help me choose hardware

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Taurus, May 7, 2008.

  1. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    my buddy got his stimulus check and wants to finally upgrade his socket A system. we'll be reusing as much of his old stuff as possible (case, harddrive, dvd burner). his cap is $600 but i already picked out a good power supply which cuts it down to $500 left. and spending less is always better.

    here are the other parts i was considering...

    motherboard:
    ASUS M3N-HD HDMI (nvidia 750a) $175
    GIGABYTE GA-MA770-DS3 (AMD 770) $95

    processor:
    Athlon X2 4850e (2.5GHz, 45W) $90

    memory:
    G.SKILL 2 x 2GB DDR2 800 $80

    video card:
    ECS 9600GT 512MB $140


    I've always been the go-to computer guy among my friends and built his current comp years ago. and i've always been an AMD + nvidia guy which still pretty much holds true. i say pretty much because i know current Intel offerings are generally a better option. but i don't really know much about them or the available chipsets.

    his priority is gaming (battlefield 2, in particular) which is why i have the 750a board there with it's SLI for future-proofing. but the board/chipset is still very new. makes me nervous.

    so what is a good Intel cpu/motherboard/memory combo for roughly $300?
     
    Last edited: May 7, 2008
  2. PUTALE

    PUTALE OSNN One Post Wonder

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    FOR INTEL SYSTEM

    i would say go for the E7200 or E8200 processor.
     
  3. Basekid

    Basekid OSNN Junior Addict

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    The 750i is getting good reviews on the net, so I would pick that one. Memory and vid card look good.

    The cpu won't fit (like Putale mentioned) so yeah a 8200 would be a good pick.
     
  4. Arniestan1

    Arniestan1 OSNN Addict

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    To get within the $300 range get the E4600 processor, Gigabite P35, and Corsaire 2ig xms 6400 ddr2 mem. All can easily be found in Newegg.