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Old August 18, 2010, 01:14 PM
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I would rather go with AMD on this build.

I would get the Phenom II 945, the 870G Gigabyte motherboard, a better PSU such as the Antec Truepower one that is on sale.

Save a bit more on the DVD drive by going with the on sale one. ~$20.

I think you would save ~ $30 or so, plus you get better upgradeable with the AM3 socket.

EDIT: I don't really think $800 is a low budget. My first "gaming' computer was $550 tax included LOL!!!
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cool. now, i always prefer giga boards vs whatever else, in normal situations. that board seems ok, but if you take a look at the pcb, its not really made to run high clocked quads, not like you'd go with a quad for a budget system anyway.
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Old August 19, 2010, 12:01 PM
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how does this look:

*taken down due to TOS*

It comes to $808.12 plus tax, which is apparently fine with my friend.
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Old August 19, 2010, 12:21 PM
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If your friend is okay with trading the performance for a larger capacity drive, then stay with the caviar green, otherwise I would suggest getting the black drives instead unless you find the 1TB blacks on special. Also I suggest using price matching websites so you can take advantage of ncix's pm service.
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Old August 19, 2010, 01:24 PM
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I would get the Seagate 7200.12 drives. They are dirt cheap and have good performance.

NCIX.com - Buy Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 750GB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR Warranty* - ST3750528AS In Canada.

Save a bit on the DVD drive.

NCIX.com - Buy Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black DVD Writer SATA OEM - SH-S243D/BEBE In Canada.

I like the Azza 910B more than the 690II. You get more fans at a lesser price.

NCIX.com - Buy Azza Helios 910 Black ATX Mid Tower Case 9X5.25 1X3.5 4X3.5INT 230MM Blue LED Fans & Window No PSU - CSAZ-910 In Canada.

EDIT: Why do and how do you have 2 copies of Just Cause 2?
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Old August 19, 2010, 01:30 PM
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1. Neither of your lists has an OS.
2. Caviar Greens do not work well as boot drives. They are meant to be storage drives only.
3. I've done builds in the Advanced and regular 690 II's. Unless he wants the hotswap tray on top, the regular is cheaper.
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Old August 19, 2010, 01:41 PM
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1. Neither of your lists has an OS.
2. Caviar Greens do not work well as boot drives. They are meant to be storage drives only.
3. I've done builds in the Advanced and regular 690 II's. Unless he wants the hotswap tray on top, the regular is cheaper.
1. I just use a *cough* downloaded *cough* copy for the OS
2. Alright, I think il stick with a 500gb black then.
3. Ooops never noticed that there was an advanced and a basic. Is there really any difference between the two other than the hotswap bays. Because the difference in pricing for me is only like 8 bucks.
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Western Digital 250gb
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Old August 19, 2010, 01:43 PM
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I would get the Seagate 7200.12 drives. They are dirt cheap and have good performance.

NCIX.com - Buy Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 750GB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR Warranty* - ST3750528AS In Canada.

Save a bit on the DVD drive.

NCIX.com - Buy Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black DVD Writer SATA OEM - SH-S243D/BEBE In Canada.

I like the Azza 910B more than the 690II. You get more fans at a lesser price.

NCIX.com - Buy Azza Helios 910 Black ATX Mid Tower Case 9X5.25 1X3.5 4X3.5INT 230MM Blue LED Fans & Window No PSU - CSAZ-910 In Canada.

EDIT: Why do and how do you have 2 copies of Just Cause 2?
I haven't had good experiences with Seagate, so I think I go with a 500gb black.

I will get that DVD drive you linked me, it makes more sense.

Unfortunately, my friend is quite fixed on the 690 II
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Western Digital 500gb and Seagate 500gb in RAID 0
Western Digital 250gb
Antec 1200
OCZ Vendetta 2 LGA 775 CPU cooler with bolt thru kit
XFX HD5970
Steelseries 7G Mechanical Keyboard
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1. I just use a *cough* downloaded *cough* copy for the OS
2. Alright, I think il stick with a 500gb black then.
3. Ooops never noticed that there was an advanced and a basic. Is there really any difference between the two other than the hotswap bays. Because the difference in pricing for me is only like 8 bucks.
You meant the OS he already has and will reuse, I'm sure. And if the difference is only 8 bucks, get the Advanced. I thought it was more like $20-25.
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boot times and snappiness slow with the greens, as mentioned. unless you open up a program once in a while dont bother if youre looking for performance.

what distro are you using? ive used ubuntu and some based on it and theyre pretty nice, with a small footprint of course. love the 3d desktop thingie, if the gpu can do it of course.

also, why the heck dont you get a ps04b hell even a ps05 if you dont plan on using large gpus? under 50 bucks pmed, looks like a much more expensive case if you ask me :)


edit : Buy Silverstone Technology [PS04B] Silverstone Precision PS04B ATX Black Mid Tower Case 4X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS

good god look at the price man!


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