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Old August 18, 2009, 06:19 PM
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Hey all,

Looking to build a computer for my sis who's turning 18 and need some suggestions on what parts to buy. So far I got:

Mobo -
DG31PR Motherboard - Micro ATX
HDD - 1TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 sata

Need the following:

CPU - would an e5200 do? or should I go quad-core?
Case - she likes cases like this (in black): ::::::::::IN WIN::::::::::
PSU - I was thinking around 380W
Memory - I was thinking 2x2gb ddr2 800
Video card - pci, something inexpensive with hdmi
DVD burner
Monitor - decent 20"+ that outputs HD (with speakers would be a bonus)

Don't plan to o/c the computer, it will be used for surfing, watching hd movies, playing the odd game (nothing intense), and word processing. My budget is around $620ish for the remaining parts.

Any/all suggestions would be appreciated :)
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Old August 18, 2009, 06:30 PM
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Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X2048-6400C4 2GB
Samsung SH-S223Q/BEBS 22X DVD+-RW SATA DVD
ASUS 9600GSO 550MHZ 512MB 1.4GHZ DDR3 PCI-E VGA DVI HDMI HDCP Video Card Check mobo specs. There is 1 PCIe16 slot.
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 Quad Core Processor LGA775 2.33GHZ
Corsair VX550W 550W ATX 12V 41A 24PIN ATX Power Supply

Hope these'll help. I didn't check all the prices, but they're all fairly inexpensive.

EDIT: Total you should have around $200 for a monitor and case left over. Cases, well... I'd say pick up something generic and paint it for her.
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Old August 18, 2009, 06:41 PM
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I've recommended some cheaper Antec and Coolermaster cases but she would like something more aesthetically pleasing. Painting is also out of the question lol.

I was thinking of alloting around $225ish for a decent monitor...
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Old August 18, 2009, 06:51 PM
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Intel Celeron E1600 Dual Core Processor 2.4GHZ <-- loads cheaper. in more ways than one.
ASUS EAH3450 Silent 600MHZ 512MB DDR2 800MHZ PCI-E VGA DVI HDMI Low Profile Video Card

Also, if she wants as aesthetically pleasing case aswell, she should save some more money up for it. They aren't cheap, ever.
$650 won't get you too far in building a rig that runs well and looks good. Well, at least IMO it won't.
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Old August 18, 2009, 07:05 PM
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I've recommended some cheaper Antec and Coolermaster cases but she would like something more aesthetically pleasing.
If she wants good looking, she's got to look at the P series from Antec. I thought the P183 looked good, I was wrong, when I got it, I saw it was gorgeous.

The P180 mini is great choice IMHO, otherwise I find the NSK6580B kind of nice, of course you surely showed her the 300.

Anyway, just about any CPU would do for her, I would probably give a look at the For Sale page on these forums, maybe you could grab a few parts for cheaper.
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Old August 18, 2009, 07:18 PM
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Hell, i would grab Cpt. Vortex's E1400 off him , it's at a pretty good price.
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Old August 18, 2009, 09:58 PM
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Go for E5200 rather than E1600 imo. Even a 450W PSU is fine for that system. VX450w would do the job for example. If she likes the case, no reason to get it, might have bad airflow and whatnot but sometimes, aesthetics take precedence over anything else. Should be cheaper too. Oh and btw safearus..where did you get the pricing for the 9600gso?
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Go for E5200 rather than E1600 imo. Even a 450W PSU is fine for that system. VX450w would do the job for example. If she likes the case, no reason to get it, might have bad airflow and whatnot but sometimes, aesthetics take precedence over anything else. Should be cheaper too. Oh and btw safearus..where did you get the pricing for the 9600gso?
By using the case and saving that money, you could invest in a better heatsink which may be efficient enough to remain quiet even with sub-standard airflow in the case. I'd definitely spend the extra $10-20 for the E5200 as it has 4x the cache (512KB vs 2MB) and is 100Mhz faster (2.4GHz vs 2.5GHz).
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Oh and btw safearus..where did you get the pricing for the 9600gso?
That was through NCIX. Although I didn't have a price listed in my list. Maybe I should've mentioned to price match it.
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lol I'm actually in the same situation as you op. My girlfriend loves the shiny plastic cases with the fancy artwork it as well.

She's looking for something that is small yet somewhat nice looking (not in the computer enthusiast way).

So, lookin up cases I found this one

Newegg.ca - LIAN LI PC-A05NB Black Aluminum ATX Mini Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

At first glance I could not, for the life of me, spot where the PSU would go lol. Then I realized that the design of the case has the psu situated at the front below your hdds. Thus it allows the case to be much smaller than a mid sized case, but it is still able to accept an ATX mobo.

Also, it draws in air through the back and spews it out through the vents along the front face.


oh and one more thing, the mobo has to be upside down, which might be bad if you have a really hot running graphics card. Should be ok if your gfx card is double slotted and can exhaust it's heat out of the case itself.
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