Build me a new rig w/ Core 2 Duo
I'll be getting my parts likely from Canada computers or ncix if the benefit is there.
Basically I'm aiming to put together a rig with careful choices on the motherboard/ram/cpu and case to reduce costs.
The CPU I've thinking on is the Intel Core 2 Duo E7200
To be frank I've never built an Intel based computer before, but the benefits are there. The last rig was with a 5400X2 + 3870. Is this new CPU a good deal?
I do not know much about intel motherboards, I'm looking for one with decent performance, stability, low price, and one PCI-slot because I won't cross-fire or sli. I've heard some recommend the Gigabyte EP43-DS3L.
For the RAM either 2 to 4 Gigs of low-priced stable ram, I'll likely not overclock.
For the case I'd preferably enjoy one with an included 500+ Watt power supply, a removable dust-filter and somewhat of having noise-dampening attributes. I'm against top-side fans or see through cases with lots of lights and bells. Aluminum or steel, it doesn't matter.
The video card I consider to be a good value is the 4670, the 4850 is ~$55+ more at canada computers and I might not need the extra power as my resolution probably won't exceed 1600x1200 with the monitor I may purchase.
These are the items I need help with, please help me to the best stuff out there.
If you really need to spend as little as possible and you do not need the cache of the E7200 you might consider saving a little bit of money with an E5200 clocked to E7200 speeds.
Mind listing what parts you have that you want to keep using from your old rig?
Thanks. I don't have my previous rig anymore so this'll be from scratch.
The E5200 seems to have 2mb L2 cache and a 800MHz FSB instead of 3mb and 1066, with a less featured motherboard the overclocking might not be a good idea and I'd like to keep the warranties.
Mushkin EM2-6400 2x2Gb
Antec Sonata III, with the included Earthwatts 500W PSU.
Video card: 9800GT, 9800GTX, 9800GTX OC... whatever which one has the lower price; though the 4850 is a mighty good choice too.
Hey thanks charlie, I'll check that stuff out.
Edit: Canada computers doesn't seem to sell the GA-EP43-DS3L. Would the GA-EP35 be an equivalent?
Nope. earlier chipset, I do not suggest P35 for newer 45nm chips.
Link for ya for the board you wanted.
Canada Computers - Motherboards > Socket LGA775/T : Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L Socket 775 Intel P45 + ICH10 Dual-Channel DDR2 1200/1066/800/667/533Mhz Dual GigaLAN 8-Channel Audio Support 1600Mhz FSB.
For the video card, the 9800GT is probably the best bang for your buck. I saw it for just over $100 after MIR on DirectCanada last week. You could also wait for the HD4830 which is in the same range as the 9800GT.
Thanks for the link cadaveca.
Thanks for the advice jdrom, I'll look into the 9800.
For the case however I'm willing to spend more for a nice solid quality case that can take some abuse and is good for building in. I might make some room in the budget for a separate power supply. Any suggestions on a good case?
Edit: Hey MacJunky after looking into the E5200 a bit it doesn't seem too bad. Thanks for the advice. I might go with it.
The Antec Sonata 3 is a nice solid case though and it has a good PSU too. Really can't go wrong with it.
The last rig I had built was in an Antec Sonata III. I'm hesitant to buy another with the same make, but it is practicable.
So far I have this set-up in this order:
CPU, video, ram, motherboard, vga cooler
Ati sapphire 4670
Mushkin 2gb x2
Arctic Cooling Accelero S1
All I need left is the hard drive, case/case+powersupply and essentials like an optical.
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