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June 30, 2009 4:25:54 PM

any suggestions, problems, thanks



Koutech IO-RCM620 USB 2.0 3.5" Card Reader

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

A-DATA G series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

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

HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 500GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive

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

Microsoft Black Wired Digital Media Keyboard 3000 and Mouse Kit

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

EVERCOOL FAN-EC12025M12C Case Fan

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

AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor

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

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F

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

Rosewill R101-P-BK Black Computer Case

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

Rosewill RG430-2 430W Power Supply

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

GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-US2H Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

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

Acer X193W+BD Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

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


also i dont know if i should get an amd phenom II 710 instead?

all purpose computer

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June 30, 2009 5:31:13 PM

Are you trying to build an "all purpose computer" in an HTPC form factor case? Or are you trying to build a HTCP which I though was more along the lines of a PC used on a hdtv with DVR support or blu-ray or whatever you preference that would make it a computer to power a home theater ie HTPC "Home Theater PC".

If you are building an HTPC where is your video input device (guessing you're going to use the onboard Radeon HD 3200 HDMI ouput)? That's a relatively small hard drive considering the prices these days and video takes up a lot of space.

I guess you have to be a little clearer on what your intentions are before anyone can actually rate your build. Because this build is looking like a budget PC or an expensive DVD player.
June 30, 2009 6:01:05 PM

yes actually, i guess i am trying to build an all purpose budget pc, that can handle movies, a little bit games, and multiple OS, and other small media stuff
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June 30, 2009 7:42:42 PM

In that case I like most of the parts you chose because it's not overkill for what you want to do with it. I would not get the Phenom, but I would get a larger hard drive.

You could always add Ram or a graphics card if you feel you need more power in those departments. But with the small case and what you're planning on doing I'd get a larger hard drive off the bat.
June 30, 2009 9:22:59 PM

thanks
June 30, 2009 10:28:05 PM

The build looks decent, but can be improved for not a lot more money. The first thing that NEEDS to go is the Rosewill PSU. Rosewill PSU's are well known as ticking time bombs. This PSU would be much better:

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 - $20 MIR

I know this is just mainly for a HTPC, but AMD CPU's benefit from DDR2 1066 RAM. This RAM is only $4 more:

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99

I, personally, don't trust Hitachi hard drives. I would try to get a Western Digital if the budget permits.

The only other major thing to keep in mind is that the motherboard needs at least the F4 BIOS released on 04/30/2009 to support your Athlon II CPU.

http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Mo...
June 30, 2009 10:46:51 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
The build looks decent, but can be improved for not a lot more money. The first thing that NEEDS to go is the Rosewill PSU. Rosewill PSU's are well known as ticking time bombs. This PSU would be much better:

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 - $20 MIR

I know this is just mainly for a HTPC, but AMD CPU's benefit from DDR2 1066 RAM. This RAM is only $4 more:

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99

I, personally, don't trust Hitachi hard drives. I would try to get a Western Digital if the budget permits.

The only other major thing to keep in mind is that the motherboard needs at least the F4 BIOS released on 04/30/2009 to support your Athlon II CPU.

http://www.gigabyte-usa.com/Support/Motherboard/BIOS_Mo...


thank you, i agree with u on the PSU, the one u suggested was my second choice. i picked rosewill because the reviews were really good and the price was perfect, so i guess i will go with the one u suggested .

and should i still get the ram u suggested, even if i upgrade to an phenom II ?

thanks

June 30, 2009 10:59:49 PM

Yes, all current AMD CPU's with onboard RAM controllers benefit from DDR2 1066 RAM. The G.Skill RAM also runs at the same timings and voltage at 1066 as the A-Data RAM does at 800 which indicates it's higher quality RAM.
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