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Alright, he didn't give me a budget. Just a more of "what I will do with it". Just basic web browsing with the usual application running. He wants it to be FAST. Didn't give me a budget ,but as always, cheaper is better and it's pointless to overspend when it's not needed now as parts always get cheaper. SO...what I've come up with.



MB:Gigabyte GA-880GM-D2H
CPU:AMD Athlon II x4 640
PSU: Antec NEO Eco 400w
GPU:Integrated 4250
DVD:Lite On 24x DVD Burner
HDD:Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500gb
CASE: Fractal Design Define R3
RAM:G. Skill DDR3 1600 2x2(4gb Total)
ADD-On:Sabrent CRW-UINB

Total was $479.89 AFTER Shipping.

I'd like to order this by today before 2pm Eastern so it will ship out today. Only thing I'm doubting is the Corsair PSU(maybe something less? Not sure how the build quality is on the Builder Series)

I selected the CPU because at the price, I don't see why NOT to get a Quad core @ 3Ghz for $99. I didn't think he'd notice a difference between it and Phenom II(since the only difference is the L3 cache, right?), and he WON'T be overclocking. So it seemed like the best choice for the price.

I elected the motherboard because I've always had good luck with Gigabyte, and it has built in Video+HDMI out. (Not a necessity, but good to have.) And it supports AM3+DDR3. I selected the RAM because it's cheaper than it's counterparts, and as Gigabyte, I've had great luck with G. Skill. I originally chose a WDC Black 500Gb. However, the speed difference won't be noticed by him. DVD drive, because it's cheap, and has free shipping. DVD drives are a dime a dozen, right?

Now...the case was a personal choice. It has great cable management and fan filters. Price wasn't ridiculous, fans can always be added and he is ex-military so I thought that was a nice touch. He said he liked it too.

My doubts...the Power supply. I KNOW 500w will be too much. Also as I said, am not sure of the build quality on the Builder series, so if you have any recommendations, please make them. Please offer reasoning behind it though.


Updating OP with Ordered Parts.


Edited by AIpha - 3/12/11 at 3:34pm
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post #2 of 14
A 912 for father in law? Thats not a good idea
Fractal Design R3 or CM690 for father in law's is good idea

Also chuck in an SSD install OS + browser for super speedy system.
    
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post #3 of 14
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I like that Fractal R3...I think he would too. I'll run it by him and see what he thinks.
Thank you! Any other suggestions?
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post #4 of 14
The 1600 CL9 Ripjaws cost the same after promo code and are much better. This is why you never buy generic RAM, always better same-priced choices
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Quote:
Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
The 1600 CL9 Ripjaws cost the same after promo code and are much better. This is why you never buy generic RAM, always better same-priced choices
Thank you! I didn't think G. Skill was generic. >_> I've been using it forever, what do you usually prefer?
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post #6 of 14
Nah, it's not about G.Skill, it's about being rated 1333 CL9. All 1333 CL9 is generic prebuilt memory no matter what, and if buying 1333 CL9 you should disregard brand, disregard heatspreaders, disregard everything, and buy the cheapest one possible. Or much better yet get a 1600Mhz kit that costs the same anyway.
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Alright some of it has arrived. I'll have to resize the photos before I can upload them...Flipping iPhone lol
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if you host with photobucket, they automatically re-size the photos for you.
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If he just wants a fast computer, definately get him an SSD ..
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post #10 of 14
I believe he's already ordered
And he'd need much better RAM (i.e. 1600 CL7) to take advantage of an SSD

By the way mwl5apv, it may sadden you to know that some time right after you placed the other a whole bunch of new deals came into effect, including some awesomely cheap 1600 CL7 memory for the same price and a whole bunch of great case/PSU deals... and then CrazyPC closed, so cheap fans & cooling & etc. Sorry to ruin your day there, but I might let you know this...
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