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Old 04-26-2007, 01:01 AM   #1
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building a new computer for my brother his limit is $800
heres what i have config, tell me what you think or suggest to replace something with.

Case: Tuniq IC-SYMI-SVBK Black/ Silver Aluminum front bezel, 0.6mm SECC chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Price: $78.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811166020

MotherBoard: ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
price- $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131013

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Windsor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor
Price: $185.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103771

Video Card:XFX PVT84JUDD3 GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
Price:$164.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150229

PSU: Rosewill RP550V2-D-SL-S 550W SLI Ready-ATX12V V2.01 Power Supply 115/230 V CSA,UL,TUV,FCC
Price: $61.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182060

Memory:CORSAIR XMS2 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Price: $79.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145566

HD: Using from old Rig

Optical drive:- using from old rig

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CPU fan: ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
Price: $47.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118003

Total: $755.97
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:14 AM   #2
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Looks good but the HSF wouldn't work, if you want Zalman these are the other options:

Zalman 9500-AM2 (which is the AM2 version)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118004

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Zalman 9700(both LGA 775 and AM2, 939, 940, 754 compatible)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835118020

Also I would recommend getting a power supply like an Antec, FSP, HIPER, etc
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:25 AM   #3
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get a cheaper case and use the money to get another gb of ram.
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get a cheaper case and use the money to get another gb of ram.
said it in one with that kind of cpu power u really cud do with 2Gb RAM

and can i ask y your not building a C2D ??? i think u cud build a better intel rig for same kinda money
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Old 04-26-2007, 02:26 PM   #5
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i dunno why im not building a intel rig, iv just been so happy w/ my past amd rigs, so why change?, also thanks Raytheon for the cooling info
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:24 PM   #6
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Right now, Intel's Core 2 Duos are much better than the competing AMDs.
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Old 04-26-2007, 04:36 PM   #7
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Alright, well then which intel would match up to the AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ Windsor 2.8GHz ? does intel have a am2 socket? all i see is LGA 775 Socket 478 Socket 604 Socket 771 and Socket M
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Old 04-26-2007, 07:18 PM   #8
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No, they are not supposed to. The AMD is not a bad build though. Sure C2D is better, but more expensive. An e6600 is around 300 dollars.
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Get the 8600GTS, 8600GT is crap. As for C2D, you don't have to get it if you're more comfortable with AMD, at this point it's just more recommended to go with Core 2 Duo since you'll be seeing more LGA775 based CPUs come out than you will see AM2 CPUs coming out since the next AMD CPU, Barcelona, will be using socket AM2+.
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No, they are not supposed to. The AMD is not a bad build though. Sure C2D is better, but more expensive. An e6600 is around 300 dollars.
Where'd you see that at? At Newegg, it's only $233. Granted, it is still more expensive than the X2 5600, but I believe it's that much worth it.

As for the processor, I'd either:
1) Get an X2 3600 and overclock it. These processors have had great results, with many getting around/over 3GHz. (Cheaper - money can go to other parts)
2) Get a Core 2, E6400 or up if not OCing. (Similar price, recommended by many, they're also excellent overclockers)

And finally, I would change the power supply to a Corsair 520W Modular PSU ($80 after rebate) if your budget allows and if you can wait for the rebate. I've heard nothing but great things about it, and with 3 12V rails combined to 40A, it's easily one of the most powerful 520W PSUs out there, not to mention that it's modular. It may be a tad overkill, but it's a steal at only $13 more than the Rosewill you linked.

Just my 2...sorry for the huge post.
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