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as the title says im building a rig for a friend who has a $850 budget +/- a few dollars. Were looking into a AMD build AM3 cpu... no CF needed... and it won't be overclocked, at least not for a few years, so no after market cooling. He also needs a monitor preferably 22"+ and a wireless keyboard/mouse and 1.5tb HD.
He is going to be using it primarily for movies and music.
We are going to our local compusa store for everything
In advance, thanks for the suggestions.
Edited by Shneakypete - 4/8/11 at 9:44am
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You should get a 550 or 555 and unlock it to a quad. you can get those for under 100 and they are pretty much 955.
    
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he is not looking to modify the chip at all... would prefer getting a quad to start off with
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Build above disappoints me... there's a lot you could get for $850, i.e. minimum Phenom II x4, 1600Mhz RAM, and something better than a 5670
I also highly recommend buying your parts at Newegg over Compusa - especially on $850 - they don't have the best selection.

How bout something better for around same price. This'd probably not be the most optimal, but it's been awhile since I've done one of these, so:
Phenom II x4 955 + M4A87TD EVO - $232
XFX GTS 250 - $95, $65 AR
Team XTreem 2x2GB 1600Mhz RAM - $45
Rosewill Green 630W - $50 after promo
Lancool K58W - $65 after promo
Seagate 7200.11 1.5TB 7200RPM - $65 after promo - much faster at 7200RPM
Sony 24X DVD - $19 after promo (Assuming blu-ray drive is not needed? In any case you'd have room to add one into the budget)
Hanns-G 21.5" 1080p - $120 (Not 22" but close and a great deal)
Gigabyte keyboard/mouse combo - $23
Windows 7 HP x64 - $100

Total: $814, $784 AR

Plenty of room to play but I'm not entirely sure what this movie is for. Gaming? Video/audio editing? If just movie/music watching you could probably make do with a $600 PC or heck even $400-500 with integrated graphics and all
Edited by xd_1771 - 4/9/11 at 2:34pm
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I'm curious about the Hanns-G company. Any idea as to what they're track record's like? Are the LCD's good, or so-so?
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I've read mixed reviews on Hanns-G. That did not stop me from purchasing one tho and i am quite pleased with my purchase. I have had it for a year and a half with no problems what so ever.
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grab i5-2500 and a h61 chipset mobo, 8gb of ram, and other parts like people have said above. Should be much better bang for buck comparing to AMD counterparts
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by robwadeson View Post
grab i5-2500 and a h61 chipset mobo, 8gb of ram, and other parts like people have said above. Should be much better bang for buck comparing to AMD counterparts
Overclocking and expandability go out the window...
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I have a i inc monitor that reads Hanns-g on the drivers so I can only guess that they are built by the same company or use similar components... Needless to say I am very happy with mine.
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