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Budget System (in need of advice)

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June 22, 2008 6:16:27 AM

While I've messed around inside computers quite a bit, this would be the first system I built myself.

[Edit: Changes made based on effel's suggestions]

ASUS M2A-VM AM2 AMD 690G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

ASUS EN8800GT/G/HTDP/512M GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model


Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ Brisbane 2.8GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO5400DOBOX - Retail

Antec Three Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Antec earthwatts EA430 430W ATX12V v2.0 Power Supply - Retail



1) Let me know if I need to post links to the different items

2) The whole thing is coming in right at $500 571 (before the mail in rebates)

Is this all going to fit together? hehe. . .

Thanks in advance for all your help!

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June 22, 2008 6:30:30 AM

That looks decent for a budget system. I know the 5000+ and the soprano are a bundle at newegg right now. But it's not a great case. You can get an Antec 300 and a decent powersupply in a good combo from newegg right now, plus free shipping; the case will be much better suited for a gaming rig in the long run because its better airflow.

Check out heatsinks from thermalright, and fans from nexus.
June 22, 2008 3:27:05 PM

Thanks for the advice effel. It costs $70 more, but before I hadn't chosen a fan and this processor comes with one. I think the stock amd fan will work for me since I won't be overclocking. So really I think it's probably just $20-$35 more expensive and I got an upgrade to processor speed.

Btw not too long ago I bought a DVD drive for my wife's computer only to find it was a SATA drive, and not the usual ATA I was used to in the past. I'm assuming I can throw that guy in here.

Thanks again!

June 24, 2008 8:08:52 PM

Oops, I wasn't paying attention and in the process of making this switch now have only a 430 watt power supply (see link for details across the rails). My research says this is fine.

Could anyone confirm or deny?

Thank you!
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