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October 6, 2009 6:22:53 PM

I'm looking into building a new computer for windows 7. (I can get it for $30 because I'm a student)
I don't really play games (use 360 for that) but if I can play some games like half life/counterstrike/team fortress, Unreal Tournament that would be great.

I saw this deal on newegg and wondered what you guys though(I would add a video card to this)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I just want a fast and cheap computer that runs windows 7 nicely.

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October 6, 2009 6:23:58 PM

Oops I left off the question mark... I wanted to know if this was a good deal. :( 
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October 6, 2009 6:59:07 PM

You can probably make do with that, its not a bad deal but I just am not a fan of using ECS motherboards. I would rather build my system around an Athlon II cpu since there are (for now) more upgrade options in the future.

CPU 66.00 free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard 79.99 (10.00 rebate & free shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory 74.99 (15.00 rebate free shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Use the same hard drive and you should be fine. I take it you have the rest of your system you are going to reuse?

This will cost you a little more than the other build you found but IMO is a more solid system. You could go Intel as well by using the same E5300 and a comparable motherboard that supports ddr2.




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October 6, 2009 7:18:08 PM

Thanks, I was worried about the motherboard but it seemed like a good deal.
Do you guys not like ECS because they are badly made(its going to die on me in a week or something..) or because they have crappy bios(not from experience, just what I read).

I'm on an old sempron system right now and just want something decent that will last for a few years.

They had others bundles here:
http://promotions.newegg.com/Intel/092809DIYBundle/inde...

I could probably get the core 2 bundle but I would be able to get a graphics card now if I got the one I picked.

I still need a case/ power supply but I can get those relatively cheap.
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October 6, 2009 7:19:39 PM

The only problem with the E5300 is that the LGA 775 socket is a dead end path. There are no more CPUs being made for this socket and as such, has basically no upgrade potential. I would recommend the x2 245 as well.
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October 6, 2009 7:29:08 PM

Yeah, to be honest I probably wouldn't try to upgrade this computer. Its replacing a really old computer(sempron 1.6ghz, 768mb ram, On board SiS graphics) and I just want something that isn't dog slow. I'm a poor college student, so I want something decent and cheap. (maybe I can go high end once I graduate in 2 years... )

Even though there are no new chips, I could upgrade this too a quad core 775 chip right? Maybe those will drop down cheap eventually and I can get one of those.

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October 6, 2009 7:32:33 PM

If you are stuck on the LGA 775 socket, then I would stay away from the quadcore if you're not looking to do a lot of video/photo editing. A higher dual core clock will be a lower quad core for almost all basic computing tasks. Try using http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... and we can probably help you better.
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October 6, 2009 7:51:29 PM

Thanks, I wasn't going to update it anytime soon.(probably never. :lol: )
This will be my school/ windows 7 test computer. I don't want to spend a lot of cash (maybe $350 total). If I got an amd II I wouldn't be able to get 4gigs of ram for the same price with any of the deals.

So far if I get that link and the graphics card zipzoom linked too I can get out for about that.

I'm just worried about the motherboard now.
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October 6, 2009 8:11:31 PM

I don't know, that PSU could be a bit sketchy since apparently there's no documentation at all. All we know is that it's 500W, but there is nothing saying that it's 80+ certified or anything. It might be safer to spend a little more and get a trustworthy PSU.
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October 6, 2009 8:20:44 PM

mavanhel said:
I don't know, that PSU could be a bit sketchy since apparently there's no documentation at all. All we know is that it's 500W, but there is nothing saying that it's 80+ certified or anything. It might be safer to spend a little more and get a trustworthy PSU.


May I offer this Corsair 400 watt unit for $30 after mail-in rebate?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 6, 2009 8:23:22 PM

I accept your offer you angry_duck
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October 6, 2009 8:25:49 PM

Ok I'll get that antec case.
Thanks.
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