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September 16, 2006 6:33:52 PM

MY parents asked me to build them a new system. Thier current system is an older AMD setup
Athlon64 3200
512mb ram
80gig ide drive
Radeon 9250

They are giving that system to my little brother to take to college and they want me to build them a new system. They use the computer for the basics, web surfing, MS office, pics, music....etc no gaming. So an inexpensive setup that will multitask well is what id like to build for them. I have the following parts already
ATI X1300pro
Samsung 160gig sata drive
Samsung dvd/cd r/w drive
Ultra Xconnect 500w psu
generic desktop case

So I really just need a mobo, cpu and memory. What would you guys reccomend for under $500? Do I go with AMD or Intel?? Can an entry level Conroe system be done for my budget?? Thanks
September 16, 2006 7:13:41 PM

Core 2 Duo E6300
ASUS P5B (Or Gigabyte DS3)
2*1 gig Corsair PC2-6400 CAS-5
September 16, 2006 7:16:42 PM

Quote:
MY parents asked me to build them a new system. Thier current system is an older AMD setup
Athlon64 3200
512mb ram
80gig ide drive
Radeon 9250

They are giving that system to my little brother to take to college and they want me to build them a new system. They use the computer for the basics, web surfing, MS office, pics, music....etc no gaming. So an inexpensive setup that will multitask well is what id like to build for them. I have the following parts already
ATI X1300pro
Samsung 160gig sata drive
Samsung dvd/cd r/w drive
Ultra Xconnect 500w psu
generic desktop case

So I really just need a mobo, cpu and memory. What would you guys reccomend for under $500? Do I go with AMD or Intel?? Can an entry level Conroe system be done for my budget?? Thanks
Well, considering your parents very minor requirements for a system, i would suggest something like this.

Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester: $152.00(free shipping).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX:$115.99($6.13 S/H)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...


OCZ Enhanced Latency 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400:$124.99($4.99 S/H).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Total is $404.10 + tax(if applicable). Most people, including me, aren't suggesting s939 anymore, but i think in your folks case, it will be powerful enough, and should last a few years. 1GB ram should be plenty for their uses, and if they start wanting more power, you can overclock that mobo/CPU/RAM combo for them quiet nicely. This setup will give them the responsiveness of dual-core along, with the low latency RAM, should satisfy them quit well. A Core2Duo system will be pushing it in the $500 dollar budget, and would entail a cheaper motherboard and/or RAM. AM2 is not worth it for them.... GL :) 
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September 16, 2006 7:23:44 PM

Quote:
MY parents asked me to build them a new system. Thier current system is an older AMD setup
Athlon64 3200
512mb ram
80gig ide drive
Radeon 9250

They are giving that system to my little brother to take to college and they want me to build them a new system. They use the computer for the basics, web surfing, MS office, pics, music....etc no gaming. So an inexpensive setup that will multitask well is what id like to build for them. I have the following parts already
ATI X1300pro
Samsung 160gig sata drive
Samsung dvd/cd r/w drive
Ultra Xconnect 500w psu
generic desktop case

So I really just need a mobo, cpu and memory. What would you guys reccomend for under $500? Do I go with AMD or Intel?? Can an entry level Conroe system be done for my budget?? Thanks
Well, considering your parents very minor requirements for a system, i would suggest something like this.

Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester: $152.00(free shipping).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX:$115.99($6.13 S/H)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...


OCZ Enhanced Latency 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400:$124.99($4.99 S/H).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Total is $404.10 + tax(if applicable). Most people, including me, aren't suggesting s939 anymore, but i think in your folks case, it will be powerful enough, and should last a few years. 1GB ram should be plenty for their uses, and if they start wanting more power, you can overclock that mobo/CPU/RAM combo for them quiet nicely. This setup will give them the responsiveness of dual-core along, with the low latency RAM, should satisfy them quit well. A Core2Duo system will be pushing it in the $500 dollar budget, and would entail a cheaper motherboard and/or RAM. AM2 is not worth it for them.... GL :) 

Change the motherboard to something ASUS. DFIs are great boards, and they overclock well, but they have a lot of advanced settings which all need to be set correctly, or else the computer won't be stable.
September 16, 2006 7:29:56 PM

