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February 21, 2009 8:20:57 AM

Hello everyone. I'm looking to put together a budget PC that will last me more than 5 years. This PC will mostly be used for productivity, not gaming. I'll likely dual-boot XP and Linux. Here are the parts I've picked (prices from

HEC 6K28BSOH48D Black / Silver 0.8mm SECC Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case 485W Power Supply - Retail


ASUS M3A78-CM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780V Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail


EVGA 512-P3-N954-TR GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail


AMD Phenom 9950 Agena 2.6GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HD995ZXAGHBOX - Retail


G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL6D-4GBNQ - Retail


Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM


LG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner w/ SecurDisc Tech Black SATA Model GH20NS15 - OEM


TOTAL: 450.94

Will these parts work well together? Are there any discrepancies/incompatibilities? Also, if I'm concerned about the upgradibility of my setup, is there a better motherboard or tower case I can pick?

Thanks in advance.

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February 21, 2009 9:48:12 AM

Only use the HEC PSU if you want to lose your investment :p 

Get this 780G MB and drop the extra GPU:
That's enough GPU if you are not gaming.

If you are running 64-bit Vista, then OK on the memory. Otherwise downgrade to 2GB.

Now perhaps we have made enough room to get a decent PSU.

Cooler Master Elite 330 - cheap but roomy, not great cooling but OK for stock speeds and no gaming video card.

PC P&C 370W - High quality part that won't blow up or become unstable.

Alternate combo:
Antec NSK4480B - this comes with a quality PSU, but the case isn't quite as roomy. You might like the footprint of this case better though and your board is small.
February 21, 2009 12:19:14 PM

go with ASUS M3A78-EM it has full feature of upgradability later on to Phenom II X4 810 with maximum tdp of 140 watts and it has full solid capacitors
and cut down on the Graphic card 3200radeon will be more than enough for the work of productivity and for Vista x64 bit version with Aero full on.

cut down on the processor with Phenom X4 9850 which is a Black Edition processor costing $143
with best wishes
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February 21, 2009 7:46:35 PM

I've actually looked into the ASUS boards with integrated Radeon 3200 video, thinking it would be enough for my needs, but I've seen lots of forum posts from people having problems using it with Compiz in Ubuntu. Are there other integrated video solutions out there that would run Compiz well?

Also, what are your thoughts on this case?

APEVIA X-QBOII X-QBOII-NW-AL/500 Black / Silver SECC Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply

I'd like to stay with the MicroATX Mini Tower form factor.

February 21, 2009 8:24:06 PM

You really can't do that :) 

The only cases that come with good PSUs are Antec, and even they have been known to put some lower grade PSUs into cases on occasion.

The Antec NSK4480B I listed is 1.4" taller than the one you linked. Is that too high?

Here you go then:
February 22, 2009 3:21:54 AM

Hi a similar priced config - the Phenom 2 is way better and more power efficient too :p 

The Foxconn 780G has a 1.0 and 2.0 version - i checked the 2.0 at Foxconn's web site and its definitely tested by their engineers with the Phenom 2s hehe

February 28, 2009 11:34:10 PM

One more question....If I decide to go with the Antec NSK3480 as recommended above ( ), will its PSU be enough to power the setup in the original post (replacing the Phenom 9950 with the Phenom 9600, and the tower case and PSU, of course)?
February 28, 2009 11:46:57 PM

Yes that's enough as long as you don't add a lot of stuff later. Your actual peak load should be less than 300W, so that should leave enough margin.