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aaron_c

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Hey guys, I've got my first build parts list mostly put together. Can you add the things I need for just the computer itself? I'm wanting to stay under 500.00, that's my absolute limit (if I don't set a totally rock-solid limit, I'll talk myself into going overboard lol). I'm going to be using my computer for all the usual stuff, plus Second Life combat, which lags like crazy with most computers I've been on because of all the people and what not. Anyway, here's what I have so far:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814127423
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817702010
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822152106
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811156078

So, keeping it all under $500, what else do I need and what are my best options?

Edited by aaron_c, 01 November 2009 - 01:57 PM.

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I suggest an Asus P5Q and a Core 2 Duo for keeping this computer within budget, and some DDR2 RAM. If you raised the budget, you might be able to get an i5 in there.
Instead of that GTS 250, pick up a 4870 (Powercolor) for about the same price, it is much more powerful.
If you only need 160GB, then this: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136075
This PSU has the same power (on the +12V rail... what really matters) and is modular for less money... also look at the Corsair PSUs, as they offer the best reliability: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817341016
The case you picked out is fine... you can also go with this: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129066
Or just a plain Antec 300 or 200.
This is also a nice case for the money: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811119137
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Thanks edge. Yeah, that CoolerMaster is on my shortlist- what I'm actually doing is giving my girlfriend a list of about five cases that I like and know are good, and letting her choose one.

How does this combo look? It's about $40 cheaper than a P5Q and Core 2 Duo, separate.
http://www.tigerdire...AIN#detailspecs

And this for RAM: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820146526
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That looks like a risky combo... look at the reviews: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131369
Something like this: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128358 is an example of a solid 775 motherboard.
This is as cheap as I will suggest: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128357
Couple it with a E8400 or E8500 for some nice performance.

I would get this RAM kit: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231098
Also... do you have any intention of going AMD?
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You mean getting an AMD processor? It doesn't matter to me either way if so, I don't know which is better *shrugs*
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On the AMD note, how does this combo look? Just exploring options :)

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128395
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103288
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Little bit more on the processor could give you a killer CPU:

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103656
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I wish I could get the Phenom II, but it pushes me well over budget it seems. Here's what I think I'm going to go with (I already have the BFG Tech PSU, got it from a friend who never took it out of the box).

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813128395
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814127423
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811156078
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136075
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231098
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103288
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817702010

Like I said, the Phenom II is just too pricey unfortunately. I wish I could afford it. Does all that stuff look compatible and ready for order, though? thanks!
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Before you decide on the processor and motherboard, check reviews and decide which one is right for you (As some processors are better in certain tasks than others): http://www.anandtech...d...?i=3272&p=8

If you could spare around 10 more dollars you can get a 4870.
http://www.overclock...or_hd4870/7.htm
It can even outpower a GTX 260 in come cases.
Just get an Antec 300 and use the savings to get a 4870.
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