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Old 05-21-2010, 10:48 PM   #1
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On a strict budget with no job. Got some money for my birthday and I would like to dedicate my laptop for ONLY school. No more games, junk, movies, etc on it.


I can afford around $500 for a new build.
I will not be needing a case, HDD, OS or GPU(S).
Will buy a power supply from Best Buy unless I can find one on Newegg for around $50 that is a reputable brand. Need around 500 watts to be safe.
I have 1 3870 and 2 9600GT's I can use in SLI/single. I will mostly be playing World Of Warcraft. It's not a big deal for me to have the best GPU right now. Will most probably be throwing in a little counter strike source here and there. Will upgrade GPU down the line.

Idea one.
AMD x6 build. Just really need a CPU, mainboard and RAM. Should be doable for around $450, right? Don't worry about getting an SLI capable board. I can always just use one card.

Idea two.
I have a 750i SLI FTW laying around. Why not pick up a cheap Core 2 Quad and throw it in there? Should last a while for just playing basic games. I still would like to believe that the C2Q series are still more than capable for many things.


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Old 05-23-2010, 03:14 AM   #2
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Old 05-23-2010, 03:19 AM   #3
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I'LL bite, give me a few

must a new mobo support SLI?



Hows this...

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz (NON-black) 205$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103851


ASUS EVO AM3 NVIDIA 980a SLI ATX 140$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131636

CORSAIR 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 1600 109$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145260

BFG Tech GS-550 550W 50$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817702010



Roughly 504$ total
i know its over your 450, but that would be a ballin set up...
OR
take out that X6, put in a X4 955 AM3 and save 40$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-808-_-Product


What you think?

add in another 100$ if you want the black edition 3.2Ghz HexCore

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-849-_-Product
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What do you think about buying a Core 2 Quad and using that?
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Old 05-23-2010, 06:18 AM   #5
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I'd be tempted to save your money here, get hold of a nice C2Q and plonk it in the 750i SLI. Get a nice heat sink and OC it a little. Doing this will cost a lot less than $500.

If you go for an AMD rig consider these:

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 Mobo new/Open box
AMD Phenom II X6 1055T CPU
CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 1600Mhz RAM

$495 with Open Box mobo.
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The Core 2 Quad would be your best bet money wise. It's more than capable at running the games you listed.

Rosewill has a very good 500W power supply that's under $50: Rosewill RV2-500 500W

For a few dollars more: Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W
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Just talked to my friend and he wants to buy my 360. I might just wait a month and save some money up first.
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