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Well, i am either going to get a new compy for christmas or a X360, I have been out of the computer scene for awhile. With a $550 budget, what parts should I buy?
 

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Well with 550 I think it would be better to just upgrade your current rig, instead of a totally new one. I would suggest a C2D e6300, <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115005</a><br />
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ASUS P5W Mobo, <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131534" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131534</a><br />
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And some OCZ RAM <br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820227124" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227124</a><br />
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All comes into $597, this would could be lowered a bit by getting a cheaper mobo, but who wants a cheap mobo.
 
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<a href="http://http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103733" target="_blank">AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 2.0ghz</a><br />
<a href="http://http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813130050" target="_blank">MSI NEo K9N AM2 </a><br />
<a href="http://http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820220145" target="_blank">PAtriot 1 GB DDR2 667mhz</a><br />
<a href="http://http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811164040" target="_blank">LinkWorld Case</a><br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814122008" target="_blank">LeadtEk 7300GT 256MB GDDR3</a><br />
<a href="http://http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814122008" target="_blank">Thermaltake TR2 430W PSU</a><br />
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Total:472.94$ +shipping.
 
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Is the 7300 really that much of an improvement over his 1600?
 

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his gpu is agp, and when he ask for a 550 dollar computer spounting out c2d is ubsurd. i sugjest a ........<br />
3700+ - $97<br />
biostar 6100 = $63 or so <br />
reuse your ram <br />
7600 gt = 146 or so<br />
thermaltake soprano - 75 <br />
Antec TurepowerII - 80<br />
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Total is 461 and i asume you reuse your hard drives, then sell the left over parts ( cpu/case/mobo/psu ) and with the left over 100 from the 550 and get about 150-200 from selling those parts and buy a x360 also <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
 
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E6300<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115005</a><br />
GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813128012" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128012</a><br />
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If your GPU is AGP then you'll have to settle for 1GB and maybe a 7600GTS, if its PCIe then look into these sticks<br />
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Crucial 2GB<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820148017" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148017</a>
 

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Well I didn't know it was AGP, that changes things. <br />
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I don't think the C2D would have been absurd if it wouldn't have been AGP. But that doesn't matter now.
 

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Since you have AGP.<br />
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<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813135027" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813135027</a><br />
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Core 2 Duo E6300<br />
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1GB/2GB of RAM<br />
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Bigger HDD if you need it, or just up on the E6300 to a E6400 for the higher multi or something. <br />
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Then when you have enough for a new mobo and graphics card, go for it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Well with 550 I think it would be better to just upgrade your current rig, instead of a totally new one. I would suggest a C2D e6300, <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819115005" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115005</a><br />
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ASUS P5W Mobo, <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131534" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131534</a><br />
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And some OCZ RAM <br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820227124" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227124</a><br />
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All comes into $597, this would could be lowered a bit by getting a cheaper mobo, but who wants a cheap mobo.</div>

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</div> That mobo doesnt support c2d or atleast i dont think it does?
 

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Well, I would say do a mobo, CPU, Video cARD, RAM upgrade.<br />
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If you want Core 2 Duo:<br />
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CPU: Core 2 Duo E6300: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819115005" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115005</a><br />
Mobo: ASUS P5N SLI: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813131032" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131032</a><br />
RAM: 1 GB Super Talent DDR2 667: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820609085" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820609085</a><br />
Video Card: eVGA 7600GT: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814130062" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130062</a><br />
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Total Price: $532.96 before shipping. You cna add a second 7600 GT someday down the road, and a second stick of RAM. For like $250 more someday down the road, you will have a pretty sweet rig.<br />
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I'll report back with a build for AMD soon
 
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<div style="font-style:italic">That mobo doesnt support c2d or atleast i dont think it does?</div>

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</div>don't all the P5Ws support C2D?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">don't all the P5Ws support C2D?</div>

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</div> I thaught only the 945 965 and 975 chipsets supported c2d? and newegg also doesnt list c2d.
 

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you need a bio's update i beilve
 

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wow, thanks everyone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">.<br><br>
I probably going to go with pow3rtr1p idea, the sound of having a conroe is nice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">.<br><br>
Do you guys think that my current PSU would work with the conroe build?
 

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Well this AMD 939 rig will pretty much guarantee 3 GHz if you get a decent stepping.<br><br>
CPU: 3700+ Sandy: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819103539" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103539</a><br>
Mobo: DFI LP Ultra D: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813136152" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813136152</a><br>
RAM: 2 x 1 GB Crucial DDR 500: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820148018" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148018</a><br>
Video Card: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814143049" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143049</a><br><br>
Your RAM will give you headway in your OC, a good budget video card, a great mobo for OCing, and a processor proven to reach 3 GHz with the proper stepping.
 
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