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My first build - Anything wrong with the list of parts?

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June 13, 2008 3:56:18 AM

My budget is around $600-$750. I'm using the pc to run dreamweaver, multi-browse (loading 9-16 sites at once) and apache for php coding. The pc will not be for any gaming whatsover.

The main problem on the list is the choice of motherboard and the graphics card. The most I would ever do relating to video is watching youtube videos so I'm assuming any cheap video card ($20-$40) will do as long as it's reliable. Any revision on the list to lower the cost or unnecessary hardware? Will all the following parts be compatible with eachother or would I run into any problems when I build it?



Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec earthwatts EA430 430W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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ASUS P5K-V LGA 775 Intel G33 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

JATON Video-PX8400GS_LX GeForce 8400 GS 256MB 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate ST303204N1A1AS-RK 320GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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June 13, 2008 4:19:57 AM

Looks pretty good. Are you going to run dual monitors (I assume here) if so, do you need Dual DVI output on the card? Just a thought....
June 13, 2008 4:37:14 AM

No I won't be running dual monitors. Can I downgrade to keep the specs the same but without any dual monitor options?
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June 13, 2008 6:15:44 AM

+1 for Antec Sonata III, if you have a tight budget.

+1 for DS3L

Stay with corsair memory

Seagate 500GB 32MB 7200.11 is better.

8400GS? Are you sure? Are you not going to play games at all? Hey 8800GT or 3850 is not that expensive man!

The rest is OK.
June 13, 2008 7:16:20 AM

I like the air circulation and cooling for the antec 900. I'm not going to play any games at all. Maybe desktop towers defense but that's a small online flash game.

I'll switch the hard disk to:

Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3250310NS 250GB 32mb cache

and consider between corsair and mushkin.
June 13, 2008 10:32:13 AM

Why do u need such air circulation.....its not like ur loading 100% or even gaming....plus no Overclocking

Also...dont bother with that processor at that range....putting all to proc and non to video will hit ALL performance....get an E8400 and put a little more to the video (8400 GS is worthless). If in ur budget go to 7 series....7900GS etc. or ATI 1950 PRO
June 13, 2008 1:31:20 PM

curb said:
No I won't be running dual monitors. Can I downgrade to keep the specs the same but without any dual monitor options?


I would not bother then to ovoid a dual monitor output, It just sounds like from the work you do that it might be helpful. When I got DW open, I like to have it full screen on 1 monitor, and other stuff on my other 2 monitors.
June 13, 2008 1:42:38 PM

For what you're doing I'd look into some of the AMD 780 chipsets. They've got pretty nice onboard graphics which will meet your needs and it'll work out to a cheaper board. The Phenoms aren't bad chips if you're not overclocking either.

In all honesty you're probably looking at dropping twice the money you need on a machine to do php coding and dream weaver. Anything with a dual core and a decent amount of ram should have you flying through that stuff pretty seamlessly.

Buying a better machine is never a bad idea, since needs sometimes change, but unless that happens you're looking at a machine that you'll never really be challenging in the least. It'd be sort of like buying a sports car to use as a grocery getter. Lots of people do it, but it doesn't necessarily make economic sense.
June 13, 2008 2:28:51 PM

Silverion, the e8400 was my first choice but a lot of sources say the e8400 is more for gaming and quad is for multi-tasking applications. Can anyone give an opinion on this?

y2kgtp, I went to try out dual monitors at a local shop and realized how dual monitors can be a lot better. I always thought "Why need two when you have taskbars". Thanks

Clay, I understand and have thought about this as well. My first and current computer is a notebook and it's about 12 years old so upgrading my pc after this build will not happen anytime soon lol. This is for a longterm build and I want the confidence to run anything I have with no problem.

June 13, 2008 2:48:43 PM

curb said:

y2kgtp, I went to try out dual monitors at a local shop and realized how dual monitors can be a lot better. I always thought "Why need two when you have taskbars". Thanks


Once you try it, you will never be able to go back. I use a laptop for work, with a 2nd monitor on the right as an extension. When my other PC was working, I use Maxivista to extend that monitor on the left as my 3rd screen.

June 13, 2008 11:25:49 PM

looks like I'll be switching to
- SAPPHIRE 100165L Radeon X1650PRO 512MB 128-bit
- GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L
June 14, 2008 12:11:18 AM

curb said:
looks like I'll be switching to
- SAPPHIRE 100165L Radeon X1650PRO 512MB 128-bit
- GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L


Cool....thinking of running Dual monitors in the future?

June 14, 2008 4:34:37 PM

Yea definitely. I feel naked after going home with only one monitor.
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