Hey guys. So it's been since like 2006 since i've built a computer and was asked by my co-worker/coach if I could help him build one. The budget is roughly $500 and he would basically use it for music, word, e-mail, watching film/video. He want something that he can use for a while. From reading the forums and getting to know the newer technology i came up with:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP
BUDGET RANGE: roughly $500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:r music, word, e-mail, watching film/video
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg
PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)
With what he will be doing, a case is no more than a personal preference. If he were going to be gaming I would say to go heavy on the case but it is not needed. You could pick up a decent $30 case that would meet the hardware's' needs.
Integrated DDR2 DRAM Memory Controller
The AMD Phenom 9150E Quad-core processor is integrated with a DDR2 DRAM memory controller capable of supporting unbuffered DRAM. The integrated memory controller changes the way the processor accesses main memory, resulting in increased bandwidth, reduced memory latencies, and enhanced processor performance.
however, with the mobo i'd be using ddr3 Ram.. does that make these incompatible?
I am very glad you caught that. I am rather embarrassed I missed that but yes you are right. The am2+ socket cpu's don't have a ddr3 memory channel. These are not compatible. Also, DDR3 is a waste of money right now. The performance gain is minuscule. You will be just as satisfied with DDR2
Wow, you're getting some not so good advice in this thread. First off, you do NOT want to use an old first generation Phenom chip. Second, AM3 and DDR3 is the only way to go with a new build since there is no price premium and it allows for future upgrades. I would scrap the whole build and go with something like this: