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September 28, 2010 6:49:27 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: He would like to build by the end of the week.


Budget Range: $600, but could go a little bit above (after rebates)


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (WoW, some FPS, homework)


Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Open, as long as they are reputable. Usually shop newegg, microcenter, tigerdirect, etc


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: Open, but I'm leaning towards AMD right now


Overclocking: Probably unlikely, especially to start.


SLI or Crossfire: Unlikely.


Monitor Resolution: Will be 1280 x 1024, but a monitor may be purchased for Christmas


Additional Comments: My boss has been out of the hardware game for some time. He asked me to help him select some parts so he and his son could build a computer for his son's birthday (end of October).

This is what I was thinking:

Athlon x4 640 + MSI 785g ( for $109.99

or

Phenom II x4 965 + MSI 785g for $169.99

Gigabyte 5830:

for $159.99 (after $20 MIR)

2 x 2GB DDR3 - Muskin Silverline DDR3 1333:

for $66.99 (after $10 MIR)

7200.12 500GB HDD:

- $40

Basic Optical Drive - $18 - $20

Corsair 650w PSU:

- $90 ($81 after 10% off)

and

Antec 300 Illusion:

- $50 + $1.99 (after $15 MIR)

Any suggestions, changes? I'm trying to get him decent performance for under $600. I think I'm only at $580 before rebates or $525 after for the x4 640 system or a lot closer to $600 for the 965.

Thanks for taking a look.


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September 28, 2010 6:57:27 PM

An integrated graphics card will be fine for a HTPC, but not for gaming. You will definately need a discrete GPU. With that budget system, an HD 5770 would be perfect but will take you over budget. Let your boss know this will be an excellent investment since there will be a monitor upgrade later and this will be fully capable of 1080p playback and resolutions up to 2560 x 1600.

For $20 more he can get the Spinpoint F3 1TB since it has a promotion on newegg right now.

Everything else looks good.
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September 28, 2010 6:59:11 PM

the GTX 460 is better than the 5830 for similar pricing. get that instead (there are several combos with a free game and a GTX 460 as well).

look for newegg combos: theres a nice OCZ 550W Modular PSU and the 7200.12 for $99.99, or the samsung 1 TB for $119 which saves a bit, enough to get the 460
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September 28, 2010 7:08:12 PM

Thanks for the heads up...I'll look for those combos. I haven't seen 460 numbers on heat and idle power...are they similar?
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September 28, 2010 8:16:10 PM

Thanks...that helped out a ton. I don't think the extra few $$$ will push it way over.

What about the rest? 965 or x4? Is it worth the $60+?
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September 29, 2010 10:03:06 AM

$495AR with a GTX 460
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September 29, 2010 4:10:10 PM

I appreciate the suggestions everyone. I think he'll be pleased with the system he ends up with.
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September 29, 2010 7:40:01 PM

Ok...I'm still leaning toward one of the combos from Microcenter (since you essentially get a motherboard for free, or close to free), but will look at newegg for something similar.

I'll look for a 1GB 460, as noted and will look at the RAM posted. Anything else major that you see/would like to suggest?
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September 29, 2010 7:56:01 PM

batchuka's build is pretty decent, except for the biostar motherboard. Without combos, NEwegg has an AS Rock 880GM motherboard for $59.99, though its only USB 2 and SATA 2. Combined with the $99.99 X4 640, its about $12 more for that compared to his build.



Microcenter's free motherbord offers are probably a better deal.
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September 30, 2010 9:56:10 AM

Study closely what mobo MC combos the chips with - peeps blind to brands would just assume <insert 1st tier mobo here> is the bomb when clearly they could be outdated, inferior features for the $$ Any/every brand makes gems/lemons at various price point so dun buy into peeps passing off opinions for facts and suffer inferior performance the $$ You are welcomed ^^
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September 30, 2010 6:16:41 PM

I appreciate the comments. Yes, I will check the chipsets and read up.
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October 1, 2010 6:58:18 PM

Well, a couple of days changes things, so the end purchase was a bit different in specifics, but very similar overall.

Thanks for all the help everyone.
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October 1, 2010 6:58:58 PM

Best answer selected by huron.
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