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  1. banjodido

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    Hi Guys,

    need help for my new rig. I just arrived from Europe in Texas (will stay for one year) and need something to play some shooters, do some video-editing, office-work and to support my F@H-team.
    As I'm kinda low on money at the moment (just arrived - have to buy car, payed rent and deposit, bought furniture etc.) my budget is around $500-$600, the less the better. In the past I only had Intel so I would like to overclock some AMD-CPUs. I won't need a HDD as I will use my Samsung HD321KJ for now. A video card will be bought next year sth. in the class of a 4870/9800 GTX+/GTX260. Later in 2009 (spring) I will get probably a Phenom II so the mainboard should have onboard graphics and should be AM3 ready.
    The biggest problem is for which chipset i should go: is the 780G sufficient enough, offers the 790GX more overclocking capabilities or is the nVidia Geforce 8x00 the best bang for bucks?

    For now I looked for mainboards with AMD chipsets:
    eg ASUS M3A78-EM in Combo with the X3 8750 BE for $30 less?
    Or the BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX A2+ as Open Box for only $64 or the MSI DKA790GX for $89. Also the Foxconn A7DA-S or the ECS A790GXM-A or BIOSTAR TFORCE TA790GX3 A2+? Did I missed the best bang for buck Mainboard on newegg? I don't epect too much, eSATA would be nice but not a must.

    CPU:
    I will get next year a Phenom II after prices drop so what till then:
    Athlon 64 X2 5400+ BE ($66)
    Athlon 64 X2 7750 BE ($80)
    Phenom 8750 X3 BE ($119)

    RAM:
    For sure 2x2GB PC2-8500. I'm thinking about the GSkill or a CL7 or rather CL5 from OZC?

    DVD Burner:
    The cheapest SATA Burner - need for not much more then installing Vista.

    Case:
    something nice and unexpensive from Cooler Master.

    Cooler:
    I kinda like the Xigmatek Towers with three or four Heatpipes or rather a OCZ Vendetta 2 or maybe a Sunbeam CR-CCTF?

    PSU:
    Something with around 400 to 500W and enough A on the 12V rails.

    Display:
    I'm not sured if a 19" Hanns-G will be enough for the one year. Had in Europe a 20" WS from LG. Os should I go for a 22" ASUS or Acer?


    A general question at the end: shall I buy the rig now or will the prices drop after X-mas shopping is over?

    So that would be all for now.
    THX for any useful comments.
  2. OzzmanFloyd120

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    Go with the MSI board, the 5400BE and the OCZ CL5
    On the cooler I would get a Gemini II, they're beefy and will get the job done.

    Also what GPU do you plan on putting in there? Do you plan to OC?

    And a note on ECS: Their boards are mostly crap, everyone I've ever known has had problems with their ECS stuff. (Hence the low price)
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    if your gonna fold and want to save $$$ get an 8800gts g92 core their relatively cheap and their the same thing as a 9800GTX
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    Correct, just down clocked to 600/1500/1000
    In fact a stock 9800GX2 is just a 8800GTS G92 sandwich.
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    OC is absolutly an option. Is a new field for me, just oc'ed intels till now. But hey thats the fun- try sth new.
    So the 790GX is worth the few extra bucks over the 780G? What about the CPU - as its not only for folding but also for gaming - will the 5400+ BE be enough? In combination with a 9800+GTX or a 4850, kinda like ATI more?
    what do you think are the prices gonna drop after X-mas?
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    if you are short on money i would go for the HIS 4830 that goes for like 90-100 bucks on newegg.

    790gx is worth the money, but 780g will do if you dont plan to OC to the max, all depends on your budget, none of the hardware sucks :)
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    if you dont like nvidia

    790GX

    5400BE

    4830 (though nvidia is better at folding)

    and your all set :)
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    Also, as a note, if you get the 780GX board and an ATI video card, you can Hybrid Crossfire the two for better folding and better graphics. The 4830 and a GX are a great combination.

    As for the monitor, I would go with a 22", and I hear the Acer ferrari's a nice, but im not sure on the price. I like my samsung, and there are newer models than mine out so you might be able to find one for cheap.
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    OK thanks for the advices. So nobody advices me to go with the X3 or the new dual-core K10!?
    The X3 would be kinda nice, just love new gadgets. Had a E6420 at 3.2, so a triple-core would be sth nice to play with :) U know what mean.
    So just stick to the 5400+ BE till the new Phenoms drop in price?
    Why the MSI? Is it much better then the Biostar?
    Can you recommend a good, affordable 400-500W PSU?
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    you could go triple core but id wait for phenom II the procs wont be that expensive...as for MSI and biosstar its all upto the buyer really MSI is good and biosstar makes good boards as ell their basically even manufacturers so most will shop by options and accessories at that point....as for an affordable PSU

    This is a decent PSU :)
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    Thats one of the PSU's I had in mind ;)
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