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September 24, 2009 1:41:12 AM

Hey like the thread title says I'm interested in building my first computer, I picked out all the parts but now am just reassuring myself by posting the parts on this thread. I welcome all forms of feedback from suggestions on different parts or concerns and conflicts these parts may have. I plan to be using the computer for minimal gaming, office apps, and LOTS of web and video browsing and editing. I would like to purchase and start building ASAP so please leave your comments.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Open Box: ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD (should I be concerned about it being open box or is it worth the 50 dollar savings)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Recertified: Western Digital RE2 WD5000YS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"(should I be concerned about it being recertified or is it worth the savings)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD Drive: Sony Optiarc Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard and Mouse: SpecResearch Smart-2B Black 104 Normal Keys 15 Function Keys PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard and Optical Mouse - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
Includes free Windows 7 upgrade coupon
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: 10-Bay ATX Computer Case w/550W 20+4-pin PSU & 9.84" Blue LED Fan
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=939PL

Monitor: 20" ViewSonic VG2030m DVI LCD Monitor w/Speakers
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=VG2030M-R

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September 24, 2009 1:51:15 AM

Do not buy an open box motherboard, you will regret it. Especially since this is your first build. It will not come with everything that you need.
September 24, 2009 1:57:07 AM

The hard drive you have listed is an RE version, meaning it is meant to operate in raid with other drives. Don't buy this version if you are not going to set up a raid array. I suggest this one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you look at other motherboards, make sure they are for your cpu that you have listed.
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September 24, 2009 2:03:42 AM

Hey thanks for the help I don't really need the GB as much as I need the money so I'll probably just go with a smaller Hard Drive for the same price. And do you or anyone have any motherboard recommendations?
September 24, 2009 2:05:29 AM

I would not let your components anywhere near that case, i see a red switch on the back and any decent case/PSU would have enough steel, copper, and aluminum in them to be worth more than 40.

Your parts selection leaves a lot to be desired, dirt cheap components are generally dirt cheap for a reason, if you could fill out the template shown here i will help you pick out a better selection of parts
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...
September 24, 2009 2:06:13 AM

katanadude said:
Do not buy an open box motherboard, you will regret it. Especially since this is your first build. It will not come with everything that you need.


+1

It would be grate if you can read this link http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... and post back anwering the questions in the link.



a few things i see wrong is the

HDD Try a samsung spinpoint F3 500

PSU in that case is a POS

You dont show a GPU in the build

CD/DVD is IDE

The Monitor is not that grate
September 24, 2009 2:12:19 AM

Hey thanks for all the great advice everyone and sorry i forgot to mention the motherboard comes with a onboard :(  ATI Radeon 3300 i know its not that great but like I said i will just upgrade in the future if need be. Also if anyone could give their recommendations on a case that would be greatly appreciated.
September 24, 2009 2:25:39 AM

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price



SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151188
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

$31.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129042
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
-$15.00 Instant $69.95
$54.95 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822152181
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

-$5.00 Instant $54.99
$49.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128392
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

-$5.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$84.99
$79.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



SAPPHIRE 100258-1GHDMI Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102837
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

$124.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817139004
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

-$5.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$104.99
$99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231189
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$84.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDX945FBGIBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103675
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$169.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Subtotal: $696.88


Maybe something like this ?

you can save 20 bucks with this PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 24, 2009 2:30:22 AM

Thanks for the reply i've already switched the HDD and am going to look into some similar motherboard and will look into your CD drive. I like the case yet i would like either a really cheap case with a ok PSU or $75 dollar case with a PSU.
September 24, 2009 2:33:21 AM

You can save 55 by getting the antec 300 combo'ed with the basiq 500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
before anyone flames me for this take a look at the review, specifically page 7, they redid the BP500 recently
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/792

Comboing a 945 with a 790GX board will also knock another 100 off the setup
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The HD3300 is about as strong as my old radeon 9550, it should be able to play things decently on low settings. That knocks the price of niklas's build down by 155 to 542 before $15 MIR on the board
September 24, 2009 2:34:19 AM

Most PSU that come with a case are POS and will end up giving you problems, Not always the case but most people under estamate a PSU
September 24, 2009 2:39:19 AM

hunter315 said:
You can save 55 by getting the antec 300 combo'ed with the basiq 500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
before anyone flames me for this take a look at the review, specifically page 7, they redid the BP500 recently
http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/792

Comboing a 945 with a 790GX board will also knock another 100 off the setup
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

The HD3300 is about as strong as my old radeon 9550, it should be able to play things decently on low settings. That knocks the price of niklas's build down by 155 to 542 before $15 MIR on the board


the CPU was 170 and the mobo 80 thats 250

+1 for the case and PSU that will work well

September 24, 2009 2:41:35 AM

Actually i was knocking the GPU out too, should have said that, since a 3300 should be enough for minimal gaming, thats where i came up with an extra 125. If it doesnt serve his needs a 4650 should do fine for minimal gaming and video editing and will only up the price by 60ish.
September 24, 2009 2:42:18 AM

I see that mobo has built in video + 1 :) 
September 24, 2009 2:42:55 AM

Hey thanks for the info on the combo deal saved 25 bucks and does anyone have any good ideas for a $100 monitor? and or a cheaper case and PSU
September 24, 2009 2:45:34 AM

I would not use anything other then the one hunter posted, If you go cheeper you are asking for problems
September 24, 2009 2:47:36 AM

You generally want to pick out a case and PSU you can use for multiple builds, i am hesitant to go much lower but you can get a corsair 400CX for $40 after $10 MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And a crappy rosewill case, the airflow will be atrocious so be conscious that things WILL overheat if you add a GPU without a dual slot cooler in the future, you will also need to upgrade the PSU before installing anything more power hungry than a 4850(that will be cutting it very close)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That knocks another 30 off, that is as low as physically possible on the case, and if you go any lower on the power supply you are putting the entire system in grave danger.
September 24, 2009 2:58:28 AM

Ok everyone thanks for all your help and i was just wondering if there is some way to get windows 7 for a cheaper price not sure if there is but just curious
September 24, 2009 3:08:57 AM

Check google, there was talk about Win 7 for students for 30 bucks.
September 24, 2009 3:16:01 AM

Hey thanks alot for that info im still in high school for half days at the age of 16, but i go to work for the school districts IT department in the afternoon and they are paying for me to be in a local colleges A+ certification class and since i have a valid college e-mail address i should be able to get it hopefully.
September 24, 2009 4:09:00 AM

Sounds good :)  and gl with the build.
September 24, 2009 8:23:08 PM

Hey does anyone know of a decent computer case like the one that hunter315 pointed out that has a more visual appeal to it or your opinoin on a more visual appealing case. I'm fine with the Atec that hunter showed me but im curious
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