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Old 10-05-10, 10:23 AM   #13
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Default Re: Budget Build for Family

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/Produc...-186-_-Product

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-725-_-Product

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...20CPU%20cooler

$72 - 2x2gb G.Skill DDR2-800

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-207-_-Product

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...VGA-_-14130572

or

$125 - HD 5750

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-309-_-Product

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-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/Produc...-005-_-Product

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-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.
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Old 10-05-10, 12:33 PM   #14
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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.
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Old 10-05-10, 12:43 PM   #15
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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.
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plus if you shop smart, it can be had for cheap.
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Old 10-06-10, 10:25 AM   #17
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Shop smart, shop, S-mart!
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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.
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Amd build is the way to go if you want to save money and have a real nice computer rig for your family.
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