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Master Geek
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Topic # 53060 8-Dec-2009 12:01
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Hi All

My cousin (14) is getting some money for Christmas to upgrage the old Althlon 64 3000+ system I gave him. He has $450 max to buy CPU, Mobo and Ram - he already has an ATI 4670 1 Jiggabyte video card so that's fine.

I think he plays fps  and car games for the most part as well as general movies/internet etc.

Any thought on what to get for his budget? He has an old beige (!) tower case with a relatively new 400W power supply.

I was thinking

Athlon 2 dual or cheap quad (620) cpu since the cheap triple cores don't seem to be available here?
Some AM3 motherboard, I don't know AMD/ATI
4 G DDR3 ram of some sort.

He will get Win 7 X86 or 64 outside of this budget too. Also I don't think he's worried about noise so a box CPU cooler is fine.

Thanks for the help!

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  Reply # 280380 8-Dec-2009 13:24
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I would go for:

AM3 Box with retail cooler 640 X4 $154
Corsair XMS3 DDR3 2x2GB $157
ECS MCP61M-M3 $80 incl shipping
Coolermaster Elite 340 w/ 420w PSU $105

Opps, $46 over budget though :(
I just put the case in there, because I couldn't imagine putting new parts into an old case, if you skipped the case though, you could always add a new HDD into the mix :)

I have moved across the ditch.  Now residing in Melbourne as a VOIP/Video Technical Trainer/Engineer. 

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  Reply # 280439 8-Dec-2009 16:53
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For that sort of budget, the RAM and mobo would likely be limited to DDR2, since the more basic DDR3 boards typically go for the same price as a reasonably specced DDR2 board.


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  Reply # 280444 8-Dec-2009 16:58
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  Reply # 280579 9-Dec-2009 03:47
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Something like this works out under $450

AMD Athlon II X2 245 Processor 2.9GHz 2M
SuperTalent Gold Series 2x2GB DDR3-1600

Have a muck aroud with the Computer Lounge combo builder:

Also what make/model is that 400w PSU that he has?  Might be abit underpowered if it's a generic brand.

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  Reply # 281096 10-Dec-2009 08:26
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Thanks for the feedback guys, An Athlon II X2 or X4 looks like the way to go and I might recommend a DDR2 board/ram so that he has money left over for a PSU should his current one be a lemon.

Just going through the process of returning a dead Asus P5N7A-VM motherboard through computerlounge myself so if that goes well I'll definitely recommend he get it there.

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