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Change the motherboard to something ASUS. DFIs are great boards, and they overclock well, but they have a lot of advanced settings which all need to be set correctly, or else the computer won't be stable.
That's why sonny-boy will set it up for them. I realize the BIOS would send them into an insane asylum. :wink:
September 16, 2006 7:46:43 PM

Get a mobo with a geforce 6150 intergrated, fast enough for anything outside games (can do high dev video etc) and will save you the cost of the vid card....
September 16, 2006 7:57:39 PM

ASRock 775Dual_VSTA (fits AGP & PCIe, cheap, proven for non-overclockers, fits DDR & DDR2)
$60-$70 shipped
Intel E6300 (too cheap & awsome not to buy)
$199 shipped
A-Data Vitesta (2 x 512mb) 667 RAM @ newegg
$105
Good guide here for Core 2 Duo:
http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=2797&p=19
September 17, 2006 3:03:04 AM

Thanks for all the tips. One thing id like to add is that I already have an ATI x1300pro video card that ill be using for the new setup so need for integrated graphics, I think even the lowly x1300pro is probably better than those integrated graphics setups? ANyways I see many of you are reccomending a dual core s939 system which is exactly what I was thinkiing. A 3800x2/DFI Infinity/1gig value ram should put me well under $500, I could even probably get 2gigs for around $500. My question really is, how would that system stack up against the Intel 6300 setup for basic tasks?
thanks
September 17, 2006 3:08:56 AM

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My question really is, how would that system stack up against the Intel 6300 setup for basic tasks?


You won't be noticing much of a difference between the two, unless you're encoding video. Either of the two procs is overkill for basic tasks.
September 17, 2006 3:12:58 AM

If you benchmarked it, the E6300 would whip the X2 3800+.

That being said, remember you parents are only going to be checking e-mail and word processing - something even a (/gasp) Celeron could do. With an E6300, your parent's applications might load 1 or 2 seconds faster. Since your parents would likely never do something that would require the full power of the E6300, I actually think the 3800+ is a better buy.

Don't worry about the Core 2 Duo, because its overkill for your parents.
September 17, 2006 3:59:54 AM

If you want to go skt 775 for a later upgrade to C2D, consider the Intel Celeron D 356. It runs at 3.33GHz, has 512K Cache and a 533MHz FSB. It is a "killer" CPU for the type of system you described.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

I guess with all the Conroe hype, this and the 352, are being overlooked by the technical press. This has the latest 65nm architecture (like Conroe) and with EM64T, it will run 64 bit OS. With the 3.33Ghz clock, it has the power to do everything your parents will ever want, all for $70.
September 17, 2006 12:29:06 PM

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If you want to go skt 775 for a later upgrade to C2D, consider the Intel Celeron D 356. It runs at 3.33GHz, has 512K Cache and a 533MHz FSB. It is a "killer" CPU for the type of system you described.


Hmm - I was looking aroung for a second PC - and this does look amazing for the price...
September 17, 2006 12:47:29 PM

You don't need a dual core processor. Save some cash with a cheap single core chip. As mentioned above, nvidia 6100/6150 is a good option.
September 17, 2006 3:43:23 PM

he alredy stated that he's got a graphics card already :)  ;

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One thing id like to add is that I already have an ATI x1300pro video card that ill be using for the new setup so need for integrated graphics, I think even the lowly x1300pro is probably better than those integrated graphics setups


but anyway i'd get a dual core seeing as the prices are low as of now compared to a few months ago. :) 
September 17, 2006 4:16:46 PM

buy
1) a sempron processor
2) 786Mb/1 GB Ram

Ram is more important as the processor, especially for working.
Don't put to much money into the processor, your parents will see no differences.
September 17, 2006 4:58:19 PM

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Don't put to much money into the processor, your parents will see no differences.


See, i'm kinda torn about this. I keep seeing these kinda comments and I think that they should get get the latest intel. Who knows what they are going to do. The processor runs so fast and is soooo cheap it's insane not to get it. I admit it's overkill(maybe) but why wait 2 seconds here 5 seconds there 20 times a day, 140 times a week adds up. I have two computers that could be working for less than $50.00, both are nice, but i'm thinking get rid of them to get another E6300 or 6400 setup.

