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    Building my computer, need opinions (serious)

    Im basically using Acer comp bought 2 years ago. Planning on changing the cpu/mobo/psu only but after going through this and that i realised i almost have to buy a new computer lol

    Basically i'm planning on this(Note: I'm not building a ridiculous gaming computer)


    CPU: E8400

    Motherboard : ?????? How good/bad of a motherboard i should get ASSUMING I DON'T OVERCLOCK

    PSU:Coolermaster 650w http://www.videopro.com.sg/products/...oducts_id=2907

    Graphics Card: ?????? How good of a graphic card i should get. I'm currently using some crap Radeon X300 or something, and everything still goes fine lol

    Casing: Probably some normal nice casing i could find at the shop.
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    upgrade ram and put in a 1024 video card ftw
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    motherboard: anything by gigabyte or asus and you can't go wrong. plenty of great brands but these are in every computer shop so you'll find them anywhere. judge the board by the features you want (how many HDD ports, etc).

    video card: do you game or is it just for dicking about windows and watching movies/pron? 9800gt would do. a couple of hundred dollars, plays the latest games and is pretty quick. if you want, just google 9800gt benchmark, or ati 4850 benchmarks to get a comparison. it'll give you a gauge what they're like. they're the mid-range cards these days
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    Depending on how high of quality games you're going with will determine the video card you get. Check out tomshardware.com for reviews and benchmarks of different parts then go from there
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    I've already got a 2gb@667 ram , getting another 2gb. Actually my budget for a graphic card is pretty low lol..100 or so if possible lol. I don't play any graphic intensive games anyway.

    Any im intending to buy a second hand processor, opinions?
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    Could i basically get a low end motherboard like Asus P5KPL AM/PS and get everything to run smoothly?
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    ati 4850 is the best bang for buck GPU, go with that.
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    get 1 more gb of ram and then use that extra cash on your video card. assuming you run a 32 bit OS. you only take advantage of 3 gb.
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    Originally Posted by MUFC View Post
    ati 4850 is the best bang for buck GPU, go with that.
    How much does it roughly cost?

    i'm running a Radeon X300 (YES VERY FAIL) pretty good with what i'm doing every day.

    Originally Posted by JuicintheJuice View Post
    get 1 more gb of ram and then use that extra cash on your video card. assuming you run a 32 bit OS. you only take advantage of 3 gb.
    I'm using a XP PRO, isn't that 3.5gb? Well that's what i heard.
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    not bad, look around a little more and try to find a better deal.
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    Cheap video card that will play all the recent games fine: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130360

    Slightly more expensive but with double the dedicated memory. Not sure of the quality tho.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130438
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    Is it worth saving 70bucks and getting a second hand 8400?
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    Originally Posted by Sh0gun View Post
    Cheap video card that will play all the recent games fine: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130360
    This (GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP ) will most likely play all your video games... and the ones it doesn't will be limited by your CPU at this point anyways.

    100 bucks is a good deal for this card.
    It's $84.99 after rebate - go get it!
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    I just built my first computer. I used a gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R mobo with and E8500. I also got a 9800GT card since I play at 1280x1024 only.
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    Originally Posted by kraftpb View Post
    whats your budget
    I don't have a fixed budget, just wanna get a E8400 processor and a motherboard that runs with it. Together with a normal graphics card.

    Originally Posted by Mark_NW View Post
    This (GeForce 9600 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP ) will most likely play all your video games... and the ones it doesn't will be limited by your CPU at this point anyways.

    100 bucks is a good deal for this card.
    It's $84.99 after rebate - go get it!
    2 of my friends were telling me how bad 8600s 9600s are, due to incompatibilities and shiit, opinions?

