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jediobi1

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Feb 16, 2006
so im helping a friend of mine build a new computer and this is what we picked out, he is on a budget of 700 or less, not counting the stuff he may have to go up in price for, he mostly plays steam games and wow

CPU-E5200
Motherboard-ECS BLACK SERIES P45T-A
Memory-G.SKILL 4GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
PowerSupply-Antec earthwatts EA500 500W
Case-Antec 900
Videocard-ATI 4850
 
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jediobi1

jediobi1

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Well, if he has $700 or less and only needs the 6 things you listed (already has a DVD drive, hard drive, OS, monitor\keyboard\mouse etc...), he could step up the quality quite a bit.

CPU - i5 750 $200
Mobo - Gigabyte UD3L $125
Mem - G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2gb $85
PSU - Antec EA500 $70
Case - Antec 300 $52
GPU - HIS 4870 1gb $150

Total ~$680.

Now, if he needs more than what you listed out of the $700, that does change things quite a bit :)

for the parts i listed it comes to 469, he dont need a real big high end system which is why i chose the 5200
 

JonSimonzi

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Jan 30, 2008
The system I built isn't a big high end system. It's a value system using the current generation of parts. If he has a $700 budget, why choose a platform that's at it's end of it's life, vs. one that's just beginning?
 

Stratus_ss

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Ontario Canada
for the parts i listed it comes to 469, he dont need a real big high end system which is why i chose the 5200

CPU - Athlon II X4 630 Propus Quad Core 2.8 ghz $122
MOBO - Asus M4A77TD $84
Mem G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB $85
PSU - Antec EA500 $70
Case - Antec 300 $52
GPU - HIS 4870 1gb $150
OR
Swap the video card for
GTS 250 for $109

Total W/ATI $563
Total W/Nvidia $521
 

DocClock aka MadClocker

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Dec 19, 2000
Location
Stockton Cal, USA, Earth
The E5200 does not have VT (virtualization technology) and the E6300 does which is essential for running XP mode in win 7...it costs a few $ more, but the gains are better than the E5200, and clocks really well...and it's a 45nm Wolfdale. The stock H.S. blows, but with a good cooler, you should get 3.5-4 gig without much trouble. +1 for the Ripjaws ram.
The link for the E6300 is here
So if you are considering the E5200, you should look at the E6300 and see if it is right for your friend.
Good Luck on the build,
Doc
 

EarthDog

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Dec 15, 2008
Location
Buckeyes!
Well, if he has $700 or less and only needs the 6 things you listed (already has a DVD drive, hard drive, OS, monitor\keyboard\mouse etc...), he could step up the quality quite a bit.

CPU - i5 750 $200
Mobo - Gigabyte UD3L $125
Mem - G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2gb $85
PSU - Antec EA500 $70
Case - Antec 300 $52
GPU - HIS 4870 1gb $150

Total ~$680.

Now, if he needs more than what you listed out of the $700, that does change things quite a bit :)
Excellent build here. I would undoubtedly get this over the e5200 and frankly AMD as its notably faster. I wouldnt currently build on the S775 platform from scratch. You are leaving your friend no upgrade path really...