Brother's computer died rebuild time

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  1. IEMC

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    Alright, I need some help. I haven't caught up with the hardware realm yet, so guidance is needed.

    Price limit is $200 with a tolerance of $50 dollars (so let's just say $250 is the absolute max).

    We need a motherboard, CPU, and RAM. He said he wants to start off with 2 gigs of RAM and upgrade later on.

    Any suggestions will be excellent, so thanks in advanced.
    (Note: We're in the US, so New Egg is recommended, but other deals found are welcome)
     
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    Then you can better ask what graphics card he has at the moment.

    So what parts you already got IEMC?
     
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    Not all that better speced. The biggest difference in the 2 boards is that the Asus is an AM3 socket and needs DDR3 memory. He can use Crossfire or physX with the Arock.

    Going with the Asus board would lay waste to his budget as well. It's $60.00 more than the Asrock, plus it requires DDR3 memory which would cost even more.

    Nope, for getting the best bang for his buck, the Asrock beats the Asus hands down.
     
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    That's OK. SOMEBODY has to keep you danged young whippersnappers on your toes. :D:D:D
     
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    He's got a 9600 GT he just got, and he's not a huge gamer so it's perfect for him.

    Other than that he's just got the hard drives, disk drives, PSU, etc.

    This is great, guys. I really like Kris's second selection. Keep them coming.

    (Question, though: how out of the picture is getting DDR3?)
     
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    procupine14 Why is it Beeping!?!?!

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    That really depends on how cheap you want to go. There are some basic 2GB DDR3 1333 on newegg for really cheap when you are looking at dual channel AMD stuff

    also if you are looking at a cheap DDR3 1333 4GB kit there is something like this

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178238

    The main issue being that the board itself is quite expensive as an AM3. but guys correct me if im wrong but couldn't we throw in a less expensive board that offers a single PCIe since hes not sounding like he wants much more?
     
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    Wow, you just keep bringing the awesome setups.

    Thanks procupine. I did find a fairly inexpensive DDR3 board for not too much, I can't find the link though.

    Anymore help with DDR3 in mind would be awesome. I'll discuss the stuff so far with him.
     
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    the thing with DDR3 vs DDR2 is that the bandwidth isnt that much different due to the memory controller needing a bit of work, DDR2 is just as good really.....
     
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    IEMC Neighborhood screw up.

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    I'll take your word for it :p

    This is probably all null, as my brother is just RMAing the board. Turns out warranty was still in effect.

    Thanks anyhow, guys. I'll probably be asking again in a few months for myself when college starts. Cheers.
     
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    lol cheers man
     

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