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August 18, 2009 11:22:50 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Anytime, whenever I figure out exactly what I need
BUDGET RANGE: US$500-750
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Office work, Web Browsing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: So far I've been using newegg.com but I would look to others if need be.
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Don't remember, but nothing too fancy.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I think I have everything but just want some input to confirm everything.

Case (60):
Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU (60):
CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

CPU (170):
AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor

ODD (27)
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner

HDD #1 (75)
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

HDD #2 (70)
Western Digital Caviar Green WD7500AADS 750GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

RAM (50)
CORSAIR XMS2 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-8500C5C G

Motherboard (90)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128395

631.88-10 For Motherboard+RAM combo = $621.88


I saw this motherboard for 100
ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Motherboard Comparison

The ASUS mother would allow DDR3 and seems to be slightly better. However I have been told that DDR3 isn't quite worth it and admittedly probably won't get utilised on this machine (using MS office). Also I have heard good things about the gigabyte board and that it would be more reliable.

Should I go with the gigabyte board over the ASUS? And if I get the ASUS stick with DDR2 or upgrade to DDR3?

Otherwise, does the system look good?

Thanks
August 19, 2009 3:41:46 AM

A Quad-Core and a gamer case might not be an optimal choice for an office system. A dual-core and a quiet case like the Antec Solo might be more appropriate.
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