$910 build, 2nd opinions?

Proc: intel core 2 quad q6600 2.4hgz 1066mhz 8mb $199

Mobo: gigabyte ga-g31m-es2lmatx $59

Ram: kingston ddr2-800 2.0gb $29

optic sony opti ad-7241s-ob 24x $39

HD: west digi wd5000aaks 500gb 7200rpm 16mb sata2 $64

Vid: nvidia 9800gt 512mb $114

PS thermaltake PP v2.0 wo121ru 600w $ 84

case: cool master centurion 5 cac-to5-uw $ 59


+ 2 hours labor.

Now, what do you think of this setup or is the local place screwing me big time? not sure what I want to play with it but they say to go with Win 7 in sept so stick with xp for now, mainly a medium gamer... but whats your input, i'll link everything when i get off work later. :hello:
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  1. It's not that those are bad deals I just wouldn't recommend getting such an old socket 775. Let us know what you're budget is, what resolution monitor you're using, what games, etc...

    (Edit) Just noticed that it looks like they're building it for you, skip the labor fees and order and build it yourself :D
  2. You sound like you're new to building... but yea, order the parts and build it yourself, even if you are new, a bit of research and you're fine, and u save some cash.

    Some of those parts are slightly more expensive than they should be, plus... they're a bit outdated. The q6600 is old school, no doubt it can still get the job done, but there are faster and more efficient cpu's you can choose from at that very same price point.

    I wouldn't recommend that mobo either... low budget board with onboard graphics... no. Spend a few more dollars and get a better board, without integrated graphics, as you wouldn't be using it. 4GB ram kits are not much more expensive than what you are spending for that 2gb, and you can get a 4850 for $100 which will noticeably outperform that 9800gt.

    Check these replacements...

    Phenom II 940 BE - $175
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103471

    GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P - $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128387&Tpk=790x%20ddr2

    CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 - $47
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184

    ASUS EAH4850 - $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121253

    I could use a bit more info on what exactly you're looking for out of this build. Use this guide on asking for build advice.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice
  3. Yepp, AMD Phenom 940 is a good idea instead. and depending on what games you play, you may want a different video card
  4. Mainly I just want a comp that'll run stuff like anarchy online or everquest or C&C, allow me to edit photos, and give me nice quality video... I've never really tried FPS's on anything but consoles so idk what if anything I should bother looking at....


    being that they are older games they don't need nearly as much to run them as say a big FPS. what about changing the system I have now AMD 3000+ 2.10 ghz. 448 mb ram w/ a built in g-card, and just updating it with some components to help it run these games at say 50-60 fps & allow me to watch my TV online or on the 40" 1080p.

    it's a cheap alternative but I really believe I need a new computer, and something tells me If I went that route it would be like polishing a turd.

    right now my budget looks to be more around :bounce: $750-$800 total. the screen i think I want to get rid of, it's a hans G jw199D.

    I think I will take your guys' advice and go ahead and build it myself, maybe with some guidance from a friend & a few more suggestions from you guys.


    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within 1 month

    BUDGET RANGE: 700-910 (tax included)

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Hulu movies, Gaming, photo editing

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I'd like to get new mouse & keyboard & monitor, but if need be I can reuse what I already have to come under budget. will be reusing windows XP from this comp, but then will go with win7 in sept, OP sys not included in price.

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

    PARTS PREFERENCES: None.

    OVERCLOCKING: Not sure, but probably, scares me to try it myself.

    SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Doubt it.

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 right now, but may change.

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: quiet doesn't bother me. Mainly gunna be used for online games such as everquest (maybe) or Anarchy online, or C&C... I would like a higher quality screen, and I will be hooking my TV up to my computer to watch movies or play....
  5. What i recommended earlier will fall into your budget, but if you do plan on upgrading your monitor soon, then you may want something a bit stronger than a 4850. The other components that you initially had you will be able to find on newegg for more reasonable prices.
  6. If you choose this monitor, then you can invest some more money on this graphics card...
    Acer X233Hbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009163

    XFX HD 4890
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150359
  7. The original build costs at $647


    which means they charge over $130 an hour?

    which seems fair . Im sure the average computer assembler deserves $5260 a week

    But build your own . Its actually very easy . All you need to do is handle a screw driver and follow instructions
  8. do as yoyojam says and get the samsung p2370 instead of that crappy monitor and ur set.
  9. rescawen said:
    do as yoyojam says and get the samsung p2370 instead of that crappy monitor and ur set.

    Or better yet, get a Dell S2409W for $219. Dell's are generally the highest quality brand of LCD monitors.
    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/Monitors/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-7345
  10. That 23" Acer is not crappy. I have one, it's solid. The Dell is certainly nice for the money, but when on a budget...
  11. Hmm... $910 can get you more than that...

    CPU + mobo

    MD Phenom II X4 955 + ASUS M4A78T-E AM3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.212580

    RAM -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189

    Graphics card - HD 4870
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801

    PSU - OCZ ModeXtreme 500W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341016

    CASE - Antec 300
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    HDD - WD Black 640GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    DVD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030

    Total - $704 | $659 including rebates...
    So you have about 250 bucks left for a new monitor, keyboard and mouse...


    If you choose this monitor, then you can invest some more money on this graphics card...
    Acer X233Hbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor


    XFX HD 4890


    I think I might go with this one. $750.89 total, not including monitor which can come later.

    anyone else like this build?

    will the 500W be enough to run the 4890?


    Super dumb question but over clocking this setup, is it worth it? if I decided to go with the 4890, what sort of games would I be looking at running? any clue? I feel like a tool asking that but I might as well.

    Thank you guys for all your help, question, what would this setup be comparable to?

    and last one as of now, who has the best indepth guide to building a computer for dummies?
  12. savage308 said:

    OCZ PSUs are pretty bad, I wouldn't recommend one. Here's a review of the 700W version http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTU2Niw0LCxoZW50aHVzaWFzdA==

    Go for a corsair, antec, etc.
  13. yoyojam55 said:
    OCZ PSUs are pretty bad, I wouldn't recommend one. Here's a review of the 700W version http://www.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTU2Niw0LCxoZW50aHVzaWFzdA==

    Go for a corsair, antec, etc.


    OCZ Psu's are very good actually... they're one of the best brands you can buy from. Not putting down the others, but ocz psu's are by no means bad.
  14. I have to agree OCZ PSU's are solid regardless of what that one obsure reviewer said.
  15. I'm just glad the OP posted here before he let that shop bend him over the counter. :)
  16. The OEM of the ModXStream PSUs is Sirtec. Sirtec generally does not make very good PSUs. If you think Hardocp is obscure, then you shouldn't be giving PSU advice. Spend some time around the jonnyguru forums, you learn a lot. OCZ isn't the worst of the worst, but I wouldn't recommend buying one.
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