    Originally Posted by Xler8d View Post
    I just built my first computer. I used a gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R mobo with and E8500. I also got a 9800GT card since I play at 1280x1024 only.
    I dont need such a good card i think
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    i would get a q6600 over the e8400. go for a 4850 its usually round 125-150 ish. 4 gigs of ram can be had for 30 bucks. gigabyte board. and ur set.
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    this is crap vs cards in the same price range
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    Mightprobably end up with this

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    Originally Posted by alphaqforever24 View Post
    i would get a q6600 over the e8400. go for a 4850 its usually round 125-150 ish. 4 gigs of ram can be had for 30 bucks. gigabyte board. and ur set.
    Why Q6600?

    4850 seems over budget for me lol. (remember i dont play a lot of games lol)

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    this is crap vs cards in the same price range
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    Seems like most people here have no idea what they are talking about. Based on what you said you want in a computer, basically any mobo is fine as long as it supports pci-e 2.0 x16, 1366 fsb, 4gb of pc6400 ram, and has decent reviews so the chances of getting a DOA is less. Although i am unsure why someone would get something like an e8400 instead of something like an e5200 if they are not overclocking or gaming (hard), its your choice. For the video card, i would recommend a hd4850 or something along the lines of that level. Right now, the 4850 is about the mid/high level card and will be able to play any game at 1900x1200 resolution although the fps may not be great. For the ram, i would just get some sort of pc6400 that has low timings. DDR2 is cheap nowadays and you can get 4gb for 25 dollars. The rest is basically all preference

    Edit// Just get an e5200 if you dont plan to game at all. Scratch my suggestion for a 4850 as well and find yourself a good deal with a rebate on something like a 8800gt or 9600gt.
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    Actually i do game, but i'm not intending on being a some hardcore gamer doing highest settings on Crysis or something. 8400 seems fine.


    I've heard some saying 9600/8600 series aren't good, opinions? How about 9400s lol
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    I've heard some saying 9600/8600 series aren't good, opinions? How about 9400s lol
    Just get a 9600GT.
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    Is there any problems running a ASUS 9600GT with a Coolermaster Extreme Power 650w?

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    Brand  	COOLER MASTER
    Model 	RP-650-PCAR
    Series 	eXtreme Power
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    Type 	ATX from factor 12V V2.01
    Maximum Power 	650W
    Fans 	Sleeve bearing 120mm fan
    PFC 	No
    Main Connector 	20+4Pin
    +12V Rails 	2
    PCI-E Connectors 	2 x 6Pin
    CrossFire 	Ready
    SLI 	Certified
    Modular 	No
    Power Good Signal 	100-500ms
    Hold-up Time 	17ms min.
    Efficiency 	> 70%
    Over Voltage Protection 	Yes
    Input Voltage 	115/ 230 V
    Input Frequency Range 	50/60 Hz
    Input Current 	10A/6.3A
    Output 	+3.3V@28A,+5V@30A,+12V1@18A,+12V2@18A,-12V@0.8A, +5VSB@2.0A
    MTBF 	>100,000 Hours
    Approvals 	Safety Nemko, TUV, cUL, CE, BSMI, FCC, CCC
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    Originally Posted by Alfz View Post
    Actually i do game, but i'm not intending on being a some hardcore gamer doing highest settings on Crysis or something. 8400 seems fine.


    I've heard some saying 9600/8600 series aren't good, opinions? How about 9400s lol
    If you want to waste some extra cash, the e8400 is a good choice in your case. The 9400 is a huge waste of money. Its a POS card that is pretty much for old ladies who want to watch videos. (i know, i had an 8400 which is similar). Get at least a 9600gt for a video card although i still do stick to my first recommendation of a hd4850 if you want to be able to play any relatively new games at decent quality. And although im not sure about the quality of that power supply since i havent seen any reviews on it that i can remember, just make sure you have at least 30 amps on your 12v rail(s).
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    Went to check a couple of benchmarks and reviews, another one caught my eye that's the HD3850. Seems cheaper and better.

    How do i check the amp and vrails lol. I posted the specs on post 28. And that 3850's a DDR3 card, could this motherboard support it?
    http://www.asus.com/products.aspx?l1...07&modelmenu=1
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