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building 450$ rig!! recomendation needed

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April 8, 2008 7:06:51 PM

i have old rig, so im just changing everything except for the HDD and ODD
here are my choices
GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-DS4 AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX Ultra Durable II AMD Motherboard - Retail
CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 520W Power Supply - Retail
Rosewill RCR-102 52-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader - Retail
Kingston ValueRAM 512MB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory Model KVR667D2N5/512 4X
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Black Edition
just adds up to 410$

im pretty sure to go with that mobo, ram, cpu. what do you think?
and recomend a cheap graphics card for movies

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April 8, 2008 7:25:41 PM

video card for movies? pretty much anything will work, 8600GT is $85. The PSU seems a little bit of overkill, the corsair 450 can be had for $60.
April 8, 2008 7:26:24 PM

The first double post I've ever had. Ignore
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April 8, 2008 7:28:36 PM

I'm sure you could find a cheap 2GB Dual Channel set of RAM to go with all that. Love the CPU, its unlocked, so OC'ing will be easy, though you'll need a cooler. everything else looks good. Good choice for the PSU.
April 8, 2008 8:01:57 PM

Yes, it's a Good PSU but likely overkill.

As others mentioned the 450w Corsair will likely save you a little cash.
That may let you upgrade to DDR2-800.
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April 8, 2008 8:07:30 PM

Since you are using it for a HTPC? why not just buy a 780G and save a little more (Gigabyte has one with e-SATA and HDMI).
April 8, 2008 8:20:32 PM

GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard. $99.99
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Black Edition Processor $95.99
Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 $40.99
CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX ATX12V V2.2 450W Power Supply $59.99
Rosewill RCR-102 52-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader $14.99
Grand Total......$311.95
This motherboard has the best onboard video of any on the market.
Check out toms review.
My brother has built 2 of these for HTPC. Very happy customers.
You can add another video card if you wish and still use the onboard to create cross-fire set up. If you arent a hard core gamer I think this set-up should do everything you would want it to.
Wait.. one last thing. The black edition does not come with a cooling device so you will have to purchase one.
April 8, 2008 8:39:19 PM

i already have 2 of those rams(512 X2) so im just adding 2 more to have 2 dual channel mem.
the reason why i choose that psu is because for the future, i might upgrade its graphics card , or add 1 more.
also i have AM2 socket cooler that was about 25$