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June 26, 2009 12:35:10 AM

This is the build I had previously:
DVD: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F - OEM
Case: GIGABYTE GZ-X5BPD-500 Black SECC Steel / ABS ATX Mid Tower
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
Monitor: Hanns·G HW-173DBB Black 17" 8ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-US2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
Memory: G.SKILL HK 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel
Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL4D-4GBHK - Retail
CPU: AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition Kuma 2.8GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core Processor Model AD785ZWCGHBOX - Retail

After viewing my previous thread and taking everyone's advice, I came up with this. Do you think this is better?:

DVD: HP Black 22X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM SATA 22X Multiformal DVD Writer - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:GIGABYTE GZ-X5BPD-500 Black SECC Steel / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive:Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor:Acer X203H bd Black 20" 16:9 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ Swivel Adjustment 300 cd/m2 10000:1 w/ HDCP Support - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo:ECS G31T-M(1.0) LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory:CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5C - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100252HDMI Radeon HD 4550 512MB 64-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Low Profile Ready Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The mobo, memory, GPU, and CPU come in a combo deal of $197.96 and has $40.00 worth of mail in rebates. Is their anything you guys suggest I change? The PC will primarily be used for Home Office work and browsing the web. No gaming at all.

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June 26, 2009 7:02:49 AM

The build is fine, any hardware changes will just be nitpicky based on personal preference.

you didn't list an OS though. do you have one already? if not you will need to pick up a copy of Vista (64bit since you went with a full 4GB of RAM)
June 26, 2009 8:28:11 AM

I would suggest you stick with the AMD config with onboard graphics, that would save some cash on the graphics card...
Here is a config that you can check out...

CASE -
Rosewill R220-P-BK Black 0.5mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Save $10 with promo code "RW25CLR", ends 6/30
$19.99 After that discount comes to $9.99 and is similar to that Gigabyte...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU + RAM
1. CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) +

2. AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX250OCGQBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo - ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You wont be needing that 450VX...
The Corsair 400CX is more than suffice and can also handle discrete graphics card...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rest same...

Total - $493 with $45 Mail-In-Rebate...
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June 26, 2009 2:51:32 PM

I prefer GKay's build to an Intel 5200 also, although I'd get a stronger CPU; a X3 720BE if your budget allows, or a x2 550 if not. As he says, you won't need a discrete GPU for business apps, or even light games. If you will also play more demanding games on it, keep the Corsair 450VX, since you'll want to add a nicer GPU, like a 4850.
June 26, 2009 3:09:00 PM

The hardware selection for your Home Office computer build is very good. But just as astrodudepsu says, “any hardware changes will just be nitpicky based on personal preference.”

But just to play Devil’s Advocate, even though you’re building this for home-office usage, it would be better to go with a motherboard beyond the 4GB memory installation limit…preferably a motherboard with an 8GB memory limit. Even though you’ll probably never need to upgrade beyond 4GB, having a motherboard that can go up to 8GB memory installation is an admirable highlight should you decide to sale this home-office computer in future.
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