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July 16, 2011 3:52:48 PM

Hello ,
I would like some advice. I want to build a new computer with my son up to about $600. Though I am willing to spend more if the parts would add a year or so onto the computer. I would use it for spreedsheets, multiple tab internet browsing, cyrsis etc gaming. I would like it to be low on power usuage since it will be on all day. It will be a family computer. So far I have windows 7, a mouse, keyboard and an acer x203H flat screen moniter and a printer.

I am looking at the following parts though this is now running about $650 and I still don't have a hard drive or graphics card. Is these parts worth the price? Should I go with something different and upgrade later? Any help would be appreciative. also do I need the silver glue stuff to put these parts in? Does the motherboard come with internet or is that a seperate part I need to buy?
I told you..totally clue less :) 
I also won't be overclocking..nor allowing my teenage son to do so.

.ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard -$189 after rebate (5 year warrenty) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6813131736

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE - $94.99 after rebates
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6817371049

G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBSR -$67.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6820231416


AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition Thuban 3.3GHz, 3.7GHz Turbo Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDE00ZFBGRBOX plus Rosewell case - $269.99 after instant combo savings
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Com...mbo.686944

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July 16, 2011 4:31:12 PM

Hi Mandigo! Welcome to the forums.
You seem to have a fairly good idea of what to look for, but we need to move some things around. The biggest thing is changing the 1100t to an i5-2400, which will outperform it.

Well, you have 2 options.

955 and am3+ with a 6870
i5-2400 with a 6850
Your choice. $650 is a tough budget.

But first, please fill out this form: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
Fill that out, I'll be in touch!
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July 16, 2011 5:05:50 PM

Here's an intel based build , that do do everything smoothly :

CPU & Motherboard: $265- i5-2400 & Biostar H67

HDD & Optical Drive: $72- Seagate Barracuda 1TB & LiteON

RAM: $32- GSkill NS (2X 2GB)(4GB is more than sufficient for your needs. 8GB is needed you you do simultaneously complex video & photo editing)

Power Supply: $55- Antec High Current 520 (80plus bronze certified, will provide ample power )

GPU: $175- Sapphire Radeon 6870(Will handle gaming department with ease)

Case: $36- NZXT Gamma Classic

Total (Excluding Rebates): 635 USD

Rebates: $20

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July 16, 2011 11:27:17 PM



APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week

BUDGET RANGE: 650 Before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet,

REUSING PARTS: No

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, windows 7

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) / SHOP FOR PARTS: doesn't matter. On-line also have a MC center near me. and a mem of BJ's and Costco
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.

PARTS PREFERENCES: doesn't matter

OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: what is crossfire?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600 x 900 / 60 Hz

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: power saver would be nice
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July 17, 2011 3:55:05 AM

Ahh, thank you for that. It appears my suggestions would be the best bet here...

CPU: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $150

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $130

Case: http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Tower-Case-RC-912-K... $60

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $60 (or the one Z4 suggested)

HDD: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-3-5-Inch-Intern... $60 (best drive ever)

RAM: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $30 (buy 2)

DVD drivee: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $20 no nasty white writing.

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $175

That brings us a tad over budget at $675. However if you make a few cuts like getting the HDD+dvd combo Z4 suggested, you can easily get it into budget ;) 

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July 19, 2011 1:18:12 AM

Thank you both!!
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