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Help with new budget build pls

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November 28, 2008 6:27:15 AM

Hi all,
So I am still in the process of building my budget rig. I'm trying to keep it on the cheap (ideally below $900cdn). Here is what I am looking at:

CPU: e7200
GPU: I am trying to decide between either the EVGA E-GEFORCE 9800GT Akimbo or the GeForce 9600 GT
HardDrive: Hitachi Deskstar P7K500
Mobo: I'm looking for suggestions here
Memory: here 2
DVD: suggestions?
Monitor: I'm thinking 19 inch will do me fine. any suggestions?
Case: I already picked up the Antec Sonata III on

The main purpose of the rig is to play Warhammer and to a lesser extent LOTRO.

Any feedback or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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November 28, 2008 6:30:19 AM

Oh yeah, this is my first time trying to build a computer. I have read that the e7200 is easily overclockable and am into trying that, but as a newbie my building skills are quite limited. Please keep that in mind while making your suggestions.

Thanks again
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November 28, 2008 8:03:37 AM

As a budget build its wuite good up to there but i have to make my suggestions

CPU: e7200 - Perfect choice
GPU: forget the Geforce at that price range... Radeon 4850 is the way to go
HardDrive: Hitachi Deskstar P7K500
Memory:Corsair XMS2 2x2gb at $35 after rebate
PSU: Silverstone St60 excelent deal. that psu is worth over $150
Monitor:19-20 inch monitor suits this rig well
Case: I already picked up the Antec Sonata III on
November 28, 2008 9:48:05 AM

^ are pretty decent choices. Although if you go with the Sonata III, there is no need for a PSU as it comes with a Earthwatts 500watt PSU.
November 28, 2008 10:09:16 AM

didnt look the case up. Antec Earthwatts are decent PSUs so you are set on that.
So that setup should cost around 560-580 before rebates and without the case which is very close to the toms budget build.
November 28, 2008 10:57:58 AM

22" monitors now cost about the same as 19" (bigger size, better resolution and more or less the same quality, so you don't really lose anything there).

If you are planning to overclock, I'd strongly suggest you get another FAN/Heatsink instead of using the stock one.

I would suggest that you get WD 640GB for your HDD instead of the Hitachi. It performs noticeably better at only a few bucks more.

I'd stay away from the 9800GT or 9600GT, they're going to be outdated fairly soon. HD4850 is a better choice.

Motherboard wise, I'd get the P45 from ASUS instead of the P35 suggested above.
November 28, 2008 11:24:49 AM

HD4850>HD4830=9800GT>9600GT If you are buying a 19" with 1280 x1024 resolution they will all work fine but if you go 22" with 1680 x 1050 I would recommend HD4850 as min.
November 28, 2008 12:50:12 PM

I agree with johnYeah about the mobo. I just didnt see the prices. I thoufg the p45 was much more expensive. Anw, ive had good experience with both Asus and gygabyte on p45 chipsets so any of the two will suffice
November 28, 2008 1:20:24 PM

nerdbox Check my topic (Tech-Boy) in Home build computers. I am building a much better pc with a 24in sreen for less than $1000.
Hope this helps
November 28, 2008 2:30:52 PM

Thats canadian dollars though, and prices are a bit different. I dont see how your build "is much better" anyway. it has the same gfx card, .2ghz faster processor and a lower tier PSU. for a few bucks less because its calculated using american prices. $900 cnd have a relative buying power in the computer market of $750us.
November 28, 2008 2:44:18 PM

Thanks guys,
Just following up on all of this stuff now. Proximon: Yeah I have heard that orvr can turn Warhammer into a lag monster, but I read a great article the other night about how the e7200 can has similar architecture to the e8400 and can really be overclocked (and at a much cheaper price).