Time to build a new computer

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  1. Lateralus

    Lateralus New Member

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    I built the desktop I'm using now almost 4 years ago. I want to build something new, but I've been out of the loop for a while now. I'm basically looking to build a decent gaming/general use system for around $600. I'm open to any suggestions thanks in advance.
     
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    SeeVinceRun Currently In Prison OT Supporter

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    You looking for a quad or a dual core?
     
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    How much of a new computer do you want?
    Keeping anything from the old system, like the HDD(s) and CD/DVD drives? Keeping the case?
    Exactly what parts do you want to upgrade in other words?
     
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    I've heard that quad isn't really needed for the average computer user? I'm going to assume dual would be fine.
     
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    I plan on keeping the sound card and power supply as long as 430W is sufficient enough for a new system.

    I basically want to be able to do some light gaming and continue to run it smoothly. I mostly play WoW, some FPS and my wife plays The Sims 3 as well. Outside of that it will be for surfing the internet, listening to music and just general use. I also have no intentions of overclocking or running an SLI/Crossfire setup.
     
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    Well to give you an example of what you can get for $600. Last March I spend $500 at Newegg and got...
    Intel C2Q Q8200 (wish I had gotten an equal speed Q9xxx or a Q6600)
    2x1GB OCZ DDR21066/PC28500, later replaced it for 2x2GB of the same exact same thing.
    Gigabyte GA-EP43-UD3L mobo
    XFX 9800GT
    320GB Seagate SATA HDD
    Used my current DVD-/+RW DL drive, case, 430W PSU, Soundblaster Live! 5.1 card (which later started screwing up and got replaced with a X-Fi PCIE 1x card although the on-board audio is pretty good too)

    Depends on which FPS you play to me will really be the factor that will decide what GFX card to get.
     
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    SeeVinceRun Currently In Prison OT Supporter

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    Probably true. But more and more applications will start to show significant gains with more cores in the future...so keep that in mind.
     
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    SeeVinceRun Currently In Prison OT Supporter

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    If I were building a low budget PC today, I would build it with these parts.

    GA-MA785GMT-UD2H - $90

    Athlon II X4 620 - $96

    WD Green 1TB HDD - $90

    Antec Earthwatts 650w PSU - $85

    Some case that isnt crap - $70

    Some RAM that isnt crap -$100

    Generic DVD burner - $30

    That brings me to $561. So....thats a new, upgradable quad core build for under what you want to spend....
     
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    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    He wants a gaming computer. Not some quad core computer w/ a HD4200. Spending $85 on a power supply for a budget machine is a complete waste of money.
     
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    SeeVinceRun Currently In Prison OT Supporter

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    85 bucks for a 650w PSU is not a waste, and I have no idea where you are getting that with the new line of GPUs coming out, 650 isnt a good idea.

    Second, he can simply cut back on the HDD size and use the extra money towards a GPU. I just didnt list it because it would be a little over budget. Better than 500 without HDD, Case, or PSU if you ask me.

    And thirdly, he wants a gaming / general use PC. Says it in the first post.
     
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    You can't game worth shit on a 4200HD or a sub-$50 videocard.

    As long as his power supply isn't some piece of shit no brand. 430W is plenty enough. 650W would power 2 GTX285's. I have my doubts that is on his horizon if he wants a $600 machine.

    Add a $55 500GB Seagate 7200.12 and a $60 Antec 300 and he has himself a competent gaming computer.

    The system I suggested will consume about 200W under load. Which I am pretty confident a 430w PSU will be able to handle.
     
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    Thanks for all the suggestions guys, I'll look into these more when I get home.
     
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    SeeVinceRun Currently In Prison OT Supporter

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    I know. Thats why I said "it would be over budget" instead of saying "he should get a 50 dollar GPU"
     
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    Do you think I'm going to be able to get a couple years out of this setup and still be in pretty good shape?

    Also between this i3 and X4 620 that was mentioned is there a major (noticeable) difference other than one being dual core and the other being quad?
     
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    I've got a quad core, and I was surprised to see how often all 4 cores are firing.

    :dunno:
     
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    SeeVinceRun Currently In Prison OT Supporter

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    in single threaded applications, the i3 will walk on the athlon. In a mutlithreaded (more than two cores) app, its reversed.

    Also, the quad is about 30 bucks cheaper. I think the 620 is now replaced with the 630 for 99 dollars. Same chip, just 2.8ghz instead of 2.6.
     

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