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Old 10-12-2008, 02:59 AM   #1
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Default Found $530 worth of Savings Bonds!

Well I just stumbled upon a chunk of money I didn't know what sitting around so time to upgrade my computer.

I also saw that newegg has the AMD Athlon64 X2 3GHz dual-core for $75, so I think I'm going to start from there.

I need help with the motherboard and Ram. I've been out of the computer game for a while now and things are very confusing for me. I'm looking for a mother board with good onboard graphics that will handle bluray disks and light gaming.

Let me know what you guys would pick for a $300-400 setup including CPU (the 3ghz amd?) MB, RAM, Hard Drive, and PSU. I already have an ATX case...
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Old 10-12-2008, 04:00 AM   #2
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I wouldn't go for a computer these days without having a dedicated gpu, even for what you want to accomplish. Blu-ray playback without a gpu can get very choppy. If I were you, I'd go with this rig:
The AMD Athalon64 X2 6000+ (the one you saw on newegg)
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Mother Board
GPU
PSU
HDD
Blu-ray
I would trust a computer like this, but as you can see from my sig I'm a gamer and I would not be satisfied with a pc like this. You can get better parts than these, but I'm trying to save you dough. I'm sure this setup will be able to play Bluray perfectly and be a faster than average computer. Hope this helps!
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Old 10-12-2008, 05:32 AM   #3
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6000+ X2 3.1GHz - This is the new 65nm 6000+ X2 with the 3.1GHz core clock and lower power consumption.
Sapphire 780G - The integrated HD 3200 should be OK for light gaming, but if you need more, just add a HD 3450, it will work in Crossfire with the integrated GPU.
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Old 10-12-2008, 08:07 AM   #4
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why not just put that money into a savings account in case something bad happens and you needed the money? its better to have back up money than have to get a loan.
Of course, unless you already have some back up money.
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:05 PM   #5
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After looking around I think I've decided on this:


SAPPHIRE PI-AM2RS780G AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813154016

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Windsor 3.0GHz Socket AM2 89W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103233

Antec earthwatts EA430 430W ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371006

WINTEC AMPX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820161229

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250310AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148261

SONY Black 2X Blu-ray DVD ROM SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827118013


If I need to I will add a crossfire GPU. Does anyone have a link to one of these. I think I need a 3650 or something like that. How does it all look?

Total after shipping comes to: $386.52
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:19 PM   #6
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I'd definitely go for the Lite-On drive, for the same price it seems far superior:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106227
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Old 10-12-2008, 12:27 PM   #7
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Ahh that's right. I see that now. I'm pretty sure that was my original intention but then I followed a link for the Sony one through dealnews.com and got sidetracked. Thanks for the help!
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Default Re: Found $530 worth of Savings Bonds!

For 500 you can find a very decent computer, make a new thread about a build, luckily for me my new rig I am going to build is awesome, i got a cheap but good gpu from my friend, he's selling it to me for 60$ I already got a power supply, and a cd/DvD drive too and free ram! it's awesome!
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