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1st build, $700 budget, please critique

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June 30, 2007 7:13:29 PM

I know it might be cheaper or easier to just buy a pre-built for this kind of budget, but I've always wanted to try building my own system. It will be used as a home office computer with some gaming (Total War) and video editing. I don't know the first thing about over-clocking so I don't think that will be a concern. Here's what I've been thinking about:

COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #: CAC-T05-UW
Item #: N82E16811119068
$44.99

ASUS M2NPV-VM Socket AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Model #: M2NPV-VM
Item #: N82E16813131014
$88.99

ASUS EN7300GT SILENT/HTD/256M GeForce 7300GT 256MB GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Model #: EN7300GT SILENT/HTD
Item #: N82E16814121021
$78.99

SeaSonic S12 II SS-380GB ATX12V 380W Power Supply - Retail
Model #: SS-380GB
Item #: N82E16817151032
$74.99

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+(65W) Windsor 2.0GHz Socket AM2 Processor Model ADO3800CUBOX - Retail
Model #: ADO3800CUBOX
Item #: N82E16819103733
$73.50

Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR667D2N5K2/2G - Retail
Model #: KVR667D2N5K2/2G
Item #: N82E16820134046
$79.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3320620AS (Perpendicular Recording Technology) 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #: ST3320620AS
Item #: N82E16822148140
$79.99

Logitech Value 100 Black PS/2 Standard Keyboard - OEM
Model #: 968012-0403
Item #: N82E16823126015
$9.99

Rosewill RM800P Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel PS/2 Wired Optical Mouse - OEM
Model #: RM800P
Item #: N82E16826193001
$3.99

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner With 12X DVD-RAM Write Black SATA Model LH-20A1S - Retail
Model #: LH-20A1S
Item #: N82E16827106057
$37.99

Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2B 1 Pack - OEM
Model #: N09-01991
Item #: N82E16832116056
$89.99
Subtotal: $663.40

Please correct me if I've used the wrong format for listing components or if I have left out any information. Any advice about the compatibilty of the components or anything at all will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
June 30, 2007 7:40:15 PM

I would get a 7900gs instead of the 7300 gt it $70 more at newegg, here

or

a x1950 pro instead $50 more at newegg, here
June 30, 2007 8:43:20 PM

yeah for just a little more that video card upgrade would be a huge change. and for $70 you can go for the antec smart power 500w psu. not as quiet as the seasonic, but not loud like a ultraV.

Things that really make the computer shine: good monitor, keyboard, mouse and semi quiet.

My advice would be to spend just a little bit more, and be happy with it, never cheap out on stuff... your just going to be displeased with them and want to buy something else later (and then regret the wasted money on the cheap stuff). Thats a good case too.

Everything else looks fantastic though.
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June 30, 2007 9:33:03 PM

Thanks Gators, thanks Skittles. I'll consider the upgraded video card...changing out memory and cards are the extent of my experience and I thought it's always something I can do later if my budget doesn't allow it now.
Do you think a bigger chunk of the budget should go to the video card?
June 30, 2007 11:11:59 PM

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Thanks Gators, thanks Skittles. I'll consider the upgraded video card...changing out memory and cards are the extent of my experience and I thought it's always something I can do later if my budget doesn't allow it now.
Do you think a bigger chunk of the budget should go to the video card?


Absolutely

Video Card > CPU > Ram, if you must sacrifice performance somewhere use that principle
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