Theres dozens of options but for the same price you can get a much better cpu and for less you can still get a good cpu with a much better psu for the same budget. If your friend can come up with a few more bucks he can have both...
AMD is cheaper though, and I can spend the extra money for buying a better GPU or setting up a RAID of hard drives. My friend and his family probably won't notice the difference between the conroe and athlon x2. Setting up a Raid would be a more noticable performance wise wouldn't it?
if you want to go cheap, your on the right path. I might up the CPU to a 5000+ BE. if your looking at a $900 budget, it may be better spent on Intel.
you might consider a 780g based mobo if your not interested in crossfire. I like having the OBG option in case something goes wrong with the video card. I'm getting ready to offload my system to the mother-in-law and keeping my vid card. OBG is good enough for her and there is $50 I saved.
Hmn, that is a pretty good deal. Although the I don't like how it uses the old phenom with TLB bug. Also it has only 2 dimm slots. I have a question, should I give the guy a cheap quad core such as the phenom 9550 or should I go for a powerful dual core?
Looks like a sweet case but what's that brand again? LOL, I thought lead was bad for you. If you were to give the case a go the risk is fairly minimal but be aware of crappy power supplies. 1 in 100 may seem like an acceptable failure rate unless you're the 1 with the fried HDD or mobo. I lost 3 hard drives 1 after another a few years ago. If you're gonna overclock get a real PSU.
I am a big fan of Antec. You can spend lots of money on a power supply but you don't need much for a basic system.
Thanks for the advise with the Power Supply guys. Here is my latest setup. I changed the graphics card to the 8800gt because I have heard it outperforms the ATI 3870 by quite a bit and its not that much more to pay. I also changed the motherboard to an SLI MSI AM2+ motherboard. My idea behind this setup, is to give my friend a good computer that will be easily upgradable in the future. That's why I chose a moterbaord with 4 RAM slots, AM2+ socket, and 2 PCI-Express slots. When this computer does get old in 3-5 years; my friend should just be able to add more RAM, put in a 45nm phenom, and throw in another 8800gt and it will be back in business.
So what do you yall think of this revised setup?
look at the hyper transport rating. that isn't a true AM2+. I think the only true AM2+ are the AMD 770 and 780 currently. nVidia will run fine on AMD, assuming you are skipping SLI. I'd suggest skipping SLI. in your 3-5 years, the new midrange cards will smoke a pair of SLI'd 8800 for less than the purchase of 1 more 8800. I considered the same thing for my 7900gs, and that was way less than 3 years.
that PSU is crap. anything that has a voltage switch is old tech. I'd suggest an 80+ efficiency PSU.