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I am working on a side project for one of my managers here at work. I need personal opinions on recommendations for the different parts needed for a complete build. What products do you recommend and why? He is looking for the best bang for the buck, basically. Any help I can get on this will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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workstation. for personal home use. the computer that he has now is about 10 yrs old. hes debating whether to do new build or just upgrade. i told him new build bc it will be easier to upgrade down the line. the usage is for playing games, data processing, internet, those sorts of things. nothing major.

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Athlon 64 X2 CPU

Asus or MSI boards give you pretty good quality and are generally priced pretty low.

160-500GB HDD (less than 160 or over 500 costs more per GB, 160-500 is pretty consistant)

Probably give him a decent integrated graphics unless he'll be paying "serious" games, which I doubt he would be if he's working with a 10yo system and thinking about just upgrading it. You can always put in a dedicated card after the fact if his games don't perform well enough. before I could recomend a video card I'd need to know the types of games you're talking about, but generally a geforce 8500 is a good all-around card.

Basic DVD burner and a card reader.

If you're going for vista I'd say 2Gb of PC2-6400 since it's only a few dollars more than 5300, 1gb if he'll be running XP or you're trying to keep the price way down.

If you're doing a monitor too 19's are usually the best value. They're only a couple bucks more than 17's and less than 15's.

This site has information on performance-per-dollar on CPU's and graphics cards, it's measured in gaming benchmarks but you can get a good sense of the value in other applications from there.
http://www.yougamers.com/hardware/stats/3dmark06/priceandperformance/

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