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New at building these, can someone advise

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July 31, 2009 6:08:37 PM

I put this combination together with my son and I just need some advice. Keeping the cost down, how does this unit look? Any recommended changes to the components? I'm a power business user, lots of multitasking, this is for home office. Trying to keep this around $500


COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail Model #:RC-534-KKN2-GP $44.99

AMD Phenom 9950 Agena 2.6GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HD995ZXAGHBOX - Retail$129.99
ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail Model #:M3A78-EM $54.99

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... - Retail Model #:o CZ500MXSP $78.99

XFX PVT98GYDLU GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail Model #:p VT98GYDLU $58.99

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM Model #:SH-S223B $109.99

Kingston HyperX T1 Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KHX8500D2T1K2/4G - Retail Model #:KHX8500D2T1K2/4G $59.99

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM Model #:WD10EADS $79.99

Thanks,

Abe




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July 31, 2009 6:53:45 PM

Rather than that ASUS I would go with

ASRock A780LM 54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the 9950 it runs rather hot and doesn't overclock too well despite it's unlocked multiplier. I would spend $10 bucks less on the 720 BE

AMD Phenom II X3 720 $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As it's newer architecture and higher clock speed would generally serve you better than the extra core. If you overclock this CPU it's even better. If you really feel the need for a quad core then spend $10 more than the 9950 and get

AMD Phenom II X4 810 $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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