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December 8, 2009 1:56:46 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tomorrow 12/8
BUDGET RANGE: $500 before mail in rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Poker, databases, spreadsheets, light gaming, surfing, movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type AMD

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Nothing fancy, just need enough to get started and looking to maybe add ram and much better graphics card in near future.

Thank you for your help guys, very much appreciated

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1. Case & Power Supply - RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WB530P Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 530W Modular LED Power

2. CPU - AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core

3. Motherboard - ASUS M4A78 Plus AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

4. Video Card - XFX HD-465X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

5. RAM - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

6. Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

7. DVD Drive - LITE-ON Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive
December 8, 2009 2:04:56 AM

Looks good to the most part. You may find the HDD a bit too small over time; given current prices, I'd opt for 320GB.

You're keeping in mind that you'll need an OS as well, right? (Surprisingly, a lot of people forget about that when budgeting their rig).
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December 8, 2009 2:40:09 AM

agree with you 100% but i have an external 320 that will be connected as well and saw it as an opportunity to keep the cost low.

What kind of games will that vid card allow me to run ok?
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December 8, 2009 2:59:44 AM

Negative on Raidmax PSU, ide dvdrw and for $5xx one could get an AM3/DDR3 build with far better frames//$$ actually :p  $525 AR

If too pricey down to less RAM or smaller HDD
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December 8, 2009 3:06:34 AM

shroomz said:
agree with you 100% but i have an external 320 that will be connected as well and saw it as an opportunity to keep the cost low.

What kind of games will that vid card allow me to run ok?

That question is impossible to answer without more info. What kind of monitor/resolution are you looking at? Which games are you interested in? Which frame rates do you still consider acceptable? Some people want high frame rates with completely smooth transition on even the most complex games; others are fine with simpler games and don't mind occasional flickers.
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December 8, 2009 8:45:12 PM

Another question I have is how do I verify the power supply will be adequate for the rest of the set up?
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December 8, 2009 9:37:04 PM

looks good, id go caviar black on the hdd, in a bigger size, maybe 320gb
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December 8, 2009 11:51:35 PM

If money is that tight you might consider the X3 425 Rana. None of the uses that you're list will benefit much from a 4th core. You can put the savings in your pocket or toward a slightly larger hard drive which will fill up quickly. Assuming you have a normal monitor 1680 x 1050 or less, a 4650 will play most games at medium to low settings with no AA. The version you've picked, however uses DDR2, you may want to look for a version from a different manufacturer that uses DDR3.
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December 9, 2009 12:00:31 AM

chriskrum said:
If money is that tight you might consider the X3 425 Rana. None of the uses that you're list will benefit much from a 4th core. You can put the savings in your pocket or toward a slightly larger hard drive which will fill up quickly. Assuming you have a normal monitor 1680 x 1050 or less, a 4650 will play most games at medium to low settings with no AA. The version you've picked, however uses DDR2, you may want to look for a version from a different manufacturer that uses DDR3.


Thank you for the info, when you say "the version I picked" are you referring to the video card?
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December 9, 2009 12:29:50 AM

Looking pretty good.

You might even want to go with a x2 250. It's a faster clock speed than the Rana and you could save some money.
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December 9, 2009 3:17:45 AM

shroomz said:
Thank you for the info, when you say "the version I picked" are you referring to the video card?


Yeah, the XFX one.
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December 9, 2009 4:03:29 AM

shroomz said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tomorrow 12/8
BUDGET RANGE: $500 before mail in rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Poker, databases, spreadsheets, light gaming, surfing, movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type AMD

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Nothing fancy, just need enough to get started and looking to maybe add ram and much better graphics card in near future.

Thank you for your help guys, very much appreciated

======================================================================

1. Case & Power Supply - RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WB530P Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 530W Modular LED Power

2. CPU - AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core

3. Motherboard - ASUS M4A78 Plus AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

4. Video Card - XFX HD-465X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

5. RAM - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

6. Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

7. DVD Drive - LITE-ON Black IDE DVD-ROM Drive


Try this:

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

MSI GF615M-P33 AM3 NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$57

APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$25

A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333G (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1333GB2G8-AG - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$89

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$55 -Freeshipping

Palit NE3TS25NFHD52 GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$110 -Freeshipping

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...
$50 -Freeshipping

LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDP118-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$18


Total = $476 -No rebates :) 

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December 11, 2009 1:57:42 AM

MothMusic said:
Try this:


Total = $476 -No rebates :) 


I love it, I'm going with that case, power supply, mother board, and I would have gone with the hard drive too but its sold out,

I appreciate your help.

My last question is what OS should I go for?
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December 11, 2009 2:03:03 AM

shroomz said:
I love it, I'm going with that case, power supply, mother board, and I would have gone with the hard drive too but its sold out,

I appreciate your help.

My last question is what OS should I go for?


Windows 7. Or get Ubuntu if you need to wait for some cash till you get Win 7.

If your a college student, you can get Win 7 for very cheap, like $70-$30 bucks.

I'm glad I could help. :) 
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