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#1 Flabum

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 10:11 PM

My sister's old rig finally died of old age. I'm looking to build her a new system and would like to keep it around $500 (less would be better).

1) I figure an AMD based system would be the best bang for the buck and would like to have a good foundation for future upgrades.
2) Quad Core would be nice.
3) They do some gaming on it, not sure which games, but thinking 1 gig of memory on the vid card.
4) Will be running their old Win XP, so 2 gig of memory minimum. (if it can be built within the buget with 4 gigs and Win 7 family pack, that would be a plus)
5) 500 Gig SATA drive to start

They have a full tower case, a new 400 watt Thermaltake PSU, CD/DVD drive, keyboard, mouse and fans.


what would you recommend?

Edit: What I came up with:


Asus m4A89GTD Pro with onboard ATI Radeon HD 4290 GPU $150
AMD PhenomII X4 3.2 Quad 95 Watt $110
GSkill (or equivalant) 2X2gig (4 gigs) 1600 $50
WD 750Gig 6GBS SATA $70
Win7 Family pack $129


This puts us at a little over $500.

I'm not a big fan of onboard video, but it has room for a better card later.

Edited by Flabum, 13 April 2011 - 10:38 PM.


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Posted 13 April 2011 - 10:47 PM

I like the motherboard, I use it myself, very solid board. Can't comment on how well the integrated graphics work though, Ive never even bothered to try it-I run a crossfire setup. Exactly what CPU are you planning on using? to my knowledge, the only phenom II x4 that runs at 3.2 ghz is the 955, and its a 125 watt CPU. not that it matters, that motherboard will run it fine. If you were originally planning on running xp, then why purchase the copy of 7? save it for a dedicated card? or did they change their memory. Overall though looks like a decent build, but I will say this, if your ever planning on throwing a dedicated card in there, your going to want a better PSU, 400 watts is pretty bottom of the line, the only cards likely to work are your lower end ones. I would suggest at least a 5-600 watt PSU.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 10:52 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103921 this processor....

As for the PSU, they will upgrade it when they go with a better vid card,

Edited by Flabum, 13 April 2011 - 10:54 PM.


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Posted 13 April 2011 - 10:56 PM

GPU: SAPPHIRE Toxic 100315TXSR Radeon HD 6850 1GB -$185

Ram: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 -$44

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" -$40

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz -$115

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-770T-USB3 AM3 AMD 770 USB 3.0 -$90

Total: $474 excluding shipping.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 11:00 PM

You would not recommend the faster HDD's?

I'd also need another PSU with that setup;;;;;;

Edited by Flabum, 13 April 2011 - 11:06 PM.


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Posted 13 April 2011 - 11:11 PM

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 -$40

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" -$40

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-870A-USB3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 -$95

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 11:14 PM

The power consumption for the 6850 when idle is about 131W and load is about 229W.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 11:16 PM

the NewEgg PSU calculator is calling for 583 watts (or a 600W) PSU for that setup..... We have a new 500W one now....


I do like that list though....

Edited by Flabum, 13 April 2011 - 11:20 PM.


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Posted 13 April 2011 - 11:18 PM

Then use that 500W psu :)

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 11:22 PM

Then use that 500W psu :)



I'll let her trade it with me and give her a 750W PSU..... I need a good test PSU anyways

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 11:24 PM

A 750W should also do.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 13 April 2011 - 11:29 PM

IF the calculator says use a 583 watt PSU, I wouldnt slap a 500 watt into it, thats asking for trouble. It may work if its a solid 500 watt, but I wouldnt trust it, so I would stick with the 750 watt.

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Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 11:30 PM

If you wanted to save more cash you could change the graphics card.

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100316L Radeon HD 6790 1GB - Depending on the games being played, you could go with this. It will run circles around a GTX 550 Ti while coming close to GTX 460 performance, which should be enough for light gaming. Keep in mind, that with XP, DirectX 10 and 11 are unavailable. This card requires a 500W PSU to run. $149

Edited by DJBPace07, 13 April 2011 - 11:30 PM.

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