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    Hi all.

    With Uncle Kevs moolah, I am looking to get a new PC (this one wont open MS Word...). Below is what I am looking at. Please give me some advice on whether you think they are alright (and if all the parts would all work together). In both builds the case, keyboard, mouse and speakers are fairly generic.

    PC 1. INTgamesEL

    MOBO: Intel S775 Gigabyte GA-EP43-UD3L
    CHIP: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 (2.80GHz/45nm/1066FSB/3MB) LGA775
    RAM: Desktop DDR2 Ram 2GB Kit (2x1024MB) PC8500 1066MHz Kingston HyperX KHX8500D2K2/2GN 5-5-5-15
    VID CARD: PCI-e (nV) 9500GT 1GB Sparkle SF-PX95GT1024U2-HP (550/800MHz)
    HDD: 3.5" HDD SATA-300 500GB 16MB Seagate (7200rpm)
    DVD: 5.25" SATA DVD Buner/Rw Samsung SH-S223-BL 22x Black (oem)
    MONITOR: WideScreen LCD Monitor 19" ASUS VH192D (5ms)
    PSU: Power Supply 650W Coolermaster eXtreme Plus RS-650-PCARE3-AU (with SATA Cable)

    PC 2. AMD

    MOBO: AMD AM2 S940 Gigabyte GA-MA770-DS3P
    CHIP: AMD AM2 Athlon 64x2 Dual Core 6000+ (3.0GHz/2MB/89w)
    RAM: Desktop DDR2 Ram 2GB Kit (2x1024MB) PC8500 1066MHz Kingston HyperX KHX8500D2K2/2GN 5-5-5-15
    VID CARD: PCI-e (nV) 9500GT 1GB Sparkle SF-PX95GT1024U2-HP (550/800MHz)
    HDD: 3.5" HDD SATA-300 500GB 16MB Seagate (7200rpm)
    DVD: 5.25" SATA DVD Buner/Rw Samsung SH-S223-BL 22x Black (oem)
    MONITOR: WideScreen LCD Monitor 19" ASUS VH192D (5ms)
    PSU: Power Supply 650W Coolermaster eXtreme Plus RS-650-PCARE3-AU (with SATA Cable)

    According to itestate.com.au the prices for the above would be PC 1: $1054 and PC 2: $952

    Thanks in advance.

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    On comparable systems, AMD is slightly faster. however , in this case , the intel has a 3mb cache and amd has a 2mb. I suggest you go for the intel

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    You haven't stated what OS you're going to be using nor what the system is for. I assume it is WinXP, which you can actually top up to 3GB of ram. Always happier to have more ram .
    "i don't see what you mean, because i can't"

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    Up your RAMs to at least 4GB, its so cheap now!!! So that you are ready for future expansion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amorpheum View Post
    You haven't stated what OS you're going to be using nor what the system is for. I assume it is WinXP, which you can actually top up to 3GB of ram. Always happier to have more ram .
    XP is slowly outdated, Win7 might be better choice in long run. However, XP also comes in 64bit edition, supporting more than 4GB RAM. More RAM is wasted if there is no application that can use it. Image processing is CPU-depending, RAM beyond 4GB will not make any difference here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lionelgompers View Post
    With Uncle Kevs moolah, I am looking to get a new PC (this one wont open MS Word...). Below is what I am looking at. Please give me some advice on whether you think they are alright (and if all the parts would all work together). In both builds the case, keyboard, mouse and speakers are fairly generic.
    How about re-installing Windows if it just can't open MS Word? Otherwise it's like scrapping a car cause of flat tire..
    Please state the main purpose and occasional usage of the system. Most recent systems deliver more than enough power for everyday work, including some image processing. Personally I'd change the HDD to 5400rpm types, reason is the heat that these 7200rpm types produce. Get more than one hard disk for proper backups and splitting of OS and data. If you are not into games then you can safely downgrade graphics card and power supply. For the monitor you might want to check about the panel type. Some types are more recommended for graphical work because of their better colour accuracy.
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    AMD Phenom II X2 545 and then unlock it to quadcore? :B
    http://www3.uwants.com/viewthread.php?tid=8533786

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    Quote Originally Posted by krishna91 View Post
    On comparable systems, AMD is slightly faster. however , in this case , the intel has a 3mb cache and amd has a 2mb. I suggest you go for the intel
    Cache isn't everything.
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