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Im sorry but one more newb system build question

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July 8, 2009 7:38:04 AM

Well here it is feel free to tear apart. I have next to no experience other than basic internet research. Obviously on budget end, primary usage: basic gaming, internet, movies, photo editing using adobe lightroom 2.

CPU: Phenom ii x2 550

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX

Vid: ASUS EN9600GSO/HTDP/384M GeForce 9600 GSO 384MB 192-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP

Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Case: Rosewill R226-P-BK 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS

Wireless adapt: Rosewill RNX-N300 IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless-N 2.0 PCI (1T2R) Up to 150Mbps Data Rates/ WPA/WPA2

Keyboard: crappy basic logitech wireless

vista home prem. 64bit

All this for the low low price of around 600 on new egg incl. vista

Please inform me of the holes, I realize there is no optical but it appears all the decent ones are sold out on newegg, zipzoomfly, and amazon. Any advice in that direction would be awesome as well. Thanks a bundle
July 8, 2009 7:05:41 PM

look, m8
if your getting an all AMD based platform with crossfire capibilities... than why in hell would you pick an nvidia graphics solution? go with an ATI equivilant like the 4770 or 4830, that way you will have full compatibilty and take advantage of crossfire for lata ;) 
July 8, 2009 7:15:26 PM

regardless of your final decision ditch Vista and install the RC version of Windows 7. You can use it free until March of 2010 and it works better then vista., IMHO.

Since I know little to nothing about AMD cpu's I put this intel based system together.

Case = $49.99 with free shipping
NZXT Beta Series CS-NT-BETA-B Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO - Asus P5Qe $97
ASUS P5Q SE PLUS LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - Intel E8400 you can upgrade to the Q8400 (quad core) for another $20.
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Fan/Heatsink - Xigmatek $40 because some day you might want to OC and intel stock coolers make me cringe.
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM -Corsair $45
CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Antec Basiq $40
Antec Basiq BP430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.2 Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU - Sapphire 4850 $100
SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total system build not including keyboard/mouse or OS and before shipping (case and PSU have free shipping) and Mail-in-rebates = $575.
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July 8, 2009 7:31:52 PM

Look im a little against making this guy go through installing win rc 7, with lack of experience it would be best he just gets the vista package because it comes with a free upgradge to win 7 at its release. That way he can just upgrade once it comes out rather than having to reinstall his entire OS.
July 8, 2009 7:54:38 PM

win7 is a good idea mate.
I deffinitely agree with everything rambo117 has to say............... intel build nah........AMD
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