Budget computer only a few parts needed

noah360

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: around a month

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: all at once: WoW, firefox, itunes, windows messegner, virus scanner.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case, PS, CD-rom drive, HD, Video Card.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD vs Intel? i'd perfer AMD with there new Phenom II out

OVERCLOCKING:
No

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Alright right now i will be reusing my case with my PCIx16 ATI 1950 GT video card and my 450W PS unknown type. and my HD which is oldschool, IDE, but for now i will make it work as i am on a budget.

I run all the tasks as listed above all at once, this 3k+ sempron has done it's job for too long, now it's time for a new dual, tri, or quad core. Please arrange the best system parts including a CPU, Motherboard, and Ram. For approximatley $200 Give or take 30 dollars. I would like it to be DDR3 if that at all possible, not sure price or CPU requirements, i've been out of computers for about 4 years so i've missed A LOT! lol P.S. Not going to overclock so i believe that AMD is the choice, please inform me for your reasoning on your picked out system parts if you would so i can educate myself once again. Thanks

Thank you all so much.

-Noah M.
 

skora

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If you are okay with DDR2, this is a Phenom II x4 920 and biostar 790gx mobo for $175 after mail in rebate:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.209473
Ram would cost another $40-$50 for 4gigs. You'd be trading ddr3 (which currently doesn't offer performance over DDR2) but does make it more difficult to upgrade later as DDR2 cost is rising. But you get a quad core instead of a tri or dual.

This combo might be your best bet for DDR3 but who knows if it will still be here in a month. You'll have to see what's available then.
MSI 770 mobo and AMD Phenom II x3 710
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.212218
DDR3 ram will run $75. Prices may come down too.
 
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128392

Quality gigabyte board with good feature but cheap because it only has a single pci-e x 16 slot

Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $64
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148227
decent low latency RAM at an excellent price

For a processor either

Phenom X2 550 be for $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103680
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Phenom X3 710 $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103648
The 550 will run games a little faster , the 710 will cope better with multitasking ,Either will kick sand in the face of your sempron


Total is $244 or $243
 

ahslan

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^great advice skora

either way you go, youll spend about $240 (thats including shipping and not including a $15 mail in rebate)...