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Budget build for friend <$500 CPU/MB/RAM/VGA

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August 6, 2008 3:56:24 AM

My friend is looking to upgrade his old system. He will use his existing PSU (I think it will be OK), case, DVD drive, HD, and monitor.

That leaves the CPU, Motherboard, RAM, and video card.

I was thinking:

-Intel E7200 - $120 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-BIOSTAR P43-based MB - $90 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-2 x 2GB G.SKILL RAM - $80 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-ATI 4850 - $190 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total of $480, $440 after MIR's.

How does this sound? He does not want to spend a lot more. He mentioned 4GB of RAM so he does not have to worry about upgrading (should last the life of the motherboard).

If there is something I can do to save some money, but not give up a lot of performance, I would be game for that. Games are things like HL2, Test Drive, and similar on a smaller LCD (1280x1024 I think).

Thanks!
August 6, 2008 4:31:50 AM

sounds good, but I'd go with a p35, or p45 mobo. A few bucks more for a p45, or can get a good p35 for a few dollars less.
August 6, 2008 4:53:13 AM

I don't think that mobo is supposed to be that great, could get the asrock p43 for $75 instead, tweaktown just did a review on it good overclocker, but the power connect is near the cpu, only a problem if you have a bottom mounted psu or a huge cooler. Mushkin has similar ram that is cheaper after rebate and comes with free pcmark. Could take the money you save from cheaper ram and get the biostar tp45 instead for $105 after mir, one of the best value overclockers and supports 8x8 crossfire. Finally you could wait for the e5200 cpu to be released, should be extremely overclocking freindly and cost only ~$85.
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August 6, 2008 4:55:26 AM

Looks good to me, though I would go for a P35 for about the same price if you can.
August 6, 2008 5:26:37 AM

That graphics card should do more than fine in those games. I upgraded to a 9600gt and it runs Test Drive: unlimited maxxed where my 7600gt wouldn't. Otherwise, looks like a solid system.

Quick question: what os is going to be used? cuz if your friend gets 4gb of ram xp 32bit won't utilize all of it. 2gb is plenty for xp and gaming.
August 6, 2008 5:37:41 AM

I like the Biostar, i've had good luck with them. I'd stick with a P43/45 over the P35. Build looks good.
August 6, 2008 6:12:16 AM

+1 to dirtmountain's suggestion.
August 6, 2008 6:33:43 AM

that build looks great actually, its surprising what you can do for less than 500

gj, although my curiosity strikes... what psu is it? i just wanna know just in case some1 wants to bash your head in for a rosewill or a raidmax...lol
August 6, 2008 6:34:58 AM

foxhound009 said:
Anything newer than HD4870 and the Pcie 1.1 might limit performance.. right/wrong?


p43 has pcie 2.0, i think your confusing yourself
August 6, 2008 7:04:29 AM

eklipz330 said:
p43 has pcie 2.0, i think your confusing yourself


I know that it does, I'm just asking if anything newer than HD4870 will be limited by pcie 1.1b...
August 6, 2008 5:35:04 PM

Sorry guys, I did not get any e-mail alerts for this post. Thanks for the advice, sounds like I am on the right track.

Here is the PSU (don't LOL, its not mine...I LOLed even!!!)

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

It says no PCI-e hookup. Should we just deep-six this thing and get something new? Looks like 34A on the 12v rail, so enough power I think.

Thanks!
August 7, 2008 6:27:31 PM


If really on a budget and willing to OC:
P35-DS3L (good OCing) $85
E2180/E2160 (OC easily to 3-3.25Ghz; upgrade later to E8x00 or better) $60-70
ATI 4850 $175-220
XIGMATEK S1283 (+ bolt in kit) $40
2*2GB DDR2 800 ($80)
Corsair 650TX ($80 after MIR, good quality) [Don't skimp on the PSU esp. when running high end GPU ] http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total cost for above parts: $~450

That leaves ~$50+ for HDD and DVD RW,Case, OS, etc.

Imo, a 4850 might be an overkill on the 1280x1024 LCD esp. with games like HL2. Check out the 8800GS/9600GSO (~$60-80 after MIRs) and see if it would be a suitable replacement for the 4850.



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