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November 1, 2009 6:33:58 AM

My brother wants a new computer, a QUAD-core system too be exact.
He's a novice computer user and this is his first build.
Here are the parts i helped him pick out...
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AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony Optiarc Black 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - (i have one so i know its a good drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing the internet, watching movies, gaming, low end stuff...

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: case, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

OVERCLOCKING: No

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am thinking he should get an aftermarket cooler, but then again i don't know too much about this new $99 AMD quad-core CPU.

Here is a Fan and Heatsink i like...
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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November 1, 2009 6:37:39 AM

^ Wishlist is empty... Also, if you fill out the form in my sig, it will be easier to help you. The Athlon II x4s are good for basic multitasking but not really the best for gaming. That is an excellent HSF.
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November 1, 2009 3:38:15 PM

Why not get this ram? You don't need a high speed unless you're OCing, so lower latencies would be better for you, and it's cheaper ($85).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The fan looks fine, as jbakerlent said, but it looks like you will have to wait until it's in stock.

Adding in my ram and the fan, it looks like your sitting around $445 (less shipping). Considering this, you may wish to add a discrete graphics card.

HD 4650- $55 (puts you right at $500-less shipping, of course)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD 4670- $75 (puts you a tad over budget, but its a very nice card)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can always wait, of course, and add a discrete card later, but if you want to burn the money, those would be your best choices right now.
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November 1, 2009 3:54:02 PM

^ Good idea, but it won't help the cost; there's a combo between the mobo he listed and the cpu which essentially makes it the same price as the one you listed. If the OP gets a discrete card, it might be worth looking at, though, as it allows more expansion (he has to check his case, though, as obsidian86's is a full atx, where the OP has a micro atx).
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November 1, 2009 4:00:44 PM

i would imagine combo deals will lower cost but i assume the op took the matx board based on cost and not size
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