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I am fixing up making a new PC for the Father in Law.
He is upgrading from an old Dell dimension 8400 (P4 2.8, 250gb HD, 350W PSU, x1650 Pro ATI, rest regular dell propriety crap)
I chucked in a 8800GT rated for 400W, but the dell PSU max does 425w and has been ok with it. (sometimes blue screen as I think things are on the way out) I actually thought about just getting a PC power & Cooling dell replacement 500W psu, but the whole system is too old, HD noisy, heat issues and so on.
He is a big LOTRO nut, and likes games like titan quest, civ and such like. He also downloads lots of movies and plays around in Photoshop CS4.
So far I just ordered today in Canadian $$:
Antec 300 case ( $60 CAD)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB ($78 CAD)
Corsair TX 750W ( $108 CAD)
Samsung SH-S223F Black 22X DVD ( $19 CAD)
miscellaneous zip ties, sata cables and so on
What we have already:
23" Samsung SyncMaster 2343BWX 23in Widescreen LCD Res = 2048 x 1152 native
2 x 8800GT OC
4gb DDR2 800 RAM
Windows XP 32bit CD's with spare license's ( might get him vista 64-bit on the cheap)
What we need:
1 x Motherboard
1 x CPU
The catch is:
Cost : Don't need to go mad - no latest core i7 or AMD latest high end CPU's / Mobo + doesn't have to be quad core.
A Motherboard that will do SLI (preferred 16x16 speeds PCI-E) "Preferably" if not 1xPCI-E x16 gen 2 is good enough. So Nvidia board. So maybe cheaper board but better CPU.
I don't mind either AMD or Intel.
Remember I will be buying in Canadian $$ ( places like newegg.ca / NCIX.com for example are handy )
Prefer no rebate deals.
Some overclocking ability but not a major issue if not.
For example I was thinking
CPU - E7400 / Decent dual core AMD / Cheap quad AMD / or even tri-core
Mobo - some 750 model
Thanks for having a look regardless.