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August 26, 2007 12:59:39 AM

Alright so my current computer is about 6 years old and it wasn't a very good computer even back then so I'm planning on building a new one. I'm on a pretty tight budget and I want to get as much performance for low cost. This is my proposed build so far:

Case: Rosewill TU-155 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147001

CPU:AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor 4000+ http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=80724-7&prodlist=pricegrabber

Mobo:Asus M2A-VM 690G http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=247142&prodlist=pricegrabber

RAM:A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB)DDR2 800 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211066

Video Card: EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600GT 256MBhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130085&Tpk=EVGA%2b256-P2-N751-TR

HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MBhttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822144701

Optical Drive:ASUS Black http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135148

It comes to a grand total of $511.26 including S&H.

I already have a decent 17" LCD monitor (which will be used for a few months, until I have enough money for a better one), a keyboard, a good mouse, and a copy of Vista. If anyone sees any compatibility issues, has any comments or suggestions, please let me know.

Also, I checked the Power Supply Calculator and I should get enough power from the 400w and have a bit of power left for a few future upgrades. (The power supply/case come together and got very good reviews)--Should I upgrade the PSU anyways?

Thanks in advance.

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August 26, 2007 1:29:23 AM

I would. I don't trust Rosewill PSUs, and I trust PSU that come with cases even less.

I also don't suggest getting that video card. The 8600GT is slower then the 2600XT, but cost the same. Get this card instead.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Same price as yours, but you don't have to wait for the rebate.
August 26, 2007 1:31:08 AM

Most PSU that come with cases are very poor ones that you don't want to use in a system.
And the am2 x2 3800 will run your ram at full speed.
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August 26, 2007 3:37:55 AM

I've been reading a few reviews and almost everyone agrees about the whole "Rosewill PSU=bad" thing so I might go with the Cooler Master Centurion 5 case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119047), a Thermaltake 430w PSU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153023), and the HIS 2600XT GPU (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161179) <---(thanks for the heads up on this video card, it saved me about $20 and has a core clock of 800MHz instead of the 8600GT's 580MHz :)  )
August 26, 2007 3:52:32 AM

I don't trust Thermaltake that much either, but I would run one of their PSUs over Rosewill anyday.

Your welcome for the video card link, but the 800MHz > 580MHz logic is flawed. As with CPUs, clock speed means nothing. Its the power of the GPU overall that you need to worry about. That 2600XT might be clocked at 800MHz, but the x1950pro that is clocked at ~575MHz would beat it. If clock speed were everything, we'd still be using the netburst CPUs, and not the "faster" C2Ds.

If I recall correctly, the two cards were the same in price, but with this one you don't have to wait for the rebate. And because of that, the only money you save is on sale tax, if you live in a state newegg charges. What you do get is a faster card for your $100.
August 26, 2007 4:09:21 AM

Well I wasn't planning on getting the rebate--it's only valid through 8/31 and I'm buying the parts in about 2-3 weeks (I don't have all of the money right now :/  )

I was wondering about the clock speed--I read (on a guide about computers on a blog) about how a card with a lower core clock speed could be a better card overall but I didn't really trust the source (random blog--can't remember which) but it doesn't hurt to have higher clock speed either I guess.
August 26, 2007 4:45:02 AM

monkeyusa4 said:
Well I wasn't planning on getting the rebate--it's only valid through 8/31 and I'm buying the parts in about 2-3 weeks (I don't have all of the money right now :/  )


Here's what I would do/get:

Case = $30 120mm Fan included!!
Rosewill R230-P-BK Black 0.5mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

PSU = $50 with 29A combined on 12V rails (350w/12V=29amps)
HIPER HPU-4M480-PS ATX12V v2.2 480W Power Supply 100 - 120V AC cUL,TUV,CB,CE,FCC - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU/HD combo = $121
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane 2.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

MOBO = $75 only about $2 more than ZZF's (could go w/cheaper option, but just using what you liked)
ASUS M2A-VM Socket AM2 AMD 690G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Video = $105
HIS Hightech H260XTF256DDN-R Radeon HD 2600XT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory = $90
G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

DVD Burner = $38 comes w/software
LITE-ON Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 8X DVD-R DL 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM IDE Burner with LightScribe Technology - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Total system shipped (not including tax)= $501.40

Not too bad for a budget system!!
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