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June 22, 2009 6:43:24 PM

UNABLE TO MODIFY

AMD Athlon™ X2 Custom Builder (NO MONITOR)

* CAS: XION II Mid-Tower Case 350Watt W/ Mod Side-Panel Window (BLACK COLOR)
* CS_FAN: Default case fans
* CPU: AMD Athlon™ X2 7750 Black Edition Dual-Core CPU w/ HyperTransport Technology
* CD: (Special Price)LG 20X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER (BLACK COLOR)
* FAN: CoolerMaster Hyper TX2 Gaming CPU Cooling Fan(Extreme Silent Operation at only 22dba + Overclock Proof) [+19]
* HDD: Single Hard Drive (500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+5])
* KEYBOARD: Logitech Deluxe 104 PS/2 Keyboard (Black Color)
* MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
* MOTHERBOARD: Biostar TA790GX A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
* MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) PC6400 DDR2/800 Dual Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)
* NETWORK: ONBOARD 10/100 NETWORK CARD
* OS: NONE - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY
* PRO_WIRING: Professional Wiring for All WIRINGs Inside The System Chasis with High Performance Thermal Compound on CPU [+19]
* POWERSUPPLY: 635 Watts Power Supplies [+69] (Sigma Shark SP-635W PSU - SLI Ready)
* RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
* SERVICE: Standard Warranty: 1-Year Limited Warranty Plus Life-Time Technical Support
* SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
* SPEAKERS: 600Watts PMPO Subwoofer Stereo Speakers
* USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
* VIDEO: ATI Radeon HD 4670 512MB DDR3 PCI-Express DVI-I & TVO [+31]

Subtotal: $532.00

ABLE TO MODIFY

iBUYPOWER Gamer Power 509 Athlon X2 7750(2.7GHz) 4GB DDR2 500GB NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit - Retail

Brand iBUYPOWER
Model Gamer Power 509
Recommended Usage Gaming
Processor AMD Athlon X2 7750(2.7GHz)
Processor Main Features 64 bit Dual Core Processor
Cache Per Processor 2 x 512KB L2 Cache
Memory 4GB DDR2 800
Hard Drive 500GB SATA II
Optical Drive 1 22X DL DVD+/-RW Drive
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 9500GT 1GB Video Card
Audio Sound card - Integrated
Ethernet 10/100Mbps Ethernet
Power Supply 480W
Keyboard iBUYPOWER USB Deluxe Keyboard
Mouse iBUYPOWER USB Mouse
Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Software Included Microsoft Office 2007 [60-Day Trial]
Special Features NZXT Alpha Gaming Tower
Motherboard
Chipset NVIDIA GeForce 6100
CPU
CPU Type Athlon X2
Installed Qty 1
CPU Speed 7750(2.7GHz)
L2 Cache Per CPU 2 x 512KB
CPU Main Features 64 bit Dual Core Processor
Graphics
GPU/VPU Type NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT
Graphics Interface PCI Express x16
Memory
Memory Capacity 4GB DDR2
Memory Speed DDR2 800
Form Factor DIMM 240-pin
Memory Spec 2GB x 2
Memory Slots (Available/Total) 0/2
Maximum Memory Supported 4GB
Hard Drive
HDD Capacity 500GB
HDD Interface SATA II
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type DVD±RW
Optical Drive Spec 22X DL DVD+/-RW Drive
Audio
Audio Chipset Integrated
Communications
LAN Chipset Integrated
LAN Speed 10/100Mbps
Front Panel Ports
Front USB 2
Front eSATA 1 x eSATA (based on motherboard availability)
Front Audio Ports 2
Back Panel Ports
LPT 1
PS/2 2
Rear USB 4
RJ45 1 port
Rear Audio Ports 6 ports
Expansion
PCI Slots (Available/Total) 1 x PCI-Express x16
1 x PCI-Express x1
2 x PCI
Physical Spec
Dimensions 21.5" x 8.6" x 19.7"
Weight 32 lbs.
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts 1 year limited
Labor 1 year limited

$499.99

ALSO... will I be able to upgrade to a x3 720 CPU later with either of these same setups?

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June 22, 2009 6:47:59 PM

^ no on the cpu upgrade, and if this is a gaming PC then honestly, on a $500 budget for a pre-built you aren't going to get a decent gaming PC if your monitor resolution is above 1440x900.

but out of those two, I'd pick the 1st one since 4670 = 9600GT.
June 22, 2009 6:52:13 PM

I am not an extreme gamer but every now and again I might play some tiger woods golf or something... I am not going to be a die hard gamer though... Mainly, burning movies, music, downloading, internet, along with other basic stuff.. I don't plan on getting a monitor any bigger than 20-22"
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June 22, 2009 6:55:52 PM

ok, drop the graphics card on the first build and upgrade the CPU to a Quad core as most games will play fairly well on amd's Integrated graphics.
June 22, 2009 6:58:07 PM

what if I got the Tri-core without a graphics card? then even if the onboard graphics arent that great I can easily upgrade later when I get some better cashflow?
June 22, 2009 7:22:58 PM

well, I'd get a quad core if you can afford it, but a 720 would still be a good option.
June 22, 2009 7:26:40 PM

The thing is... I don't plan on OC because I don't know how to do so safely. So I was thinking the x3 because its faster stock..
June 22, 2009 7:30:12 PM

^ yes but you mentioned the word 'multitasking', and that loves as many cores as possible, unless you're comparing the 720 to a phenom 9x50 as the 720 will outperform them in all area's except CAD.
June 23, 2009 3:22:45 PM

OK well... I guess I should just hold off until I can afford a 720 build. How important is the mobo brand? If it can support the CPU should that assure me that it will be fine? Thanks...
June 23, 2009 3:24:46 PM

for mobo brand, most users here will recommend Gigabyte or ASUS.
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