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[New System Build] Budget Desktop $400-$500

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October 5, 2009 4:24:09 PM

Hello all, I am currently putting together a budget build and would like some advice on whether or not i should go with the build i am currently thinking about. everything is from newegg minus the ram so far.

This computer will be a Windows 7 machine that i wont be gaming on, i do a lot of multi-tasking, and a decent amount of photoshop but nothing too complicated. I would like to keep the build at around $400.00 (i can probably live with a little over that), and i dont need any of the peripherals (i.e. monitor).

[CPU] - AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor $99.00

I went with this processor because of the fact that it is a quad core for 100 bucks, figure for what i want it should be good.

[MOBO] - ASUS M4A77TD Pro AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard $89.99 ($79.99 after MIR)

This mobo supports DDR3 and is not very expensive and has gotten good reviews so it seemed like a good choice.

[GPU] - SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 $99.99

Looks like a good video card at the price point, im sure it may be overkill for what im using it for.

[RAM] - OCZ OCZ3X1333LV6GK 6GB PC3-10666 (DDR3-1333) $80.00
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10009748&prodlist=froogle

Pretty good price for 6 gigs of ddr3 ram.

[CASE] - COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-SKN2-GP Black $39.99

People seem to love this case and its cheap so that a double bonus for me.

[PSU] - Havent picked one yet, i would like some ideas on this if you could.

Total so far - $408.97

October 5, 2009 4:41:13 PM

I'm thinking since you don't intend to game, you could get away with a 4670. Also, on the 6 gb of ram, no need for that since AMD does not run triple channel.
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October 5, 2009 4:49:27 PM

ohiou_grad_06 said:
I'm thinking since you don't intend to game, you could get away with a 4670. Also, on the 6 gb of ram, no need for that since AMD does not run triple channel.


+1

Go with dual-channel memory kit. For Photoshop, you don't need that much of a powerful GPU (assuming you aren't doing any crazy rendering).
October 5, 2009 5:06:39 PM

You don't need a separate GPU for your intended use. I would just stick with onboard.

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.00

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GPMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $88.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 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

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.95

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 - $10.00 MIR

Total - $437.91 - $10.00 MIR

Don't forget that you need a 64-bit OS to fully use 4GB of RAM.
October 5, 2009 6:33:53 PM

yeah i was pretty sure i was gonna trim down on the gpu, and the ram i wasnt sure about either. and i already have the 64-bit windows 7 pro on order so im fine there. and the reason i was going to buy a serperate gpu is because the asus mobo i picked didnt seem to have any onboard video, but if that gigabyte board is better then i will just go with that one.
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