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New build for a friend

By Technochicken
Dec 22, 2008
  1. I'm helping a friend build himself a new computer. He will be using it for gaming, music editing, and music recording. He is looking to spend about 600$ on parts. he will be buying from tiger direct, and here is what he we have so far.
    Cpu
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4089657&sku=CP1-DUO-E7300

    Motherboard
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...-details.asp?EdpNo=3839553&sku=SYXS-BB-103202
    -no sli immediately, but he wants the option

    Video card
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...-details.asp?EdpNo=3839553&sku=SYXS-BB-103202

    Ram
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3327389&sku=O261-8082

    PSU
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3276573&sku=ULT-LSP650

    HDD
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3255389&sku=TSD-250AS7

    Case
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2337812&sku=ULT33179

    He's also going to get a quiet after market cooler for the cpu, and some quiet case fans. As you can tell, he would like the rig to be pretty quiet. His monitor is 19 inches square, which i think is 1280 by 1024, so the graphics card might be overkill for that resolution. Also, i'm not too sure about the power supply. I've never seen anyone on this sight recommend an ultra brand psu. we would love suggestions so he can get the most out of his money.
     
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Im not sure if your graphics card link is working, but at the moment I would say go with a Corsair branded power supply.

    Maybe perhaps a newer board like the 750i, but the 680 is a great board, so you don't really have to.

    Will a 250 gb HDD be enough?

    I think you may wan't nice speakers and a sound card with it.
     
  3. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 729

  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Why buy from TigerDirect only? Surely Newegg and others have better prices? Is there a specific reason not to buy from them? I can supply you with a list of parts, but will use Newegg and other sources like EBiiz as well. Also, does the $600 cover shipping as well?
     
  5. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 729

    600 before shipping. And I don't think he would mind buying from newegg. He was going with tiger because he is more familiar with it.
     
  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Personaly i think Newegg > TigerDirect. Even their website looks so much cleaner with less adds and neater format.


    I would recommend Auzentech prelude, ≈ $170
     
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

  8. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 729

    How does the athlon 5400 pair up against core two duos? I think it might be better to cut down on the hard drive space, because he does not need that much, and cut down on graphics a bit also. He will not be playing at particularly high resolution. An with those cutback, he could add a good sound card for recording. Other than that, this looks great. I'll send him the thread to see what he thinks.
     
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    The Core 2 Duo is a lot better, but the GPU is far more important in a gaming system than the CPU. For a C2D-based system, I recommend the HD 4850 recommended above so as to remain within your budget. A decent motherboard for the same would be the GA-G31M-ES2L (for a thinly-stretched budget; available cheapest here) or the P5Q Pro (for a more relaxed budget; available cheapest here)

    For the HDD, if you want, you can go with the WD Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS. It's available for real cheap here. Works out to a buck per GB, excellent value IMO.
     
  11. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 729

  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    I recommend this case in that price bracket. Great cooling and decent looks. You may want to replace the fans with some Nexus Real Silent\Yate Loon D12SL-12 or Scythe SFF21F fans for added quietness without sacrificing cooling performance. Either fan can be had cheap at Jab-Tech.
     
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