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July 4, 2012 1:22:06 AM

I'm helping a friend build/upgrade his old compute, and I need to get a new motherboard, processor, and memory. He has a budget of about $260 ,and he trying to build an okay gaming machine. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. BTW he has a Gtx 9800+, and a 550 watt power supply. Thanks :) 

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July 4, 2012 1:40:31 AM

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws series 8GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD build: Get this one if he may also be video editing or doing general computing that requires some grunt from the CPU.

Motherboard: AsRock 970 Extreme3 AM3+. This will give you room to go up to Bulldozer or Piledriver later.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel build: This one is better optimized for gaming, but will lack the raw power and upgradability of the AMD build above.

CPU: Intel i3 2120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I personally would go for the AMD, the difference between the two is minimal in gaming and its a much easier upgrade to a better CPU later on.
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July 4, 2012 1:55:51 AM

Better for gaming ! Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $45.99

MOBO:ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:ntel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100 $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... TOTAL $245.97
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July 4, 2012 2:02:33 AM

Do either of you know if the ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard will fit in a hp pavilion a1250n case? Or should I just get a new case?
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July 4, 2012 2:10:02 AM

The motherboard that was in the case was a MS-7184, which is a micro ATX board, so it should fit in. Though I would get a new case, in general pre-builts have horrible cooling, especially business type machines which I think that is. A HAF 912 or Zalman Z9+ is a cheap budget case that is pretty goo for their costs (~$60).
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July 4, 2012 2:13:40 AM

manofchalk said:
The motherboard that was in the case was a MS-7184, which is a micro ATX board, so it should fit in. Though I would get a new case, in general pre-builts have horrible cooling, especially business type machines which I think that is. A HAF 912 or Zalman Z9+ is a cheap budget case that is pretty goo for their costs (~$60).

Thank you very much. :wahoo: 
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