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    Re: Looking to build computer for girlfriend to play games over LAN, tight budget

    Quote Originally Posted by ash.rossy View Post
    A Gigabyte 740G board, with Athlon X2 6000+ CPU
    If all you're looking for is gaming @ 1024 x 768, I wouldn't go for an X2 6000+ - that's massively overpowered for what she needs. The Athlon LE 1640 would easily suffice, or if you want dual core go for the 4850e or 5050e. All those processors have a *much* lower power draw than the 6000+ and will easily cope with the games you are suggesting at low resolutions.

    Also, the 740G board holds no real advantage over a GeForce 7025 (MCP630) based board if you're going to use discreet graphics anyway, and you should be able to pick up a geforce board slightly cheaper. It's well worth shopping around, especially as ebuyer have free delivery over £50 which normally means you only have to buy 2 components from them to take advantage! Or you could always use the money saved on the processor to get a 780G board, then save up for a bit longer and get yourself a 4830 instead of a 4670 (£90 vs £60)!!!

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    Re: Looking to build computer for girlfriend to play games over LAN, tight budget

    To be fair to Nvidia, you would find the 9600GSO similarly impressive, though at that price point many rate the ATI card better value right now (can't say myself, as a Linux user I have had to stick with Nvidia even when ATI looked a much better buy for Windows use).

    At the low end, a bit more money often buys noticeably more performance.

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    Re: Looking to build computer for girlfriend to play games over LAN, tight budget

    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    general question, 7750+ black edition or Athlon x2 6000+ AM2 , Windsor Core?
    Price difference is a couple of quid less, a stock cooler and higher stock ghz rateing.
    Which would be better and why?
    According to the Hexus 7750 review there's not a lot to choose between them. The review covers pretty much every aspect you might want, so I'd suggest you take a read and decide which benchmarks would most realistically reflect your average workload...

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