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March 19, 2009 2:13:26 AM

OK, This will be my first "non office" PC build since my single core P4 machine. Here is my parts list as of now. It comes up to just under $600 and I'd like to keep it that way. I'm not a big gamer; I'm more worried about video conversion. I've got external drives so the internal drive size doesn't matter very much. OS left out intentionally. Any suggestions on substitute parts?

CPU and Motherboard- AMD Phenom II X3 720 + Bioforce TForce TA790GX $207.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Memory - mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - HIS Hightech H467QT512P Radeon HD 4670 IceQ Turbo 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner - LITE-ON 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS322-08 $25.49
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply - Antec earthwatts EA380 380W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF - ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm $50.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - Antec Three Hundred $54.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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March 19, 2009 2:28:46 AM

techtre2003 said:
OK, This will be my first "non office" PC build since my single core P4 machine. Here is my parts list as of now. It comes up to just under $600 and I'd like to keep it that way. I'm not a big gamer; I'm more worried about video conversion. I've got external drives so the internal drive size doesn't matter very much. OS left out intentionally. Any suggestions on substitute parts?

CPU and Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HSF
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hello, I am looking over this and I have a few suggestions for you that may be a little better!

For the HDD, I would look into spending a few dollars more and get the WD640 caviar black. It is faster, has more storage, and is only a few dollars more!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the DVD Burner, I would look into this drive. It's LG, a little more reliable, and is actually a dollar cheaper!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the GPU you may need to upgrade your PSU to at least 400w. It says it on ATI's website for that GPU.
http://ati.amd.com/products/Radeonhd4600/requirements.h...
In place of that PSU, I would get this 500w one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It is a few dollars more, but it will allow you to use that GPU with no worries!

For the HSF, I would look into getting the Xigmatek Dark Knight, it is a few dollars cheaper and is a very high quality cpu cooler!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Everything else looks great! Hope this helps you out. I am actually building a x3 720 system myself for gaming!
March 19, 2009 2:29:44 AM

loos like a pretty solid build to me, for what you need it for. I would suggest upgrading the HDD to the 640gb caviar black which sports denser platters for faster read/write times and is a better value in terms of $/storage space.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

edit: doh...wayne beat me to it :p 
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March 19, 2009 2:36:45 AM

foolycooly said:
loos like a pretty solid build to me, for what you need it for. I would suggest upgrading the HDD to the 640gb caviar black which sports denser platters for faster read/write times and is a better value in terms of $/storage space.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

edit: doh...wayne beat me to it :p 


Lol it's okay foolycooly! You and a few of the other regulars suggested that to me, so if anything I got that advice from you guys! Haha
March 19, 2009 2:47:04 AM

waynec121 said:
Hello, I am looking over this and I have a few suggestions for you that may be a little better!

For the HDD, I would look into spending a few dollars more and get the WD640 caviar black. It is faster, has more storage, and is only a few dollars more!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the DVD Burner, I would look into this drive. It's LG, a little more reliable, and is actually a dollar cheaper!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For the GPU you may need to upgrade your PSU to at least 400w. It says it on ATI's website for that GPU.
http://ati.amd.com/products/Radeonhd4600/requirements.h...
In place of that PSU, I would get this 500w one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It is a few dollars more, but it will allow you to use that GPU with no worries!

For the HSF, I would look into getting the Xigmatek Dark Knight, it is a few dollars cheaper and is a very high quality cpu cooler!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Everything else looks great! Hope this helps you out. I am actually building a x3 720 system myself for gaming!



I did look at the Caviar Black after I'd read good reviews; I'll leave that as an option.
I just went with Lite-On because I've used a few with no problems. Anyone else: opinions on Lite-On vs. LG?
Crap! I didn't even look at the power requirement for that GPU. I'll definitely upgrade the PSU.
HSF I had no idea. I knew the Zalmans were considered one of the best, but I have no problems trying the Xigmatek.

Great suggestions, thanks!
March 19, 2009 3:12:45 AM

Similar to what you have picked out with minor changes.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LG DVD Drive $25 (no big differnce)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... WD 640GB AALS $80 (big drive, 32mb cache, new model)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Antec 300 Case $60 (same)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... OCZ 600W PSU $70 - $20MIR (bigger PSU, as good brand, lower cost)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 512MB 4830 GPU $90 - $15MIR (2x the GPU power)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Phenom II 720BE CPU $150 (same)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Biostar 790GX Motherboard $105 - $45COMBO - $10MIR (xfire)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 4GB DDR2 800 RAM $45 - $25 MIR (why pay more)

Box Total $585 - $70MIR

Recommended upgrades (if budget allows):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Upgrade to Artic MX-2 Thermal Compound $7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Xigma $36 - $10MIR (whether you overclock or not this will keep things silent and cool)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Upgrade to the Phenom II 920 for $55
March 19, 2009 3:36:49 AM

MykC said:
Similar to what you have picked out with minor changes.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... LG DVD Drive $25 (no big differnce)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... WD 640GB AALS $80 (big drive, 32mb cache, new model)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Antec 300 Case $60 (same)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... OCZ 600W PSU $70 - $20MIR (bigger PSU, as good brand, lower cost)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 512MB 4830 GPU $90 - $15MIR (2x the GPU power)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Phenom II 720BE CPU $150 (same)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Biostar 790GX Motherboard $105 - $45COMBO - $10MIR (xfire)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 4GB DDR2 800 RAM $45 - $25 MIR (why pay more)

Box Total $585 - $70MIR

Recommended upgrades (if budget allows):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Upgrade to Artic MX-2 Thermal Compound $7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Xigma $36 - $10MIR (whether you overclock or not this will keep things silent and cool)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Upgrade to the Phenom II 920 for $55


I may have to try out that LG drive and I agree I need to spend the extra on the HDD
That power supply isn't "80" certified - Does this really matter or is it just a label since the specs say it's 80-83% efficient?
I really don't do a whole lot of gaming, but I can see your point for such a small cost on the GPU. The only concern I would have is that some people say it's loud. That was the main reason I chose the GPU that I did; my current card has the IceQ cooler and it's silent.
On the memory, the timings and voltage are slightly lower on the Mushkin RAM; will this make any difference? (I will probably do a small overclock)
Thanks for the input - Very much appreciated!
March 19, 2009 3:50:49 AM

My choice in DVD R/W is, in order, Samsung, LG, then almost anything else. That choice may be governed by availability. I work in Saudi Arabia. Samsung is not available over here.

I also agree with the recommendations for the WD 640 and the Xigmatek HSF.
!