I'm in love w/it. Got the MOBO and Processor for 199.00@ Fry's electronics. 1GB ram runs like $120 or something. Totally worth it and under the 500 dollar mark.
September 17, 2006 5:08:51 PM

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If you want to go skt 775 for a later upgrade to C2D, consider the Intel Celeron D 356. It runs at 3.33GHz, has 512K Cache and a 533MHz FSB. It is a "killer" CPU for the type of system you described.


Hmm - I was looking aroung for a second PC - and this does look amazing for the price...It is a good price, but remember, it's OEM, so add a HS/F to the price, and you're getting closer to $100. :wink:
September 17, 2006 5:09:45 PM

Quote:
MY parents asked me to build them a new system. Thier current system is an older AMD setup
Athlon64 3200
512mb ram
80gig ide drive
Radeon 9250

They are giving that system to my little brother to take to college and they want me to build them a new system. They use the computer for the basics, web surfing, MS office, pics, music....etc no gaming. So an inexpensive setup that will multitask well is what id like to build for them. I have the following parts already
ATI X1300pro
Samsung 160gig sata drive
Samsung dvd/cd r/w drive
Ultra Xconnect 500w psu
generic desktop case

So I really just need a mobo, cpu and memory. What would you guys reccomend for under $500? Do I go with AMD or Intel?? Can an entry level Conroe system be done for my budget?? Thanks
Well, considering your parents very minor requirements for a system, i would suggest something like this.

Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester: $152.00(free shipping).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 Ultra ATX:$115.99($6.13 S/H)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...


OCZ Enhanced Latency 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400:$124.99($4.99 S/H).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

Total is $404.10 + tax(if applicable). Most people, including me, aren't suggesting s939 anymore, but i think in your folks case, it will be powerful enough, and should last a few years. 1GB ram should be plenty for their uses, and if they start wanting more power, you can overclock that mobo/CPU/RAM combo for them quiet nicely. This setup will give them the responsiveness of dual-core along, with the low latency RAM, should satisfy them quit well. A Core2Duo system will be pushing it in the $500 dollar budget, and would entail a cheaper motherboard and/or RAM. AM2 is not worth it for them.... GL :) 

I concur with this recommendation though maybe not the motherboard. More like an MSI Neo4F for ~$65 with everything they'd need. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

This will provide ample power for their needs even if those needs increase for whatever reason. One thing is sure, they will notice and be disappointed if they end up with something slower or less capable than what they are giving away. The socket 939 X2 3800 (or even a 4200 since it's only a $30 difference ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681... ) will make for a very nice upgrade, will keep you within budget and will please your parents for a good couple of years.

For memory, consider this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

AMD X2 4200 $185
MSI Neo4-F $64.99
Crucial Ballistix 1GB (2*512) 2.2.2.5 $129
Total excluding shipping: $378.99

Very nice indeed.
September 17, 2006 5:18:04 PM

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I have the following parts already:
ATI X1300pro
Samsung 160gig sata drive
Samsung dvd/cd r/w drive
Ultra Xconnect 500w psu
generic desktop case


with only internet & office application, this will work fine:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6300
Asus P5V-VM DH (via chipset with onboard graphic and pci express graphic card slot, single channel memory)
Corsair VS512MBKIT533D2 (512mb) or Corsair VS1GBKIT533D2 (1gb)

for comparison, herewith i certified some benchmarks which were run with the above processor and motherboard:
pcmark05 score: 2686
pcmark05 cpu: 4759
September 17, 2006 5:29:30 PM

Get an Asus P5NSLI, Core 2 Duo E6300, and a gig of ddr2 value ram and they are set.
September 17, 2006 5:40:01 PM

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If you want to go skt 775 for a later upgrade to C2D, consider the Intel Celeron D 356. It runs at 3.33GHz, has 512K Cache and a 533MHz FSB. It is a "killer" CPU for the type of system you described.


