1. Post #1
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    Dank Dave's Avatar
    March 2007
    1,106 Posts
    As the title says, my dad has requested that I build a computer for him to store all of his music on and to be able to do some light internet browsing and whatnot. I've been given a budget of $600 to buy parts, and I want to make sure I get the best I can possibly get within that budget. This is the list that I've just come up with, but I'm obviously looking for suggestions to make it better:



    So Facepunch, what can I improve?

  2. Post #2
    PrismatexV3's Avatar
    December 2008
    465 Posts
    How the fuck is that RAM so cheap?
    Also, Rosewill PSU = get out.
    I bet I could find a good quiet one.

  3. Post #3
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    Bladerunner1's Avatar
    September 2007
    1,115 Posts
    its only a 2GB kit

    and look at the 7850BE instead of the 9950

  4. Post #4
    M4rQu5's Avatar
    June 2008
    100 Posts
    why no gpu`?

  5. Post #5
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    Yumyumbublegum's Avatar
    January 2009
    7,719 Posts
    Integrated.

  6. Post #6
    S.T.O.R.M's Avatar
    February 2009
    936 Posts
    This might come in handy for someone!

    CPU $49.99 AMD Athlon 64 X2 (Dual Core) 2.5Ghz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103628

    Motherboard $74.99>$64.99 after mail-in rebate Gigabyte http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128379

    Video Card $119 ATI Radeon 4850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150351

    RAM $59 GSkill 4GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231211

    Case $99 Antec (Comes with Antec 500w PSU) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129024

    HDD $69 750GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152099

    Optical Drive $18 Sony DVD-ROM OEM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827118031

    OS Windows Vista Home Premium 64Bit with W7 Upgrade $109

    $597

    Change anything to suit your need, I think all that will need to be changed is the HDD and GPU unless your Dad will do some light gaming....

  7. Post #7
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    SomeFaggot's Avatar
    February 2009
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    How the fuck is that RAM so cheap?
    Also, Rosewill PSU = get out.
    I bet I could find a good quiet one.
    For fucks sake, Rosewill makes decent power supplies that work great for a less power hungry system.

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  9. Post #9
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    Dank Dave's Avatar
    March 2007
    1,106 Posts
    I already have a video card to use, an 8600GT. Is there any reason to go with a dual core instead of a quad core other than that the performance increase is negligible for what the computer will be used for?

  10. Post #10
    JohnEdwards's Avatar
    July 2007
    4,954 Posts
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=78&p2=21
    not worth it imo

    Edited:

    you can drop the gpu but a 4350 will do the sound processing (assuming you use hdmi) and video decoding instead of the cpu

  11. Post #11
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    Dank Dave's Avatar
    March 2007
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    Also, this case (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811121027) appears to come with a power supply but I've always heard that you should never use the power supplies that come with cases. Am I correct in assuming that if I buy a separate power supply I can just take the cheap one out and replace it with the better one?

  12. Post #12
    JohnEdwards's Avatar
    July 2007
    4,954 Posts
    I have theat case and psu running fine. no problems with it but the psu is only 270watts

  13. Post #13
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    Dank Dave's Avatar
    March 2007
    1,106 Posts
    I have theat case and psu running fine. no problems with it but the psu is only 270watts
    Alright, thank you.

  14. Post #14
    ffrasisti's Avatar
    June 2009
    251 Posts
    Why the f***are you getting such a strong processor for a computer that wont be used for rendering or gaming?

    Get a Phenom x4 , its more than enough w that

    everything else seems to be just fine to me if its not a gaming pc

  15. Post #15
    JohnEdwards's Avatar
    July 2007
    4,954 Posts
    Why the f***are you getting such a strong processor for a computer that wont be used for rendering or gaming?

    Get a Phenom x4 , its more than enough w that

    everything else seems to be just fine to me if its not a gaming pc
    what

    Don't get a stong cpu
    get a phenom
    contradiction much?

  16. Post #16
    ReznorT's Avatar
    November 2008
    1,165 Posts
    For fucks sake, Rosewill makes decent power supplies. They stand as the middle ground between corsair and logisys and are great for a less power hungry system.
    Rosewill SUCK.

    Son, i am disappoint

    Edited:

    what

    Don't get a stong cpu
    get a phenom
    contradiction much?
    Depends which Phenom, the first version royally sucked, the second version is so much better

  17. Post #17
    FightForCherno's Avatar
    July 2009
    387 Posts
    Also, Rosewill PSU = get out.
    I bet I could find a good quiet one.
    yeah, rosewill PSU's are firecrackers. I learned the hard way :(

  18. Post #18
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    ChristopherB's Avatar
    October 2008
    2,422 Posts
    I'm pretty sure I have seen 4GB DDR2 kits for around $30.

    Also going with a "no" on the Rosewill.

  19. Post #19
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    SomeFaggot's Avatar
    February 2009
    2,175 Posts
    Rosewill SUCK.

    Son, i am disappoint
    It really all depends on the OEM of that specific model. Just stick with the better ratings and you will most likely have a higher quality OEM behind it.

  20. Post #20
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    Roast Beast's Avatar
    September 2008
    3,109 Posts
    So Facepunch, what can I improve?
    Whatever you do keep that DVD drive, Lite-Ons are amazing.

  21. Post #21
    Sam Tilgan's Avatar
    September 2008
    678 Posts
    How the fuck is that RAM so cheap?
    Also, Rosewill PSU = get out.
    I bet I could find a good quiet one.
    I use a Rosewill PSU. It's fine.

    Also, do you want to play Blu-Ray crap?

