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Posted: 9/8/2010 10:05:46 AM EDT
I have been looking at basic computers online. I'd like to build or pick up a relatively cheap desktop.
I really think I'd like to build my own. I figured it would be a good way to learn how it works.
I already have most the programs and operating software I should need, so that should save a few bucks.
Windows 7 64bit, office etc. I also have a nice flat screen and all the other stuff like printers, key boards etc.

I spent the last couple of hours looking at stuff till my eyes crossed. I am not sure what is the best route to go.
Socket 775 or amd3? Or is that just a ford vs chevy thing?
I found these two that looked like they would fit the bill:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6622039&Sku=B69-4455
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6622049&Sku=B69-4458

I also found this and was thinking this might be a better or cheaper way to go:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6256261&Sku=B69-9004

Memory, hard drives etc seem pretty cheap. So are power supplies and cases.
It seems that most desktops up to $500 are slower than these here, have smaller hard drives than I have been looking at
and have less memory.

I'd like to stay under $500, but I'd also like the flexibility so I can upgrade later with a faster processor or more memory.
Not really into gaming, but would like the ability to watch and download movies, maybe a bluray player later on etc.

Any one have any suggestions for a newbie?
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 5:29:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2010 5:32:10 PM EDT by Vulcan94]
If I was building another system (which I am) I would get an AMD processor with a AM3 motherboard. Although Intel currently has the better performing cpu's, AMD, in my opinion, will give you the most bang for your buck. For example, both Intel and AMD have just released six core processors. AMD's list price for the 2.8 GHz Phenom II 1055T is just $199; and the 3.2GHz "Black Edition" 1090T is $295. Intel's list price for its six-core Core i7 processors are much higher, with the 3.2 GHz 970 at $885 and the 3.3GHz 980X is $999. By going with AMD you could put the money you save toward more memory, bigger hard drive, a SSD, or a better GPU.


Vulcan94
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 6:31:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2010 6:39:41 PM EDT by rosseubanks666]
For a price/performance ratio i always go with AMD.

You can always get a triple core processor for cheap and buy a mother board that unlocks the 4th core. So you're getting 4 cores and paying for three. I believe most of the major motherboard manufactures are offering this function in the bios of their AM3 compatible boards. Manuf. like MSI, Asus, Gigabyte. I would also recommend you check out www.newegg.com i can't say enough about their service and shipping. If you sign up for their email alerts you can find pieces here and there that will save you a good sum of money if you just pay attention. If you're not worried about bleeding edge tech like USB3 and SATA3 that come on some higher priced motherboards you can always down the road buy a PCI-express expansion card to make up for future proofing your investment.

I would also stay away from the Intel 775 socket, it's the older generation of tech, here soon suppliers will quit selling those socket processors so if yours ever died or you wanted more processing power you'd be hard pressed to find the part, and probably pay a premium for it also.

Don't forget the Black series of AMD processors can be overclocked for an easy 10% gain.

This processor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103699
This Mobo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131660
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