Hmm - I was looking aroung for a second PC - and this does look amazing for the price...It is a good price, but remember, it's OEM, so add a HS/F to the price, and you're getting closer to $100. :wink:

Here's one for $85 with heat sink & fan.
http://www.superwarehouse.com/Intel_Celeron_D_356,_3.33...
September 17, 2006 6:06:04 PM

Quote:
If you want to go skt 775 for a later upgrade to C2D, consider the Intel Celeron D 356. It runs at 3.33GHz, has 512K Cache and a 533MHz FSB. It is a "killer" CPU for the type of system you described.


Hmm - I was looking aroung for a second PC - and this does look amazing for the price...It is a good price, but remember, it's OEM, so add a HS/F to the price, and you're getting closer to $100. :wink:

Here's one for $85 with heat sink & fan.
http://www.superwarehouse.com/Intel_Celeron_D_356,_3.33... $7 more, you can get an 805D, which i suspect will run with the Celeron in single-threaded apps, and destroy it in multi-threaded. :wink:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

PS. Not that his parents are going to be using multi-threaded apps in the near-future, but you may as well get the most for your money. It will just generally be smoother, and less prone to performance degradation with lots of services/start-up programs running,and other annoying crap like pop-ups, etc.
September 17, 2006 7:03:25 PM

I it were me, I'd put Windows MCE 2005 on your parent's existing computer, add a PVR 150 capture card, and put it all in a different case. Then build your little brother a better computer using the old case and the rest of the budget money. Your little brother is likely to get more use out of a Core2dou than your parents ever will. Your folks will never know the difference anyway. :wink:
September 17, 2006 7:06:54 PM

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I it were me, I'd put Windows MCE 2005 on your parent's existing computer, add a PVR 150 capture card, and put it all in a different case. Then build your little brother a better computer using the old case and the rest of the budget money. Your little brother is likely to get more use out of a Core2dou than your parents ever will. Your folks will never know the difference anyway. :wink:
Sneaky....I like. :) 
September 17, 2006 7:07:04 PM

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If you want to go skt 775 for a later upgrade to C2D, consider the Intel Celeron D 356. It runs at 3.33GHz, has 512K Cache and a 533MHz FSB. It is a "killer" CPU for the type of system you described.


Hmm - I was looking aroung for a second PC - and this does look amazing for the price...It is a good price, but remember, it's OEM, so add a HS/F to the price, and you're getting closer to $100. :wink:

Here's one for $85 with heat sink & fan.
http://www.superwarehouse.com/Intel_Celeron_D_356,_3.33... $7 more, you can get an 805D, which i suspect will run with the Celeron in single-threaded apps, and
destroy it in multi-threaded. :wink:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

PS. Not that his parents are going to be using multi-threaded apps in the near-future, but you may as well get the most for your money. It will just generally be smoother, and less prone to performance degradation with lots of services/start-up programs running,and other annoying crap like pop-ups, etc.

IMO, the 805D is the worse suggestion yet, and I have one. He didn't say his parents needed a space heater! I challenge your comment about the 805D "running" with the Celeron in single-threaded apps. Unless its overclocked, the 805 simply won't perform as well as the 356.

For the life of me, I don't understand the bias against what is a really great product for these types of applications. Could it be that it just doesn't have enough snob appeal for the game boys? Keep the intended purpose in mind, and perhaps you can see why the Celeron is a good choice.
September 17, 2006 7:14:10 PM

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If you want to go skt 775 for a later upgrade to C2D, consider the Intel Celeron D 356. It runs at 3.33GHz, has 512K Cache and a 533MHz FSB. It is a "killer" CPU for the type of system you described.


Hmm - I was looking aroung for a second PC - and this does look amazing for the price...It is a good price, but remember, it's OEM, so add a HS/F to the price, and you're getting closer to $100. :wink:

Here's one for $85 with heat sink & fan.
http://www.superwarehouse.com/Intel_Celeron_D_356,_3.33... $7 more, you can get an 805D, which i suspect will run with the Celeron in single-threaded apps, and
destroy it in multi-threaded. :wink:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

PS. Not that his parents are going to be using multi-threaded apps in the near-future, but you may as well get the most for your money. It will just generally be smoother, and less prone to performance degradation with lots of services/start-up programs running,and other annoying crap like pop-ups, etc.

