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So Im trying to put together a build for the family that will last for some time that is fairly quiet.

I'm thinking around a $400 budget. Less is better This thing is going to be used for surfin' the net, some real light gaming, looking at digital photos. Doesnt need to be a powerhouse, but would like for it to be plenty fast for years. Ill probably overclock it on stock volts, push the northbridge a bit. Stability is key here. It may get a graphics upgrade later in life.

What is needed: CPU, mobo, case, decent HSF, HDD, GFX can be on board, (would like something decent, 4250's are on the boards im looking at)

Trying to find a decent motherboard that i wont have to worry about burnin up VRMs on (thanks a lot xd_1771). So i've been checking the AMD Motherboard Power Phase List and I'm having a hard time finding a nice board for cheap.
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Oh man! Newegg is having a sale...
Currently in my cart now:

Case $40 with promo
HDD $80
PSU $25 with promo+MIR
RAM $35 with MIR
CPU $80
MOBO $100

~$390 with promo's tax and MIRs shipped

Edited by LuckySe7ens - 4/19/11 at 11:38am
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post #2 of 22
You don't need that CPU aftermarket cooler. Just use the stock AMD cooler that comes with the CPU. (Check that is does). Unless you plan to overclock past 3.2GHz?
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post #3 of 22
That case seems a little bit unsuited to a family computer. Something like this I think would be a bit more fitting, and it's MicroATX as well. For $5 more you'll see the difference.

You could also save $10 on the RAM, seeing as a "family computer" wont see the difference at all.

It's a quad core family computer, I highly doubt you're going to need to overclock it. It'll barely get used to its full potential at stock.
Edited by GoTMaXPoWeR - 4/18/11 at 5:14pm
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post #4 of 22

Don't bother with the OEM Athlon II and tower heatsink on that mobo.... won't OC very safely or well due to the 3+1 phase and deviation from stock cooler = no air to MOSFETs

The other suggested RAM is $5 more for generic stuff that is worse.... this RAM may also be a good choice (if you don't like rebates)

Save on the F3 1TB

post #5 of 22
You're honestly recommending he buys G.SKILL Ripjaws for a family computer?
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post #6 of 22
They're...a...good...deal!!!
The HyperX Blu would be even better actually counting the rebate
post #7 of 22
If you have a microcenter near or maybe even online, they often have the AMD proc/mobo combos for starting around 100 bucks. I picked up an X4 840 and a MSI ATX board for around 130 a couple weekends ago.
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They're...a...good...deal!!!
The HyperX Blu would be even better actually counting the rebate
I suppose you can't go wrong.. RAM is so dirt cheap as of recent it's silly to get less than 4GB.
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post #9 of 22
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thanks to everybody for your input, reps all around!

I dont mind the MIR's so ill hang onto the HyperX Blu's. Do i need them? No, but after the mishmash that is my sig rig i told myself that next time i build a rig I'm going to do it right, plus after MIR its the same price or cheaper then generic sticks so why not? Thanks for finding me a cheaper F3 xd_1771! I have a PRIME account so that will work nicely. Shoot, now im thinking that 2TB f4 looks nice for $20 more...

Gotmaxpower: lol of course i dont NEED to overclock it. But this is OCN!

Ok guys, if i saved $20 on the proc (say i go with one of these tricores) and didnt get an aftermarket cooler i can for sure spend a few more $'s on a nice motherboard. Any recommendations? Would be cool to play with unlocking and overclocking this little guy without worrying about lighting things on fire.
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post #10 of 22
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Oh man! Newegg is having a sale...
Currently in my cart now:

Case $40 with promo
HDD $80
PSU $25 with promo+MIR
RAM $35 with MIR
CPU $80
MOBO $100

~$390 with promo's tax and MIRs shipped

Will this board be ok?
Edited by LuckySe7ens - 4/19/11 at 11:38am
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