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March 8, 2008 12:28:41 PM

Hello!

Since I'm not replacing my pc every year i would love to get as best price/performance as possible. Maybe u have some advices what i could change in this configuration not getting it more expensive.

CPU-
Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2GHz FSB800 2MB L2
Socket 775, 2.2 Ghz, FSB 800 Mhz, 64 Bit, Dual core, BOX
Mobo-
Asus P5K PRO
Video card-
Giga Byte Radeon HD3850, 256MB, 256bit, HDTV
2xDVI-I, S-Video, HD 3850, 256 Mb, 256 bit
RAM-
CSX 2048MB, DDRII800, CEC Xtreme OC, Kit of 2, CL5
HDD-
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10, 250GB, 16MB, SATAII
250 Gb, SATA II, 7200rpm, 16Mb
PSU-
Fortron SAGA 450W, v2.2 120mm FAN, PFC 450W

Thank you.

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March 8, 2008 11:06:37 PM

I have free time, let me make you a great/cheap computer for about 1000$:


AMD X2 5000+ $99.99:


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103194


ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe $134.99:


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131013


CORSAIR XMS2 (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 $102.00:


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820145034


Antec TPQ-850 850W $150.00:


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371011


Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $119.99


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] ntec%2b900


PNY 8800GT in SLI 2X($213.00) = $426.00:


http://www.techonweb.com/products/ [...] 3KR&src=FG


ViewSonic VG2230wm 22" $206.25:


http://www.superdigitalmedia.com/p [...] ts_id=2360


Logitech G51 155 watts RMS 5.1 Surround Sound $129.99:


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6836121012


Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard Mouse Included $21.99:


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6823109156


Well I added this all up and this computer costs about 1400$ which is 400$ over what I estimated. This is just about the best/cheapest gaming computer that you can buy currently. I know this is way over ur price ceiling...i just wanted to let you in on what the best/cheapest gaming computer would look like and how much it would cost. By the way...my computer was worth about 2000$, in its day...and this computer would kick my computer's ass. Have fun :) .
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March 9, 2008 4:27:31 AM

ryanthesav said:
I have free time, let me make you a great/cheap computer for about 1000$:


AMD X2 5000+ $99.99:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103194
ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe $134.99:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131013
CORSAIR XMS2 (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 $102.00:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820145034
Antec TPQ-850 850W $150.00:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371011
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] ntec%2b900
PNY 8800GT in SLI 2X($213.00) = $426.00:
http://www.techonweb.com/products/ [...] 3KR&src=FG
ViewSonic VG2230wm 22" $206.25:
http://www.superdigitalmedia.com/p [...] ts_id=2360
Logitech G51 155 watts RMS 5.1 Surround Sound $129.99:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6836121012
Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard Mouse Included $21.99:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6823109156
Well I added this all up and this computer costs about 1400$ which is 400$ over what I estimated. This is just about the best/cheapest gaming computer that you can buy currently. I know this is way over ur price ceiling...i just wanted to let you in on what the best/cheapest gaming computer would look like and how much it would cost. By the way...my computer was worth about 2000$, in its day...and this computer would kick my computer's ass. Have fun :) .


Are you just going to copy and paste this into every thread with an intel set up?
You are completely disregarding the original post and the OPs request regarding his budget. Please do not presume to come in here offering 'advice' that is really just AMD fanboy-ism and does nothing to address the poster's needs.


Moving on...

Viraks: While it is difficult to know where the budget stands as you do not list where you are planning to purchase those parts or how much they cost, I've put together a list for you that hopefully stays within your budget and still meets your needs. Also, stating your intentions with this computer (ie: what programs/games will you be running, do you need RAID capabilities etc) will help myself and others to fine tune your build.

Processor: Intel Pentium E2160 Allendale 1.8GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail $71.99
-This is a great low cost processor. Retail box so it comes with the stock intel cpu cooler. It will handle mild overclocking on the stock cooler, or you can buy an aftermarket cool to OC even higher.

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard - Retail $89.99
-This is an excellent motherboard for the price and should handle moderate overclocking of your processor. This board is a little more basic compared to the one you listed, but is substantially cheaper. Again, more information on your needs would be helpful here. If you need the features of the ASUS P5K series, then by all means adjust this selection as you see fit.

Video Card: GIGABYTE GV-RX387512H Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $179.99
-Strong performance for the price, though there are other options in this price range. I chose this card because your original choice was an ATI card as well. It is a few dollars more expensive than your choice, but this is offset by the money saved on the CPU and motherboard I have chosen. The GeForce 9600GT is another good performer in this price range. Personally, I would spend yet a few more dollars and get a GeForce 8800GT, but that is a personal choice/opinion and beyond the scope of this post.

Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $61.99
-Crucial is a great memory brand, and these models are known as great overclockers. This kit actually has a better rated latency than your choice (CAS 4 vs. 5). There are some cheaper kits, but this is a great place to start in considering your purchase. Adjust as necessary. (I normally don't chose the tracers in my recommendations, but they were actually cheaper than the regular models by a few dollars at the time of this post.)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500AAKS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $69.99
-Your choice of Seagate drive was fine, but this Western Digital AAKS model is highly rated and happened to have free shipping. Substitute for your original choice of Seagate 7200.10 at your leisure.