IMO, the 805D is the worse suggestion yet, and I have one. He didn't say his parents needed a space heater! I challenge your comment about the 805D "running" with the Celeron in single-threaded apps. Unless its overclocked, the 805 simply won't perform as well as the 356.

For the life of me, I don't understand the bias against what is a really great product for these types of applications. Could it be that it just doesn't have enough snob appeal for the game boys? Keep the intended purpose in mind, and perhaps you can see why the Celeron is a good choice.I have nothing against Celerons.. I have many older ones, i built my dad a machine with a Celeron 340...8 months ago, so i know that they are decent for all the basic computer usage. I know 805's run hot, but it's not like his folks are going to be overclocking it to 3.8, like everyone in these forums. The Celerons greatest asset has been price, and in this case, the 805D is in the same price range, and more future-proof than the Celeron. That's all. Don't let your pride get all hurt about it. :roll:
September 17, 2006 7:28:24 PM

I'm a huge Celeron supporter. Most of the my past Intel rigs were Celeron builds. First there was a 2.0 Northwood Celeron clocked to 3.0GHz that I used in my first PVR rig, then I upgraded that processor to a Celeron D 310 clocked to 3.2GHz/800fsb, which I then sold to a friend a few months later. Now I'm running an undervolted D805 in my current PVR rig, and I just recently re-enlisted the Northwood Celeron to serve duty in a Foxconn E-bot SFF PC, this time at its default 2.0 GHz undervolted to 1.2 volts to keep heat and wattage at a minimum (it's a silent PC). Despite my Celeron preferences, I agree with 1tanker on the 356 vs D805. The 356 is just too close to the price of the D805 to purchase. However, every once in a while you can find a Celeron D 356/352 on Ebay, where you can snatch it up for $50, which is a great deal.
September 17, 2006 7:35:14 PM

Having used a Northwood Celeron before, I'd have to say I hate the Netburst Celerons with a vengeance, since they suck horribly at gaming.
September 17, 2006 7:40:24 PM

"I have nothing against Celerons.. I have many older ones, i built my dad a machine with a Celeron 340...8 months ago, so i know that they are decent for all the basic computer usage. I know 805's run hot, but it's not like his folks are going to be overclocking it to 3.8, like everyone in these forums. The Celerons greatest asset has been price, and in this case, the 805D is in the same price range, and more future-proof than the Celeron. That's all. Don't let your pride get all hurt about it. "

Well if you're bound and determined to push the notion of "future proofing", then the 915D would have been a much better suggestion.

BTW, the last thing in the world that would hurt my pride would be silly comments from silly little children.
September 17, 2006 7:51:16 PM

A (performance) step from the Celeron to the 805 is a lot larger than that of the 805 to the 915, and the (price) step from the celeron to the 805 is a lot smaller than that of the 805 to the 915.

805 vs Celeron:
805 has twice the silicon
805 has twice the cache

915 vs 805:
915 has twice the cache

Clock speed notwithstanding, the 805 >> Celeron, and the 915 > 805.
Pricewise, the 805 > Celeron and the 915 >> 805.
September 17, 2006 8:42:26 PM

Quote:
A (performance) step from the Celeron to the 805 is a lot larger than that of the 805 to the 915, and the (price) step from the celeron to the 805 is a lot smaller than that of the 805 to the 915.

805 vs Celeron:
805 has twice the silicon
805 has twice the cache

915 vs 805:
915 has twice the cache

Clock speed notwithstanding, the 805 >> Celeron, and the 915 > 805.
Pricewise, the 805 > Celeron and the 915 >> 805.


Either I don't get your point or you missed mine. I suggested that the thread starter consider the new Celeron 356 (if he wanted a skt 775 platform) for a cheap basic system for his parents. It was then argued that the 805D would be a better choice. I then countered by saying that if you're going to move up to dual-core, the 915 would be a better choice.

I wasn't comparing the 805 to the 915, and yes the 915 is a bit more money. But if the objective is to move up to dual core (which his parents don't need), I still think its a better choice than the 805.

