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New build trying to help my son.

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July 15, 2009 6:23:03 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 Week BUDGET RANGE: US$500-750)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (midrange gaming, some video editing possible)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com, Fry's

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (none)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is a learning experience. I used to build computers a looong time ago. I think the last one had a intel 486 processor. I guess that tells you I'm old.

My first try:

Case w / 500w power Supply(RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Combo processor/MB
Processor (AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Motherboard (BIOSTAR TA790GXB A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video (XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD (Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram(G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks
Glen

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July 15, 2009 6:33:46 PM

Not a bad choice of components....
July 15, 2009 6:39:00 PM

change the PSU to one made by corsair or PCP&C, try for 500w or above from your choice of components.

then for a case, get an antec 300 or coolermaster 690.
July 15, 2009 6:45:46 PM

The PSU in the raidmax leaves a bit to be desired, this set up will cost you a bit more but will be easily upgradable whereas a CPU upgrade for the system you listed will require a new motherboard and ram.

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

Comes out to $606 before MIR
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