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July 28, 2009 3:36:19 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 Week From now.
BUDGET RANGE: $500 and under, i am trying at least.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Programming with multiple windows on a huge monitor, virtual machining and some gaming.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers, os
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg ;D
PARTS PREFERENCES:
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) - $69.99

AMD Phenom II X4 810 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX810WFGIBOX - $139.00

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $69.99

COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power RS550-PCARE3-US 550W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Power Supply - $58.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 - $49.99

MSI 770-C45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - $79.99

SAPPHIRE 100254HDMI Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - $59.99

OVERCLOCKING: No, I dont care for that.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future, its not really necessary.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080 1080p ;) 
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I am not a heavy gamer but i do play here and there, i do a lot of programming and virtual machining. I have debated on going AMD or staying Intel, but the price for a quad core is so good, I am worried about the power supply being under wattage and the power consumption being to high, anyways just tell me what you think.

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July 28, 2009 3:46:46 PM

You'll get more help if you edit your post to follow the format in the "How to ask for new build advice" sticky. Without knowing some of that basic info, I can still suggest some changes.

That DDR3 1333 CAS 9 RAM is pretty slow. You can get DDR3 1600 CAS 7 RAM for $6 more.

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P16004GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $75.99

That PSU is a pretty low-end model with only about 70% efficiency. You can do much better for the money.

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $58.99 - $25 MIR

The WD3200AAJS is an old, slower model. You can get the new WD3200AAKS for the same price.

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99

I haven't had good luck with MSI at all lately. You can get a Gigabyte board for the same price.

GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99
July 28, 2009 3:52:55 PM

op nice build 9/10
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July 28, 2009 4:01:38 PM

Thanks for the reply and the finds, ill take a look at what you mentioned, is 500 W doable? I have a hard time determining the wattage needed.
July 28, 2009 4:04:12 PM

Yes, 500W is plenty for that system. That's a pretty low-end GPU that doesn't take much voltage to run.
July 28, 2009 4:33:56 PM

shortstuff_mt you seriously are awesome. I found with the ram you mentioned not only is it better, it has a combo deal with the phenom ii x4 945 cpu right now,
my new specs are:

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P16004GK

AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX945FBGIBOX

With the RAM AND CPU = $199


COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $69.99

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - 58.99 before mail in after its 33

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $49.99

MSI 770-C45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - $79.99

SAPPHIRE 100254HDMI Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card- $59.99

Im still between the motherboard mentioned above and the one i have selected. Anyways this new config is 10 bucks cheaper then the one i had posted first. crazy. And im assuming that my power supply will still be sufficient.
July 28, 2009 4:51:57 PM

It's looking good! I'd really consider ditching the MSI and getting the Gigabyte board instead. I've been using Gigabyte boards in recent builds and have yet to be disappointed. That's more than I can say for the couple MSI boards I've used in the past.

Yes, the 500W OCZ PSU is still plenty for this system. No worries there. :) 
July 28, 2009 5:39:12 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
It's looking good! I'd really consider ditching the MSI and getting the Gigabyte board instead. I've been using Gigabyte boards in recent builds and have yet to be disappointed. That's more than I can say for the couple MSI boards I've used in the past.

Yes, the 500W OCZ PSU is still plenty for this system. No worries there. :) 


k, i did some research on the pci x1, i didnt know what it was really and it seems to be the future/replacement of pci, so the gigabyte board makes sense, so ive replaced the MSI.

I think this system should run great, ill probably buy the cpu, ram and power supply before the end of the month in case they stop the deals on the 1st of the month.

Im a little worried the power bill might go up, but then again i have sweet bragging rights to my friends for owning a quad core and them being on their school issuedo or cheap laptops.

Thanks again for the input. Im pretty excited, ive been on a dell laptop 2coreduo 1gig ram for 2 years, it sucks.
July 29, 2009 6:09:43 PM

Ok I redid some of it, the stupid ram combo deal finished yesterday, so i found the 955 quad with my case mentioned above on a combo and found the same graphics card type made by gigabyte with the motherboard combo, now for the motherboard
Memory Standard DDR3 1666(OC)/1333/1066
does that support 1600?, i dont understand ram, is it saying 1600 but 1666 if you overclock?
im gonna be purchasing half of the stuff tonight, and half on the 1st.
July 29, 2009 6:15:22 PM

Yes, DDR3 1600 RAM will work just fine with that motherboard. The Memory Standard rating on a motherboard doesn't really mean a whole lot. That's just the maximum speed the motherboard is certified to run. It just means that you'll probably need to manually set the RAM speed/timings/voltage in the BIOS to get it to run at its rated speed. That's not a problem because you should do that anyway.
July 29, 2009 6:18:59 PM

ok, thanks shortstuff again for your help.
July 29, 2009 6:20:45 PM

Any time! Let us know how it goes.
August 5, 2009 4:11:47 PM

Comp is super awesome, runs quiet with 4 fans, hard drive seems pretty fast, well im used to 5400 rpms so this is better. Ram i havnt changed the voltage yet, i need to do that. CPU runs at 40C right now, which is ok, i need to get it down to around 30 somehow maybe. My graphics card is good, i dont think ubuntu loves it. Im still playing around with ubuntu and tweaking things. My arch linux attempt failed.
Thanks again shortstuff for your help. Its great to be back on a desktop and not a flimsy laptop :) 
August 5, 2009 4:40:28 PM

Good to hear the build worked out! :) 
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