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Old 07-20-2005, 01:20 PM   #1
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Default Building a new pc, need ideas

I've already picked up my graphics card, case, and memory. I'm thinking of going along with an AMD cpu, mobo, as well as a powersupply. Besides the common newegg and zipzoomfly, does anyone recommend a good AMD cpu, mobo, and powersupply at a reasonable price?? Budget is say....up to $400 for all three.
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Old 07-20-2005, 01:23 PM   #2
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Bottom line is get what your budget allows.

You should be able to spend about $200+ on a CPU, $120 on a good mobo, and $40 on a good PSU, and have some money left over. Just get whatever that price allows.
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Old 07-20-2005, 01:25 PM   #3
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Bottom line is get what your budget allows.

You should be able to spend about $200+ on a CPU, $120 on a good mobo, and $40 on a good PSU, and have some money left over. Just get whatever that price allows.
Besides the usual zipzoom, newegg, and tigerdirect...............any other good sites to buy from?
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Old 07-20-2005, 01:53 PM   #4
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You can ask him if he's happy with his purchase
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=804404 monarchcomputer.com

Otherwise, you may want to stick w/ zipzoomfly & newegg. I rarely have problems with them especially if you want to exchange/return it.

Don't forget to check with resellerratings.com too
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Old 07-20-2005, 01:54 PM   #5
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I bought all of my parts from Newegg and ZipZoomFly.
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Old 07-20-2005, 02:53 PM   #6
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I have an AMD 2600+ Barton Core, with an Nvidia nForce2 mobo. Together they were a little less than $200.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103377

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813180061


It's cheap, and it works. Just do some research and you'll find what you're looking for. My 2600+ is running at 1.9Ghz not overclocked. It's actually kind of tempting to buy the 2800 above.
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Old 07-20-2005, 02:55 PM   #7
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dont skimp on your powersupply....trust me, i know from experience
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Old 07-20-2005, 03:23 PM   #8
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dont skimp on your powersupply....trust me, i know from experience
You can get a good quality PSU for under $50 though. Unless you're overclocking or doing something that requires serious juicage (like running your SLI overclocked 6800 Ultras), a decent low end thermaltake or similar name brand PSU will treat you well.
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Old 07-20-2005, 03:25 PM   #9
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You can get a good quality PSU for under $50 though. Unless you're overclocking or doing something that requires serious juicage (like running your SLI overclocked 6800 Ultras), a decent low end thermaltake or similar name brand PSU will treat you well.
i thought the same thing...




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Old 07-20-2005, 03:34 PM   #10
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What type of memory? I no longer skimp or buy generic memory, because of power requirements and compatibility with various motherboards, cpu's and chipsets. I have bought corsair only for the last few years, and I make sure to buy a brand name board *first*, then match the memory to the board and chipset.

As for distributors, I just go by pricewatch and usually choose the lowest. Although, the last system I put together, everything came from newegg, as it saved some on shipping all from one distributor.

The specs for that system (purchased late May 05) are:

Antec TruePower 430W ATX12V
MSI RX600 XT-TDI128E
AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Socket 939
Corsair TwinX1024-3200C2
MSI K8N Neo4/SLI
Maxtor MaxLine Plus II 250GB

<$800 shipped. I got the SLI board because I'll eventually take this machine home with me.
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Old 07-20-2005, 03:56 PM   #11
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I've already picked up my graphics card, case, and memory.
Uh... doing things a little ass-backwards, aren't you?

Whatever motherboard you get is going to determine what memory type and graphics interface type you need, so by getting those first, you've limited your options a fair amount.
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Old 07-20-2005, 03:56 PM   #12
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Also could check buy.com
I've bought alot of stuff from them and have been very happy
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Old 07-20-2005, 03:58 PM   #13
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dont skimp on your powersupply....trust me, i know from experience
+1

Antec TruPower is the way to go.

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Old 07-20-2005, 04:01 PM   #14
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Uh... doing things a little ass-backwards, aren't you?

Whatever motherboard you get is going to determine what memory type and graphics interface type you need, so by getting those first, you've limited your options a fair amount.
Don't worry buttercup, the graphics card and memory type is already accounted for. Thanks for everyone's inputs.
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Old 07-20-2005, 04:07 PM   #15
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For <$400 for CPU+Mobo+PSU I'd recommend what I'd like to pick up:

-Athlon 64 3400+ (754) for ~$220
Yes, 939 is "newer", but a 754 3400+ is as fast for gaming as a 939 3700+ . With new nForce4 mobos in 754 now out there, staying w/ 754 doesn't even undermine upgrade pathways like graphics cards anymore. So for the price you're looking at, you're going to lose performance by choosing a 939 chip over a 754. The only disadvantage is that you won't have an easy CPU upgrade path, but since the 3400+ is faster than any 939 you can fit in your budget, upgrading won't be a high priority anyway.

Your graphics card will determine the mobo, if you're going PCIe you'll need a nForce 4; I think there's a MSI one that's under $100
For AGP graphics you can get an nForce 3, there're plenty under $100 to choose from.

That'll leave you with around $100 for a power supply, which is plenty more than you need, you you can either save some $$ or upgrade something else (bigger/faster HD?)

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Don't worry buttercup, the graphics card and memory type is already accounted for.
Well, okay then. Enjoy.
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Old 07-20-2005, 04:25 PM   #17
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www.pricewatch.com

choose a mb and cpu suited for whatever graphics card(agp or pci-e) and memory you have. Should have been the other way around, unless you are upgrading.
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