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March 6, 2008 12:18:19 AM

Looking to build this computer for a buddy using it for work won’t be doing any gaming on it. Will be doing work in Adobe Photoshop, word, excel and be multitasking between all them. He was looking to get the pre-built linked below off tigerdirect for 399.99, I am trying to convince him to get the components for a better build.

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

Please let me know what you think

Motherboard
FOXCONN G33M-S Core 2 Quad Socket 775 1333MHz PC2-6400 (DDR2-800)
Zipzoomfly – $59.99

Processor
Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 Allendale 2.2GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
Newegg – $124.99

Memory
G.SKILL 4GB(2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Newegg – $84.99

Power Supply
Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU ATX 12V 2.0 500W Power Supply
Newegg – $59.99

Case
COOLER MASTER Elite 330
Newegg – $34.99

Video Card
KFA2 GeForce 8600 GT Video Card - 512MB DDR2
Tigerdirect – $74.99

OS
Windows vista basic 64bit
Already owned

Total cost w/out shipping - $439.94
March 6, 2008 12:52:58 AM

Sweet thanks for the psu link, looks good, as for the video I am not sure, do you think the on board video would be good enough? and if on board is good, would i be better off getting one of the new amd boards with good built in graphics cards? along with an amd duel core equivalent to the intel core 2?
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March 6, 2008 12:57:44 AM

Not much of an AMD fan, can't really help you there but you may be able to do it a little cheaper. I think if there's not going to be any gaming the video will be fine.
March 6, 2008 3:13:39 AM

Ok, so I think that a different motherboard would be better along with a drive I didn't include before, and changing the power supply. Already have a hard drive as well.

Power Supply
Corsair VX 550W ATX Power Supply
Buy.com – 64.99 shipped

Drive
Sony NEC Optiarc Black 20X
Newegg - $26.99

Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35
Newegg – 89.99

Anyone see any compatiblity issues or something I should change out before I order the parts?

In addition take out the 4gb of ram and just get 2
March 6, 2008 5:03:34 AM

If you're not building it for gaming, then I think you'd be crazy not to go AM2 since it's ALOT cheaper. Also, buy EVERYTHING from Newegg! There are plenty of great savings on CPU's and MOTHERBOARD combo's....not to mention the amount you save on shipping. Here's what I put together for you! I build systems on a weekly basis and none of these parts are items I haven't bought and used myself. I do EXTENSIVE research on every part I buy making sure that everything I buy has an excellent customer review off Newegg.

Motherboard
BIOSTAR TForce TF7025-M2 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 7025 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138074 $69.99

Processor
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Brisbane 2.5GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103212 $84.99

Memory
2 x G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit = 4GB total
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098 $89.98

Power Supply
Mushkin 550200 ATX12V 550W Modular Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817812002 $84.99

Case
APEX TX- 381 Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case ATX12V 300W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154071 $44.99

Subtotal $374.94
Shipping to where I live $27.58
Grand Total = $402.52

You could even get the price cheaper by going with these items instead, which would bring the total under $300:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane 2.1GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103774 $59.99

and using this power supply. It's a cheap one but it's ALL I buy for the computers I build. Never received one DOA and never had any problem with them at all! They're excellent as shown by the user reviews....you won't find but a handful of PSU's with that high of a rating! Only con is there is only 1 SATA plug but you can always use an adapter if you have more than one SATA drive

DYNAPOWER USA EP-50X.C563-BX ATX12V 500W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817255010 $19.99

Buy 2 GB's of memory instead I'd buy one of these

Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134488 $42.99

A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211066 $44.99 with FREE shipping

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098 $44.99 with FREE shipping

Also, stay away from the Sony NEC Optiarc Burners!!! I've never bought one of those because the reviews on all of them are horrible on Newegg. I'm not sure if you're wanting a PATA or SATA drive but here's a Samsung drive that's SATA. I usually buy either them, Lite-on, or LG.

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151152 $25.99

I hope any of this helps.......good luck!
March 6, 2008 3:32:33 PM

Gonna borrow some of dallasr's suggestions here, but I personally would change the mobo to one of the new 780G boards, since they'll be AM2+ compatible right out of the box. They have 3 on NewEgg right now:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... : 69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... : 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... : 99.99

Pair that with the cheapest 64 X2 retail processor:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... : 59.99

And slap it in a decent, cheap case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... : 39.99 (free shipping)

Combine that with dallasr's cheaper PSU and RAM choices, you cou cold come in right around 400 bucks after you get your harddrive.

Forgot to mention, this would be using the Mobo's onboard video, as it is apparently pretty decent for being onboard.

Oh, and dallasr, thanks for the heads up on that PSU. I've been looking for a cheap, quality one for low budget gaming rig for my special lady friend. I think I'll add it to the list.
March 6, 2008 4:30:00 PM

If it is for work then the only recommendation I can give is buy a Dell.
No hassles with components not working well together, a decent guarantee and (for businesss acounts anyway - their support for home users is awful) fairly good support. It will probably be slightly more expensive, but frankly, so what?
For business users the lifetime costs are far more important than saving $100 on the initial purchase price and with downtime on this box costing your friend (as a guess) somewhere between $25-$100 per hour......

I'm honestly not trying to be negative here, it's just I come from a business IT background and we have different priorities to enthusiast-level users.

'Course, if your friend ever has $2000 to blow on an all out gaming-supercomputing-deathstar hybrid pc/coffee maker/lawn rotovator for perfecting his plans for world domination while simultaneously playing Crysis and encoding six DVD's then that's a different matter (though I would recommend two monitors in that situation for that ultimate 'Evil Genius' feeling)

Actualy I would recommend two monitors for your friend anyway - studies have shown it increases user productivity in a business setting by around 20%, and the cost for that much extra productivity is trivial.
March 6, 2008 4:45:14 PM

actually i would have to disagree with stuart72, unless you find a special offer or deal i wouldn't go with dell for just the one computer. If i have to deal with another of their HORRIBLE power supplies i will go mad. The advantage of building yourself is that you can be sure of quality parts - plus its only the one computer so won't take you long to assemble.
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