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Opinions on my extremely budgeted build (first build)

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January 14, 2009 2:09:46 AM

mobo-MSI K9A9 CF-F
processor-AMD athlon X2 4200+ brisbane
memory-2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 800
case-rosewill TU55 midtower
sound-DIamond audio 7.1 soundcard
video-Visiontek ATI RADEON 4650HD 512mb
cooler-Antec Arctic 64
hdd-seagate 250GB 16MB
dvd burner-Samsung 20x
OS-XP home

I have it oc'd running 2.8G on each core stable
I also have the video card oc'd a small amount
system is fast and basic just how I like it

so was this a decent FIRST BUILD? never built a computer in my life before this! it was glorious when it fired up successfully the first time!

Ill get pics up soon!
January 14, 2009 2:17:03 AM

why a sound card for such a tight budget?
January 14, 2009 2:43:25 AM

had it on my old computer, so I just swapped it over......
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January 14, 2009 2:59:31 AM

Couple things come to mind.

First off, you don't list the PSU. That's a bad sign, having a good one is important.

Did you mean K9A2 CF? Not an awful choice, but I think you would have been happier with this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Biostar 790GX

Other than those two things, I would say for a budget build it's good. Hopefully that board will support a Phenom II upgrade in the future.
January 14, 2009 3:33:28 AM

sorry, yeah its a CF.....sorry spaced the PSU, its an Orion 485W, not the greatest, but better than the bestec 300w in my old computer! Ill be upgrading to probably an Antec 500w+

I got the MSI board for a good price, that is the only reason I went with it.

I want to put a better CPU in eventually, but I am limited to 95W I think (forget the specs off the top of my head)
January 14, 2009 3:36:25 AM

another thing I forgot to mention, my memory is not the same XMS2 they list on newegg, it is the dhx version with the full heatsink. I also added another antec 3spd fan to the case.
January 14, 2009 3:37:44 AM

not a bad build! How much does it cost in all?
January 14, 2009 11:18:10 AM

how do you like the 4670 video card?
January 14, 2009 2:14:24 PM

Yeah the 4670 is pretty good! It can run all new games at least at normal settings or higher....
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