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October 17, 2009 11:53:39 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon, dont really have a set date. By years end BUDGET RANGE: hopefully around $300

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: HD movie watching/ streaming, internet, programming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS PSU = anything that will fit into a HP slimline

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:newegg.com, ncix.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: i was leaning towards a intel celeron/ AMD regor platform.

OVERCLOCKING: NO SLI OR CROSSFIRE: NO

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050, probably dual head in the future

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC, I currently have a HP slimline s7220n which doesnt make any noise

MOBO specs i would like:
  • HDMI DVI.
  • NO vga.
  • wake on lan and optical or spdif out for sound
  • Gigabit ethernet
    I will be running windows/linux on it.
    only parts i know that i want are
    Samsung spinpoint F3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    WD caviar black 500gb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    AMD athlon II X2 Regor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
    October 18, 2009 12:42:22 AM

    The best onboard gfx available are on AMD's 780g, 785g abd 790g chipset motherboards .
    They are a lot better than the intel G41/43 chipsets .

    A budget AMD build is probably going to be based on the Regor 240 cpu which is a celeron equivalent .

    You should be able to get a stock cpu cooler from an AMD quad on ebay or from a local shop very cheaply since many will have been replaced with aftermarket coolers .
    The higher capacity AMD cooler will run quieter than the smaller cooler that ships with the regor
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    October 18, 2009 12:59:57 AM

    Outlander_04 said:
    The best onboard gfx available are on AMD's 780g, 785g abd 790g chipset motherboards .
    They are a lot better than the intel G41/43 chipsets .

    A budget AMD build is probably going to be based on the Regor 240 cpu which is a celeron equivalent .

    You should be able to get a stock cpu cooler from an AMD quad on ebay or from a local shop very cheaply since many will have been replaced with aftermarket coolers .
    The higher capacity AMD cooler will run quieter than the smaller cooler that ships with the regor


    I see that the athlon uses ddr3. Is that more or less expensive than ddr2? What about the phenom. Is that comparable do a celeron/athlon
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    October 18, 2009 1:07:00 AM

    I would get a AM2+ board which utilizes DDR2 given your budget. I would stick to the Athlon II again because of your budget.
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    October 18, 2009 1:15:59 AM

    jbakerlent said:
    I would get a AM2+ board which utilizes DDR2 given your budget. I would stick to the Athlon II again because of your budget.


    all i see for athlon II is the regor models which are am3 unless im missing something
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    October 18, 2009 1:22:57 AM

    It's a bit confusing, but all AM3 CPUs can fit in AM2+ motherboards. However, AM2 CPUs do not fit in AM3 boards...
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