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AMD build help - upgrade

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October 29, 2009 7:17:51 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: No huge rush. Would wait for a good deal. Plan to be done by the end of the year.
BUDGET RANGE: Around 350 After Rebates and incl shipping

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Editing (and playing back)HD home videos (no major editing, though). Occasional gaming - not planning on playing the latest and greatest at highest settings. Occasional HTPC. Rendering videos to Xbox 360.

already have - 250GB SATA HDD, keyboard, mouse, NEC DVD-rw,liteon dvdrom/cd-rw, win 7 64, 19" lcd monitor, 5.1 logitech speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, hoping to score a few good combo deals. No access to Fry's currently but would be in the vicinity come thanksgiving, which happens to be my deadline for finishing up the build.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'd like to use an AMD cpu with a mobo that has good onboard graphics with the option of adding GPU down the line.
Current preference - Athlon II X4 620 with ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Second choice - Phenom II X2, X3 or anything else in the 100 price range. could be swayed by a better combo deal.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, but highly unlikely

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet pc. I would also like to use a microatx case that affords decent portability - no handles reqd though. I would prefer that the case and the psu would allow for me to add a gpu down the road if and when I feel like it. It will be a nice bonus if I have a multi-card reader, but not necessary.

Thanks in advance for the suggestions.

PS: I have FSP GROUP|ATX350-PA PSU - Can I use this for my new build or should I go for a newer PSU?

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October 29, 2009 7:57:50 PM

350W Power Supply should be okay if you'll be using a low-end or mid-range video card (something within $100 or so).
High-end graphics usually requires more power (video editing is not affected by that).

Your goal is pretty simple so I would try to put at least 2GB of RAM (or more if you have some spare money). The rest seems to be fine.
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October 31, 2009 6:31:35 AM

Go with the Athlon II X4, you really don't need the L3 cache. The extra core will help with the video editing.
November 3, 2009 9:51:45 PM

Unfortunately, no microcenters nearby.