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November 27, 2007 2:10:07 PM


My computer went down and I'm in a bit of a pinch financially. I can put about $1000 now into a new system, but I'd like to leave the door open for future upgrades if I can.

I was really surprised by the Foxconn X38 motherboard from Newegg - - it's listed as compatible with both DDR2 and DDR3! I could put $50 DDR2 in now and wait for the 1333 DDR3 to come down (I miss out on 1600 DDR3, but I can live with that).

Similarly, I can live with a cheap video card for now, knowing that I can do a PCI-E 2.0 Crossfire setup later.

XCLIO Windtunnel Case - 100
FoxConn X38 Mobo - 230
GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128 MB GDDR3 - 110
Rosewill 850W (80% certified) - 100 ($100 off?!? thanks Newegg)
Core 2 Quad Q660 - 280
GSkill 2GB DDR2 800 - 50
Zalman 8700 Cpu Cooler - 50

This puts the total at ~$920.

I'm a little leery buying a Foxconn motherboard, but I want to get in on X38. I'm fine spending $300 on a board that will last for a couple generations, but I don't want to be stuck spending $300 more on RAM. How does this look to the experts?

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November 27, 2007 2:15:29 PM

XCLIO Windtunnel Case - 100
Another option could be the Antec 900. It's like $69 after a $50 MIR. Looks and cools great.

Rosewill 850W (80% certified) - 100 ($100 off?!? thanks Newegg)
That's because Rosewill is crap. Buy Silverstone, Seasonic, Corsair, or PC Power & Cooling.
November 27, 2007 2:32:37 PM

Ahh, thanks for the advice. Looks like I can switch to a PC Power and Cooling 750W Silencer for $170 if I get it by 11/30. That'd put me at $1000 on the nose.
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November 27, 2007 2:39:11 PM

$170 is pretty cheap for that PSU. I payed $279 for mine. :'( 
November 27, 2007 2:40:24 PM

Build looks good, I agree with changing the PSU, as sugessted Corsair or OCZ or similar would be better. Other than that this looks good for a budget PC.