US$700-900 AMD Home System first time builder

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: :Late July/Early August 2009


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: General office stuff - writing, PowerPoint, spreadsheets, database, surfing internet, low-end photo and video editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, will use XP or download Windows 7 Release Candidate and bug the IT guys at work for help

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, but open to ideas

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD mainly because the AM3socket looks like it will be useful longer term for upgrades than the 775




ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: First time builder, trying to be frugal but build a computer that will have the potential to last for more than a few years with reasonable upgrades. Want to use RAID 1 array for data security, lots of RAM to cater to MS tendency to work better if lots of RAM available


AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

SeaSonic S12 II SS-500GB 500W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223Q LightScribe Support - OEM

Two Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - Retail

Two G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail

DIAMOND 4770PE5512 Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

Newegg price before various discounts and shipping: US$780.90
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  1. is there a specific reason as to why you want 2 500 gig hard drives? 1 tb would be around 40 dollars cheaper
    and the only thing i would change is get for the power supply for the video card for the hard drive
  2. Stick with the seasonic PSU, it is stronger than the Cooler Master one by a fair amount.
    4850 is stronger than the 4770, its a bit more power intensive but its also cheaper, exhausts heat out the back, and comes with the double lifetime warranty.
  3. Some confusing about am2/am3?

    Am2 mb's use ddr2 ram and accept am2 or am3 processors
    am3 mb's use ddr3 ram and only accept am3 processors .

    IMO AM3 is the better option with ongoing parts support . In a year or two ddr2 , for example ,might be an expensive legacy product . There is certainly more future proofing with AM3

    Heres an AM3 build that will be more than powerful enough for your usage

    Its unlikely you will need 8 gigs of ram . Games and applications cant use this much ram so stick with 4 gig . The exceptions are CS4 and running VM's

    AMD Phenom II X4 810 2.6GHz $139

    2 x2 gig of Gskill DDR3 $65

    ASRock M3A790GXH/128M AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard $115
    [ made by asus , and the best onboard gfx available ]

    With this mb you will not need a gfx card .
    Cost of mb/cpu/ram is $319
    all the latest technology and plenty of expansion options

    Increase performance by adding a stronger AM3 processors if theyre in the budget , but the 810 is easily capable of handling the tasks you mention
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