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Old 02-09-2008, 03:35 PM   #1
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Hello, my old optiplex 170L died on me recently so i am now in the market for a new one. I wanted something a little more high end then the optiplex and so far i have this:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ 2.8GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor – OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103242
Price: 99.99

Sony NEC Optiarc Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM IDE 20X DVD±R DVD Burner – OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827118003
Price: 23.99

Western Digital Caviar RE WD2500YD 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136010
Price: 59.99

BFG Tech BFGE85256GTE GeForce 8500GT 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card – Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814143104
Price: 74.99 29.99 after rebate

GIGABYTE GA-M57SLI-S4 AM2 NVIDIA nForce 570 SLI MCP ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813128014R
Price: 69.99

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145034
Price: 74.99 34.00 after rebate

I originally wanted to keep the price below 250 but as you can see i am at 318 without a case or PSU. If anyone could help me lower the price without much performance loss it would be much appreciated! I plan on overclocking so if anyone knows of a budget case with good cooling - preferably without lighting - that would be great as my room runs a tad warm! Same goes for a budget PSU as well! Thank you!

P.S. Sorry for the long post
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Old 02-09-2008, 03:53 PM   #2
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Well, since your processor is OEM and has no cooler, you might want to get one of these as well:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835186019
should be good if you don't plan on overclocking.

As for a case, just look around and see what you like. As far as cooling is concerned, just look for cases with space for at least 1 120mm fan in the front and 1 120mm fan in the back, that should be adequate. Also look for a sturdy case, just look at the reviews on newegg.
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Well since you said you plan on overclocking, I would recommend this heatsink instead. I agree with Tommy about the case.
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Old 02-09-2008, 04:32 PM   #4
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anything i can do to decrease the cost of this rig?
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Old 02-09-2008, 04:40 PM   #5
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What do you use your computer for mainly?
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heavy multitasking (encoding videos, watching movies etc.) and occasional gaming, id like to game more just never had a rig for it.

I was thinking just a very basic video card and then upgrading later on

and ive changed my processor to the 5000 black edition and it was suggested i get this cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835106086
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Get this video card, it is cheaper... and seems to run better.. by reviews...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500002



Also don't get that crappy Corsair Memory...Get this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098


And now since that you saved money on ram and video. you can get a new board....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138059
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Old 02-09-2008, 07:46 PM   #8
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There are rebates on both the video card and memory i chose

video card=30 bucks
corsair memory=35 bucks
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yea but rebates usually take months to respond.. sometimes you don't even get them... you still save money with the video card and ram and new mobo, that i suggested..
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After many suggestions from different forums here is my improved config:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Black Edition Processor – Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103194
Price: 99.99

BIOSTAR TForce TF7050-M2 AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 7050PV HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard – Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138061
Price: 64.99

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory – Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145034
Price: 74.99 34.00 after rebate

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler – Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2mm+CPU+Cooler
Price 19.99

Rosewill R230-P-BK Black 0.5mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case – Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147075
Price: 25.00

SILVERSTONE ST40EF ATX12V Ver.2.2 400W Power Supply 100 - 240 V RoHS, CE, cUL, FCC, TUV – Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...039&Tpk=ST40EF
Price after rebate: 39.99

I will temporaily use the hard drive and cd-rom driver from old computer and temporarily use the integrated video of the mobo. Any further suggestions you guys have? you have been a real help so far!
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