently. ^^ Thought I had lost it. found out that the 320GB drive just had a corrupted OS on it and wasn't faulty, the CPU was bought right when it came out and I've only used it twice since for testing purposes, the 4GB DDR2 was pulled from a friend's machine when he scrapped his old machine when he bought his Alienware Aurora, (I still tell him he's an idiot to this day. XD) etc.

The 9600GTs I think will do whatever he wants. The Vram size mention isn't official as I will probably be expecting to snag a pair that have around half that. He'll be playing on 1366x768 so they'll drop any game. The PSU needs to have two 6-pin connectors for the 9600s and I ran a calculator and it noted that the PSU needed to be at least a 430w so I figured that a 500w would suffice.

Gotta love how things like this just fall into place. XD
     
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post #4 of 18
Ah yeah, it's a nice collection of extra parts then.

My tower still runs a 7750BE because I don't really need a faster chip
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post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by Imglidinhere View Post
*SNIP* The PSU needs to have two 6-pin connectors for the 9600s and I ran a calculator and it noted that the PSU needed to be at least a 430w so I figured that a 500w would suffice.

Gotta love how things like this just fall into place. XD
500w is overkill for that rig, (looks @ sig) but room to grow is nice

Anything off of our from the 400-500w range should do nicely
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post #6 of 18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by LuckySe7ens View Post
500w is overkill for that rig, (looks @ sig) but room to grow is nice

Anything off of our from the 400-500w range should do nicely
I prefer to have a little room to spare for the PSU. power consumption is right at 400w with everything at 100% so I figured that having a 500w would be perfect when the PSU ages. He's content with having a really crappy laptop so this'll be like a gift from god. XD
     
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post #7 of 18
Looks pretty sweet!

Don't forget to OC the CPU a little for him, I would bump it to 3ghz as you probably won't need much of a voltage increase, if any, to stabilize it.
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post #8 of 18
I had the 9600 GT in SLi before, surpringsly it scaled very nicely =D
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^.^ Happy to see a bit of support from everyone.
     
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Alrighty, due to the lack of anyone selling 9600GTs anymore, I've decided to try to find another single card rather than a dual card solution. What would stay within the limits of the dual core I have listed and still perform well? Would a GTS 250 work well here?
     
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