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Build Advice Help with new computer build

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Toasty411, 8 Nov 2008.

  1. Toasty411

    Toasty411 What's a Dremel?

    7 Nov 2008
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    So my friend is counting on me for buying his new setup. He currently has an average computer. Hes transfering some stuff over to his new build, dvd drive, 700w power supply, hard drives.

    So I'm up to date on most stuff but I'd like to know if this is the best bang for your buck and will it work....The motherboard isnt the greatest and he knows that but he wanted one where he had at least 2 PCI slots for other devices. IE sound card, tv tuner, lan card for lan games. Anyway this is what I have so far. He's trying to keep it under a 1000 with a new monitor.

    CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115041

    Wanted a quad core, I have a Q6600 but are these a lot better? Are these real quad cores? I saw this one that was $319 and another that was 500 and it was .17 Ghz different everything else was the same. Maybe newegg messed up the pricing.

    RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122 -

    He picked this out because it was the cheapest thing he saw, i said that's not why you buy it but he didnt care....He does that a lot and since his dad is a lawyer I guess he doesn't really care about effectiveness over price.

    Video card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500068

    Is the 260 better than the 280 and 9800? He wants to max out every game on the market. I'm pretty sure this will do it.

    Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135093

    That's the motherboard he decided on. It looks okay but will everything be compatible, anything better?

    TV Tuner card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815260017

    Really not sure about TV tuner cards. He said he wants to be able to plug in his xbox 360 or cable tv and watch it on there but I heard Razzel is good but that was the first one he saw he bought off of the price.

    Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811103010

    He wanted to keep the case price under $100 with it still looking good. I looked over this one and it looks like it has pretty good functionality in terms of installing hardware into it.

    Monitor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009149

    If you guys have any comment or see something that's not right or could be better please post in here thanks!
  2. bigsharn

    bigsharn Officially demotivated

    9 May 2008
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    as far as NVidia goes, the 280 is the best...
    ...and if he wants to max out every game he needs double the RAM for a start, and I'd get him a 4870 (considering it's an ATI chipset) then whenever he likes he can buy another and run it in Crossfire

    I just bought that motherboard and just as a warning it only works with 800MHz RAM or below (unless you overclock it), I just paid $80 for one of those on Ebay as well if you don't mind buying second hand...

    I'd also stick with the Q6600, it's cheaper and better for overclocking (so will theoretically last longer if not overclocked than any other processor)

    I'd get one of these as well, people seem to love these for cooling performance, and it's cheaper and better looking than the case you currently have...

    Hope this helps
  3. tonpal

    tonpal What's a Dremel?

    27 Jul 2008
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    As Bigsharn said the Q6600 is probably the best value quad, particularly if you overclock. If your friend wasn't planning to overclock I would wait a few weeks to see if the Core i7 release had an impact on the price of Yorkfield quads particularly Q9300 and Q9400.

    With the motherboard I would give the P5Q or GA-EP45-UD3 a look. With a 260 only one PCI-E 16 slot can be used on a P45 motherboard.

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