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Budget build <$400 US

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July 6, 2009 4:17:51 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: US $400

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: DVD ripping/burning, websurfing/youtube, streaming audio, MS office apps, itunes

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, video card, DVD drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES:integrated video on the mother board, 3+ SATA ports, 4+ USB ports

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have and additional 320 gig drive that I will be adding to the system. I figure to use this system for 3-4 years before upgrading again.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 6, 2009 4:28:56 PM

So all your need is a processor, motherboard, ram, case, and power supply?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Comes out to $403 before shipping or MIR's. The ram is just a very basic DDR3 1333 set, if you want ones with tighter timings it will likely cost you $20 more but these are very low voltage actually adhering to the JEDEC specs unlike most.
July 6, 2009 4:32:45 PM

I will need:

Case/PSU
CPU
Motherboard(integrated video)
RAM
HDD (500gig) How is this HDD model

Can you suggest a better RAM that the basic RAM you listed?

Thanks
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 6, 2009 8:09:29 PM

The IGP on the 790GX chipset is stronger than that 8400 GS
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-pric...
The HD 3300 is three tiers higher than the 8400 GS so for $4 less after MIR or $1 more before them you get a weaker chipset and weaker graphics. That hard drive is great, if you want to spend $5 more you can get the 640 GB version which uses the denser platters and performs mildly better.

As for better ram,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It will give you tighter timings at 1333 MHz than the other ones for about $8 more and will give you the option of easier OCing in the future.
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