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Postby stopthekilling77 » Tue Mar 20, 2007 7:15 pm

alrighty, i've been commissioned to put together a new "family" PC for the rest of the clan

i've been an Intel guy since i got into computers a year or two ago (dodges the hail of rotten vegetables and fruit) BUT i grew up with AMD based systems, as my dad has been a programmer for 16 years, he had developed a likening for AMD. he's asked me to put together a PC fit for general family use: mild gaming, internet/email, the random video and audio editing, and beyond.

i implore the peanut gallery and the technologically gifted alike for a crash course on AMD mobos and processors. i've got the harddrive thing on lockdown, and i'm sure i can figure out a decent video card (i want to sneak him a mid-to-high range card as my younger brothers like video games :) ) but i'm not sure on any of the decent/high-end chipsets and all. help?
MSI 970A-G43
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GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC 2GB
2TB Seagate HDD, 1TB WD HDD for backups,
Antec P-180B, Antec 450W PSU
ASUS 27" LED LCD Monitor
someday I will get a real GPU and some SSD's... :goodman:

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Postby ibleet » Tue Mar 20, 2007 8:29 pm

Im certainly no expert, but I like the Asus Crosshair Mobo with the AMD 5200+ CPU combo.

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Newegg is down, so I hope those links from zipzoomfly are the right ones.

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Postby stopthekilling77 » Tue Mar 20, 2007 8:46 pm

lol i probably should have mentioned that its gotta be a cost-effective machine running! i like that mobo alot, but there's no way i could get my dad psyched about an almost $250 board... me on the other hand, if i were AMD bound, i'd definitely have that on my wish list!

found a nice ASUS board for under a hundred, but it seems the newegg server is down right now. will post later!

favorite reliable chipsets out there guys?
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10 GB DDR3 1333 CAS-7
GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC 2GB
2TB Seagate HDD, 1TB WD HDD for backups,
Antec P-180B, Antec 450W PSU
ASUS 27" LED LCD Monitor
someday I will get a real GPU and some SSD's... :goodman:

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Postby Alathald » Tue Mar 20, 2007 10:18 pm

I personally have this http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131011
but $189 may be a bit high for a family machine

For $133, this looks like a decent board, lot of good specs & reviews plus it's SLI so you can put a cheaper video card in it and by a second later
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131013
It's also "Board of the month" or something like that on NewEgg


I've also heard AsRock (sp?) makes decent budget boards but I don't know alot about them (just remember hearing bout em somewhere)

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Postby camaroguy1998 » Wed Mar 21, 2007 12:52 am

Alathald wrote:I personally have this http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131011
but $189 may be a bit high for a family machine



If you have a wireless network in your home that would make the additional cost of this board well worth it!
Also the future expandability is a major plus!

BTW....The M2N32-SLI Del. Basically is a Crosshair without the LEDs and the LCD poster!
ASUS Crosshair V- Formula Z - AMD 9590H2O
16G GSkill RipJaw - CoolerMaster Seidon cooler
Corsair RM750X - Samsung 840 EVO 500GB SSD
ASUS BW-12B1ST BD Burners(X2)
EVGA 560ti SC
ASUS 27" LED LCD monitor
Corsair 600T case

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Postby stopthekilling77 » Wed Mar 21, 2007 7:51 am

built in wireless is DEFINITELY a plus in my house. wireless in every room and all.

i'd come across this board: http://www.newegg.com/product/product.a ... 6813131096
and i was wondering if anyone has used it or knew anything about the chipset on it. i have a feeling i'll end up with the ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless mobo, but you gotta compare right?
MSI 970A-G43
AMD Phenom II X4 965BE @ 3.5 GHz
10 GB DDR3 1333 CAS-7
GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC 2GB
2TB Seagate HDD, 1TB WD HDD for backups,
Antec P-180B, Antec 450W PSU
ASUS 27" LED LCD Monitor
someday I will get a real GPU and some SSD's... :goodman:

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Postby Alathald » Wed Mar 21, 2007 11:26 am

camaroguy1998 wrote:
Alathald wrote:I personally have this http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131011
but $189 may be a bit high for a family machine



If you have a wireless network in your home that would make the additional cost of this board well worth it!
Also the future expandability is a major plus!

BTW....The M2N32-SLI Del. Basically is a Crosshair without the LEDs and the LCD poster!


Exactly why I bought it! Well, ok I got it cause my mother offered to by me a christmas present up to $200 and it's a damn fine board :P

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Postby Zertz » Wed Mar 21, 2007 4:39 pm

All I want to say is : don't get the ASUS M2N-E

It seems like it is a board that HP would use for a low-end PC.

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Postby dgood » Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:53 pm

try a low end amd dual core and 1 gig of ram and something like x1650/7600gt(mid-high range) or find a 6800xt etc. a decent board would probably be an nforce chipset. doesn't have to be by any means but they are good usually. msi/dfi/asus are always good for me at least.
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Postby dgood » Wed Mar 21, 2007 6:06 pm

Tiger Direct Barbones are great deals. you could also look through their motherboard/cpu kits. then just find yourself a better psu for most of those barbones or a psu/gfx in general for the cpu/mobo kits.

Here are a couple I think are decent deals for bundles
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... CatId=2406 (core 2 duo)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... CatId=1619 (If you want the 939 Socket still this is a good processor and the mobo is fine I have it on another build.)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... CatId=2417 (AM2)
Prices Vary A lot on gfx's for midrange so just look around there are some deals to be had.
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Postby stopthekilling77 » Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:10 pm

thanks a lot! i definitely have a wide array of boards for him to choose from now! he's an asus fan so i'm sure it'll be one of those boards, as for CPU i'm gonna be surprised if he springs for the C2D over AMD because of his past... we will see! 8)
MSI 970A-G43
AMD Phenom II X4 965BE @ 3.5 GHz
10 GB DDR3 1333 CAS-7
GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC 2GB
2TB Seagate HDD, 1TB WD HDD for backups,
Antec P-180B, Antec 450W PSU
ASUS 27" LED LCD Monitor
someday I will get a real GPU and some SSD's... :goodman:

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Postby dgood » Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:48 pm

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... 2&NoMapp=0
is a good xfx xxx 7600gt. you can find slower clocked 7600 gt's with free shipping and a rebate of the same amount ish for 106 or so on zzf.
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Postby stopthekilling77 » Wed Mar 21, 2007 8:51 pm

pretty good price for the card! the typical mixed blessing for computer guys, it seems like i'll be waiting a month or so before i can buy the parts, but with projected price cuts, i'm hoping i'll be able to beef up the CPU and GPU for both this system and mine, which i'll be saving for the highest level 8800 series. i'm thinkin it'll be worth it for my rig, but for the family one, i'll most likely go with a similar card to the one you just showed me, or a 8600 series card.
MSI 970A-G43
AMD Phenom II X4 965BE @ 3.5 GHz
10 GB DDR3 1333 CAS-7
GeForce GTX 650 Ti OC 2GB
2TB Seagate HDD, 1TB WD HDD for backups,
Antec P-180B, Antec 450W PSU
ASUS 27" LED LCD Monitor
someday I will get a real GPU and some SSD's... :goodman:


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