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October 9, 2009 1:40:15 PM

Looking to build a quad-core PC with low power consumption, used mainly for streaming netflix movies, and watching not more than 720p video. Also for very light gaming (sc, possibly sc2 when it comes out). Can power a 24" monitor.

I'd like to keep it under $300 for the box. Any suggestions?
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October 9, 2009 2:28:43 PM

COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($39.99)

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... ($29.99 w/ $20 MIR + Free Shipping)

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 + Free Shipping)

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($79.99 + Free Shipping)

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P10664GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($51.99 w/ $20 MIR + Free Shipping)

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... ($54.99)

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($30.99)

Total: $386.94

This is about as low as you can get price wise with a quad core CPU. Dropping down to an Athlon II X2 will shave off $25-40.
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October 9, 2009 9:14:43 PM

Thanks for the response. But what about a gpu?
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a b 4 Gaming
October 9, 2009 9:20:19 PM

This build uses on-board graphics, which is fine for light gaming, but you will want to get a discrete GPU eventually, something like a HD4670 is a good choice for casual light gaming, and it won't break the bank.
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October 10, 2009 12:44:12 AM

Thanks very much. I had forgotten about the 4670.
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October 10, 2009 1:04:52 AM

Just out of curiosity, why the quad requirement? From what you have listed above, I'd go dual core instead. Quads use up more power to run and streaming and light gaming doesn't need or more accurately, won't use 4 cores.

This is the same power as the 4670, but cheaper w/ free shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And the phenom 1s are crap, avoid them. For your budget though, a prebuilt might be the best way to go especially if you need the OS.

Might get better suggestions if you edit your post and follow the format in the link in my sig.
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October 10, 2009 1:29:49 AM

is the phenom 9100e a phenom 1s?

it does use about 65W of power...hard to beat that, even with dual core.
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October 10, 2009 1:53:33 AM

Yeah the 4 diget phenoms are the first series. The e series are all the energy efficent models. But the performance on the phenom 1s is marginal unless you can accept their slow speeds. But what is going to demand a quad core?
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October 10, 2009 1:56:27 AM

Nothing. I've just noticed that quad-core systems are snappier. Windows open up faster, multiple windows at once, etc...

Thanks for the info.
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October 10, 2009 4:36:02 AM

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 $39.49

MSI R4670-MD1G Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video card $69.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $49.99

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2P10664GK $71.99

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX
ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $158.99

Shipping: $10.75



Total: $401.20
Rebates: $70
Grand Total: $331.20



Found an old case, so I don't need that. I don't see a reason to have a dvd player. I have winxp, so I can install that.
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