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May 14, 2008 12:32:49 AM

So -- I've been hemming and hawing on how to go about my first system build. Here are my priorities

1) Under $1000
2) Energy efficient
3) "Future proof"
4) Performance (mostly mainstream stuff, perhaps some light gaming)
5) Quiet

I'm looking at:

Gigabyte EP35DS3L Mobo (energy efficient)
e7200 (cheap, but 45 nm)
Corsair 4gig ram (DDR2 800)
WD Caviar GP 500GB
Antec Sonata Designer
Antec Earthwatts 500W
ASUS EAH3650 SILENT/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 3650 512MB (Like the power saving/55 nm tech)
22" LCD monitor TBD

Am I on track? Will spending an extra $100 bucks or so now save me from an upgrade soon? (Say, an E8400 and a higher end MOBO now?)

Thanks!

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May 14, 2008 1:23:22 AM

depends on what your using it for.... for any pc to be usable for gaming for more than 4 years... no matter what upgrades you manage to get, that will be a hard task. amd claim their am2+ boards will be compatible with their next gen 45nm phenoms, only thing youll miss out on with am2+ board vers am3 is ddr3 memory, how ever, the 45nm phenoms arent guaruneed to be much faster (if they even get their lol) than the current intel 45nm quads. also its not upto amd wether your mobo manufacturer makes a new bios to support 45nm models.

if your gaming defo go with a faster gfx card, the hd3850 will run all new games, not neceserally the fastest card in the world but it does have low power consumption at idle for a card that powerfull.

if your wanting low power consummption go for a psu which is matched to what your system will consume and look for the 80+ mark. psus are allways most eficcient in the middle of their range so your pc at idle (where it will be most of the time) will not be in a 500w psu's high efficiency band. go for something ~350w if you dont intend to add gfx card and proc with a high tdp.

if your gaming then go for a better gfx card, it will save you an almost instant upgrade, the same goes for the cpu E8400 would be a good choice, if ur not gaming then that set up will be good for atleast 3 years
May 14, 2008 1:34:18 AM

Future proof is a oxymoron. Anyone who says diffrent is a moron.
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May 14, 2008 1:48:58 AM

Agreed with blacksci. Nothing is future-proof because better already exists.
May 14, 2008 1:52:44 AM

Blacksi, Shadow -- I'm not so naive as to think that you can truly future proof a PC; I guess what I really mean is

1) Are these likely to be considered decent quality mainstream components for a while?
2) Since I'm concerned w/the energy efficiency, will I be annoyed by these components soon (ie are components with better power/performance ratios right around the corner or a year away?)
3) Does it seem like an easily upgradeable system?

Thanks for your responses!
May 14, 2008 1:57:28 AM

If you game- move to the 8800GT G92 512. Best video card on the market right now in that price range. Example:XFX 8800GTS G92.

Look at this PSU: Corsair 550W. It is in the 80Plus club and gets a Glowing review from HardOCP.

The best performer in the CPU arena right now is certainlly the E8400. 3.0GHz/45nm that runs cool. The CPU is picked is fine though.

Yes the system is easily upgradeable the beauty of a DYI.
May 14, 2008 2:04:58 AM

I agree, i would go for e8400 and/or 8800 GTS. If you can't afford a GTS then get an 8800 GT. e8400 is somewhat "future proof" considering its overclockability. You can get 4 GHZ+ on it if you have a good cooler. The rest is fine. If you make these upgrades and don't mind medium graphics in future games, it can probably last 2 years or so.
May 14, 2008 2:47:33 AM

If you want some futurre proveing than your best choice is AMD since the socket AM2+ is avaliable while Intel is making a change as we speek. So if you want to stick with Intel wait, or just be aware that you buying in something that will be old news soon. But your build looks solid.
May 14, 2008 3:11:29 AM

You can get the same 4GHz on the e7200 with the same good cooler. Stick with the e7200 its multiplier is even higher
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