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  • so, I had a 450 dollar budget.......

    ok, my brother needed a new computer since his 10 yr old p4 was finally too slow for him (seriously)

    Since he is so slow to upgrade, I wanted to get something that could withstand a decade of advancement... and maybe have upgrades available to help extend its life. Also, this will be the school computer for his kids.

    CPU: AMD Phenom II x6 1090T BOX - 199.00 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103849)
    MOBO: ASRock 890GM PRO3 - 89.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813157192R)
    RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaw 8gb (2x4GB) - 79.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231308)
    CASE: Rosewill R101-P-BK - 29.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147111)
    PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX430 - 44.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139017)
    DVD: LG DVDRW - 19.99 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136216)

    I will be installing a 750 gig Seagate 7200rpm drive I already had, and giving a USB keyboard and mouse as well. He will be buying a Dell 22" 1620x1050 LCD from me along with a 2.1 set of Logitech speakers for 175 when I deliver the computer. I will also be installing Vista Home Premium x64 as I have more than 10 of those laying around.

    Since he does not do FPS gaming, and there is room to upgrade to discreet graphics in the future, I thought this would be the best way to go.

    so, what do you think?
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    Re: so, I had a 450 dollar budget.......

    That looks real solid..

    All it would take later is a decent vid card and he would be stupendously setup for pretty cheap..

    Nice job man!


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    • #3
      Re: so, I had a 450 dollar budget.......

      Just to clarify, will a regular power supply fit in that Micro ATX case? If so, that looks like a great build for the money.
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      • #4
        Re: so, I had a 450 dollar budget.......

        Heckuva great setup on a dime! The only thing I would change is the CPU. That's a killer cpu, but it seems to be major overkill for what I expect his usage to be. I bet a good dual core chip would be more than enough horsepower for him...
        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103903
        $62 w/ free shipping.
        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103846
        $90 steps you up to a retail Phenom II X2.
        http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103824
        There's also an oem Phenom II X4 for $90, as well.
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        • #5
          Re: so, I had a 450 dollar budget.......

          Just my 2 cents. An i5 2500k would be a better choice. Most of the time you will not get the use out of 6 cores. Also, the 2500k can be easily overclocked to 4.6-5.1Ghz on air without issues with a decent aftermarket heatsink. Your money would be best put there in my opinion. In addition, there's a 72hr sale at newegg: http://promotions.newegg.com/neemail...er-_-ClickHere

          For the PSU get the CX500 for $29.99 with MIR on the 72hr sale.
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          • #6
            Re: so, I had a 450 dollar budget.......

            Originally posted by Fall3n View Post
            Just my 2 cents. An i5 2500k would be a better choice. Most of the time you will not get the use out of 6 cores. Also, the 2500k can be easily overclocked to 4.6-5.1Ghz on air without issues with a decent aftermarket heatsink. Your money would be best put there in my opinion.
            While the i5 is a GREAT chip, the problem with the intel platform is the ability to upgrade. Even the old i5 motherboards aren't compatible with this year's i5 with the Sandybridge architecture. Also, from what I've seen, the motherboards seem to run a few bucks more on average. That's the beauty of AMD. While the performance may not be QUITE as hot in an AMD chip versus the comparable Intel chip, I can pop a hex core Phenom in the motherboard I bought a year ago. Besides, even the cheapest/slowest possible cpu the OP's brother can buy will blow his old P4 out of the water.
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            • #7
              Re: so, I had a 450 dollar budget.......

              I wound up jumping on the list I had... though I wish I had waited for the 500w corsair for 20.00...

              in the end, it isn't about what it can do today, but what it can do in 10 years.

              in 2001 the fastest intel was a 2ghz p4 and amd's was a 1.5ghz athlon. those computers are still able to run today's software (and could easily compete with any atom purchased new today... all of which could easily handle win 7.

              Also, ram was high end at 1 gig, looking forward, I can see any dual core being too far outdated, though a 6 core might still be viable on the low end.

              I do not see speeds going above 5ghz, but actual cores should be 12-24 by then. also, 8gigs would be like 1 gig today. also, he has the ability to jump to 16gb if he needs to, as well as add graphics. he has sata III, usb3 (2 has been around for 11 years.. and shows no sign of being eol yet.) hdmi (not going anywhere) and gb ethernet.

              all this puts him in a great place for the next 10 years. - unless something ridiculous happens.

              thanks for the input. I though about the 2500k, but after pricing everything out, I did not feel it was as future proof for the $$$ I was spending - I don't trust an overclock for 10 years..

              I did consider going less on the cpu and letting him upgrade when prices fall... this would have let me get a bluray drive and hard drive within budget. I could have also gotten a 1x4 stick of ram to save a penny, but in the end, I wanted every last 'flop' for the money.
              Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -Albert Einstein
              The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity. -Harlan Ellison

              If all else fails: "rm -rf /"

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              • #8
                Re: so, I had a 450 dollar budget.......

                You really can't go wrong with the choices you made. Either way, you're bro's getting a good deal, and I'm sure it'll last him many years to come. Good job on the budget build.
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                • #9
                  Re: so, I had a 450 dollar budget.......

                  Originally posted by Buckets View Post
                  Just to clarify, will a regular power supply fit in that Micro ATX case? If so, that looks like a great build for the money.
                  Yes it will. I have that exact same case that I used to build my sister's current rig. He's good.


                  BUT, I'd probably push for a 500W PSU. If he intends to upgrade his graphics card in the future, the 430W might not cut it (if he decides to go for a high-end card). Over time the caps in PSUs wear down so max output drops anywhere from a few percent to 10-20%.
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                  • #10
                    Re: so, I had a 450 dollar budget.......

                    For what it's woth, I used that same power supply in a build for my grandparents in December and was very impressed with it.
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