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July 23, 2009 4:33:39 AM

Hi, I want to build a Gaming PC on a tight Gaming Budget. $600-650.

Parts Picked Out So Far
Antec 300 Case - http://www.frys.com/product/5520150?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
Thermaltake Purepower 600W Power Supply - http://www.frys.com/product/5016455?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
Gigabyte GA-EP43-UD3L Motherboard - http://www.frys.com/product/5841633?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
Intel E7400 Core 2 Duo Proccessor - http://www.frys.com/product/5808093?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
Dark Knight-S1283V CPU Heatsink - http://www.frys.com/product/5883753?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
4GB Corsair TWIN2X Memory - http://www.frys.com/product/5839533?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
Samsung 7200RPM 640GB Hard Drive - http://www.frys.com/product/5830413?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
XFX Radeon HD4850 512MB XXX Edition - http://www.frys.com/product/5845433?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
Linksys WUSB54GC Wireless-G Adapter - http://www.frys.com/product/4703899?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...


All of these components together are aprox. $650.00 USD, and I have a local FRYS Electronics nearby, so I'll pick up these items.

This build is primarilly used for Everyday Use, and Gaming Use. Tell me if this is good. Thanks! :sol: 

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a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2009 4:38:15 AM

its already obsolete

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July 23, 2009 4:49:02 AM

God, I'm tired of this argument.
It's not obsolete. There's a transition to quad cores going on now. That doesn't make dual core obsolete. That just means they are the top dog anymore. My system is dual core and handles anything I've thrown at it. If you want to think of it that way, why go with x3?? They are going to be obsolete too.
a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2009 5:07:35 AM

aford10 said:
God, I'm tired of this argument.
It's not obsolete. There's a transition to quad cores going on now. That doesn't make dual core obsolete. That just means they are the top dog anymore. My system is dual core and handles anything I've thrown at it. If you want to think of it that way, why go with x3?? They are going to be obsolete too.


not matter of duals vs quads .

intels socket 775 is at the end of its life . If they are still manufacturing cpu's it wont be for much longer as they convert to i5 production .

and then theres the DDR2 production which must also be running down as manufacturers switch to DDR3

But the final nail in the coffin is that you can buy a more powerful AMD AM3 system for less

July 23, 2009 5:45:54 AM

Well, it would be good if you guys can find things at FRYS.com because I have a local store. But, From what I hear, and what I have already, Core 2 Duo's will not be obsolete in a very long time. It's not going to be till a while till people actually use their 4 cores, and even then, I could easilly change the CPU. I think I'll stick with the CPU and I can trust Intel more. Other component options are apreciated, thanks.
July 23, 2009 5:48:54 AM

The AM3's have more cores, but slower FSB. Depending on what you use it for, that makes a big difference. There are still many out there using P4's. Socket 775's will be around for several years to come.

Like I said, just because it's not top dog anymore, doesn't mean it's obsolete. Not everyone is interested in having the fastest and newest at all times.
July 23, 2009 5:53:23 AM

Anywho, In my old P4 computer (Yes, Pentium 4) I had a Samsung drive, and it worked flawlessly. I loved it. And that's why I like Samsung, but over the years, I have no clue if they still make quality parts. So, I guess I can squeeze out more $$ and change the HD to this:
http://www.frys.com/product/5954944?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN...
July 23, 2009 5:59:14 AM

Western Digital is definitely an upgrade to samsung. Can you squeeze out $5 more for the caviar black? It's an upgrade, but it depends on your budget.
July 23, 2009 6:01:03 AM

Well, I'm stuck on the budget, and I'm trying to save as much as I can. So maybe not. But still, other alternatives are apreciated, thanks.
July 23, 2009 4:45:06 PM

aford10 said:
God, I'm tired of this argument.
It's not obsolete. There's a transition to quad cores going on now. That doesn't make dual core obsolete. That just means they are the top dog anymore. My system is dual core and handles anything I've thrown at it. If you want to think of it that way, why go with x3?? They are going to be obsolete too.

+1
July 23, 2009 4:57:35 PM

@ aford10, actually samsung drives are usually rated as on par or above WD drives, even compared to caviar blacks.
July 23, 2009 5:03:43 PM

What are you comparing? As far as all around performance and reliability, WD is tops IMO. Seagate and samsung make decent performance drives, but they don't have the long standing history of reliability.
a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2009 5:29:08 PM

Your build will be fine for a while. It's hard to do much else if your budget is fixed and you want to get everything from Fry's. If you're going to overclock, I would spend a few more bucks on the Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3LR simply because the P43 is a little more limited in that respect.

I think for you budget you may want to consider going with an AMD build and ordering the parts from Newegg instead. While you do have some room to upgrade with LGA775 there, Intel isn't putting out any new LGA775 CPUs save for more power efficient versions of existing models. As it is they are clearing their inventory to make way for LGA 1156 parts that should be for sale in September. On AMDs side though every new CPU they release for the short term will work with AM2+ and AM3 boards (assuming appropriate BIOS support), and their next gen CPUs are so far going to be compatible with AM3. AMDs next generation "Bulldozer" will not have a DDR2 controller so it will only work with AM3 boards which is why it is advisable to go with AM3 now unless you have a really low, tight, budget.

So the long and short is, your build is O.k., but going with AMD makes more sense if you want to upgrade it latter and keep it around for a while. If you want to be loyal to Intel, then you may want to wait for LGA1156.
a b 4 Gaming
July 23, 2009 6:08:16 PM

I think you are doing fine for a complete build on a tight budget with what you have picked out. Don't be so fast though to look at only Intel.
Personally, I would go with an AM3 build myself. Go back to Frys and spend some more time looking around before you commit to what you have picked out.
That's half the fun of a new build anyway.
I hate buying online and waiting, even if you can save a few bucks. I buy all my stuff from Frys as well.
July 23, 2009 8:43:51 PM

Yeah, I've been thinking about that too. I'll consider looking at AM3 and perhaps looking at the new AMD Phenom II x2 550 BE. Looks like the best Dual Core to me, but then agian, theres a cheaper alternative, which would be the AMD Athlon x2 7850. I have no idea which to pick. :o 
July 23, 2009 9:44:01 PM

The Phenom 550 is a great choice. From what I've seen, the success rate for unlocking cores is really high, and it OCs really well, if you're into that.

I'd definitely take the 550 over the 7850.
July 24, 2009 7:57:20 PM

You know that's a DDR3 board right?
July 24, 2009 8:37:19 PM

Pretty good choice.....Looks like a decent build.
July 24, 2009 9:53:12 PM

Thank you, I really appreciate the time you take to help me.
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