However, the debate is getting tiresome and straying far afield from the question that was originally asked. Let's just leave it that there are several good processor choices under $125, and there as many opinions as there are choices.

Frankly, for the objectives as posted, an AMD skt 939 platform would offer the most bang for the buck, good cheap cpu's, MB's and memory. It would do everything the guy's parents want, and do it well.
September 17, 2006 8:52:12 PM

get a dual core for sure futureproof their comp and ull be fine, or be sneaky and build ur bro a gaming comp with that e6300, remember overkill today means no worries tmr

and i do agree that a x3800 socket 939 would be ur best buy here
September 17, 2006 9:50:32 PM

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A (performance) step from the Celeron to the 805 is a lot larger than that of the 805 to the 915, and the (price) step from the celeron to the 805 is a lot smaller than that of the 805 to the 915.

805 vs Celeron:
805 has twice the silicon
805 has twice the cache

915 vs 805:
915 has twice the cache

Clock speed notwithstanding, the 805 >> Celeron, and the 915 > 805.
Pricewise, the 805 > Celeron and the 915 >> 805.


Either I don't get your point or you missed mine. I suggested that the thread starter consider the new Celeron 356 (if he wanted a skt 775 platform) for a cheap basic system for his parents. It was then argued that the 805D would be a better choice. I then countered by saying that if you're going to move up to dual-core, the 915 would be a better choice.

I wasn't comparing the 805 to the 915, and yes the 915 is a bit more money. But if the objective is to move up to dual core (which his parents don't need), I still think its a better choice than the 805.

However, the debate is getting tiresome and straying far afield from the question that was originally asked. Let's just leave it that there are several good processor choices under $125, and there as many opinions as there are choices.

Frankly, for the objectives as posted, an AMD skt 939 platform would offer the most bang for the buck, good cheap cpu's, MB's and memory. It would do everything the guy's parents want, and do it well.You're just sore, that my suggestion of 805D over Cel. 356 makes more sense. So, out of desperation/saving face, you say it's "silly comments, from silly little children." We've all seen your posts before, and you are antagonistic, and don't like your opinion being challenged. That's the problem here. I'm no child...likely older than you, and i'm offering suggetions that are meant to help the OP get the best system for his parents(there's no alterior motive here, or axe to grind/point to prove). Then you come back with the s939 suggestion, which if you had read my posts, i was the first to suggest that. Now, too many are disagreeing with your tantrum, and you say..."this is getting tiresome, and straying from the original topic." Good job trying to divert attention away from your insecurities. If someone has a better idea than you, either don't comment, or acknowledge it...don't go down fighting to save your wounded ego. :roll:
September 17, 2006 10:21:55 PM

Quote:
MY parents asked me to build them a new system. Thier current system is an older AMD setup
Athlon64 3200
512mb ram
80gig ide drive
Radeon 9250

They are giving that system to my little brother to take to college and they want me to build them a new system. They use the computer for the basics, web surfing, MS office, pics, music....etc no gaming. So an inexpensive setup that will multitask well is what id like to build for them. I have the following parts already
ATI X1300pro
Samsung 160gig sata drive
Samsung dvd/cd r/w drive
Ultra Xconnect 500w psu
generic desktop case

So I really just need a mobo, cpu and memory. What would you guys reccomend for under $500? Do I go with AMD or Intel?? Can an entry level Conroe system be done for my budget?? Thanks
Well, you've gotten a lot of replies, and many suggetions. Now you have to decide, and try and recognize who's suggestions take your parents needs into consideration most. Also, you mentioned a $500 threshold, which a few posters have failed to take into account. Gl deciding.
September 17, 2006 10:51:53 PM

just get a Pentium D 805 it cost $80 and is the best gaming processor it does everything for $80 its stupid to buy anything else.
September 17, 2006 10:54:01 PM

and you can get a mobo and ram and cpu for a total cost of prob $170 minium. and yes it will be a powerful system.

cpu $80
mobo$40-80 depends on which one
ram=$50 per 512 Mb
September 17, 2006 11:22:00 PM

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just get a Pentium D 805 it cost $80 and is the best gaming processor it does everything for $80 its stupid to buy anything else.

