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Im building a computer for a friend of mine and I have a budget of $1500.00 and I was wondering what people think of this build and what I should change to make it more worth the money. I am also still trying to figure out the monitor though but this is what i have so far.<br />
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CPU - AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 2.2GHz 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor<br />
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MOBO - ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard<br />
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RAM - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory<br />
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HDD - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive<br />
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Disc - SAMSUNG Black 2M Cache E-IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner<br />
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GPU - eVGA 256-P2-N554-AX Geforce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card<br />
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PSU - Sunbeam NUUO SUNNU550-US-BK ATX12V/ EPS12V 550W Power Supply<br />
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Case - Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BNA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case<br />
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CPU Cooler - ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED 92mm 2 Ball Blue LED Light Cooling Fan with Heatsink<br />
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Thermal Compound - Artic Silver 5
 

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CPU Cooler - ZALMAN CNPS9500 LED 92mm 2 Ball Blue LED Light Cooling Fan with Heatsink

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</div>Show me a link...I wanted a blue or even red led!!!!
 

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Were's the dual core cpu?<br />
For that kind of money he would be better off with a C2D System and <br />
For about the same price , you can get him a really nice rig , that is dual core
 

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yea and if you really want AMD get the new AM2 socket with say a 4200X2, no point getting 939 socket now. AM2 means future proofing aswell. and DDR2 ram
 

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Id go for an E6300. Its a more powerful CPU and dual core. Plus its highly overclockable. Overall its a much better bang for the buck.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Id go for an E6300. Its a more powerful CPU and dual core. Plus its highly overclockable. Overall its a much better bang for the buck.</div>

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</div>Got a link for that??? How are people supposed to make sense of a buncha numbers?<br />
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I don't know what you're paying for that Athlon 64 3700+, but this 2.2 ghz Opty is only $116 shipped....Opteron's are higher quality than Athlon 64's, since they were designed to run in servers. Plus, the Opty is way better for overclocking...<br />
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Oops, here's the link lol <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103596" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103596</a>
 

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With 1500, you can get so much better things, i got my sig with 1200, and that was when opteron 165 still cost 300! I think C2D is a better choice now, i am just amazed at how much power that has. Also 7600GT is much cheaper than 7900GT, so go with 7900. It is just so much faster, I think. If you can, wait for deals on ram, PSU, case, GPU. I got about 200 back because of rebate, which makes it even cheaper.
 

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Heres a much better system to fit in the same budget:<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811133132" target="_blank">Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131028" target="_blank">ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814102051" target="_blank">SAPPHIRE 100168L Radeon X1900XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFire Video Card - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817703005" target="_blank">PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V EPS12V 610W Continuous @ 40°C Power Supply - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115005" target="_blank">Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6300 - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820145590" target="_blank">CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400 - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822148140" target="_blank">Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16827151133" target="_blank">SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model SH-S182D - OEM </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835118003" target="_blank">ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835100008" target="_blank">Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM </a><br />
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Total: $1,425.92
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Heres a much better system to fit in the same budget:<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811133132" target="_blank">Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131028" target="_blank">ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814102051" target="_blank">SAPPHIRE 100168L Radeon X1900XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFire Video Card - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817703005" target="_blank">PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V EPS12V 610W Continuous @ 40°C Power Supply - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115005" target="_blank">Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6300 - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820145590" target="_blank">CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400 - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822148140" target="_blank">Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16827151133" target="_blank">SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model SH-S182D - OEM </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835118003" target="_blank">ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835100008" target="_blank">Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM </a><br />
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Total: $1,425.92</div>

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</div>Now that is a rapid gaming system. <img src="/images/smilies/gunner2.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Gunner2" class="inlineimg" />
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Heres a much better system to fit in the same budget:<br />
<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811133132" target="_blank">Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail </a><br />
<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131028" target="_blank">ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814102051" target="_blank">SAPPHIRE 100168L Radeon X1900XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFire Video Card - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817703005" target="_blank">PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V EPS12V 610W Continuous @ 40°C Power Supply - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115005" target="_blank">Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6300 - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820145590" target="_blank">CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400 - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822148140" target="_blank">Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16827151133" target="_blank">SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model SH-S182D - OEM </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835118003" target="_blank">ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835100008" target="_blank">Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM </a><br />
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Total: $1,425.92</div>

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</div>I'd get a cheaper PSU..but still GOOD such as this: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817182046" target="_blank">Rosewill RT550-135-SL 550W 135mm Fan SLI Ready - ATX V2.2/EPS12V Power Supply - Retail </a><br />
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and get a better CPU, such as this: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115003" target="_blank">Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M sharing L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail</a><br />
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you can also save $40 by getting this case <br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811133145" target="_blank">Thermaltake SOPRANO VB1000BWS Black Steel/Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail</a>..but I think the tsunami is a lil better in quality.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Heres a much better system to fit in the same budget:<br />
<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16811133132" target="_blank">Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail </a><br />
<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131028" target="_blank">ASUS P5B Deluxe/WiFi-AP Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail </a><br />
<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814102051" target="_blank">SAPPHIRE 100168L Radeon X1900XT 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 CrossFire Video Card - Retail </a><br />
<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817703005" target="_blank">PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 EPS12V EPS12V 610W Continuous @ 40°C Power Supply - Retail </a><br />
<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819115005" target="_blank">Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86GHz LGA 775 Processor Model BX80557E6300 - Retail </a><br />
<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820145590" target="_blank">CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-6400 - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822148140" target="_blank">Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16827151133" target="_blank">SAMSUNG 18X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black E-IDE/ATAPI Model SH-S182D - OEM </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835118003" target="_blank">ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink - Retail </a><br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16835100008" target="_blank">Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM </a><br />
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Total: $1,425.92</div>

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</div>lol you basically just built my future rig except i will have an e6600
 

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There have been at least a half dozen posts in the last week asking about $1500 builds, and Chozart and I and many others have already voiced what we think is best. Look through the forums and you will find that a LOT of people have apparently been getting $1500 tax returns or something, because that seems to be everyone's budget.
 
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