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February 11, 2011 2:33:13 PM

Hello People,
In less than a month I get to buy a new computer after not upgrading for 2 years
So I found 2 Builds which would fit to my budget ($500):

Build 1: (Leaning on)
Processor:
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHZ

Motherboard:
Asus M4A87TD-EVO

RAM:
I will buy Geil 2GB DDR3 1333MHZ at first then buy the rest later(16GB Total)

GPU:
Palit GTX 460 768MB (I will buy this sometime else)(Least important for now)

HDD:
I will buy WD Blue SATA3 250GB at first then buy the rest later (2TB Total)


Build 2:
Processor:
AMD Phenom II X2 555BE 3.2GHZ (Unlocking to X4)

Motherboard:
ASRock 890GX Extreme 4

RAM:
I will buy Geil 4GB 1333MHZ at first then buy the rest later (16GB Total)

GPU:
Palit GTX 460 768MB (I will buy this sometime else)(Least important for now)

HDD:
I will buy WD Blue SATA3 500GB at first then buy the rest later (2TB Total)


Sorry guys I can't buy from the internet and is only limited to local stores so I have very narrow hardware choices and so far these are the best I've found.


Cheers,
Tristan




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February 11, 2011 2:40:17 PM

There's nothing wrong with buying locally. You don't get as many options, but you'll still end up with a powerful computer.

I would go with Build 1 simply because unlocking isn't guaranteed and can cause problems.
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February 11, 2011 8:22:34 PM

Is $500 your full budget for a complete case/power supply/OS/etc..?
Any reuse from an old system? What are you figuring your costs are for the common items (case/power/optical drives)? The 870 board doesn't have onboard video, so you'll need some GPU to get the system running. The 890GX could at least start out with the integrated GPU until you add the discrete card. The 2GB RAM would get 'wasted' when you upgrade to your 16GB 'destination'. If you can't get 4GB module(s) to end up in a 4x4GB=16GB configuration... there will be some 'repurchasing'. Unless you're storing DVD rips, you probably can get by with the 250GB drive (although the 500GB probably isn't more than $20 extra).

Look out that avoiding spending some money now doesn't cost you more in the long run. Whereabouts are you located and what sort of local stores are available to you? Just curious what the options are like.
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February 11, 2011 8:46:42 PM

I would go with an x4 955 processor over the 1055T. What exactly are you going to be doing with the PC? If it's gaming then go with the x4 955. If you're using heavily threaded apps then go with the 1055T.

Personally, I bought the x2 555 and unlocked it, but that's not a guarantee. You may get stuck with an x2 555 that is actually only 2 good cores. Mine is sitting pretty at 3.7ghz and 4 cores, but looking back I should've gone with the 955 and not taken the risk =P
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February 12, 2011 1:16:46 AM

Oh sorry people I forgot to put the other details.

I am going to use this PC for pretty much everything - gaming, school stuff, business , 3D stuff and others.

And the OS and the optical drive is NOT included in the $500.(Already have it)

And BTW I am located in the Philippines where an iPhone costs $900!

And the price here on most hardware is $30-$50 higher than the international stuff.




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February 12, 2011 1:29:42 AM

If your running windows 7 i thought it has a minimum requirement of 3gb of ram.....
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February 12, 2011 1:34:40 AM

Go with the AMD x4 955 b.e. over the 1055t like pelov said or possibly the x4 965. You will get better performance in most applications with a 3.2ghz quad core or higher then you will with the x6. overclocking and unlocking cores causes instability and heat issues. The 555 is not a good choice. Definitely go with an 8 series mb chipset 870 and 890fx don't have on board video. 880 and 890gx have on board video. You don't need an 890fx unless you want to run multiple gpu's and with your budget, you really can't afford it. use the extra money you save between the 1055t and the 955 and get 4gb ram instead of 2gb.
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February 12, 2011 1:35:10 AM

cbrunnem said:
If your running windows 7 i thought it has a minimum requirement of 3gb of ram.....

Winows 7 will run just fine on 2GB of memory , but if you like to multitask I would recommend at the very least 3GB.
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