Second Try - $600 Non-Gamer Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This weekend/next week

BUDGET RANGE: $800-$600, would like to keep this as low as possible to save for Monitor upgrade

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Online Poker (multitabling + stats HUD), Music/multimedia, Casual Gaming , Streaming Movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor


PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my 2nd build posted. After careful consideration I realized my first build didn’t suit my needs as gaming components added unneeded cost when I am really just a declining casual gamer (casual as in games like tf2, civ 4, and wow every few days - max detail not a priority). Also an OS is needed and I factored in a future purchase of a monitor. The only thing I feel I am overspending on is the case..but I think it looks cool :wahoo: , and its one of the few components I will look at every day.

Of note, I am currently using an old 19” CRT monitor. I plan on upgrading to an 24” LCD around Christmas or New Years at which time I think I will be adding a Radeon 4650 or 4670.

This is my first time building my own.

Thoughts, comments, and criticism welcome.
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  1. CPU & Mobo Combo
    AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
    ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

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

    Case + PSU
    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

    Hard Drive
    WESTERN DIGITAL Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB SATA II 7200 RPM 32MB Buffer Hard Drive Bulk

    SAMSUNG SH-S223B 22X SATA DVD Burner Black Drive Bulk

    MICROSOFT Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit GFC-00599 (Full Version) Single-Pack OEM

    Total – about $570
  2. I like the OP's CPU + motherboard combo very much. That's a special price on the motherboard that's only good for today. I would jump on that deal before it's gone.
  3. I wouldn't buy CAS 5 DDR2 800 RAM. AMD chips benefit from the additional bandwidth of DDR2 1066 RAM. I would upgrade to some CAS 5 DDR2 1066 RAM for an extra $5.

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail $89.99
  4. morellomre said:
    This looks pretty darn good. I think i might order when i get back from lunch. Any downside to getting a few of these items from zzf instead of newegg? Since newegg ships from NJ i get taxed.

    No real downside to it. If you can save money... I say go for it!!
  5. I've used ZipZoomFly in the past and never had a problem with them.
  6. OK, i changed my mind on the case (dont want to pay tax + shipping). So i ordered a cheaper cooler master case from ZZF. Seeing how the 380W Antec Earthwatt is $15 less then the 430W is it suitable for my build? (Also the 380 has free shipping vs. 430 not). Or would the 430 Basiq be a better fit?

    Also, with the $ i saved on the case i was going to make GPU a keep that in mind with the PSU.

    Earthwatts 430

    Earthwatts 380

    Basiq 430

    Thanks for your help!
  7. The EA380 will easily power the system with a 4670. Check out the specs on the EA380 vs the Basiq 430W. You'll notice that they have about the same Amps on the 12v rail which means that the EA380 is just as strong. The EA380 is also 80 PLUS Certified. The EarthWatts series are higher quality units, so I would get the EA380.
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