New build suggestions

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?ItemList=Combo.165025

Memory - mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146731

GPU - HIS Hightech H467QT512P Radeon HD 4670 IceQ Turbo 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161252

HDD - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s $64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073

DVD Burner - LITE-ON 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS322-08 $25.49
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106286

Power Supply - Antec earthwatts EA380 380W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371005

HSF - ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm $50.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118019

Case - Antec Three Hundred $54.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
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  1. 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?ItemList=Combo.165025
    Memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146731
    GPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161252
    HDD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073
    DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106286
    Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371005
    HSF
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118019
    Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042


    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=N82E16822136319

    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=N82E16827136152

    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.html
    In place of that PSU, I would get this 500w one.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371007
    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=N82E16835233029

    Everything else looks great! Hope this helps you out. I am actually building a x3 720 system myself for gaming!
  2. 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=N82E16822136319&Tpk=wd%20caviar%20black%20640gb

    edit: doh...wayne beat me to it :P
  3. 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=N82E16822136319&Tpk=wd%20caviar%20black%20640gb

    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
  4. 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=N82E16822136319

    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=N82E16827136152

    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.html
    In place of that PSU, I would get this 500w one.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371007
    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=N82E16835233029

    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!
  5. Similar to what you have picked out with minor changes.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129032 LG DVD Drive $25 (no big differnce)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319 WD 640GB AALS $80 (big drive, 32mb cache, new model)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 Antec 300 Case $60 (same)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341010 OCZ 600W PSU $70 - $20MIR (bigger PSU, as good brand, lower cost)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102822 512MB 4830 GPU $90 - $15MIR (2x the GPU power)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.165025 Phenom II 720BE CPU $150 (same)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138130 Biostar 790GX Motherboard $105 - $45COMBO - $10MIR (xfire)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145590 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=N82E16835186020 Upgrade to Artic MX-2 Thermal Compound $7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003 Xigma $36 - $10MIR (whether you overclock or not this will keep things silent and cool)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.165021 Upgrade to the Phenom II 920 for $55
  6. MykC said:
    Similar to what you have picked out with minor changes.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129032 LG DVD Drive $25 (no big differnce)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319 WD 640GB AALS $80 (big drive, 32mb cache, new model)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042 Antec 300 Case $60 (same)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341010 OCZ 600W PSU $70 - $20MIR (bigger PSU, as good brand, lower cost)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102822 512MB 4830 GPU $90 - $15MIR (2x the GPU power)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.165025 Phenom II 720BE CPU $150 (same)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138130 Biostar 790GX Motherboard $105 - $45COMBO - $10MIR (xfire)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145590 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=N82E16835186020 Upgrade to Artic MX-2 Thermal Compound $7
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003 Xigma $36 - $10MIR (whether you overclock or not this will keep things silent and cool)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.165021 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!
  7. 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.
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