  22. Post #22
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    ManningQB18's Avatar
    April 2009
    9,855 Posts
    It IS a media center, I would assume he wants Blu-rays to be playable
    Rosewill low power PSUs are fine.

  23. Post #23
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    January 2005
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    My experience with Lite on drives is that have a lot, A LOT, of noise when they spool up to read a dvd. I'd get something better for a media oriented PC.

    I'd go with an ATI 4550 for a media PC. It's powerful enough to do Blu Ray picture in picture, and it has HDMI output- perfect for a media PC. It'll run cool and with low power requirements. It'll do other basic computer tasks just fine, no gaming though.

    I'd probably go with an AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor over a 7750/7850(65W vs 95W). For a media PC that's plenty.

    I'd also probably pair it up with a 780 based board, instead of the 740. My understanding is that 780 is the way to go for AMD based media PCs.

    I would NOT buy an Audigy SE. If you're going with Creative, the least you'd want is an X-Fi XtremeGamer. Otherwise you'd be better off buying a used real Audigy 2 or preferably an Audigy 4 off ebay. This is if you aren't going to use the HDMI audio off the vidcard.

    I would not buy a Rosewill PSU. Antec at least, come on!

    Those are my suggestions.

  24. Post #24
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    onnet7's Avatar
    May 2005
    155 Posts
    You should definitely look into mini-itx.

  25. Post #25
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    November 2008
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    For fucks sake, Rosewill makes decent power supplies. They stand as the middle ground between corsair and logisys and are great for a less power hungry system.
    lol'd, have a funny

  26. Post #26
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    February 2009
    2,175 Posts
    lol'd, have a funny
    Thanks, I'll give you a rainbow because you brightened my day.

    :buddy:

    Edited:

    I fixed it because I realized that phrase called for a comparison of 2 closer things.

  27. Post #27
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    reapaninja's Avatar
    November 2008
    8,118 Posts
    I like how it's usually only the owners of a roseshit PSU who defend them

  28. Post #28
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    SomeFaggot's Avatar
    February 2009
    2,175 Posts
    I like how it's usually only the owners of a roseshit PSU who defend them
    Possibly because anybody who has not used one would not be able to testify.

    "Hey, have you tried X?"
    "X is shit!"
    "Why? Have you had a bad experience with them?"
    "Never tried them lol."

  29. Post #29
    Dennab
    May 2007
    122 Posts
    you will want hdmi audio and video for that you should go with the 4350, however i'm not exactly sure whether the 4350 does 2.1 or 5.1 or 7.1 hdmi sound, i've head 2.1 only but i may be wrong here.

  30. Post #30
    matey9's Avatar
    February 2008
    1,321 Posts
    My experience with Lite on drives is that have a lot, A LOT, of noise when they spool up to read a dvd. I'd get something better for a media oriented PC.
    Also my lite-on drive was broken and scratched up my Windows disc on the first boot after I built it. Just putting that out there, not sure how likely it is.

  31. Post #31
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    Roast Beast's Avatar
    September 2008
    3,109 Posts
    No one likes Lite-Ons? I love mine, it has incredible scanning capabilities. After I got it I was finally able to make copies of a ton of scratched DVDs that skipped or were unplayable in other drives, out of dozens only one didn't copy perfectly.

  32. Post #32
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    Hell Strike's Avatar
    December 2005
    2,681 Posts
    I have an LG bluray/hddvd drive and it works fine.

  33. Post #33
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    December 2006
    2,632 Posts
    You need a blu-ray capable video card for blu-ray, if I recall correctly, HDCP or something.

  34. Post #34
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    Zorlok's Avatar
    June 2007
    14,346 Posts
    No one likes Lite-Ons? I love mine, it has incredible scanning capabilities. After I got it I was finally able to make copies of a ton of scratched DVDs that skipped or were unplayable in other drives, out of dozens only one didn't copy perfectly.
    Well no, the first guy just said they're noisy. Which is somewhat true...my LITE-On drives aren't the quietest things ever. Otherwise I've had no problems with them and I'd easily recommend them to everyone else.

  35. Post #35
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    Dennab
    July 2008
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  36. Post #36
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    October 2008
    2,422 Posts
    Well no, the first guy just said they're noisy. Which is somewhat true...my LITE-On drives aren't the quietest things ever. Otherwise I've had no problems with them and I'd easily recommend them to everyone else.
    Heh...my Lite On drive sounds louder than my Xbox 360 when I am installing something from a disk.

    Which is to say...it's like being on an active flightdeck.

  37. Post #37
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    ghostofme's Avatar
    January 2009
    4,072 Posts
    For fucks sake, Rosewill makes decent power supplies that work great for a less power hungry system.
    Yeah, for a shitty budget build of $200

  38. Post #38
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    September 2008
    3,109 Posts
    Well no, the first guy just said they're noisy. Which is somewhat true...my LITE-On drives aren't the quietest things ever. Otherwise I've had no problems with them and I'd easily recommend them to everyone else.
    I guess I got lucky, mine isn't particularly noisy. Of course my PC is pretty noisy anyway so maybe I just don't notice

  39. Post #39
    MachoManRandySavage's Avatar
    May 2009
    193 Posts
    SPI's are great, cheap, quiet PSU's.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...%20Power%20Inc.

    Take your pick.

    Here's the most appropriate one, but maybe a bit more than you need. Closest to your power needs without going under though.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103022

  40. Post #40
    PrismatexV3's Avatar
    December 2008
    465 Posts
    Sparkle?
    That looks so unreliable.

    Edited:

    Also cheaply made.

    Edited:

    Why pay $100 for a "600W" cheapo PSU when you can get a Corsair modular 520W for $9 more?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...9001&Tpk=520hx