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Old September 2, 2008, 04:00 PM
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Might as well get him a decent videocard I agree. Then he can at least play some games.
LOL. He's 65. He's not into playing video games. I tried to get him to try FS a few years back, he wasn't interested because he flew CF-104's in the late 60's. If it doesn't go Mach 2, he doesn't want to fly it.
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Old September 2, 2008, 04:03 PM
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$1000 budget is cheap to him, last system he bought was $2200, but I gotta include monitor and kb/mouse in there because the old system is going to my sister. Her system is so old it came with Windows ME.

I've changed my mind again, here's a list of parts:

E8400 - 169
EP35-DS3L - 86
HD3450 - 50
2Gb DDR2-800 - 65
500mb HDD - 70
DVD - 30
Antec 900 - 98
Seasonic 400W - 48
Acer 22" - 199
Vista - 110

Total after 12% tax - $1036
That's perfect - still overkill, but within budget. And it should last him a few years.

Your Dad flew the Widowmaker?
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Old September 2, 2008, 04:07 PM
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441 Squadron, Baden-Baden. I was born there. I read his logbook one time. He made a note every time one of the pilots was lost. There were a lot of names written down.
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Personally, I think you are going about it a bit wrong.

I would probably go with an AMD 5200+ processor, a mobo with the Nvidia 8300 chipset or 780G, 4GB of ram, pop it into a sleek mATX case and call it a day.
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But his Dad wants an E8400 and an Antec 900... and whatever a Widowmaker Driver wants, he gets.

Anyway, in my Book.
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Old September 2, 2008, 04:10 PM
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Thanks for the suggestion SKYMTL, that's probably the route I'll go with my buddy's build. But Dad wants some of the same parts I have, so if I can do it within budget I will.
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Let him have the best of the best, He flew CF-104's Widowmaker. I would buy him whatever he wanted, hell buy him a quad core.

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Old September 2, 2008, 06:12 PM
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Nice find raven, I hadn't seen that logo for a while. 441 was a reconnaisance squadron while Dad was flying, low level high speed inserts. It's no wonder they lost so many pilots and planes. Lots of bird strikes. He's got some pretty cool pictures, some with the red Top Secret stamp still on them. They were declassified before he left.

Wow, I wandered totally afield with this thread sorry.

Back on topic,

For my friend Mike, SKYMTL had suggested an 8300 or 780G board. Any specific recommendations anyone? I haven't built an AMD system in a couple of years.
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Old September 2, 2008, 06:26 PM
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How about a Shuttle-based system? I built one for my Mom using the SD30G2B - slick, small and powerful enough with an E7200 and onboard graphics. There is also an AMD+ version, the SN68SG2 with nVidia GF7025 onboard graphics.

Just some more ideas.
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Is the 945G chipset ok with the Wolfdales? I thought they had to be 965 and up. But I could be mistaken.
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