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    Default Budget Build

    First day of a new year, and it seemed like a good time to update the recommended builds.


    Budget Build PLUS+

    Case Antec Sonata III with 500W Earthwatts PSU.

    Motherboard Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3L

    CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E7300

    Ram 2gb (1x1gb) G.Skill DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) 5-5-5-15

    GPU EVGA GeForce 9800GT 512mb Dual Slot Video Card

    Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar SE16 640gb SATA

    Optical Drive Samsung SH-S223Q 22X DVD R/W burner with LightScribe

    Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

    Alternatives

    Motherboard Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H AM2+/AM2 780G

    CPU AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Black Edition

    GPU Sapphire Radeon HD 4830 512mb video card


    The build totals about $660 USD. The Alternatives are listed simply to provide different options within the same price range. Substituting with the alternatives doesn't change the price much except with the processor. These are not necessarily the cheapest components within each category because I didn't want to sacrifice performance. You could easily shave off more than $100 dollars and still have a very productive and upgradable computer. Futhermore, if you're not a gamer, you could eliminate the video card and knock off $100, or go with a much cheaper video card.

    I also decided to include the 64 bit version of Windows Vista. The price is the same as the 32 bit version and the potential is much greater. With the release of Vista SP1, and the overall maturity of drivers, it only makes sense to go with Vista 64-bit on a new build. For a more technical perspective, take a look at this article from Gizmodo, or watch this video from Rodney Reynolds explaining 32 vs 64 bit, and 2gb ram vs 4gb.

    The only things missing are mouse, keyboard, and monitor, which can all be picked up for less than $200.

    Fire away with any comments or questions, and we'll fine tune this thing and then make it a new Sticky for a Budget Build.
    Last edited by RickyTick; 01-02-2009 at 12:58 PM. Reason: editing

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    $660 is quite a lot for a budget build, but you could always substitute in an E2200 to save a quick $60.

    Good job.
    Current Recommendations
    Budget Builds (~$500): http://forums.mysuperpc.com/showthread.php?t=1642
    High End Build (~$1300): http://forums.mysuperpc.com/showthread.php?t=2382

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    Looks great. The one thing I'd like you to add back to alternatives is the Antec NSK4480 Case. I like the idea of having a budget build that I can recommend for under $500 (w/o vid card) consistently. The Sonata III is on sale for $99 a lot, but it is also at it's regular retail a lot at $150. At the same time, if the group is feeling that 380W is becoming too light for a PSU option, then the NSK would have to come out at some point anyway. Your call.

    I also like the way you show a low side / high side cost in the current recommendations sticky, so when you post the final budget build I'd like to see that at the bottom.

    Finally, I know you eluded to it below, it might be nice to spell out very clearly for the newer folks that with the Intel option you NEED some type of video card becasue there is no onboard, but with the AMD option you don't need one at all if you don't play games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wise Monkey View Post
    $660 is quite a lot for a budget build, but you could always substitute in an E2200 to save a quick $60.

    Good job.
    I originally wanted to keep it under $500, but I didn't want to just throw the cheapest thing I could find in there. I'll list out more alternatives that people can choose from to help reduce the price. Also remember, the 660 included the OS. Thanks.

    I renamed it to the Budget Build PLUS+
    Last edited by RickyTick; 01-02-2009 at 12:59 PM.

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    Default Budget Build

    Budget Build

    Case Antec Sonata III with 500W Earthwatts PSU.

    Motherboard Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H AM2+/AM2 780G

    CPU AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Black Edition

    Ram 2gb (1x1gb) G.Skill DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) 5-5-5-15

    GPU Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 512mb video card

    Hard Drive Western Digital Caviar SE16 320gb SATA

    Optical Drive Samsung SH-S223Q 22X DVD R/W burner with LightScribe

    Operating System Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

    Total $563 including Operating System.

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    Looks good. As long as the Sonata III is $99 when they buy, non gamers can skip the card and it's under $500. I like it.

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    When I checked, the NSK4480 was the same price as the Sonata III. I guess you just never know when something goes on sale. There will probably always be some exceptions to all these builds depending on current pricing.

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    OK, I'll update the list. Thanks guys.
    Current Recommendations
    Budget Builds (~$500): http://forums.mysuperpc.com/showthread.php?t=1642
    High End Build (~$1300): http://forums.mysuperpc.com/showthread.php?t=2382

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    WM or RT, could you update the price to $502 as of 1/6/2009, and change the note to "...you could shave off a lot of money by skipping the video card altogether or going with a with a much cheaper video card, like a 8600GT or similar."

    THX

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    Done.

    That is an excellent build.
    Current Recommendations
    Budget Builds (~$500): http://forums.mysuperpc.com/showthread.php?t=1642
    High End Build (~$1300): http://forums.mysuperpc.com/showthread.php?t=2382

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