Cheap recording/gaming build, help please!

Ok I am building a system for a friend on a very limited budget. These are the parts that I am pretty much set on. Let me know if you see anything that could be improved for very little price increase or any money that could be saved for very little performance loss.

The System will be used for recording audio and for gaming.

GIGABYTE GA-945GCM-S2 LGA 775 Intel 945GC ATX Intel Motherboard $60

Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 Conroe 1.86GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor $168

HITACHI Deskstar T7K250 HDT722525DLA380 250GB 7200 8MB SATA 3.0Gb/s $60

Rosewill R6421-P BK Black SGCC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $16

Pioneer Black 18X DVD+R $32

I am unsure about the memory, I think one of these two modules will work well but I was wondering if anyone thinks there will be much of a performance difference between the two or if I should just get the cheaper one.

G.SKILL 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory $43


OCZ S.O.E 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5400) Desktop Memory $53

Also I am undecided on is the video card. Right now I think that the 1900GT for ~$115-120 is what I am going to go for. There is a connect3d card on newegg for $115 and a Sapphire for $120. Is there any difference between these two? The sapphire has many more comments and seems like a more reputable brand to me so i'd probably go with that one. Any suggestions?



LASTLY I am looking for a cheap powersupply to power the system, I am hoping for the $50 or less range, any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance to any and all that help! HA!
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  1. I think your memory choices are overkill if you do not intend to overclock this rig. Something like kingston would be fine, and likely cheaper.

    Power supply? I tend to go with antec, myself.... You could just about dip their fans in honey and they would still spin slowly, lol.

    For an additional four dollars you could be into a dual mode, dual layer dvd burner:

    Hitachi Global Storage Deskstar (formally IBM Deskstar) is a good drive choice. For slightly better performance and equal quality, go Western Digital (cost an additional 2 dollars tho). Here is a WD competing drive to the one you have chosen:

    Unless you have a specific reason to get everything from New Egg... well, dont. They arent always the cheapest reseller.

    I tend to metasearch my parts, often by model number, at New Egg is listed in this search, along with a big pile of other online parts shops.

    Happy Building.
  2. You could always go for a am2 if you want it cheaper, I know they might not be as good as a duo but you dont need too much cpu power for gaming or music, hell i'm still using a Amd64 3200 socket 754 and I can run oblivion and MTW on decent settings because I've got a X1800xt,
    And I use Ableton Live and Reason together with sometimes a lot of guitar rigs attached to channels + other effects and It runs fine for me.
    My friend even runs live with an old 1.4 p4.
  3. 2nd'ed. AM2 is the best bang for the buck if you're not overclocking. Finish the build with kingston or other value ram. 2 gigs will last a long while:

    This psu is more than plenty for either video card:

    FWIW, the Intel 945G isn't a good overclocker. 965P is.
  4. The Core 2 just kills the AM2 at audio stuff... like audio compression of an E6300 compared to an X2 3600 the Core 2 is like 2-3 times faster, thats why I chose the Core 2. And I would much rather have a 1900GT for $115 than a 7900GS for $150.

    I'm looking into that Hiper PSU, Any other suggestions?
    Also I am considering the 2GB of ram instead of 1GB, but I dunno if he can afford it.

    Also what do you guys think of these PSU's?
  5. You plan on O/C it some right? a 4400 is a good choice but you might need the 4mb cache.
    Both of those PSUs are junk. If you want something in the $50 range
    FSP Group (Fortron Source) AX400-PN, RoHS, 12cm FAN, version 2.2, 2 SATA, 20+ 4 pin, PCI Express, 400W
  6. Don't get anything less than a Fortron/Hiper.
  7. Overclocking, probably not because he knows nothing about computers and I don't want to mess with it.

    The thing that I am worried about with soem of the suggested powersupplies is that 400 and 450W PSU's won't be enough for the 1900GT. The Dual rail (1 18amp 1 16 amp) 400W Hiper looks good, but im not positive if its enough to run the system... any opinions on that?
  8. If you haven't already, read PSU 101 & 102 and PSU Reference List, both of which are written by mpilchfamily.

    Both the Hiper 480W and FSP 400W or 450W would have enough combined amps to power a 1900GT in a basic system. If an 8800GTX is in the future, then more would be needed. It kind of depends on future upgradeability and how many other pieces of hardware will go into the build to suck away available power from the 12v rails.

    The specs for the 1900GT say minimum 450W PSU in a fully loaded system BTW, and you should look for a PSU with at least 25A on the 12V rails. Keep in mind that watts don't matter, it's really the amps that we care about and that's why we suggest the good quality brand PSU's. The FSP 400W may actually have more 12V amps than a cheap 500W PSU.

    Between the connect3D and Sapphire 1900GT's you mentioned, I would suggest going witht he connect3D since it has HDCP support while the Sapphire does not (if that matters to you).
  9. Ok here is the build that I think I have decided on. What you guys think?
    oh and thanks for all the help thus far.

    GIGABYTE GA-945GCM-S2 LGA 775 Intel 945GC ATX Intel Motherboard $60

    Intel Core 2 Duo E6320 Conroe 1.86GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor $168

    Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500JS 250GB 7200 RPM $65

    Rosewill R6421-P BK Black SGCC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $16

    Pioneer Black 18X DVD+R $32

    HIPER HPU-4M480-PS ATX12V v2.2 480W Power Supply $50

    WINTEC AMPO 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) $65

    connect3D 3071 Radeon X1900GT 256MB $115

    Total: $571 + shipping
  10. hmmm, anyone?
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