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November 4, 2009 10:33:58 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Year

BUDGET RANGE: 500-800

SYSTEM USAGE: Lite usage, Mostly office 2007, does not need dedicated graphics or super fast cpu

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, speakers, OS, video card (using onboard graphics)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: needs to be quiet, very stable, reliability is my main goal. Is an AMD AM3 CPU backwards compatible with a AM2+ socket motherboard?

This is what I got so far, Let me know what you think and thank you for taking the time to look over this.

GIGABYTE GZ-X7BMDX-400 Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

ASUS M3N78-VM AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8200 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-6400C5 - Retail

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Logitech 967973-0403 Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Standard Deluxe 250 Desktop - OEM

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

This totals $531.18 before tax/shipping

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November 4, 2009 10:44:17 PM

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

and then this RAM
OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Finally, for your uses, I would save some money and drop down to an Athlon II
AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
November 5, 2009 4:03:11 AM

Thanks for the recommendations, I like the AM3 socket motherboard and the DDR3 RAM. Not sure why I speced the computer with DDR2.

As far as the Hard Drive, I want to stay around 300GB. The users this box and others like it are going to support like to pile on lots of crap onto their computers and really no matter how large the hard drive, they always seem to fill them up.

Now the processor, I have the money and I really prefer building a quad-core. I know I may not need it now but I want to be future-proof. Would you recommend a different quad core then the one I have listed?
November 5, 2009 4:35:13 AM

tomuchjosh said:
As far as the Hard Drive, I want to stay around 300GB. The users this box and others like it are going to support like to pile on lots of crap onto their computers and really no matter how large the hard drive, they always seem to fill them up.

I just recommended the F3 because it is much faster than the WD and only a few dollars more.
tomuchjosh said:
Now the processor, I have the money and I really prefer building a quad-core. I know I may not need it now but I want to be future-proof. Would you recommend a different quad core then the one I have listed?

I recommended a nice quad above...
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