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March 24, 2010 9:36:09 PM

Hello I am looking to Build a new system for a friend it doesnt need a Vid Card since i have and old 9800. I am very familar with Intel but the systems I keep coming up with are still 500 plus I was wondering if there is a good AMD alternative that some folks could suggest please.

If you can list parts i would appriate it alot as my AMD knowledge is horrid.

I need MB,RAM,CPU,Case,HD,PSU.

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March 25, 2010 1:43:50 AM

The problem with $500 is that you need a MINIMUM expense for even a basic desktop. You can build an okay system for $500 but an extra $100 or $200 makes a HUGE difference in performance.

I personally recommend spending a little bit more than $500 and then upgrade from the 9800 graphics card later on.

My recommendation:
1) 1156 Motherboard ($150)

2) i5-750 CPU ($235)

3) 4GB DDR3 ($130)

4) WD Black 640GB ($75)

5) 600W PSU ($70, read reviews. I prefer more expensive ones.)

6) Antec 300 case ($60 on sale)

7) *You OS should be Windows 7 64bit. I assume you have that or Vista 64bit.

Total: $730

So to get down towards $500 we'd have to get an $80 motherboard and a much less expensive CPU which in turn would not you you much upgradeability in the future.

An extra $200 gives you a really great gaming computer (even with "only" the 9800) which in the future would be really awesome with something like an HD5870 1GB when prices drop.

Of course I don't know exactly what you want, but most people I talk to regret going too cheap and then they upgrade anyway and don't save money in the long run.
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March 25, 2010 9:01:24 AM

Best answer selected by Tilnak.
March 25, 2010 8:33:48 PM

just a minor question... what 9800 are you talking about?? Ati 9800... or Nvidia 9800GT?