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July 26, 2009 9:49:47 PM

Motherboard: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720

GPU: GIGABYTE GV-R485MC-1GI Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

RAM: OCZ Special Ops Urban Elite 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC


My needs are: basic gaming, basic video editing, watching movies, surfing the web, all the basics. Probably won't do TOO much at the same time, besides listening to music and surfing the web. If you notice any problems or it looks like something isn't compatible with the other please mention. Also if you have any recomendations for something that is generally the same price but better, or if something doesn't look like it would suffice for my needs please mention.

PS: I have a question: What do I have to consider while purchasing a monitor? I know that I don't care about getting full 1080p, and I am looking for something that is 22" big (give or take an inch I don't really care). So what do you recomend? Thanks in advance for the help.




PSS: Ignore this just wondering what a spoiler is
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July 26, 2009 10:20:55 PM

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July 27, 2009 3:41:01 AM

Looks like a solid build, pretty affordable for good performance. You could go with the X2 550 and save $20 on the processor; with only 2 active cores, people are getting it to 3.9 ghz on air cooling. You didn't mention whether or not you would be overclocking, though an aftermarket heatsink is usually reccomended for most cpus if you are. I'm tempted to grab a 4850 as well, the price/performance ration seems is very appealing.

Make sure the monitor you choose can support the resolution you want. Some less expensive monitors may not support their max resolution at the highest color settings either, though this isn't a problem these days as much as it used to be. Viewing angle might be a consideration depending on the placement of the monitor. Most manufacturers test their brightness and contrast differently so that information may not be helpful. Read reviews on whichever one you decide on. A good 22" LCD should be had for less than $200.

Here are a couple monitors:
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...

I've never used HANNS G but my buddy bought one recently and was very pleased with it. LGs are usually good, and ASUS hasn't let me down on anything yet even though I haven't used one of their monitors yet.
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July 27, 2009 6:22:29 AM

ensigndaniel said:
Looks like a solid build, pretty affordable for good performance. You could go with the X2 550 and save $20 on the processor; with only 2 active cores, people are getting it to 3.9 ghz on air cooling. You didn't mention whether or not you would be overclocking, though an aftermarket heatsink is usually reccomended for most cpus if you are. I'm tempted to grab a 4850 as well, the price/performance ration seems is very appealing.

Make sure the monitor you choose can support the resolution you want. Some less expensive monitors may not support their max resolution at the highest color settings either, though this isn't a problem these days as much as it used to be. Viewing angle might be a consideration depending on the placement of the monitor. Most manufacturers test their brightness and contrast differently so that information may not be helpful. Read reviews on whichever one you decide on. A good 22" LCD should be had for less than $200.

Here are a couple monitors:
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...

I've never used HANNS G but my buddy bought one recently and was very pleased with it. LGs are usually good, and ASUS hasn't let me down on anything yet even though I haven't used one of their monitors yet.


K, thanks for the advice, it's appreciated. I am currently not looking at overclocking, but maybe in a few years when I get more familiar with computer building, and get my A+ I'll try it. But for right now, I'd rather spend an extra 20$ and get a little extra use out of my pc. Thanks for the advice though will help me one day. Also thanks for the monitor links, they look good. I am not going to buy a monitor online because I found that purchasing a monitor at a local store seems cheaper, but using the links definately helps me to know what I should look for.
July 27, 2009 7:13:01 AM

^ If you are not/ want to overclock and can buy your components from newegg, then you should check out these combos...
You get a Quad for nearly the same price(CPU + Mobo)...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

And looking at your requirements, do you really require such a mobo ???

I would suggest this mobo as a very good, cheaper alternative...But this mobo doesnt have crossfire support...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
July 28, 2009 1:06:14 AM

gkay09 said:
^ If you are not/ want to overclock and can buy your components from newegg, then you should check out these combos...
You get a Quad for nearly the same price(CPU + Mobo)...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

And looking at your requirements, do you really require such a mobo ???

I would suggest this mobo as a very good, cheaper alternative...But this mobo doesnt have crossfire support...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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


Thanks for the advice, but looking at the mobo that you suggested, everything looks good but I have 1 question. Looking at the memory section of the specifications, it says this: DDR3 1666(OC)/1333/1066. Does that mean if I use 1666 memory, which I plan to, it won't work by just plugging it in at it's max speed unless I tweak it? Because this mobo looks like a much better suiter than the one I was originally going to get.
July 28, 2009 4:03:55 AM

^ If you are using DDR3 1666 memory, then you would have to set the speed, voltage and timings in the BIOS...But I don't think it would be that difficult...You can refer to the forums, they would provide simple steps to follow to set the RAM settings in the BIOS...
July 28, 2009 4:08:29 AM

gkay09 said:
^ If you are using DDR3 1666 memory, then you would have to set the speed, voltage and timings in the BIOS...But I don't think it would be that difficult...You can refer to the forums, they would provide simple steps to follow to set the RAM settings in the BIOS...


OK, thanks for the help. The advice is greatly appreciated.
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