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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by platinumyahoo, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. platinumyahoo

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    Dear TPU community, I need your help!

    My friend wants me to build him "the best system on the block"

    The problem is, every system I built on newegg ended up short in one department or the other. For example:

    I can get a gtx260 + phenom II x2 550 BE (or similar) and hope I can unlock all 4 cores.

    Or I can go HD4850 + PII 955 BE and have better stock clocks, guaranteed quad core, etc..


    Also, Im pretty much clueless on If I should get 790FX, 790X, or even 785G. Or should i just go intel?

    Is DDR3 absolutely required? or is it just nice to have?

    Or should I get get most of the parts used and have a really crazy computer?

    Any PSU deals out?

    A nice case that would blow him away (and is affordable) would be nice too.


    In conclusion, I am stuck to what I should build him that would surpass his expectations. I know $800 is not the best budget to work with, but in 2010 its enough to build something semi-crazy. He will not play many games but I think he would like to know he can. A full system recommendation would be VERY much appreciated. Thanks in advance! :D
     
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    Well i don't know how AMD chipset works out but i guess you could say 770 is the low end/budget motherboards and 780+ are all mid/high end with crossfire support etc.
    DDR3 is definitely worth getting now that DDR2 are overly priced now and they are outdated.
    of course you can always buy some parts used if you like if not i would go with this build:
    A bit over budget by $5 but $5 isn't a huge sum right?
    [​IMG]
     
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    Nice build, seems pretty suitable, I will use it as reference to the actual build. Thanks a lot!
     
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    check this ....

    this system will last for a long time ... ( AM3 Socket + HD 5850 + Quad Core + DDR3 + USB3.0)

    [​IMG]
     
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    im sorry AFW but a Phenom II 940 is AM2+ and the board you picked out is AM3 only. he will need a AM3 chip to get this system running. a Phenom II 945 is AM3
     
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    well i thought those 2 were compatible since they come as a combo ... why do they sell combos if they are not compatible .. :( ...
     
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    LOL afw i dont know. newegg needs to change that combo or they will have ALOT of returns.

    AM3 was not backwards compatible but AM2/AM2+ were AM3 compatible LOL
     
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    lol ... ok thanx for the info ... i have edited the previous cart ... see if its ok ... ;)
     
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    Shipping might be a little on the steep side for the case ($15 last I checked) so you'd probably be better off buying from a local retailer (like Fry's Electronics).
    Or, you could shave off a few bucks with some slightly cheaper ram and power supply.

    Also, 785g is actually newer than the other two, fyi.
    Aside from crossfire support, the 785g is actually better than the other two.
    Check here: Wikipedia
    Scroll to the bottom of that chart.
     

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