APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a week BUDGET RANGE: $400
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet Surfing, Multimedia, DVD Authoring, Flight Simulator X Average Settings
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, DVD-ROM, GPU, Operating System (Windows Vista 64/ 7 64-bit)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com,
PARTS PREFERENCES: I have an existing ATI x1950 Pro PCI-E that I am going to use, so what ever parts that are most compatible with that. Need Mirror Raid with 2 Hard Drives.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe some.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This computer is for a mid level computer user who like to experiment with a little bit of everything including Flight Simulator X with Average or Above settings. Must have two hard drives for Mirror Raid.
I would like to get the price down to $350 - $400, but I feel like I am going to sacrifice too much to get to that range. Any suggestions on Processor, Memory, or MOBO mods to reduce costs and maximize speed would be greatly appreciated!!
I DON'T HAVE ANY PARTICULAR FAVORITES, SO ALL IDEAS ARE GREAT IDEAS.
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You might want to go with DDR2 memory instead of DDR3, for the Phenom IIs, it isn't much of a performance hit I think. I'd also check how much shipping is going to cost you with that refurbished Centurion. You might be able to find a Case / CPU combo that will shave off a few dollars, and total shipping cost if you get everything from Newegg.
Any other thoughts? I would like to go with a full size ATX board so that I am not limiting room for upgrades in the future. I will probably go with DDR2, but what about feeling on the other equipment? Will the DDR2 and Hard Drives be adequate to use the processor and video card to its full potential?