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What to do? Replace my DT or my Son's.

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August 5, 2010 3:15:52 AM

I'm trying to decide which new system to build; One for myself($1100) or for my 10 year old($500 or less).

My son's current computer is a P4 Dell. I think I could get away with building him a new computer for $500 or I could give him my current system & build myself a new rig. Problem is I don't need a new desktop. I tend to do most of my daily stuff with my i5 laptop. My son plays a bunch of video games OTOH & his computer won't play a bunch of the games he likes so he plays them on my Desktop.

I'm leaning to replacing my son's computer. This would be a Christmas or birthday present.

Here's the spec's on my 3 year old desktop.
GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor BX80562Q6600

EVGA 256-P2-N624-AR GeForce 7900GS 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X2048-64001


This is what I'm thinking about for my son's computer build; any suggestions to lower the cost?


Western Digital AV-GP WD10EVDS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24LS50 LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GIGABYTE GV-R485OC-1GH Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Intel Core2 Duo E7500 Wolfdale 2.93GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80571E7500
MSI P43-C51 LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard
Kingston ValueRAM 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3N9/2G
the above three are in a bundle
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Grand Total: $481.95 + 16 to ship

I've got a case, monitor & OS already

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August 5, 2010 4:51:58 AM

I personally think you could get a much better system for $500 if you used an AMD processor instead of an Intel. I'm going to be building the following system for a friend very soon, and the budget is also $500. It would be a faster system than the one you have listed above and also has 4GB of ram.

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Motherboard + DVD combo- $58.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.460899

Motherboard- BIOSTAR A770E3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

DVD- Lite-On 24X iHAS124

CPU + RAM combo- $170.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.470106

CPU- AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX635WFGMBOX

RAM- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT

GPU- $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125236

GPU- GIGABYTE GV-R485OC-1GH Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

HDD- $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152181

HDD- SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Case + PSU combo- $84.94
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.458434

Case- Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU- Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Total is $469.88
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August 5, 2010 4:55:50 AM

Since you already have a case, the price would be even lower. You may want to upgrade the motherboard with the remaining budget. This is a very nice budget motherboard...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm sure the Biostar would be fine though, as long as you don't need too many BIOS options...

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August 5, 2010 12:13:03 PM

Very interesting, Thanks!
I'm not up to date on ADM so I've been hesitant to take the leap.
For some reason the links you posted didn't work. But I should be able to figure it out.
I'm going to look at revising my build after work.
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August 5, 2010 7:29:15 PM

Here's my rethink on the parts.


ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813157198
$89.99


LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04
Item #:N82E16827106289
$18.99

GIGABYTE GV-R485OC-1GH Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #:N82E16814125236
$99

HITACHI Deskstar HD31000 IDK/7K (0S00163) 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Retail
Item #: N82E16822145287
CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139008
combo price $109


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231277
AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX635WFGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103882
combo price $182

total $500 + 15 for shipping
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August 5, 2010 9:50:42 PM

Yea, sorry about the links, all my combo deals just expired so now I need to completely rethink my build too =(. Anyhow, your build looks great! The only thing I'm not sure about is the speed or quality of Hitachi HDDs, I usually stick with samsung or WD. I have the 400CX in my current build and it's by far the quietest PSU I've ever owned, it's great. The only thing is, it doesn't have two PCI-E power connectors, so if you ever wanted to crossfire with the ASRock 870, you'd need to buy a new PSU. If crossfire isn't in the foreseeable future, then you'll be fine.
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August 6, 2010 2:57:54 AM

No worries about the broken links...
I've got a Hitachi installed in a tivo, it's been 24/7 for a while now. I don't know about the actual speed aside from it's a 7200. I do like the green WD's also.

Yeah, I had good luck with the Corsair PSU's. I ran my build through a power calculator & came up with 334W. 66 Watts seems like enough over head. If my son want's to add another video card he'll have to add a new PS too.

Sucks about your combo deals falling through. Let me know what you decide to build. I'm interested about what you decide on. I've got some time before I pull the trigger.
I think I'll need to have mine built by oct 1st but I can't start until Sept 2nd.
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August 6, 2010 4:13:34 AM

The friend I'll be building the system for doesn't know when he'll pull the trigger either, so I decided I'll just keep maintaining a list of parts until the time comes. I found new combos for pretty much all of the components I had listed above, the only thing I changed was the motherboard. Unfortunately I couldn't fit the ASRock 870 into the budget and still include a quality case, so I ended up going for the 770 model, which is $15 less...Still a nice motherboard with SATA3 and USB 3.0

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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August 6, 2010 10:12:44 AM

This is my month of August $461AR entire tower config - just take out the case ^^
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August 7, 2010 6:13:56 PM

Best answer selected by adapa.
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