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A new computer for no more than $1000, target 700

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April 16, 2010 7:09:42 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this Week or the following 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: No more than $1000 ideally around $700

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: School Work (Word, excel, some programing IE MATLAB etc), WOW

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, Screens, Hard drives

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg, Tiger Direct, ZipZoomFly, MicroCenter(online or store), Frys (online or store)

PARTS PREFERENCES: None really

OVERCLOCKING: No/Maybe (He is not super computer savy so does not really want to have to change settings all the time)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1200 (Has 2 of them already)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Prefer a quiet PC that does not generate an extraordinary amount of heat and noise, case can be cheap as long as its stable, His target ideal price was 700 but is willing to go to $1000, only plays WOW now, maybe other FPS in the future like MW2, maybe Diablo 3, wants to be able to use his computer for 3 years with out having to upgrade everything just to run simple programs, may need to do simulations for med school. Will need an OS. (Unless someone can give me a way to extract his OS from a Dell Computer)

His current graphics card is a Radeon HD2600 XT I believe

One thing I dont know a whole ton about AMD sockets, so if anyone can help explain them that would be great. Ive build AMD computers before (with the help of friends), but I dont really understand the differences between the sockets and the motherboards (im more familiar with Intel).
April 16, 2010 7:12:07 PM

THIS IS FOR MY FRIEND sorry to forget to tell
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April 16, 2010 7:19:19 PM

Intel is completely out of budget. That's alright, as there is really no difference in the understanding of the technology. There's only one AMD socket that's worth it right now (the AM3). Couple of options.

First, for $700 (w/ OS), this would be able to play games with lowered details at 1080p:

CPU: X3 425 $70
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 $80 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
GPU: HD 5770 $150
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Earthwatts 430W $115
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $22

Total: $607

Second, for $900 (w/ OS), this build would be able to game at 1080p without lowering the details:

CPU: X3 425 $70
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 $80 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
GPU: HD 5850 $300
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W $80
Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $82 after rebate
HSF (if OC): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35 (with free card reader)

Total: $782

Finally, for $1,000 (w/ OS), this would be a little better on the CPU, but gaming performance is about the same:

CPU: X4 955 $160
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 $80 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $115
GPU: HD 5850 $300
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB $55
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W $80
Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $82 after rebate

Total: $872
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April 16, 2010 8:00:02 PM

If I he already has a HDD and the optical drives, and I can get a OS for free, does are those the parts to still get?
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April 16, 2010 8:05:44 PM

Mad admiral I am not the op but this is exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for the great answers. But if you changed to an xfire capable motherboard and used two 5770s xfire instead of the 5850 would it be better. If so by how much. Thanks
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April 16, 2010 8:22:55 PM

The parts won't really change. The second build will become the low end of the budget, the third build would be the middle ground, and the one below is the high-end:

CPU/Mobo: i5-750 and Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 $317
RAM/GPU: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 and HD 5870 $510
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 750W $85 after rebate
Case: HAF 922 $80 after rebate

Total: $992

@Screechy: Don't hijack threads. Make your own. However, dual 5770s is not a good idea at the start of a build. You don't really gain much performance, and you lose the ability to Crossfire later.
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