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July 25, 2009 11:02:10 PM

I'm trying to build a new computer with $300 in mind. I have a budget of around $230 for MB, CPU, RAM, and HD ($70 for a decent PS that I haven't start search for yet):

Configuration #1:

AMD athlon II X2 245 2.9 GHz
ZOTAC GF8200-D-E
WD 500 GB HD
OCZ Reaper HPC 2 X 2GB DDR2 1066 RAM

Configuration #2:

AMD Phenom 9150E 1.8 GHz Quad
ECS A790GXM-A
WD 500 GB HD
Corsair XMS2 2 x 2GB DDR2 1066 RAM

Each of above setup is around $230 at newegg after shipping/rebate. Any suggestions? This computer will be used for watching movies, surfing the net, and maybe Matlab. :D 

Thanks.

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July 25, 2009 11:34:17 PM

Neither board brand is great.

Sometimes you can do better with Intel :) 

An overclocked E5200 will get you better performance and you can do it with a decent MB.

E5200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G31 Foxconn board
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

800Mhz RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Inexpensive CPU cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would have liked to get better, but it put you over budget.

HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total before shipping is $228
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July 26, 2009 4:56:40 PM

Thanks Proximon! :D  I'll add those items to my wish list and buy them when the time comes!
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