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Intel/AMD system template $400-$1200

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March 18, 2009 12:35:12 AM

I made this list as quick reference for different buget levels on either an AMD or Intel platform. These are not by any means the best systems at the price range but can be used as a starting point.

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1. What is your budget? Does this include shipping and taxes?
2. What will you be using your comptuer for? Games, what type of games? Casual usage internet, movies, music, MS Office? Work related, Photoshop, video editting, CAD?
3. What parts do you already have? Keyboard/mouse, speakers, Windows OS, monitor (what size is it)?
4. Are you able to order from www.newegg.com? If not, what country will you be ordering from?
5. Do you have any brand loyalties? AMD vs Intel, ATI vs Nvidia, Asus vs Gigabyte or are you a best performance for my money
6. Will you be overclocking your CPU?
7. Do you want to build your system that you can add a second GPU? AKA run SLI or Crossfire?
8. When do you plan to build it?

When wondering how the GPU will handle games read the following article:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-radeon,...
Keep in mind that swapping an ATI card for a similarly priced nvidia card gives about the same performance.
A quick reference to good parts if you want to look at alternatives:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/262842-31-system-buil...
Check each item to see if there are combo deals that could save you money.

First time computer owners will need:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Vista Home Premium 64-bit $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Acer 19" Widescreen Monitor $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Logitech Keyboard and Mouse $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Creative 2.1 $25

Total $270


Entry Level Intel Gaming Box ~$400

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LGA 775 E5200 $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Asus G31 mATX $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 2x2GB Corsair DDR2 800 $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P... 512MB 4830 $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LG DVD Burner $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... WD 320GB AAKS $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Tuniq 550W $40 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Antec 300 case $60

$405 after MIR


$600 Intel Gaming Box

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LGA 775 E5200 $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Asus G31 mATX $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 2x2GB G.Skill PI Black DDR2 800 $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P... 1GB 4870 $170 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LG DVD Burner $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... WD 640GB AALS $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Tuniq 550W $40 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Antec 300 case $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Xigma Dark Knight $40 (Intel)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Artic MX-2 Thermal Compound $7

$592 after MIR


$800 Intel Gaming Box

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LGA 775 E8400 $165
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Giga P45 $115 MIR (xfire)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 2x2GB G.Skill PI Black DDR2 800 $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P... 1GB 4870 $170 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LG DVD Burner $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... WD 640GB AALS $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... OCZ 600W PSU $50 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CM 690 case $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Xigma Dark Knight $40 (Intel)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Artic MX-2 Thermal Compound $7

$777 afer MIR


$1000 Intel Gaming Box

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LGA 775 Q9550 $275
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Giga P45 $115 MIR (xfire)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 2x2GB G.Skill PI Black DDR2 800 $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P... 2GB 4850x2 $280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LG DVD Burner $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... WD 640GB AALS $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CORSAIR 650TX PSU $70 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CM 690 case $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Xigma Dark Knight $40 (Intel)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Artic MX-2 Thermal Compound $7

$1017 after MIR


$1200 Intel Gaming Box

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LGA 1366 i7 920 $290
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Giga UD3R X58 $185 MIR (xfire)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 3x2GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P... 2GB 4850x2 $280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LG DVD Burner $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... WD 640GB AALS $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CORSAIR 850TX $110 4x8pin
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CM 690 case $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Xigma Dark Knight $40 (Intel)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Artic MX-2 Thermal Compound $7

$1197 after MIR


Entry Level AMD Box ~$400

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... AM2 X2 5400 $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Giga 770v $65 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 2x2GB Corsair DDR2 800 $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P... 512MB 4830 $80 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LG DVD Burner $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... WD 320GB AAKS $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Tuniq 550W $40 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Antec 300 case $60

$410


$600 Level AMD Box

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... AM2+ X4 9600 $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Giga 770v $65 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 2x2GB Corsair DDR2 800 $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P... 1GB 4870 $170 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LG DVD Burner $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... WD 640GB AALS $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Tuniq 550W $40MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Antec 300 case $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Xigma $27 MIR (AMD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Artic MX-2 Thermal Compound $7

