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    Making a budget CPU for the House

    My mom runs a home daycare center and is a big movie buff, so I decided to make a Multimedia/Browsing CPU for her and the kids. I'm trying to stay under $525. So far it's:

    AMD Phenom II X6 1045T CPU
    AMD Radeon HD 6570 Video Card
    1TB storage (could go down to 500GB to save some $$$ for other parts)
    12GB RAM (Memory) (Once again could go down to 8, but the more, the faster this puppy goes)
    BR/DVD Drive
    450W Power Supply (Hopes that's enough, if not I can go up to 500-600W)

    With these specs, I think they should be set for 3-4 years before an upgrade is needed.

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    I don't know the power consumption of those parts but a GFX card tends to take up a good bit of power. So you might want to up to 500 or 600.

    Also I would bring it down to 8 (if not even 4) GB of RAM. Unless they are going to be coding or video editing on the computer, what you're getting will likely be overkill and never get used. More RAM is fun but not really necessary.

    Oh and I just noticed, you are planning to get a case for the computer, right?
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    I would go up to a gtx 550, they go for about 140 or a radeon 7750 for about 100-120.

    The 6570 is outdated and under powered. You may even be able to go for a 460 but trust me its worth it. The GFX is the last part you want to cut corners on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbroncos78087 View Post
    I don't know the power consumption of those parts but a GFX card tends to take up a good bit of power. So you might want to up to 500 or 600.

    Also I would bring it down to 8 (if not even 4) GB of RAM. Unless they are going to be coding or video editing on the computer, what you're getting will likely be overkill and never get used. More RAM is fun but not really necessary.

    Oh and I just noticed, you are planning to get a case for the computer, right?

    The Case i'm looking at comes with a 450W power supply. I figured 8 GB would be enough, but I want this Comp to be fast for internet browsing/video/downloads/etc. I have 4GB on my current CPU and it slows down too much for my liking. I want this CPU to be fast and flexible for 2-3 years.

    Quote Originally Posted by alexander_37 View Post
    I would go up to a gtx 550, they go for about 140 or a radeon 7750 for about 100-120.

    The 6570 is outdated and under powered. You may even be able to go for a 460 but trust me its worth it. The GFX is the last part you want to cut corners on.
    The VGA I'm getting mostly for the HDMI and the Bluray drive. I wont be playing BF3 or Crysis 2 on this but I'll wait for the price of those cards to drop a bit. The Radeon 7700 series is still $150+ in most places.


    Right Now for budget:

    CPU,Case,Fan,4GB RAM- $255
    another 4GB RAM- $30
    Blu Ray Drive- $50
    Hard Drive-$80

    For a total of- $415, so if I can get a good card for $100, I;ll jump on that. How about a Radeon 6950?
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    For what you are building you will be fine with 4gb of ram. Alot of people think more ram = more speed as a whole which isn't exactly true. If you are encoding HD videos then it won't slow down with more ram but general use such as watching movies you don't need 8-16gb.

    I would go with 4gb ram, use the extra money for a fairly decent GPU and a full HD monitor if needed

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    4GB should be more than enough for all of those tasks. I mean the price point between 4 and 8GB isn't that much so it's up to you but my laptop has 4GB and does all those things just fine.

    I agree with the post above. Most people mistake RAM and processor in this regard.
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    Have to agree with going with 4gb ram. That should be efficient enough for the tasks you mentioned. 8gb of ram should be your max. Even with that, thats pushing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flclfanman View Post
    The Case i'm looking at comes with a 450W power supply. I figured 8 GB would be enough, but I want this Comp to be fast for internet browsing/video/downloads/etc. I have 4GB on my current CPU and it slows down too much for my liking. I want this CPU to be fast and flexible for 2-3 years.



    The VGA I'm getting mostly for the HDMI and the Bluray drive. I wont be playing BF3 or Crysis 2 on this but I'll wait for the price of those cards to drop a bit. The Radeon 7700 series is still $150+ in most places.


    Right Now for budget:

    CPU,Case,Fan,4GB RAM- $255
    another 4GB RAM- $30
    Blu Ray Drive- $50
    Hard Drive-$80

    For a total of- $415, so if I can get a good card for $100, I;ll jump on that. How about a Radeon 6950?
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...ED&PageSize=20

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    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...7750&x=20&y=11

    The 6950 has a little faster memory clock but the same core clock.

    It's also 100$ more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexander_37 View Post
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...ED&PageSize=20

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    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...7750&x=20&y=11

    The 6950 has a little faster memory clock but the same core clock.

    It's also 100$ more.
    Yikes, I meant the 6770.

    Hope Everyone is right about the RAM. I'll go to 8GB just to be safe.

    Updated Specs:

    CPU: AMD Phenom I X6 1045T
    GPU: AMD Radeon 6770 (1 GB)
    8GB RAM
    500GB Storage
    Blu Ray Drive

    for a total of $475(ish)
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    I used to run a 6870 and it was a little under powered for some games. But you can get what you can get looks like a solid machine for the money.

    Also I read
    First things first this card is gigantic. I recommend that you measure your case before buying this card.
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    The cost difference between 4GB and 8GB isn't that much so it's not going to break the bank if you go up but I doubt you'd need it. At work, we give the programmers and developers 8GB and everyone else gets 4GB. It works just fine for the tasks you outlined but if it isn't a bank breaker, then go for it.

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