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Old 01-14-10, 08:24 AM
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Rate my budget box build

Usage: Internet/office, no major 3D gaming
Budget: $500

How does this build look:


Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #:Two Hundred
Item #:N82E16811129070
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate11-129-070

$54.99 -$15.00 Instant $39.99

ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #:M4A785TD-V EVO
Item #:N82E16813131398
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$99.99 -$8.00 Instant $91.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
Model #:CMPSU-400CX
Item #:N82E16817139008
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate Card17-139-008

$64.99 -$15.00 Instant $49.99

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX - Retail
Model #:ADX620WFGIBOX
Item #:N82E16819103706
Return Policy:CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock

$99.00 $99.00

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - Retail
Model #:CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
Item #:N82E16820145260
Return Policy:Memory Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$97.99 $97.99

Western Digital Caviar Green WD6400AACS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD6400AACS
Item #:N82E16822136298
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$59.99 $59.99

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C - OEM
Model #:SH-S223C
Item #:N82E16827151192
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$20.99 $20.99

COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan - Retail
Model #:R4-S2S-124K-GP
Item #:N82E16835103052
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$15.83 $15.83
Subtotal: $475.77
Shipping: 14.57

There are two $10MIR also.



The best deal @dell I could find for $500 shipped/tax is:

Studio Desktop Mini-Tower
Intel Q8300
G45 (X4500HD)
3 GB DDR2 (800)
500GB 7.2k HDD
Win7


Hardware wise the build is faster mostly because of the more, faster RAM and faster GPU. The CPUS are about equal. The AMD will also be AM3 socket, as opposed to the near obsolete Intel 775.

My major reservation is the OS. I have copies of Vista and XP. Win7 would be nice but over $100 would take a big chunk from my home build budget. I probably going to switch the HDD to either the 500 Caviar Blue or Barracuda 7200.12.

Any suggestions?

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Old 01-14-10, 08:48 AM
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Re: Rate my budget box build

The Q8300 is actually quite a bit better than the 620. It may not be entirely noticeable in daily apps, but it is isn't an insubstantial difference.

That aside, that is a quality setup, I built a similar one not too long ago. I just wish RAM would go back down in price, $98 for 4gb is ridiculous. Also, I'd go with the Caviar Black for my boot drive.

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Re: Rate my budget box build

Hot desktop deal finder here:
http://www.edealinfo.com/deals/categories/desktoppc.php

For $500, I think you can probably get a slightly better spec'd machine from Dell than the one you found.
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Re: Rate my budget box build

Thanks. I didn't see many benchmarks for the Q8300, but found quite a few that put the 620 between the Q8200 and Q8400. Although it seems the Q's do significantly better on some tests. But, like you said, either will do fine for daily apps.

I switched the drive to a Seagate 7200.12. The Black was $15 more and the .12 has a free HDD dock bundled.


I see that bing offers 2% cash back for newegg, does anyone know if I can just go thru bing and dump my egg wishlist to the cart, or will it screw up the cash back?
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Re: Rate my budget box build

Thanks for the link, stevevt. FYI, the system I spec'd was $460 before tax + s/h. (and included the $11 Logitech wireless desktop upgrade).

You would think at this price point I could configure a similar AMD based Dell, but the way they have specific deals and discounts and upgrade prices, I just couldn't do it. The Dell site is a bit of a mess to work with too.
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Originally Posted by wmansir View Post
Thanks for the link, stevevt. FYI, the system I spec'd was $460 before tax + s/h. (and included the $11 Logitech wireless desktop upgrade).

You would think at this price point I could configure a similar AMD based Dell, but the way they have specific deals and discounts and upgrade prices, I just couldn't do it. The Dell site is a bit of a mess to work with too.
No prob. Dell.com is definitely a mess. It doesn't help that they have a ton of configurations and prices based on "email only" deals that get floated around. Anyone just going to dell.com and configuring is going to lose out 90% of the time.

Very thorough benchmark CPU list: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php
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I see there are several combo deals with the 620 and OCZ memory. I don't have a good opinion of OCZ, but I can recall exactly why. Any thoughts on them?
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They Dell I configured was from a deal site, similar to the $499 Q8300 on the site you listed minus the 4GB base memory. I tried going through fat wallet (3% cashback), but I couldn't recreated it via the links they have to dell.com.
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Re: Rate my budget box build

For what it's worth*, I just received a Dell Outlet coupon good for 15% off:
Q1GJLHC9L1GL3Z


*Not too much if they raised all their outlet prices.
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Re: Rate my budget box build

Originally Posted by RichC2 View Post
The Q8300 is actually quite a bit better than the 620. It may not be entirely noticeable in daily apps, but it is isn't an insubstantial difference.
i don't think quite a bit better is entirely accurate. better? yes, but it's not like crazy difference or anything.

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
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i don't think quite a bit better is entirely accurate. better? yes, but it's not like crazy difference or anything.

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
It's only a 12% improvement but that is pretty noteable imho. Sure it isn't an 800 vs 1300 score but for a similarly priced machine, it's more than worth mentioning.
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Re: Rate my budget box build

I put in the order last night.

Code:
 	
    AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819103706
    CPU Replacement Only Return Policy 	
    $99.00

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
    Item #: N82E16835100007
    Consumable Item Standard Return Policy 	
    $6.99

    COOLER MASTER R4-S2S-124K-GP 120mm Case Fan - Retail
    Item #: N82E16835103052
    Standard Return Policy 	
    $15.83

    ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813131398
    Standard Return Policy 	
    $91.99

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820231277
    Memory Standard Return Policy 	
    $93.99

    CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817139008
    Standard Return Policy 	
    $49.99

    Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811129070
    Standard Return Policy 	
    $39.99

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822136320
    Standard Return Policy 	
    $69.99

    LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827106289
    Standard Return Policy 	
    $23.99

Subtotal  	$491.76
Tax 	$0.00
UPS Ground 	$15.67
Promo code 	-$10.00
Order Total 	$497.43
The 10 promo was for the HDD, making it only $5 more than the 7200.12. The case and PS each have a 10MIR. Switched to the G.Skill DDR3 after the Corsair jumped $7.

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