First time computer builder needs m

April 14, 2009 at 17:33:43
Specs: Windows XP
Hello I am trying to avoid spending ridiculous dollars on a system where i will have to replace some of the factory installed components right away. I have a build I am looking to set up but I need a pat on the head telling me it willl be alright and the thing won't explode as soon as I turn it on. Grin

Also, I was hoping to run Empire total war on it and while i have gotten a go ahead from the forums over there I was hoping for, again, a pat on the head and the nod of approval from some sagely figure. Thanks for your time

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* 1 year: $9.99
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* GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-US2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail Item #: N82E16813128379Return Policy: 30 Day Return Policy

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* AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400 Brisbane 2.8GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core black edition Processor Model ADO5400DSWOF - Retail Item #: N82E16819103289Return Policy: Processors (CPUs) Return Policy

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#1
April 14, 2009 at 18:16:36
I would pass on all the warranty items.

Just my opinion, but do the math $$$$ .

In a year all the parts will be obsolete.....

If you feel the parts are going to fail....buy elsewhere.


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April 14, 2009 at 19:50:10

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#3
April 14, 2009 at 20:12:22
I also think the warranties are a total waste of money. I don't know where you are buying parts but the costs you cite are more than half or more of the items.

Additionally the hardware has it's own warranty that may even exceed what this company is offering you.

Go to newegg.com and price out hardware there. Look at their weekly specials. Most items are free shipping in that list.


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#4
April 14, 2009 at 20:55:36
Yeah the warranty stuff is there because it was just easier to copy. I need to build kinda cheap but I am not worried about having to replace stuff in a year or two. I really wanted to know if anyone thinks there will be a compatibility issue between these parts. Like a driver conflict or a plug that won't fit or if the video card is six times too big. Just general warnings of, "Oh, god! Don't buy that!"

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#5
April 14, 2009 at 21:40:48
I don't know why you would bother with a Brisbane when the Kuma is available for about the same price. In case you're not aware, the Kuma is basically a quad core Phenom with 2 cores disabled. That means it has L3 cache (Brisbane has none), plus it supports DDR2-1066 (Brisbane supports DDR2-800).

The board you chose is a good one but since you're gonna be running a discrete video card, the AMD 770 may be a better choice.

The Radeon HD 4850 performs about the same as the GTX 250 but it's cheaper, plus it would complete the AMD Spider platform.


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