$579 after MIR


$800 Level AMD Box

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... AM3 X3 720 $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Giga 790X $110 (xfire)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... G.Skill PI Black DDR2 800 $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P... 1GB 4870 $170 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LG DVD Burner $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... WD 640GB AALS $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CORSAIR 650TX $70 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CM 690 $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Artic MX-2 Thermal Compound $7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Xigma $37 - $10MIR (AMD)

$762 after MIR


$1000 Level AMD Box

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... AM2+ X4 940 $215
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Giga 790X $110 (xfire)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... G.Skill PI Black DDR2 800 $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P... 2GB 4850x2 $280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LG DVD Burner $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... WD 640GB AALS $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CORSAIR 650TX $70 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CM 690 $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Artic MX-2 Thermal Compound $7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Xigma $27 MIR (AMD)

$939 after MIR


$1200 Level AMD Box

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... AM2+ X4 940 $215
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Giga 790X $110 (xfire)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... G.Skill PI Black DDR2 800 $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... G.Skill PI Black DDR2 800 $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P... 2GB 4870x2 $420 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LG DVD Burner $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... WD 1TB FALS $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CORSAIR 850TX $110 MIR 4x8pin
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CM 690 $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Artic MX-2 Thermal Compound $7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Xigma $27 MIR (AMD)

$1184 after MIR
March 18, 2009 1:00:25 AM

I think the base LGA 775 build should start with a E5200. An upgrade between the Gigabyte G31 and P45 is the P43 board.

Also, the price of the Corsair 4GB 800Mhz memory just changed to $32 - $13MIR. Neat :) 

For AMD, in the event that the combo deals with 790GX boards ends, the Giga 770 is a good base mobo.

How about this for LGA 1366: Base motherboard should be the MSI Pro x58 $190 - $20MIR. Sequential upgrades would be that Gigabyte UD3R x58, then the Asus P6T. I'm not so keen on the UD3R in general, though, due to the fact that it only has 4 memory slots, and has notable LAN driver issues.

For memory, I think this OCZ 6GB 1333Mhz is better base since it costs less up front but is the same after rebate, and has faster timings to boot. An upgrade would be the G.Skill 6GB 1600 and/or the OCZ Plat 6GB 1600
March 18, 2009 1:46:00 AM

I'm going to keep the AMD/LGA systems as is because they are current basically at the same price and it will easier to compare what your getting/giving up for the cost if you want to compare the two platforms head to head.

I don't think the MSI board is worth putting as a starting point. Most people will suggest starting with Gigabyte board because the entire platform base cost is $1000 so the $20 for the gigabyte is a instant recommendation.

I'll add the RAM you suggested.
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March 18, 2009 10:59:31 AM

Also base RAM packages have changed prices already.
March 18, 2009 11:22:55 AM

Well before hand specify +/- in cost of the parts to reflect the price fluctuation :p 
March 18, 2009 11:28:06 AM

Rather than specifying the actual price, which am sure can change overnight, u can give a rough round up like the toms SBM...
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March 18, 2009 12:34:37 PM

Math checker malfunction:

AMD based system: $619 - $70MIR
Intel based system: $632 - $75MIR 3 pc combo is $270
March 18, 2009 12:45:39 PM

Suggestions and math updated. Rounded some numbers off to make 5's and 0's.
March 21, 2009 12:43:48 AM

Made a list that shows parts for intel gaming boxes from $400-$1400.
March 22, 2009 6:59:32 PM

Updated the list to include AMD and removed combos (changed too rapidly).
March 22, 2009 8:01:05 PM

The list is a pretty good start. For the Intro AMD sets though I think a ASRock A780FullHD at $56 is a better option for the motherboard.

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

I really like the GIGABYTE GA-MA770-UD3 suggestion though as it's a great value board. Still I feel that for the under $500 mark the ASRock is a better choice as it's a great board and will let just a bit more money go to other components.
March 29, 2009 9:53:39 PM

Quote:
The list is a pretty good start. For the Intro AMD sets though I think a ASRock A780FullHD at $56 is a better option for the motherboard.
That board (ASROCK) is probably the better board overall, but because the build has a PCIe GPU, there isn't much difference between the 770v and 780g with the exception to onboard video. With that said this is really only a template to start from as there are combo deals that trump both.

Also, heaven forbid that we recommend a non-asus/giga motherboard.

I updated the list to reflect price changes and opted to do system configurations every $200 rather than $100.
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