Just curious, where did you find an 805D for $80? Did it include HS/F? BTW, in this case gaming is not a requirement.
September 18, 2006 12:16:25 AM

I'd bet that the end users are not much into multi-tasking. Having said that, would going from an A64 3200 to an 805D not be a downgrade?
September 18, 2006 12:37:41 AM

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So an inexpensive setup that will multitask well is what id like to build for them.


Easy, 805D has more cores than an A64
September 18, 2006 12:38:41 AM

mate , save your parents some money and stil get them a computer that will last them easy 4-5years ,

3800+ dual core AMD

Asus Mobo

1 gig of ram

Theres too many Intel Fanboys on here , just wanting you to waste your money on something you dont need. By the time yourparents actually use some of the power that a C2D produces - your parents will probably need a new cmoputer anyway.

this should be plenty plenty enough poweer for your parents , even this is overkill. /jeez i garantee I do way more intensive applications and top out my cpu all the time , but im still ok with my 3200+ venice.

Id Suggest going for the Dell AMD rig for near $500 , no mucking around , pre built , comes in full package , no worries.

Time and Money are both valuable things , well atleast to most people.
September 18, 2006 12:43:25 AM

It should be clear that I'm not a big fan of the 805D (perhaps because I own one) but it would be a performance upgrade from the Athlon 3200+ in a very few applications. In most others it would be a down grade.

Let's see what ire that comment will provoke from the fanboys.
September 18, 2006 12:47:03 AM

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mate , save your parents some money and stil get them a computer that will last them easy 4-5years ,

3800+ dual core AMD

Asus Mobo

1 gig of ram

Theres too many Intel Fanboys on here , just wanting you to waste your money on something you dont need. By the time yourparents actually use some of the power that a C2D produces - your parents will probably need a new cmoputer anyway.

this should be plenty plenty enough poweer for your parents , even this is overkill. /jeez i garantee I do way more intensive applications and top out my cpu all the time , but im still ok with my 3200+ venice.

Id Suggest going for the Dell AMD rig for near $500 , no mucking around , pre built , comes in full package , no worries.

Time and Money are both valuable things , well atleast to most people.


Ah, a voice of reason in a sea of nonsense!
September 18, 2006 12:50:43 AM

Jimmy , would you say im right as too what i said?
September 18, 2006 1:02:55 AM

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Jimmy , would you say im right as too what i said?

Absolutely, sorry I was so verbose
September 18, 2006 1:07:39 AM

Thats ok , I understand , Thankyou for agreeing , as not many people do.
September 18, 2006 1:13:54 AM

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just get a Pentium D 805 it cost $80 and is the best gaming processor it does everything for $80 its stupid to buy anything else.

Just curious, where did you find an 805D for $80? Did it include HS/F? BTW, in this case gaming is not a requirement.

Frys electronics and this was before toms hardware mentioned it overclocking ability. ever sinced they mentioned it can reach 4.1 GHZ prices have gone up some.
September 18, 2006 1:17:00 AM

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Thats ok , I understand , Thankyou for agreeing , as not many people do.

Well it's important to remember that there are a bunch of little pimple faced wankers on this forum that spend their days bragging about "my rig has a higher overclock than your rig". Since their Mummies and Daddies buy all their gear for them, they have no sense of the value of money.
September 18, 2006 1:18:11 AM

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mate , save your parents some money and stil get them a computer that will last them easy 4-5years ,

3800+ dual core AMD

Asus Mobo

1 gig of ram

Theres too many Intel Fanboys on here , just wanting you to waste your money on something you dont need. By the time yourparents actually use some of the power that a C2D produces - your parents will probably need a new cmoputer anyway.

this should be plenty plenty enough poweer for your parents , even this is overkill. /jeez i garantee I do way more intensive applications and top out my cpu all the time , but im still ok with my 3200+ venice.

Id Suggest going for the Dell AMD rig for near $500 , no mucking around , pre built , comes in full package , no worries.

Time and Money are both valuable things , well atleast to most people.


I have heard AMD's performance decreases after 5 months and continuals to decrease (i have heard this from 2 people not from me). also amds always seem to be slow when starting up and opening all aplications i have noticed this on 3 different amd computers.
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