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Please help choose CPU, MOBO, CASE and PSU

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December 6, 2009 1:47:00 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In the next couple of weeks

BUDGET RANGE:
Less than $250 After Rebates (I already have hard drive, ram, monitor etc)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Hard Drive , RAM - I already have 2GB DDR2 - 2 x 1 GB - 667 MHZ

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: tigerdirect.com as I can get Bing Cashback

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an AMD CPU & ASUS/Gigabyte mobo

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: NO

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

I'm new to building PC. I already have hard drive, RAM, monitor etc. Please let me know if this configuration will work and looks good.


Processor: AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor (Newegg - $63.99)
Motherboard: Asus M3A78-CM Motherboard (Tigerdirect - $74.99)
Computer Case: Cooler Master RC-310-BWN1-GP Elite 310 Mid-Tower Case - ATX, mATX (Tigerdirect - $29.99)
PSU: Ultra LSP650 650-Watt Power Supply - ATX (TigerDirect - $37.99)

I plan to use my existing 2GB DDR2 (2 x 1 GB - 667 MHZ) and I’ve no plans to overclock.

Links:
Processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-Sl...

Motherboard:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Computer Case:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

PSU:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

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December 6, 2009 2:12:21 AM

I'm sorry but Tiger Direct is probably one of the worst choices you can make for computer parts. How important is that Bing cashback to you? If you can live without it, I would recommend sticking to high quality service companies like Newegg. Tiger Direct is sleazy and their customer service consistently ranks very low. As for your parts is concerned, the biggest glaring mistake is choosing that POS "Ultra" brand name. You get what you pay for when it comes to power supplies. Stick to Antec & Thermaltake.
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December 6, 2009 2:16:39 AM

ratibars said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In the next couple of weeks

BUDGET RANGE:
Less than $250 After Rebates (I already have hard drive, ram, monitor etc)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, Hard Drive , RAM - I already have 2GB DDR2 - 2 x 1 GB - 667 MHZ

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: tigerdirect.com as I can get Bing Cashback

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an AMD CPU & ASUS/Gigabyte mobo

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: NO

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

I'm new to building PC. I already have hard drive, RAM, monitor etc. Please let me know if this configuration will work and looks good.


Processor: AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor (Newegg - $63.99)
Motherboard: Asus M3A78-CM Motherboard (Tigerdirect - $74.99)
Computer Case: Cooler Master RC-310-BWN1-GP Elite 310 Mid-Tower Case - ATX, mATX (Tigerdirect - $29.99)
PSU: Ultra LSP650 650-Watt Power Supply - ATX (TigerDirect - $37.99)

I plan to use my existing 2GB DDR2 (2 x 1 GB - 667 MHZ) and I’ve no plans to overclock.

Links:
Processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-Sl...

Motherboard:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Computer Case:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

PSU:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...


MSI 785GTM-E45 AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$70

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$59 -Freeshipping

Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$45 -Freeshipping

The case you picked: $30

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE 100295HDMI Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
$64

Total = $249 Enjoy playing modern games at med/high settings! :) 





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December 6, 2009 3:02:15 AM

Thanks for quick responses.

I thought I would have 245 Regor instead of 240 Regor because 245 comes with fan and heatsink. Else I have to buy them separately which means I've to learn about which one would fit the processor etc and on top of that the total price will go up. What do you think?

I thought I should get a PSU with EPS12V compatibility for future upgrades. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

I don't play games and so I don't need a video card.

I chose ASUS mobo because most recommend only ASUS or Gigabyte in most forums.

Sure, I will consider going to Newegg.
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December 6, 2009 3:04:16 AM

ratibars said:
Thanks for quick responses.

I thought I would have 245 Regor instead of 240 Regor because 245 comes with fan and heatsink. Else I have to buy them separately which means I've to learn about which one would fit the processor etc and on top of that the total price will go up. What do you think?

I thought I should get a PSU with EPS12V compatibility for future upgrades. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

I don't play games and so I don't need a video card.

I chose ASUS mobo because most recommend only ASUS or Gigabyte in most forums.

Sure, I will consider going to Newegg.


Kk. Give me a bit to select a new configuration.
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December 6, 2009 3:22:31 AM

ratibars said:
Thanks for quick responses.

I thought I would have 245 Regor instead of 240 Regor because 245 comes with fan and heatsink. Else I have to buy them separately which means I've to learn about which one would fit the processor etc and on top of that the total price will go up. What do you think?

I thought I should get a PSU with EPS12V compatibility for future upgrades. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

I don't play games and so I don't need a video card.

I chose ASUS mobo because most recommend only ASUS or Gigabyte in most forums.

Sure, I will consider going to Newegg.


ASUS M4A785-M AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$80 -Fixed!

AMD Athlon II X3 425 Rana 2.7GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$77 -And yes it comes with a heatsink and fan! This tri-core will be great for non gaming tasks, as the the extra core can do your virus scanner while the other one does internet browsing.

If your not going to play games with a quad cpu and crossfire/sli than that kind of psu is unnecessary.

Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371006
$45 -Freeshipping

$30 for the case

Total = $232
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December 6, 2009 3:31:21 AM

MothMusic said:
ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$90 -Freeshipping

AMD Athlon II X3 425 Rana 2.7GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$77 -And yes it comes with a heatsink and fan! This tri-core will be great for non gaming tasks, as the the extra core can do your virus scanner while the other one does internet browsing.

If your not going to play games with a quad cpu and crossfire/sli than that kind of psu is unnecessary.

Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371006
$45 -Freeshipping

$30 for the case

Total = $242


Thank you. But I'm afraid that the ASUS motherboard which you recommended would require DDR3 whereas I have only DDR2 memory.
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December 6, 2009 3:37:19 AM

ratibars said:
Thank you. But I'm afraid that the ASUS motherboard which you recommended would require DDR3 whereas I have only DDR2 memory.



:o  Dont worry, I'll fix it in a sec! I hate it when that happens. There, I fixed it.
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December 12, 2009 2:35:20 AM

Thanks all.

After doing a lot of research this is what I have finally arrived at:

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

CPU - $92.99
Phenom II x2 545
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - $34.99 (after MIR)
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...

MICRO ATX CASE - $24.99
APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $232.96

Does this look good? Any comments? Thanks in advance.
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December 13, 2009 12:34:31 AM

Would anyone mind replying?
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