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April 9, 2009 4:46:11 PM

Hi Everyone, Please let me know what you think about the build below. I am going to order in the next couple of days and I prefer everything from NewEgg. This computer is being built for my Wife, and she just uses the computer for the internet, office, and other misc things and I want the computer to last a while. Im not too worried about the graphics but I will be running Vista, and possibly Windows 7 when it is good enough.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz $119.99
MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R P45 $114.99
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) $54.99
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 $59.99 -Is 400 large enough?
GRAPHICS: ASUS EN9500GT TOP/DI/512M GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 $83.99
CASE: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX $79.99

---- Not too worried about the items below, but feel free to comment on them --

HD x 2 : Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB $41.99 ea
MONITOR: Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms $169.99
DVD: Pioneer 20X DVD±R DVD $24.99

Total: $792.90 -Not including mail in rebates or shipping.
April 9, 2009 5:04:25 PM

LOL, some say Windows 7 is already better than Vista :) 

Save $25 with Antec 300.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

Spend $6 more to upgrade the 9500GT to HD 4830:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102822
It triples the speed, I think.

The CPU/MOBO are OK. Mind you, there's a $260 combo at newegg for Phenom II 920 + GA-MA790X-UD4P that would be faster and would last a lot longer because it's a quad CPU and supports future AM3 CPUs.

You can save a bit with this RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231219

You are kidding, with the two ancient small and slow hard drives for $82 total, right? Get a WD 640GB for $70, you get twice the space and twice the speed and save $12.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

Get a SATA burner like the SH-S223F, not an IDE.

April 9, 2009 5:11:52 PM

One more thing. If you make all those changes above, get a better PSU too. Here's a 550VX for $60 after rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004

Here's the link for the combo I mentioned earlier:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.182490

There's another combo for $223 too, with a simpler motherboard. THat probably makes more sense since you don't need Crossfire.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.183653
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April 9, 2009 6:29:25 PM

+1 to aevm. He's always got great suggestions.
April 9, 2009 6:35:37 PM

That's because he's a forum gigolo

I always picture aevm with his hair on fire when ever he's infront of a computer. That or has a light sabre in his hand...but that might because of his old forum picutre lol.
April 9, 2009 6:35:57 PM

^+1 aevm

April 9, 2009 7:35:48 PM

kubes said:
That's because he's a forum gigolo

I always picture aevm with his hair on fire when ever he's infront of a computer. That or has a light sabre in his hand...but that might because of his old forum picutre lol.

I like to picture him with his hair bright yellow and standing straight up while he is powering-up to super-sayan mode before he starts giving out expert PC advice.
April 9, 2009 7:39:21 PM

Hi Guys,

Thank you for the advice. I am reworking my computer and will post and update ASAP with the new specs. I definitely think I have some overkill components for what my wife needs so I'm going to get a few cheaper things. Although I am going to stay with the Wolfdale processor, everything might change :) 
April 10, 2009 1:30:02 AM
April 10, 2009 2:01:07 AM

If you are going to get a GPU that basic, you might as well use onboard graphics. If you want the PC to last a while, then switch to a PII 720 on the 790GX or 780g chipset and use the onboard, it will be as good as that GPU you are looking at.
April 10, 2009 10:18:37 PM

thanks for the suggestion but im going to stick with the Wolfdale processor
April 11, 2009 12:05:57 AM

:pfff:  Phenom II is where its at if you want a PC that will last a long time for a reasonable price.
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