"Instead of an iMac" Part 2 -- Tips Wanted

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bobber205, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. bobber205 macrumors 68020


    Nov 15, 2005
    I want to order today.
    After weeks of carefully picking out parts, I've decided on these. Note that I have a case and a hard drive already.

    Power Supply
    Video Card (7600)
    Intel Core 2 Due CPU

    I am certain that's what I want. :D

    But I am sure that the awesome people of the MR community might have some suggestions. So suggest away! Is there anything I'm missing before I click buy? Shipping is only 7.50. :p Free shipping rocks.
  2. suneohair macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2006
    Do yourself a favor and get a more reliable power supply. Something like Antec, Silverstone, CoolerMaster, Sparkle, Corsair, etc.

    The CPU... meh. I would wait for the price drops from Intel next month. The E6320, should be at pricing near the Allendale. If you are spending that much, I figure why not go with something quicker. The 4M cache is huge. If you need to build it now... go for it. But the price drops are more than worth it the wait IMO.

    Motherboard. You do realize your board has onboard video yet you are buying a 7600 as well? I would spend a little more on a full ATX board, unless you are going for something small. A lot of times mATX cases arent alot smaller than a standard midtower ATX.

    You are also losing most of your memory bus by going with a single stick. I would try to get some dual channel on the cheap. I have 2x1GB DDR2 5300, I can let them go for a decent price. Let me know if you are interested. Just to help you out a bit.

    It looks like you are going for a cheap build, but make sure you look for quality components.

    Low end: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171007
    Middle: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153023
    High end: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817103024

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