PSU: Thermaltake Purepower W0100RU ATX 12V 2.0 500W Power Supply 115/ 230 V UL, CUL, TUV, FCC, and CB certification - Retail $59.99
-This was probably the toughest selection of this build. Your choice of FSP PSU is fine, as it is the same tier as this Thermaltake, but the TT happens to have free shipping and a $15 mail in rebate as of the time of this post.

Total (before rebates and shipping): $533.94

I noticed you did not include a case in your list, so I have omitted it from mine as well. IMO this is a great price for a solid build. I always use newegg.com as a baseline for my parts lists, but feel free to shop around. There is certainly room for customization here. You can squeeze the price down a few bucks if you are budget limited, or you can add a few bucks if you need features that these parts do not provide.

I hope this helps get you started on your way to your new system. Get back to us with more information on your intended uses/needs so we can further 'tune' your build.
March 9, 2008 5:07:36 AM

He stated, "i would love to get as best price/performance as possible." I was just giving him some ideas. I was not attempting to convert him to AMD. Geeese. I know my build idea is not in his budget but I was showing him what a cost effective gamming beast would look like if he wanted to take some ideas from it. I posted my build in several homebuild threads, just because i thought it was a good build for the price. I'm sorry mtyermom, if i hurt ur feelings.
March 9, 2008 5:30:16 AM

ryanthesav said:
He stated, "i would love to get as best price/performance as possible." I was just giving him some ideas.


But that's not all that he said.

viraks said:
Maybe u have some advices what i could change in this configuration not getting it more expensive.


ryanthesav said:
I was not attempting to convert him to AMD. Geeese.


But that is exactly how it comes off.

viraks said:
I know my build idea is not in his budget but I was showing him what a cost effective gamming beast would look like if he wanted to take some ideas from it. I posted my build in several homebuild threads, just because i thought it was a good build for the price. I'm sorry mtyermom, if i hurt ur feelings.


But that was not what he asked for.

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March 9, 2008 3:12:52 PM

Thanks for posting mtyermom. But thing is that newegg is not shiping anything to my country(Latvia) and those parts wich youu posted cost more here :(  Anyway you asked what PC gonna be used for- HDTV watching, fhotoshop, mmoprg game/s wich dont req much from pc, some overclocking. But mainly i want to get up to date pc wich i could upgrade time to time. And
actually only part of this configuration i wasnt sure about was motherboard and ram. Maybe its better to take x1 2GB, then leater upgrade it with another?
March 9, 2008 7:15:35 PM

viraks said:
Thanks for posting mtyermom. But thing is that newegg is not shiping anything to my country(Latvia) and those parts wich youu posted cost more here :( 


Ah, you see that is critical information that would have been helpful =] Can you tell me which sites you can order so I can make you a new list?

viraks said:
Anyway you asked what PC gonna be used for- HDTV watching, fhotoshop, mmoprg game/s wich dont req much from pc, some overclocking. But mainly i want to get up to date pc wich i could upgrade time to time. And
actually only part of this configuration i wasnt sure about was motherboard and ram. Maybe its better to take x1 2GB, then leater upgrade it with another?


That is the information we need to help you. Get back to me with sites that will ship to you and we can move on.

Regarding the memory question: It is always better to have 2 sticks of memory, 2x1GB is better than 1x2GB because you want the RAM to run in dual channel. You can start with 2x1GB and add another 2x1GB later to bring your total to 4GB. That's what I'm doing with my current system.
March 10, 2008 1:59:20 AM

mtyermom said:
Yes sir, you are correct sir! Missed the rebate, and it has free shipping too! Great deal.


You doesn't has to call me sir.
I'm to old for that!
March 10, 2008 11:34:48 PM

Ok, Viraks sent me a link to a Latvian hardware site. It has taken a lot of guesswork on my part to put together this list since the site is not in English, but here goes:

Note: All these prices are in Ls (I'm assuming that is the Latvian currency), I have no idea what the conversion rate is between Ls and USD so you, Viraks, will have to determine whether this configuration fits into your budget.

Processor:
Intel Dual Core E2160 1.8GHz FSB800MHz 1M L2 Ls 41,98
-This is same processor as I had originally posted. Same reasons.

Motherboard:
Giga Byte GA-P35-DS3 Ls 56,78
-Same motherboard, same reasons.

Video Card:
Giga Byte Radeon HD3850, 256MB, 256bit, HDTV Ls 88,29
-The video card was tough to choose, mainly because of the language and currency exchange barrier. I would recommend that you consider a more powerful video card, but you are the one who has to make that decision based on budget constraints.

Memory:
OCZ 2048MB, DDRII800, Kit Of 2, XTC Ls 37,67
-Another tough choice. These should be quality modules and seemed like a good choice for the price (but again, I'm playing with some unknowns here).

Hard Drive:
Western Digital 250GB, 16MB, SATAII, Caviar SE16 Ls 38,49
-Same hard drive, same reasons.

PSU:
Corsair 450W V2.2, 12cm Fan Ls 49,17
-Yet another difficult choice. Corsair is a reputable brand, and this model should meet your needs at what seemed like a reasonable price.

Total (before shipping and taxes, if any): Ls 312,38

Viraks, I hope this helps get you on your way to a new system. Please review this list and reply with any questions or corrections before you purchase.

EDIT: I checked the conversion of LVT to USD and the total from the site Viraks gave me comes to roughly $681.00 USD
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