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Old 07-18-2007, 06:31 AM   #1
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Cool new PC Build

my parents want me to build them a new pc on a budget of around $800 (AUD)

Would this be alright:
Generic ATX Case
ASUS M2N8 MOTHERBOARD
AMD ATHLON 4800+ Dual Core
1GB DDR2 Memory 667MHZ
(not sure what brand) 550W PSU
-Will use Existing HDD-
-Will Use Existing Combo drive-
nVidia Geforce 8500GT 256MB GDDR2 PCI-E
ACER 19" AL1916WD WIDESCREEN TFT LCD MONITOR 5MS DVI
-Use Exisitng Mouse and KB-

I Can get all this for $830 (AUD),im pretty sure all of this would work no problems,but just to be on the safe side,what do you guys think?
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Old 07-18-2007, 07:58 AM   #2
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Looks good . i take it they are not gaming hence the 8500 and only 1gb ram .
If they are just like my parents who generaly just use the internet play solitare then type a letter every so often then that system looks more than capable of that
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Old 07-18-2007, 10:50 AM   #3
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maybe downgrade the cpu. a 4800+ is overkill for any general app. generally a 3600+ to a 4200+ is sufficent.
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Old 07-18-2007, 11:55 AM   #4
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Yeah, get like a 3800+. My "family" PC has that in it, works great, even with Vista.

You definitely don't need a 550 watt PSU. 400 watts would be MORE than enough. 300 watts is the minimum for a system with an 8500GT. Instead of wasting money on extra wattage, just get a quality 400 watt PSU from Silverstone or Antec. That will be much more reliable and last a lot longer than a no name 550 watt PSU.
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Old 07-18-2007, 06:37 PM   #5
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The only reason why for the 550w psu i because it's being thrown in with the case,and the 4800+ because it's being thrown in with the Motherboard for free.Also my parent like to do a little gaming (Mainly my dad,just the need for speed series and flight simulator) so this pc should do this no problem.If the CPU and the PSU Wherent being thrown in for free,i would get 3800+ as freestyler says,or maybe a intel celeron 2.8Ghz,and if the PSU didnt come free i would put a 400w psu in it (I have heaps of them in my shed lol).Thanks for all your input!
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Old 07-18-2007, 10:13 PM   #6
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Which Flight Sim?? Flight Sim X will be unplayable on that.
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Old 07-18-2007, 10:22 PM   #7
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LOL!,YS Flight sim 2000..Although Flight sim X Would run,it runs on my PC (2.8Ghz,512mb RAM,ATI Radeon 9200) on low setting alright.
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I doubt it would be 40+ FPS. The 8500GT is a pretty bad card, lol.

Anyway, it looks good overall, should be a nice build for them.
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Get a Pentium 4 HT
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Get a Pentium 4 HT
That has got to be the worst suggestion I have seen on this forum for as long as I have been here. A 500W powersupply is more than enough. Something along the lines of Antec NeoPower 500HE is plenty and it has the build quality of a great power supply. Antec really did learn their lesson with those SmartPowers.
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That has got to be the worst suggestion I have seen on this forum for as long as I have been here. A 500W powersupply is more than enough. Something along the lines of Antec NeoPower 500HE is plenty and it has the build quality of a great power supply. Antec really did learn their lesson with those SmartPowers.
Well, its on a budget and his parents are going to use it, so its not going to be for any extreme purpose,s and besides i was thinking either the P4 HT/core 2 duo
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Old 07-19-2007, 08:44 AM   #12
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Well, its on a budget and his parents are going to use it, so its not going to be for any extreme purpose,s and besides i was thinking either the P4 HT/core 2 duo
That amd is better than the pentium 4HT . and i doubt you could get a core 2 duo on that budget tbh
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Old 07-19-2007, 10:21 AM   #13
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I'd bump the AMD X2 to a 4600+ and bump the RAM speed to DDRII-800.


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That has got to be the worst suggestion I have seen on this forum for as long as I have been here.
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Well, its on a budget and his parents are going to use it, so its not going to be for any extreme purpose,s and besides i was thinking either the P4 HT/core 2 duo
If he's on a tight budet, a Pentium D would have been better. P4s are now too old for getting one. I have found a P4 630 for 90 bucks, brand new and Retail.

No, they're not BAD, just outdsated, compared to today's stuff.
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Insted Athlon I would use Inter Dual core.

Its faster than Athlon and its consuming less energy.

I had AMD in the past but I just love Intel.

The speed, temperature, just amazing
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Insted Athlon I would use Inter Dual core.

Its faster than Athlon and its consuming less energy.
for petes sake
ITS NOT GOING TO BE USED FOR HARD CORE GAMING!

U ppl say go Intel when U Use intel for hard core gaming
Sure Intel is great but come on
Everyone KNOWS AMD has the better budget CPUs

Look have u seen that even though Intel have 65nm CPUs out
But it doesnt really mean that it uses less energy

heres some links u should look at fer a while

The price is set to $50-$75 and i DONT SEE ONE INTEL DUAL CORE EXCEPT A OPEN BOX PENT D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...name=Dual-Core
Here is the voltage on a few different CPUs both Intel and AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115004
There is not much of a difference when it comes to power consumption.
And one last thing : here is something that AMD has that conserves Energy
CNQ: Cool'n'Quiet Technology
AMD's Cool'n'Quiet technology is an innovative solution available on AMD Athlon 64 processor-based systems that can effectively lower power consumption and enable a quieter-running system while delivering performance-on-demand.
It also has AMD POWER NOW
"In 2000, AMD introduced several energy-efficient solutions, including the AMD PowerNow!™ technology and the AMD-760™ microprocessor chipset."

Also its the good of competition that Intel CPUs are cheap so plz thank AMD

Sorry fer getting off topic

But Plz chose the best CPU for the needs u need it for.
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Old 07-19-2007, 07:02 PM   #16
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i agree when it comes to budget amd are winning . and seeing as this is a cheap pc for parents i would sasy go amd . if he went intel he would only get a pentium 4 .
Also NEED WOW NOW . one thing it isnt voltage we measure power consumption on it is wattage
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Thanks for all your input,im sticking with the AMD (thanks to MUZ and Need WOW NOW) but i might consider the DDRII-800.Thanks guys!
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if your planning to game than it may make that little bit difference . If you arent tho then dont bother upping the ram to 800
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