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Old 02-02-2010, 10:49 AM   #1
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(posted in wrong forum by accident - now here in the right forum - if a mod can delete the other that would be good!)

Just looking for a bit of input guys!

Want to build myself a new rig (minimal building experience but enough to get through) as am selling my current rig.

Budget - $650 - $850 ish. This has pretty much got to include everything, except maybe mouse and keyboard. (OS, Monitor, etc.)

Also seen a nice 23" monitor for $150, which id like to encorporate, so i guess that leaves $500-$650.

Im not too fussed about suggestions for HD's, towers etc (sure if you have found a bargain or would like to - throw it in) Just mainly concerned with what sort of options there are for Mobo / processor combos.

Id like a fairly quick machine - no overclocking - or maybe only a v.small overclock to boost performance.. Will be doing some gaming - nothing too heavy tho (i.e probly not COD Online) and various other averagely demanding tasks. Probly wont upgrade it for about 2years..

Only one that has caught my eye is Phenom II x 4 955, maybe slightly pricey.

Anyone got nice combo suggestions? - Thanks in advance!

N.B. - I put all prices into $'s as I thought it would be more feasible!
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in the same situation as you, at the moment.

im gonna go for the Phenom II Quad-core and perhaps GIGABYTE or asus mobo.
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You consider COD to be intensive?

What will you be playing?
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Asus M4A785-M $80 (Motherboard)
AMD Athlon II X3 $90 (Processor)
Kingston 4Gb PC6400 $55 (RAM)
850 Watt PSU $80 (PSU)
GForce 220 1GB $80 (Vid Card)

Total $385...enough money leftover for your tower, hard drive, and other components.
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Asus M4A785-M $80 (Motherboard)
AMD Athlon II X3 $90 (Processor)
Kingston 4Gb PC6400 $55 (RAM)
850 Watt PSU $80 (PSU)
GForce 220 1GB $80 (Vid Card)

Total $385...enough money leftover for your tower, hard drive, and other components.
This would be kinda meh.
You can get a Phenom 9850 for $110 at tigerdirect which would be much better than an athlon II x3.

Get higher clocked memory and a much better video card. The GT220 sucks.

I need to know what games you will be playing before I make recommendations, however.
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well, if cod is gonna be the highest demanding process on the computer, no need for a quad core with higher clocked memory...overkill. This is what I would do (all prices from tigerdirect also) if I needed what he needed. I mean the CPU is interchangable with any AM3 and I think even some AM2+, so he can decide to change whatever he wants.
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well, if cod is gonna be the highest demanding process on the computer, no need for a quad core with higher clocked memory...overkill. This is what I would do (all prices from tigerdirect also) if I needed what he needed. I mean the CPU is interchangable with any AM3 and I think even some AM2+, so he can decide to change whatever he wants.
Might as well pay $20 extra and upgrade. Every game will see a performance boost, and it will last longer before an upgrade is needed.
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Get the Athlon X4 620 at 2.6ghz. 10 dollars less, .1 ghz faster, and an AM3 socket.
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Get the Athlon X4 620 at 2.6ghz. 10 dollars less, .1 ghz faster, and an AM3 socket.
It lacks L3 cache, making the phenom actually faster.

There is more to a CPU than pure clock speed...
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well, it now depends on whether 10-20 dollars matters or not to him
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