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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Mark_Hardware, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. Mark_Hardware

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    I'm building a PC for a buddy at work. I compiled a list, but it came out a bit over budget, was hoping to get some suggestions on how to trim down a little bit. It's not going to be used for any real gaming, but it does need to be fast, and be able to load Vista and other programs quickly. So, heres what I have....

    Hard Drive;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152100
    $74.99
    Processor;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115017
    $189.00
    Power Supply;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371006
    $49.99
    CPU Cooler;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150082
    $24.99
    Case;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119115
    $44.99
    Motherboard;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128359
    $119.99 plus $15 MIR
    Memory;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227289
    $64.99 plus $30 MIR
    Video Card;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125229
    $64.99 plus $20 MIR
    Optical Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152
    $25.49
    Total is about $700 after MIRs
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    Well, he was hoping for closer to $500...
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    Ok a lilttle over was a ungodly underrstatement . Ahah

    I think ill hang around the thread and see what I can get this computer down too..
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    if u are on a tight budget, amd is the choice
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    I would definagely get a different Graphics card, the 9500GT is a POS.
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    Well, I looked through it and it appears that everything is about as cheap as its going to get with any quality. Maybe you should go back and redo the motherboard and CPU. There is a lot of money tied up just there. $500 isnt going to be a dream machine.
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    ROFL. I was thinking the same exact thing. :laugh:
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    1. use a stock cooler for the cpu. not neccesary for aftermarket
    2. go for some budget ram
    3. with a budget of 500 quad core is not something to expect
    4. even if u are stubborn and decide to get the quad core it will only be bottle necked by the gfx card
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    Yeah, it doesn't have to win any contests, just something that will run and load programs quickly.

    Thats actually a good idea, I will look around. I have to admit, however, that I don't know diddly about AMD hardware. :(
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    Well heres my problem with this, what programs are you running??? no point in a graphics card. Am I'm not joking no point if all the dude does is surf the web and play solitaire IGP will handle that.

    What apps does he use??
    Use the stock cooler instead of aftermarket
    budget RAM as stated above.
    You can cut back on the PSU if there is no OCing
    if you really want to see some stuff get handled you may have to consider RAID,
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    Go for the E5200 or the E7200 instead of the Quad.. if he must have a Quadcore then subb out the 6600 for a 8200, just as good and a bit cheaper. Take a look into Open Box items also, yes Open Box items are iffy , but that really depends on the buyer. Im on a OB ASUS P5Q PRO and this thing runns like a champ, great OCing and rock solid performance in anything I do.
    Oh, and I would subb out that GPU for a 4850 or atleast a better card, you can find a better card for around the same price.
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    I'm thinking about selling my rig. I don't know he could do better for $500?
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    lol ok well i know the graphics card is a bad choice...
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    there is my advice
    take the other version of this mobo DS3P with 2xpci-e
    go for 4670 which is better than 9500gt and you can do crossfire in future with other 4670 to go over than 4850, or do crossfire with other high profile ati card's
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    I can tell you for sure that he has no interest in crossfire.
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    That will run ok on an intel board? Ive always been kinda hesitant to run that setup....

    I have made some changes;
    86'd the CPU cooler,
    Switched case to a cheaper one,
    switched to an e8200.
    Brings it down to about 520 after MIR's, which I can handle.
    So, just make a final decision about the GPU, and we're good :rockout:
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    I think the 4670 should run fine with the an intel board.
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    if u want a budget capable sistem, go for amd.

    amd x3 8750 be or x4 9600 be - 120
    2 gig of some ram - 30
    4670 - 80
    asrock 780gxe - 90
    a decent antec psu - 50
    cheap case - 50
    ur optical drive and ur hdd and u will be close to what u want
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    I agree, AMD is the better choice here better bang for the buck :)
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    OK, so I made some changes, went amd instead, and used a cheaper case. The mobo has intergrated gpu, so no need for a video card. Let me know what ya think, if it looks good, I can get started on it.


    Processor;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103250
    $149.00
    Power Supply;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371006
    $49.99
    Case;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147073
    $24.99
    Motherboard;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138128
    $99.99
    Memory;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231184
    $64.99
    Optical Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136152
    $25.49
    Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136131
    $74.99

    total is now $489.44
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    Try and get the ram a little bit cheaper, I got my ram in December for $40 for 4gb
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    Drop the masscool and get a HDT-S1283 rifle. And get a better psu, don't buy a high end machine and then buy a crappy psu, it's suppose to be the other way around. Well i don't mean the earthwatts is crap it's just not enough watts.

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