Friend buying barebone PC kit, good deal?

Discussion in 'Computer Games and General Discussion' started by DeviousTom, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. DeviousTom

    DeviousTom GBAtemp Regular

    Jul 21, 2008
    Markham, Canada
    So my friend is deciding to buy a barebone PC kit (Asus M2N68-AM SE2 Barebone Kit) the link to the kit is here --->
    He's wondering if it's a good deal, if he gets this kit he would upgrade the GPU to either his 9500GT or sell the 9500GT and the GPU in the kit and buy a 9800GT with 512mb of DDR3 video memory
    Link to the GPU --->

    So is this a good idea/deal ? Thats 350$ in Canadian for the kit, and another 140$ Canadian for the video card (and if he returns his 9500GT he will get back another $70)

    He's also wondering how overclockable the CPU is in the kit.

    Thanks for any advice, my friend really appreciates it.
  2. Jiggah

    Jiggah GBAtemp Maniac

    Nov 9, 2002
    United States
    For the GPU, why not get a GTS 250 or an ATI 4850 for that price.

    The GTS 250 is a 9800GTX+, which is much better than the 9800GT for a comparable price.

    ATI 4850:;Sku=H231-4851;Sku=H231-4858

    If he gets his money together get the ATI 4870:

    GTS 250:

    GTX 260 core 216:
  3. Cermage

    Cermage GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Dec 2, 2007
    that phenom isn't worth overclocking imo. some of the intel dual cores do better for a lower price. if i were your mate i'd get a x2 550 be with a decent mobo and unlock the extra cores for a much better quad.

    but with that phenom and that mobo. i think you'd be lucky to get to 2.4ghz. the no name PSU isn't helping with it either. the first gen phenoms aren't known to overclock. especially this quadcore.
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