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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by RandomSunchips, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. RandomSunchips New Member

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    So I have a friend who wants to upgrade his old comp into something more in line with the times. He only needs the motherboard, proccessor, GPU, RAM, power supply, and hard drive. And of course, it will be OCed.

    So far I have the following (most from newegg):

    Processor:
    Intel e4500
    $120
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16819115031


    UPDATE: Going with e2160
    $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116036

    CPU HSF:
    Arctic Freezer Pro 7mm
    $27
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134

    Motherboard:
    Split between DFI Blood Iron or the cheaper GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L
    $90-$120
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16813136038
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128059

    Ram:
    Firestix DDR2 800
    $54
    http://www.directron.com/fsx800d2ck2g.html

    Secondary Choice:
    Transcend Axeram DDR2 800
    $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820208329



    GPU:
    XFX 8800GS 384mb
    $110 AR
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16814150275

    or

    Palit 9600GT
    $140 AR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814261002

    Power Supply:
    ePOWER ZU-550W ATX12V Version 2.0 / EPS12V 550W Power Supply
    $57
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16817101021


    UPDATE: Going with the Corsair VX 550W $65
    http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-vx-550w-atx-power-supply/q/loc/101/205852646.html

    Hard Drive:
    WD SE 160GB SATA Hard Drive
    $49
    http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?item=N82E16822136075

    Total: $521 before shipping

    Should I change anything?

    Thanks, Chippy. <--That's me BTW XD

    PS: I have a weird spacing fetish. Sorry. :/
     
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  3. nguyenpeter76 New Member

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    go with antec earthwatts or corsair power supply instead. you want the power supply to be a good brand. buy.com tends to have corsair's at way cheaper prices than newegg

    overall looks pretty good to me. what cpu cooler is your friend going to use to overclock? here's a suggestion. drop down to e2160, it will oc to 3.0ghz on the slightest cpu cooler such as the ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler or even stock cooler in some cases depending on your luck and case cooling. with the money saved get a 9600gt which can be found in the $150 range.
     
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    It looks amazing chippy. Thanks so much
     
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    JrRacinFan Served 5k and counting ...

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    Ouch, the aXeram is now deactivated. Knew I should have bought it when they were still golden.

    Go with your first choice chippy.
     
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    Go with the bloodiron I had some bad experiences with the DS3L...
     
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    Blood Iron is sweet for a budget board. If you'd like some confirmed Micron D9's, just like the chips in the AxeRam, try Buffalo Firestix. They are on sale, and cheaper than the Transcends:

    http://www.directron.com/fsx800d2ck2g.html
     
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    Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Dual-Core 2,0GHz, Socket AM2, 1MB Tray- $63
    GigaByte G-Power II Pro- $50
    K9N SLI-2F s.AM2 nVidia570SLI- $100
    DDR2 800 1024MB PC6400 Hynix / Transcend / Samsung original- $28
    DDR2 800 1024MB PC6400 Hynix / Transcend / Samsung original- $28
    GeForce 8600GT 256Mb DDR-3 (128bit) DVI, Tvout- $107
    160 Gb Seagate Barracuda, 7200 rpm, 8 Mbyte cache, SATA II-300, NCQ- $60
    NEC AD-5200A (R+20x/-20x, +R9 12x -R DL 12x, RW+8x/-6x)- $30
    Case ATX ASUS TA-55, Black/Silver, Audio/4xUSB2.0/1394/Fan w/o PSU- $37
    PSU ATX 550W Chieftec GPS-550AB-A- $85
     
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    Get the 9600GT instead of the GS. 512, no crippled memory interface, good performer.
     

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