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700$ budget for a new rig!

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  1. B1gg3stN00b

    B1gg3stN00b New Member

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    I'm going to hold a contest, whoever comes up with the best rig under $700 to replace my old beast of a full ATX system will have it built after their design and named after them as I post the specs on here.

    Parts I already have -
    Dual layer Lightscribe burner by ASUS
    650W Cooler Master eXtremepower Duo power supply.

    I want included in the rig a good TV tuner with a remote, and the ability to run some semi-new games such as Oblivion, and newer less system heavy ones such as Spore (I hope it won't be too system heavy?)


    I WON'T be overclocking, and don't want a big flashy case. I'd prefer it to hold the ATX power supply, but be relatively small as well.
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    Hmm, that's not a very good prize, but what the hey. Monitor as well? OS preference?
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    No monitor or OS needed, I'll be supplying my own.

    Also I have: Speakers, keyboard, mouse, printer, webcam, MIDI interface, USB hub, UPS.
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    Which os, and what size monitor?
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    B1gg3stN00b New Member

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    I plan to get a 22-24" widescreen, and I want to run both XP (TinyXP Rev09) and Vista 64 bit.
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    Nope
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    Here:

    DFI BloodIron P35-T2RL LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard -
    Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-1600 1178 ATSC/ClearQAM/NTSC TV Tuner
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core
    Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2
    NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    EVGA 384-P3-N851-AR GeForce 8800 GS 384MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3320613AS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA

    $704.93

    All from newegg. Do I get a cookie too if I win?
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    That's similar to the one I was working on, I didn't feel like linking. Move up to the 1800hvr b/c it costs the same amount almost. The e7200 is $70 cheaper than the e8400 and w/ some good oc is almost as good. 4gb for vista, I picked a-data ddr2-800. SE16 WD 640gb. $40 more and twice the space and more speed. All from newegg also (sorry to piggyback Katanai). :)
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    if he isn't going to overclock you should purchase a quad core. change NZXT case to Centurion 590.

    - Christine
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    Im good at getting deals, if your not satisfied with the previous linked ones I can give you one made from newegg stuff.
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    Quad cores are too expensive for a $700 build, and are currently not used enough to make the price/performance worth it imo. Shadow that hdd is actually pretty slow (compared to the others) and if he's recording tv he should have at least a 500gb hdd.
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    $190 (INTEL61710) promotional code, he shouldn't purchase a wolfdale unless he's going to overclock. conroe is another option. and yes a SE16 or 7200.11 will be faster.

    - Christine
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    Yeah, I guess that a'int bad, and it would help w/ the encoding w/ the tv. Conroe is more expensive when comparing performance/price, they're pretty obsolete for new builds imo.
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    Update

    APEVIA Black / Green SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-GN/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case

    APEVIA Black / Green SECC Steel / Aluminum X-MASTER-GN/500 ATX Media Center / HTPC Case - Retail
    Model #:X-MASTER-GN/500
    Item #:N82E16811144233
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    In Stock

    $69.99 $69.99


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    GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

    GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Model #:GA-MA78GM-S2H
    Item #:N82E16813128090
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    $99.99 -$10.00 Instant $89.99


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    DIAMOND Viper 3850PE3512O Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

    DIAMOND Viper 3850PE3512O Radeon HD 3850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    Model #:3850PE3512O
    Item #:N82E16814103051
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    $119.99 $119.99


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    Hauppauge WinTV-PVR 150 MCE FM 1042 PCI Interface

    Hauppauge WinTV-PVR 150 MCE FM 1042 PCI Interface - Retail
    Model #:1042
    Item #:N82E16815116620
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    $69.99 -$10.00 Instant $59.99


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    AMD Athlon X2 4850e 2.5GHz Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core Processor Model ADH4850DOBOX

    AMD Athlon X2 4850e 2.5GHz Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core Processor Model ADH4850DOBOX - Retail
    Model #:ADH4850DOBOX
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    $86.99 $86.99


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    A-DATA 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1B16

    A-DATA 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model ADQVE1B16 - Retail
    Model #:ADQVE1B16
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    $40.99 $40.99


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    Western Digital Caviar GP WD7500AACS 750GB 5400 to 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

    Western Digital Caviar GP WD7500AACS 750GB 5400 to 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
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    Item #:N82E16822136150
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    $119.99 $119.99


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    AOC Monitor 2219S1 Piano Black Finish 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 3000:1

    AOC Monitor 2219S1 Piano Black Finish 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 3000:1 - Retail
    Model #:2219S1
    Item #:N82E16824160020
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    Hows that look?

    I'm a big AMD ATI whore.
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    Well you ignored our suggestions all together, so I guess you win. :laugh: Looks pretty good though, but intel would be faster for the same price. Definately change that hdd, get a Samsung F1 750gb, they can be had on the egg for the same price and are much faster than that one you have. Or you can drop $20 for the 640gb SE16, which is faster (but noticeable difference from the F1 wouldn't be much). 4gb of memory would help w/ vista and tv encoding. That proc is a little weak, but good power/performance ratio.
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    Eh, I dunno. I just know nothing about Intel :p

    Can anyone fill me in on what the other rigs have over an AMD one?
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    Well why didn't you mentioned that? Anyways that CPU you chose is utter garbage. The E8400 in my list is probably twice as fast...
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    The E8400 + P43 will destroy the 4850e like a nuclear warhead on a little island.
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    here is the AMD side of things
    CPU 9600 quad $169
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103244
    mobo Gigabyte 780G $89.99+$7.59
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128335
    RAM G-Skill 1066 2gb kit $59.99+$5.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231144
    750GB HDD $119
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148294
    case Rosewill mid tower $23.99+$5.99
    GPU ATI 4850 $199.99+$7.59
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125224
    $689.12 with shipping
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    Intel is just much faster clock for clock, and has far more overclocking headroom. Like the others said, the e8400 is around twice as fast as that, for twice the price though. But that's at stock. When oc is factored in there is no contest at any length of price/performance or anything. The e4850 is mostly good for a htpc build, as it has low power consumption and low heat output. For a computer regularly used, it's a little on the weak side.

    Pos's build looks good, although again, the SE16 640gb is cheaper, faster, and has more space (why will nobody listen to this :laugh:). Also 4gb of slower memory would be more advantageous to the build than 2gb of faster memory.
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    Will the 6850 support 64 bit OSs?

    If so I may just go for 8gb memory and make this computer as futureproof as possible.
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    about everything new supports 64bit
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    Well. I like the 6850 a whole bunch.

    Someone help me find a TV tuner I could rig up my RCA inputs from my Wii and my dish coaxial inputs to and record from, as well as hold good quality during live tv viewing?

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