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Helping Friend build system, tips appreciated

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June 20, 2009 6:31:46 PM

Helping my friend build his own system, just some advice would be appreciated. Just for some general information he'll be running xp, so I had him switch out his first choice of graphics card (which had 1g of memory, a waste in most circumstances) to a 512mb model. I also switched the motherboard to ASUS since his other one was from some company I'd never even heard of (he picked it due to a bundle deal)

Heres the list so far

Case (Cooler Master Sileo 500)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Motherboard (ASUS M4A78)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CPU (AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition Kuma 2.8GHz)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GPU (EVGA 512-P3-1150-TR GeForce GTS 250 512MB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


PSU (OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Ram (OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

He already has a monitor and 1TB harddrive so those aren't included in the list.

The things I am curious is about is should i have him get a Radeon 4850 instead of his current card, since it is a tad cheaper and performs only slightly worse (in some circumstances better) in all the benchmarks i've looked at. Also, due to the size of the card a larger case is needed, however I feel that the current case is a bit overkill, but will be helpful for future builds. His Budget is around 500 Dollars.

Anonymous
June 20, 2009 7:11:08 PM

get the 4850. Right now, ati cut the prices on those cards so you can get a decent 4850 for around 110-130 dollars. The gts 250 (which is by the way the competitor for the 4850) starts at around 140-160 for both the 512mb and 1gb models. In other words, go with the 4850.
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