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ShitHeel

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PostSubject: New PC Build (for a friend)   Sun Jan 04, 2009 12:47 pm

I was telling my buddy last night that I could build him a gaming PC for around $500-$600. It will include everything but the GPU since I have an 8800GTS that I'd give him. I've got a copy of XP and spare mouse/keyboard. He's got a decent LCD monitor. Here's something I threw together this morning. Lemme know what you all think:

Processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16819115037

Mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16813128358

Memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16820145184

Hard Drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16822136319

DVD Burner:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16827136152

Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16811129042

PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16817139005
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PostSubject: Re: New PC Build (for a friend)   Sun Jan 04, 2009 2:57 pm

Looks good Gurt - I favored a different DVD burner (it had lightscribe and is quiet, I'm all about quiet). I also got a Sonata III case for $100, which included a 500W Antec PSU. I favor Seagate over Western Digital, as I've had two WD drives fail on me on the past. But for the most part it looks like you're building the same kinda rig me, smuggler and Litfu$e built this past fall.

Here's my parts list (doesn't include the 8800GT I reused from my old rig):


SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151173

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 32-bit for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116485

Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129024

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822148288 1

ASUS P5Q LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813131295

Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 Wolfdale 3.33GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8600 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115054

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-8500C5 - Retail
Item #: N82E16820145215
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PostSubject: Re: New PC Build (for a friend)   Sun Jan 04, 2009 5:00 pm

The P5Q is the other board I was looking at. How's it worked out for you so far Monkey?
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PostSubject: Re: New PC Build (for a friend)   Sun Jan 04, 2009 5:07 pm

No problems at all (none of us) - I use the onboard sound as well, obviously. I've bought ASUS mainboards since 2000 and I've always had good luck so I never really considered another brand.
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PostSubject: Re: New PC Build (for a friend)   Sun Jan 04, 2009 8:50 pm

Thoughts on Quad vs Dual core?
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PostSubject: Re: New PC Build (for a friend)   Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:16 pm

That P45 Intel chip has issues, that board in particular. If I remember correctly that is the motherboard that was geared towards home theater pc builders. The P45 chipset is suposed to offload the video workload to the on board GPU and leave the CPU out of the picture. I was suposed to be a good enough board to run Bluray and Dolby/DTS audio on its own... so I read a 50 page topic on it. The short story long is they released a TON of bios updates and still dont have the buggs worked out of it.

I would pass on it, and go P5Q. Since he is running your old 8800gts, get him a SLI board that will run both PCIE slots 16X and tell him to look on E-Bay for another 8800 for $50 and SLI them!

Rest of the stuff looks just fine.

What is he running for audio? 5.1 Speakers or a head set?
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PostSubject: Re: New PC Build (for a friend)   Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:34 pm

Quad core isnt much of a benifit yet. Very few programs utilize it yet, as far as I have been told. Faster Dual core > slower Quad core IMO. TF2 doesnt use quad cores.

45nm was a good choice on the 8400 BTW, runs a lot cooler than the 65nm chips... so no need for a better proc cooler.
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