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August 7, 2007 7:40:12 PM

I’m building a pc for my folks; they do some Photoshop, music, movies and surfing. They have a monitor, a 250gb WD hard drive, a cd-rw and dvd burner.This is what I have so far. I want to make sure that everything is compatible
CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 Conroe 2.0GHz 2MB L2 LGA 775 Processor Retail BX80557E4400 $125.00
MOBO:
ASUS P5K-VM LGA 775 Intel G33 Micro ATX Intel $109.00 after rebate 99.00
RAM:
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory $99.00 after rebate 69.00
PSU:
Antec TruePower Trio 650 650W Power Supply $99.00
CASE:
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Retail CAC-T05-UW $ 42.99 after rebate 27.99

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August 7, 2007 8:04:06 PM

Nice. The motherboard accepts 2 IDE devices which means you can reuse the hard drive and DVD burner (I'm guessing they are IDE). If they're SATA they can also be reused, of course. You can throw the cd-rw out, I guess.

When you say movies, does that include HD? If yes, I'd recommend GA-P35-S3L and an 8500GT card. In total you'd pay about $70 more, I think.
August 7, 2007 8:32:05 PM

You can also get a smaller PSU you wont need that much power :) .
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August 7, 2007 8:37:15 PM

This is one of the few cases I would second a recommedation for an 85 or 8600 video card.You might be able to save a little on the PSU .A good 500w would be plenty for that system.
August 7, 2007 8:53:44 PM

What about this for my psu?
Antec Basiq BP500U ATX12V Version 2.01 500W Power Supply - Retail
69.00 after rebate 59.00
As far as a 85 or 8600 video card I'm clueless as to which ones, any suggestions?
Forgot to mention the hard drive is sata.
Thanks for all the help.
August 7, 2007 9:46:45 PM

PSU is more than you need. Enter your components in a psu calculator, and you will need less than 300W. The coolerrmaster case is a full ATX case, which is larger than needed to hold your minimal components. Look at the Antec NSK line of cases, they are smaller, and usually include an appropriate PSU from a quality PSU vendor. For a real bargain, check the Antec website "B" stock deals. For a classy QUIET case look at the Antec P150.
August 7, 2007 10:30:43 PM

I have since used a psu calculator and got a 407 w. I think I will go with a 500 in case my folks want to add other parts to this.
August 7, 2007 11:53:01 PM

Which PSU calculator did you use? What components did you include? I am curious, because I get very different results. . There is some good info on what the real system power requirements of different systems on www.silentpcreview.com. They are interested in quieter, smaller systems. Here is a sample: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article28-page4.html Remember that many posters here are interested in overclocking and fast vga cards, neither of which applies to your build. You have described a very basic system.
August 8, 2007 12:20:23 AM

highflyer said:
I have since used a psu calculator and got a 407 w. I think I will go with a 500 in case my folks want to add other parts to this.


Dude, you gotta push your system very, very hard to even break 200w of constant power consumption.
August 8, 2007 12:35:40 AM

http://www.extreme.outervision.com/PSUEngine

For system type I put in dual
MOBO type: Regular
CPU: Intel core duo e4400
RAM 2 sticks ddr2
VIDEO: Nvidia Geo Force 8600GT (since people are suggest one)
VIDEO TYPE: Single card
Hard drive 2 SATA (as I’m sure they’ll put a second one in)
DRIVES: I selected a cdrw and a dvdrw (they have those that I’m going to toss in)
Additional PCI Express card: one
Fans: 1 80 and 1 120
August 8, 2007 12:50:23 AM

The 8600GT makes a huge difference. Since the mobo already includes a vga chip, it is not needed. The integrated vga will be fine for those activities that you described. If they are into games, particularly high motion action games, then a more powerful vga solution is in order. In that case, don't get a mobo with a redundant vga solution already included. The other factor is the added pci express card; this means something like an additional vga card. Regular pci cards like a tv tuner don't draw much. I did one, and it came out to 199W. Read up on PSU's. Google "psu selection 101" and read the first hit. There is more to it than watts.
---good luck----
August 8, 2007 12:51:13 AM

Sure you can get a cheap 300w PSU for 29.95 or can get a decent 500w reliable,efficient model for about 50.
August 8, 2007 12:52:17 AM

highflyer said:
I’m building a pc for my folks; they do some Photoshop, music, movies and surfing. They have a monitor, a 250gb WD hard drive, a cd-rw and dvd burner.This is what I have so far. I want to make sure that everything is compatible
CPU:
Intel Core 2 Duo E4400 Conroe 2.0GHz 2MB L2 LGA 775 Processor Retail BX80557E4400 $125.00
MOBO:
ASUS P5K-VM LGA 775 Intel G33 Micro ATX Intel $109.00 after rebate 99.00
RAM:
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory $99.00 after rebate 69.00
PSU:
Antec TruePower Trio 650 650W Power Supply $99.00
CASE:
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 Black Aluminum Bezel, SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Retail CAC-T05-UW $ 42.99 after rebate 27.99

get a p-35 board and a video card or If you want on board video get a amd cpu and a amd 690g or nvidia 7025 / 7050 board with DVI. That intel board only has vga :(  .

Or GET A MAC but not the MINI.
August 8, 2007 2:07:30 AM

I was thinking of building a very similar system as highflyer but I was looking at Antecs' nsk 3300 case with a 300 watt power supply. Seems like fitting the video card and tv capture device are the hardest to figure due to limitations of power and space, but I will find a way.

grog
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