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nV`andrew
10-03-10, 02:47 PM
Hello,

My dad wants me to build a new computer for the family. I have an 8800GT which I will move into that computer. Basically, all it will be used for is surfing, word processing, and the occasional game (being able to play today's games on medium at 1680x1050 is plenty).

No set budget, but I'd like to keep it somewhat cheap. I prefer intel, and have had slightly better luck with Gigabyte boards. It will most likely be on Win7 64, so I'm assuming 4GB of RAM will be good, no overclocking needed. I've used only Antec cases, I'm willing to stray though if it's a decent case. I'm open to all suggestions.

I've been out of the loop and I'm pretty busy with college apps and all that, so any help is appreciated. Oh, and I will be ordering from newegg :)

betterdan
10-03-10, 02:51 PM
Post pics of your family please.

nV`andrew
10-03-10, 05:05 PM
Post pics of your family please.

Suggestions first.

Pics after.

:nono:

grey_1
10-04-10, 06:37 AM
Antec 300 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&cm_re=antec_300_mid_tower-_-11-129-042-_-Product) - cheap, but excellent case.

For what they will be using this for I would recommend AMD over Intel for budget + performance. The gigabyte board in my sig has not given me a single issue and you could pair it with an 88$ P2 X3 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103699) to keep costs way down.

Read up on end user reviews on the X3's, for budget gaming they do very well.

Just my humble opinion of course. :)

nV`andrew
10-05-10, 12:00 AM
Antec 300 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042&cm_re=antec_300_mid_tower-_-11-129-042-_-Product) - cheap, but excellent case.

For what they will be using this for I would recommend AMD over Intel for budget + performance. The gigabyte board in my sig has not given me a single issue and you could pair it with an 88$ P2 X3 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103699) to keep costs way down.

Read up on end user reviews on the X3's, for budget gaming they do very well.

Just my humble opinion of course. :)

Not too shabby, I think I will go with that route. What budget RAM would be good? The rest I can take care of.\

Oh and thank you :)

Redeemed
10-05-10, 01:10 AM
Not too shabby, I think I will go with that route. What budget RAM would be good? The rest I can take care of.\

Oh and thank you :)

Well, I got 2GB of DDR3 I'll give ya' for $35 shipped. :D

nV`andrew
10-05-10, 01:28 AM
Which set? Wouldn't mind that at all if im able to match it for 4gb:) ...or does 3gb go with triple core :bleh:

Redeemed
10-05-10, 01:37 AM
Which set? Wouldn't mind that at all if im able to match it for 4gb:) ...or does 3gb go with triple core :bleh:

Well, got 'em listed in my fs thread here (http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=2316077&postcount=1), it is two of these (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148196).

They're literally brand new. I was gonna' go for 6GB in my rig... but I decided I'd rather just save up and max her out at 16GB. :D

Let me know if you want 'em. :)

bob saget
10-05-10, 01:40 AM
post pics of the fam- Oh nevermind, betterdan already asked :p :p

Good luck with the build, and let us know the final specs. I may have to do a similar build soon for family friends.

grey_1
10-05-10, 10:49 AM
Not too shabby, I think I will go with that route. What budget RAM would be good? The rest I can take care of.\

Oh and thank you :)

yw :)

I've never read anything other than good about the value of those chips and will probably do the same for my folks soon. WRT the ram - that's a good deal Redeemed is offering for good ram. Just make sure you check the compatibility list for what ever mobo you choose.

That's going to be a great family rig you're putting together. :)

nekrosoft13
10-05-10, 10:59 AM
I also have the Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H in my server/render box, its a good board. good thing you will be dropping that 8800GT in there. Disable the onboard video, installing ATi drivers often fails, once it works, better not poke it with a stick.

Othen then that is a excellent board I got it paired with Quad Core Athlon II X4 635 i believe, it was about $90.

ViN86
10-05-10, 11:01 AM
Which set? Wouldn't mind that at all if im able to match it for 4gb:) ...or does 3gb go with triple core :bleh:

Number of sticks is usually matched to number of channels. :D

AMD boards have dual channel, hence the reason why people use 2x1GB or 2x2GB or 2x4GB combos. Newer Intel boards have triple channel, hence why they typically use 3x2GB.

That X3 is dirt cheap. I may look into that, especially if that 4th core will unlock. Quad core 3GHz CPU for $90? Yes please. :drooling:

ragejg
10-05-10, 11:23 AM
Honestly an AMD AM2+/DDR2 rig would be the best price/performance-wise...

$49 - ASRock 760G motherboard, works great, overclocks good and can unlock x2/x3 CPUs:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157186&cm_re=760G-_-13-157-186-_-Product

$70 - Athlon II x3 425, high likelihood that it will unlock to x4

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103725&cm_re=athlon_II_x3-_-19-103-725-_-Product

$25 - Kingwin XT-1264, cools like a Thermalright Ultra 120 for MUCH less...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835124022&Tpk=kingwin%20CPU%20cooler

$72 - 2x2gb G.Skill DDR2-800

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231207&cm_re=G.Skill_DDR2_4gb-_-20-231-207-_-Product

$130 - EVGA GTS 450 - best price/performance in its class

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130572&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Video+Cards-_-EVGA-_-14130572

or

$125 - HD 5750

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161309&cm_re=HD_5750-_-14-161-309-_-Product

$60 -Tuniq 3 black case - great thermal performance and QUIET

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811167001&cm_re=Tuniq-_-11-167-001-_-Product

$50 - XClio GoodPower 500 PSU - I've had one for 2+ years, great performance at stock speeds and does allow for good overclocks...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817189005&cm_re=XClio-_-17-189-005-_-Product

$45 -WD Caviar Blue 250gb -quiet cool, fast

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136161&cm_re=caviar_blue-_-22-136-161-_-Product


$501 with the GTS 450, $5 less with the 5750. I think for the money it can't be beat, especially if unlocked to x4.

Hope this helps. :)

Maverick123w
10-05-10, 01:33 PM
Get an Athlon x3 for sure. A Phenom would be a waste. No point in getting a brand new 8 series board for a cheapie family box.

grey_1
10-05-10, 01:43 PM
Get an Athlon x3 for sure. A Phenom would be a waste. No point in getting a brand new 8 series board for a cheapie family box.

It would provide a nice upgrade path in the future, no? That board will take all the way up to the 1090 should they ever decide they need a beefier cpu.

nekrosoft13
10-05-10, 02:23 PM
plus if you shop smart, it can be had for cheap.

v3rninater
10-06-10, 11:25 AM
Shop smart, shop, S-mart!

Maverick123w
10-06-10, 12:03 PM
It would provide a nice upgrade path in the future, no? That board will take all the way up to the 1090 should they ever decide they need a beefier cpu.

That's true, but by the time they would be looking to upgrade I imagine a brand new platform would be out anyway, and throwing an x6 in there most likely won't make any difference for what the machine will be used for IMO.

v3rninater
10-12-10, 04:11 PM
Amd build is the way to go if you want to save money and have a real nice computer rig for your family.