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#1 john5578

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 10:33 PM

Hi,

I recently made the decision to build a PC, and I excited about the project. I admit that my head is spinning a bit from browsing through Motherboards and processors. Apart from normal web browsing and watching video, etc, I am planning on playing games like World of Warcraft (and some of the other new Blizzard games coming out like SC2 and Diablo 3) and I also plan on running Adobe Photoshop from time to time. I am also trying to decide between Intel and AMD. From what I've read so far it seems like Intel may be the way to go, but some here may have more practical experience.

I have some ideas about the other components, but these are the really crucial pieces. Any input would be appreciated!

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 11:14 PM

intel has the edge as far as performance but its not a landslide in my opinion, AMD is far more affordable and still performs excellent, I use them in 95% of my builds and love them to death. As far as motherboards go, I usually recomend either Gigabyte or ASUS boards as I trust their performance and quality.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 01:00 AM

I think the most important thing to consider right now is your budget. How much are you willing to spend? You can get a very good AMD system for around $700 that will last a while.

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 05:48 PM

I think the most important thing to consider right now is your budget. How much are you willing to spend? You can get a very good AMD system for around $700 that will last a while.

My budget is between $700 and $800, so that's probably the way I'm going to go. Was looking around, would something like this be a good way to go?
AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Dual Core Processor

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 01:19 AM

Given what you are going to be doing, you don't need a super-powerful PC.

Case: NZXT BETA EVO Classic Series CS-NT-BETA-EVO - This is a basic Mid-ATX case. It will not handle the very large graphics cards, like the Radeon 5870 or the GTX 280, but it will handle most mainstream video cards very well. $64 (Before $20 mail-in rebate)

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 - This is one of the newer motherboards using the budget AMD 770 chipsets. This is more of a refinement of an older model than a brand new unit with the addition of USB 3.0 and SATA 6. Like all AM3 motherboards, this supports DDR3. Note that this is a budget motherboard and does not have two PCI-Express X16 slots, which means you cannot use Crossfire or SLI. $94 (Before $10 mail-in rebate)

CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition Callisto 3.1GHz - This is one of AMD's fastest dual-core CPU's. Like all Black Edition CPU's, this one has an unlocked multiplier allowing for easier overclocking. If you played more high end games, I would have suggested the AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz. $105

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - This is a good amount of RAM for most applications. Remember, if you are running 4GB or more of memory, you need a 64-bit operating system. $94

Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB - This is a mainstream graphics card, more powerful than the lower-end models, but not as powerful as the enthusiast-grade Radeon 5870. The 5770 is, depending on the game, drivers, and configuration, about as powerful as a Radeon 4870 but is smaller, quieter, cooler, and allows for DirectX 11 plus Eyefinity. $159 (Before $10 mail-in rebate)

Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W - Thermaltake usually makes good power supplies. This is more power than you need for the 5770, but future cards may require more so you have extra power to work with. $69

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache - This is plenty of space for most users. $54

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 24x DVD Burner - Bulk SATA Model SH-S243N/BEBE LightScribe Support - A simple, basic drive. $25

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - You need a 64-bit OS to use all your RAM. You also cannot reuse an old copy of Windows unless it is a full, retail, boxed non-OEM version due to licensing restrictions. $104

Grand Total: $776 (Before Rebates and Shipping)

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