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

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=N82E16822136496

LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24LS50 LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136178


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=N82E16814125236


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?ItemList=Combo.435777

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=N82E16817371034

Grand Total: $481.95 + 16 to ship

I've got a case, monitor & OS already
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  1. Best answer
    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.

    !

    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
  2. 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=N82E16813157198

    I'm sure the Biostar would be fine though, as long as you don't need too many BIOS options...
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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=N82E16813157195
  8. This is my month of August $461AR entire tower config - just take out the case ^^
  9. Best answer selected by adapa.
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