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1st Build. Good or Bad?

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January 9, 2010 11:15:44 PM

So I have decided to go and try my hand at building a system. After a nice while eyeing parts and saving money I decided to start my build. I wanted something for mostly Graphic Design/Photo editing/low end gaming. I did get a bit of advice because it was my first build. This system has been already purchased so no going back now lol. I just wanted some opinions and to see if I made good choices.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 Dual Core 775 2.93GHZ
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=38709&vpn=BX80571E750...
$148.99 (Pricematched to 129.99)

Case: Raidmax Smilidon w/500W PSU
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$79.99

Motherboard: ASRock P43DE3 LGA 775 ATX
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$81.99

Ram: OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1066
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
$78.99

Harddrive: 160 7200RPM
Already had
$0

Video Card: Powercolor Radeon HD 4670 1GB DDR3
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=44972&vpn=AX4670%201G...
$84.99

Monitor: ASUS VH196T Glossy Black 19"
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
$117.99 + Free Shipping (Boxing day sale)

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January 10, 2010 12:01:28 AM

Care to elaborate a little bit why?
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January 10, 2010 12:14:04 AM

1) making a new build with LGA775
2) using a RAIDMAX PSU

should have gone with AM3 socket and a better PSU
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January 10, 2010 12:15:22 AM

It will do what you want, it is good.
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January 10, 2010 12:15:57 AM

epic fail. you can get amd phenom 2 x4 925 for 140.00
your case i guess is okay i guess,but you can better power supply for prety cheap. you can get mobo for same money that you have done right now. your ram sucks and probably will be doa or unstable. your gpu sucks. For 80 more dollars you can get directx 11 one that will last a while. For 109 dollars you can get just as good widescreen monitor.

obsidian you rate too high. I would give you a F- I know that isn't a grade but that is one of the most suckish builds i have ever seen.

edit**** no one uses dual core anymore for new build.
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January 10, 2010 12:19:41 AM

socket 775 is dead but here is what i would have gone with

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Quad Core Processor Socket AM3 2.6GHZ 2MB Cache 95W Retail Box

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=42600&vpn=ADX620WFGIB...

$129.99 CAD

ASUS M4A77TD ATX AM3 DDR3 AMD770 SB710 PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 3PCI IDE 6SATA Sound GBLAN Motherboard

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=46944&vpn=M4...

$89.99 CAD

After Mail In Rebate: $79.99 CAD

everything else the same but im wary of that power supply

the quad will be better multitasking and handling heavy cpu intensive loads
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January 10, 2010 12:22:14 AM

There is nothing wrong with using a dual core for a build.

Everything is fine except like said before, crappy power supply.
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January 10, 2010 11:03:04 AM

What about the ram. Have you read the reviews? That ram is very unreliable,

And the reason why dual core is bad is becuase intel core 2 duo is going to be gone in the next year or so. That means no upgrades. For the amount of money you had you could have gotten a way better amd build.
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January 10, 2010 1:58:50 PM

1. What proof do you have that dual core is going to be gone.

2. He can upgrade to a Quad core on that mother board whenever he wants.

3. As for cost when using a dual core I would have stayed with a $60 Intel or Amd.

For the $129.99 he spent on the E7500 dual core he could have went with a Quad core.

Intel Q8200 $149
or
Amd Phenom II X4 925 $141

Dollar for dollar AMD and Intel are very similar unless you want to spend alot of money for alot of power and
go with a high end Intel.


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And the reason why dual core is bad is becuase intel core 2 duo is going to be gone in the next year or so.

That means no upgrades.

For the amount of money you had you could have gotten a way better amd build.
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January 10, 2010 5:19:33 PM

I didn't mean all dual core just core 2. Intel now has core i. They are going to start getting rid of intel core 2 because they can make more money off of core i and core i is all around better. Core 2 technology is old. old technology dies out. That's what i meant. I bet core 2 will be gone with in 3-4 years.
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January 11, 2010 2:40:29 PM

All good points, thank you all very much for the input.

I forgot to mention that this was a budget build and my first build yes, but not intended to be top of the line, just better than what I have because it is falling apart and pretty much nonfunctional.

I am going from a 1.7 Celeron Dell Laptop (Gift :p ) with a 128MB Video card, and 512MB RAM to this, so big step up I think.
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January 11, 2010 3:10:41 PM

So, is the budget you're working with about $600 then? (looks like the components you have gone with come out to be around $570 or so)

I'm a newbie but I feel like if you could get a better deal from AMD components (and seems there is ample evidence you could) then no reason not to if you're staying in the $600 range. There are even a couple of Intel dual core processors that are on sale right now at Microcenter, depending on where you're located, the i5 650 ($150) and the i3 530 ($100), if you wanted to stay with Intel but just move on to better processors. Again I guess that would depend on your budget if you could make those work, you'd probably need to go with an H55 motherboard to fully utilize them though.

Just something to throw into the mix of what you're thinking.
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