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Old 23rd September, 2006, 05:04 PM
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Advice on making PC for my girlfriend

I need some advice on building a new PC.

The pc is going to be for mainly office and multimedia duties but also she plays games quite a lot some new some old. So having something like an x800 or something should be sufficient if it's cheap enough. I need to spend £400 and no more, this should include the operating system. Now for some questions on individual parts.

Oh yeah and waiting is not an option as she needs it ASAP for university but it needs to last her for a good 3 years.

Should i go for AM2 or stick to a cheaper 939 processor? Whats the advantages of going to AM2 this early?

Whats the best performing graphics card that is cheap (about £100~ give or take £25)

The rest of the stuff is going to be standard pc fare (drives, cables, case, psu etc) and is going to cost me roughly £100.

Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Old 23rd September, 2006, 06:02 PM
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A S939 CPU sounds good to me. I suggest NOT overclocking it and buying a good brand name power supply for it.
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Old 28th September, 2006, 07:42 PM
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the 939 AMD's are getting fairly cheap and I hear they can still run plenty of games: Battlefield 2, Doom 3, World of Warcraft, etc.
AMD 64 3500
They are under $100 too.

As for video cards... I've been eyeing the Radeon X850 versions and they are usually under $150. Otherwise I have read alot about the GeForce 7600 versions
I tell ya... I have bought 3 Radeon 9600pro cards in the last year and they will still play Doom3 at lower resolutions (1024x768), so anything faster than that will probably work fine for her.

New egg will guarantee shipment in 3 days to anywhere in the US. So in less than a week you should have everything put together.
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Newegg will guarantee 3-Day shipping with UPS? Uh-oh, 3-Days always means 4-Days, at least for me. Wish they'd go back to FedEx.
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"IF" she's willing, do her a big favor and sit next to her while she builds it. De-mystify the whole thing....we remember our teachers longer than our lovers and often with more affection":O}
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