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Downgrade Build... whats the best $/performance setup?

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by Fitseries3, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. Fitseries3

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    hey guys,

    im downgrading my desktop and want something simple, small yet still decent in power.

    i run 2 23" LCDs so this machine must be able to power them for 2D tasks.

    machine is used to browse net, DL torrents, printer and file server, dvd cloning and office tasks.

    i'd consider intel or amd but i favor intel as most of you may know.

    i would like it to be matx or itx.

    what i have:

    cpu cooler
    hard drives (2x 3.5")
    dvd drive
    psu

    what i need:
    cpu (2+cores)
    ram (low end is fine, minimal OCing will be done)
    mobo
    case (lian li or similar)

    budget:
    low:laugh:


    what do you recommend?
  2. toastem2004

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    intel mobo & proc = $229 usd

    amd mobo & proc = $203 usd

    Both are quite potent, with the amd one being cheaper and having Wireless-N & usb3 + way better onboard video

    i'm assuiming atom & "bobcats" are a no go. Also, u'll need to add either an nvidia gt240 or amd 5670 as well to power both monitors, and these are "the best" cards to get that are single slot cooled and no not require any external power (no pcie-6pin)
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    Maybe a budget i3 or i5 with a 6870. Not sure what a "low budget" price range would be for you.
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    i would recommend a laptop
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    What happenned to that i5 660 you had?
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    When you putting it together? I should have a 560es shortly does 5ghz
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    i have moved to a laptop already but my main machine still runs 24/7 and i still use it a good bit. its also used as a server.

    minimal cost on all parts. i would even go amd if i knew the speed would be comparable to intel i5

    i sold my 661 chip.

    i dont need something that OCs a long way.... i run my main machine near stock most of the time.

    i really dont need more than generic ram. i will most likely get ram from mushkin since i have a connection there.

    so i guess i just need cpu, mobo, and a nice case.

    i like black so that should make it easy ;)

    how good are AMDs onboard GFX?

    can h55 or amd chipped boards use more than monitor with the onboard video or do i need dedicated gpu?

    thank you everyone who has made suggestions so far. much appreciated.
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    AMD's onboard GPU's are way better than Intel's counterparts. For desktop use it doesn't matter though, everything on the market today can power two monitors no problem.

    EDIT: Ok, maybe not WAY better, but better.
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    You should probably look at the low powered "2011 i3" (2100T?), performance wise they are quite good, and the beauty is that they run with 35w, something which will come extremely handy if you run your computer 24/7. AMD's onboard graphics now is only a shade better than Intel's but either way I would still get a low end graphics card (5450 or similar). Power consumption will increase though, so why not try onboard first? if its enough then skip the graphics card. You can always add it later on if you think its not powerful enough.
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    Ohh, interesting. I didn't know that. Sweet. :)

    EDIT again: BTW, the ASUS P8H67-I DELUXE is a ITX h67 board. It's about €120 here, looks pretty darn good.
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    @Fits

    Those 2 if not planning on doing any overclocking would work out perfect!
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    The best you can have is nearly as good as my 7600GS
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    I'm sorry to say, the IGP is better.
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    Here's a couple deals you might find interesting.
    Price is low.

    DIY Upgrades and Combos! $74.99 Samsung 2TB HDD, $...
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    where is this 2100t? i found the 2100 but no t.
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    what 2100t?
    Crunching for Team TPU
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    you could probably find a used desktop on craiglist for around $200. that is your best bet.
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    intel core i3-2100t

    its a low power 35w i3 chip



    although im actually leaning towards an i3-5X0 chip, gigabyte h55n and lian li pc-q11b but the price is still kinda up there.
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    i mean, i already have a cheapo dell machine here but its crap.

    i guess im just picky, but i want something decent in power and manageable in size.
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    Actually, I like that ALOT!. Hey, hit me up over the next few days, we can talk bout everything if you wanna.
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    Check my system specs for my AMD setup. There's even a cheaper bobo than the one i got and from what you listed what ya want it for it will do it.

    If there is some tests ya want let me know.
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    in that lian-li you may be better off with a samuel 17 as your cpu cooler. after all the psu is directly over the cpu socket.
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