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OK so I am building a budget PC that will run fairly well and perform at its best. My budget as of now is under $500. I have most of the components picked out and I have a few questions. I am going AMD for this build, but I have little to no experience with their line of processors. I already have a GFX card for this, it is a HD 4350, This is not a gaming rig so I got a simple GFX card for movies and simple things.

Other components:

GIGABYTE GA-MA770-UD3 AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma 2.7GHz

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit

I just need some advice here on somethings such as CPU, motherboard, and anything else you see. Ohh and i already have the DVD/CD Drive.
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  1. Looks pretty good. Only suggestion would be spend the extra $10 for this Windows Vista so you get Win 7 free upgrade when it's released.

    And if you're not overclocking, then the stock fan will be fine, if you are, get an aftermarket cooler.
  2. Yeah its all stock, and thanks for showing me the windows 7 upgrade i was looking for that couldn't find it.
  3. Not sure if you have a combo for the DDR2-800, but for $3 and still have free shipping, heres Gskill 1066. The link has an antec 430w earthwatts combo with it that ends up being cheaper than what you have seperate. And for a single 4350, 430w is more than enough.

    Lots of combo options for your parts. Make sure you're checking those.
  4. I'm assuming you're planning to go with AMD because they are generally cost-effective, but at this level an Intel system would be about the same price. For $5 more, you could get an E5200 and this P43 motherboard

    This combination would surely outclass your current configuration before and after overclocking.

    However, if you really are only watching movies and not doing things like editing videos or photos, I'd recommend this AMD CPU because it's cheaper and it runs at only 45 watts which is quite a bit less power hungry than the 7750x2's 95 watts
  5. Would it work to order windows 7 upgrade pre-order for $50:

    In the interim download and use the release candidate?

    You could do a clean install of vista with a two step procedure.
  6. well the computer needs to be up and running in like 5 days, the person i am building it for is without a computer right now.
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