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New Build: Sub $400 Challenge

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November 28, 2009 8:26:38 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By Christmas (I'm impatient)

BUDGET RANGE: Up to $400. (I Know!)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: WoW, Basic Video/Image Editing, Internet stuffz

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case (ATX), Optical Drive (IDE), Periphs (Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor), OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: None, but Newegg is hard to beat

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD System (only way to get it under budget, really)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: For the future?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Since I only have a year of college left, I am looking to make something that will last until then. My idea was to make a system with all current-day architecture that can be upgraded effectively over the next 2 years. AM3, DDR3, PCIe x16. Below are the core components I've picked out. Like mentioned above, I can reuse my Case, but a good PS/Case combo would work well, given my current PS is 300W from 5 years ago.

ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

SAPPHIRE 100253HDMI Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Video Card

AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor

A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Memory

Think that will hold me over?

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November 28, 2009 5:04:25 PM

yeah get the ud3p if u wanna use a gpu anyway , as igp wont be required then . it has all the quality of the costlier boards . get a 4670 for the saved money . u cannot crossfire it later on this mobo , but getting a single 512mb 4850 now would be much better both in price and performance than 2x4670 . your call .
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