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Old October 26, 2008, 03:35 PM
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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
$136.99

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.

-Rick



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Old October 26, 2008, 04:01 PM
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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?
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Old October 26, 2008, 04:26 PM
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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.
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E7200
GA-EP43-DS3L
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.
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Old October 26, 2008, 04:37 PM
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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?

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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.
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Old October 26, 2008, 04:51 PM
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E7200
GA-EP43-DS3L
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.
Looks good but why the EP43? Wouldn't the EP45 be a better choice?

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.
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Old October 26, 2008, 05:16 PM
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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.

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The Antec Sonata 3 is a nice solid case though and it has a good PSU too. Really can't go wrong with it.
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Old October 26, 2008, 06:26 PM
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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

E5200
Ati sapphire 4670
Mushkin 2gb x2
Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L
Arctic Cooling Accelero S1

All I need left is the hard drive, case/case+powersupply and essentials like an optical.

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