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March 24, 2008 5:55:56 PM

Hello everyone , I'm new here and I'd really appreciate some help with a new system that I'm building for a friend. He basically wants to do a bit of everything and his budget is around 1500 euros. He's not really interested in overclocking although I might push it up a bit. Here's what iv'e come up with so far:

1) Tower Thermaltake V1000 M9 44.94
2) PSU Chieftec 750 Watt (Turbo Series) 89.99
3) CPU Q9450 296.43
4) CPU Cooler Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro 22.50
5) MB Asrock 4Core1600 P35 Wifi+ 109.82
6) RAM Mushkin 4 Gb (2x2) 800mhz 4-4-4-12 129.00
7) GPU Galaxy 8800 GT 512 DDR3 185.00
8) HD Seagate Barracuda 500 Gb SII (32 Mb Cache) 104.50
9) DVD-WR NEC AD-7200S 25.85
10) Key+Mouse Turbo-x Wooz (Wireless Laser) 44.90
11) Speakers Logitech X-530 (5.1) 59.00
12) Webcam Logitech Communicate STX 39.99
13) Monitor LG L222ws 22' 219.00
14) Tv Tuner Aver Media 30.00
15) All In One Printe Canon MP 520 134.99
16) Surge Protector APC P5BT-GR 19.00

Total = 1558.45 Euros

Any critisism would greatly be appreciated before I go ahead and purchase everything later this week.

Regards to eveyone.....
March 25, 2008 2:11:31 PM

Thanks for your reply akhilles , actually my first choice as a motherboard was a foxconn x38A motherboard with ddr2 and ddr3 support but its cost at 225 euros here in greece is a bit pricey. Is this really worth the extra benefits of the x38 chipset over the p35? You also got me thinking about the the Psu. Maybe its a better idea to go with one that is guaranteed rated as a tier 1 psu. Thanks for your feedback
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March 25, 2008 6:08:04 PM

Not familiar with Asrock's motherboards. If you want a P35 board (which I would suggest over X38) with integrated Wifi, I would recommend Asus P5K-E/WIFI-AP

A good PSU for you would be a Corsair VX series (either 450W or 550W should be fine for you) or PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610W for better quality if your wallet permits. If you want modular cabling, the Corsair 520HX.
March 26, 2008 11:33:18 AM

You don't have to have a tier-1 psu, unless you plan to keep it for years. In which case, you should get the best you can afford. My Galaxy has been going strong for 2 years now.

Regarding X38 VS P35, if I had the money, I'd pick X38 easily. It overclocks like a dream. P35 is a good budget solution. If you're an extreme overclocker, look no further than X38/X48. Otherwise, stick with P35.
March 26, 2008 12:42:15 PM

Thanks again Akhilles and to oushi for both of your replies, I agree with picking the x38 motherboard since it will also be a little more futureproof, getting my friend to understand this and fork out the extra 100 euros is the problem, Im sure at some point he will start fooling around with his settings and try some overclocking. I dont want him to come back to me after a 2-3 three months and start complaining that we should have gone with the x38. I had also advised him on waiting a bit before investing all his money since a few things are just around the corner, p45,9800gt....
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