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    I am replacing/upgrading my friends computer and I need some help.
    I am thinking of getting a P4 setup or AMD if cheaper and have around $800 to burn(could be persuaded to spend a bit more) Need a new:mobo, cpu,heatsink,HDD,PSU,RAM,Keyboard,Case,Speakers(so me cheap ones that work)This comp needs to last a while like 3 years or so and has to be quiet and NOT stand out. This computer will not be used for Gaming at all. It will be used mostly web browsing and email. I am thinking of overclocking it so I can get more bang for buck. And if you can squeeze a DVD drive in there that would be good but it isn't necessary. I am thinking of going the follwing way:
    Motherboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...131-464&depa=1
    CPU:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...116-162&depa=1
    RAM:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...144-512&depa=1
    Keyboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...126-114&depa=0

    Thats what I'm thinking off. Can you help with the rest. Any help is appreciated.

    Thank you in advance

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    Forget a P4 setup. If this isn't going to be used for gaming, you can get an A64 setup. Not only will it be just as fast as a simlarily-priced Pentium 4 setup, but it will have much better upgrading options. This will easily last for three years and have lots of upgrading potential along the way.


    Athlon 64 3500 (retail)
    A8V Deluxe Wi-Fi
    Corsair XMS PC3200 256MB x 2 CL 2

    That keyboard and any other stuff you need (drives, mouse, etc.) will be fine. If you decide to OC, make a couple changes:

    OCZ PC3500 256MB x 2 CL2
    Athlon 64 3500 (OEM)
    Thermaltake SilentTower

    That will be better for OCing and will be close to the same price.

    One thing to note is that better motherboards may be coming out soon. Waiting a week or so for some other motherboards to show up might be best. You could probably find something that's either cheaper or has even more features (as hard as that may be to believe). The Nforce 3 250 chipset tops the K8T800 Pro (which is on that board)in the benchmarks I've seen in overall performance. It would be wise to wait for some more boards, but that board is more than fine if you want it now.

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    Why would you oc a rig used for email and surfing? Why not a board with built in video?

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    Quote Originally Posted by insane_machine
    I am thinking of overclocking it so I can get more bang for buck.
    There aren't any socket 939 boards available with onboard video (that I know of), yet. But if he does go with a P4 setup instead, obard video would be smart.

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    Ok I will probably try an AMD setup. And I am assuming that you ment an A64 not A63(which doesn't exist to my knowledge). And about that cooler, it doen't look too stable is it going to be ok(probably is though). I also found these fans and people seem to like them.

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...999-051&depa=1

    Would they shine through a closed case like a dell or something? If they would could find something nice and quiet and doesn't stand out. Also one more thing could you guys find a nice case that doesn't stand out.

    Thank you for your time and patience so far.

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