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I am building a system for my brother and was wondering if everyone could help me out with the parts.

He already has demanded an Intel so I said the E7400. He refuses to try AMD as he had a bad experience a couple of years ago.


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Light Gaming(SWBF2, Sim City 4) , Internet and Instant Messaging

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor(not included but still looking for-suggestions appreciated!), speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: It doesn't matter just as long as they ship to CAN and have a good reputation

PARTS PREFERENCES: Must be Intel(he demands it) and preferably mid-ATX

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, I will do it for him and no he wont need SLI or CF

MONITOR RESOLUTION:21" or 22" so around 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: He would like a flashy case but its not absolutely necessary

Here's the processor and mobo combo I found:

Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E7400 - Retail
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Any help is greatly appreciated

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  1. By Fall, every price will have changed, and some parts may not even be available anymore. Not trying to be a d*ck, but to price it out now would be pointless.
  2. the e7400 is a good cpu . I know cos I have an e7300 ... but intel have stopped making socket 775 so do your self a favour and get a computer based on an AMD phenm x3 720 be which is way more powerful and costs only a little more

    ....and even less when you start buying
  3. A Bad experience? Did he have one of those old K5s, K6s or something :). Yeah, I remember Acer putting those out in cheap little unreliable boxes. Oh well. Anyway for $600 you really should look at AMD. Anyway if you are going to wait till fall it's impossible to recommend a CPU now as no one can say how the landscape will look then. I think the i5 is suppose to show up around September or something.
  4. i would try this

    $90 - AMD Athlon II X2 250 (3.0 GHz dual core)
    $130 (ASUS M4A78T-E) - Decent 790GX motherboard has integrated HD3300 (Asus, Gigabyte)
    $60 - 4GB of memory, im thinking by then gor for a DDR3 board and memory
    $60 - Corsair 400w, MORE than enough power (actually over kill), but will let you put in a mid range GPU later
    $50 - crap case i suppose, just buy extra fans, though look up the case before hand so you know which ones
    $70 - Western Digital Black 640GB (i'm willing to assume these will still be good)
    $30 - pretty much any cheap sata DVD burner

    $490 + ~$30 (shipping) ~= $520
  5. ^also, that motherboard supports Crossfire, so, you would have a lot of expansion room as long as you upped the PSU later, and Phenom II's

    P.S. i say meh to his intel only, it doesn't really make that much of a difference anyways, just tell him its better for future expansion anyways
  6. Thanks for all the replies. He has said that he will have the money in three weeks and I will talk to him about AMD. Thanks for all your help!

  7. Here is the final build:

    ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail $168.74

    AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX250OCGQBOX - Retail $105

    CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $54.99

    OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P16004GK - Retail $76.99

    RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WU Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail -$49.49

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3320613AS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $64.99

    Total w/o shipping= 519.70
    Total w/ shipping & taxes= 587.25

    Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
  8. Quick question for you guys. Any reason to not go with this chip for an extra 10 bucks?
  9. Because media tends to only be one or two threads and will benefit from the higher clock speed.

    Also dont get an 11 series seagate, they had firmware issues, a 640 WD Caviar black is significantly faster and only $5 more currently
  10. It is more than $5 more on so I got this one :

    Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - Retail
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