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December 9, 2009 12:07:59 AM

I'm building a new computer for someone, replacing a 7ish year old AthlonXP 2100+. It's been a while since I've built one, so I could use some advice to make sure I'm not choosing problem prone components. Please advice if you think I would be better off choosing a different component.

Here's what they will use it for: web surfing, very minor digital imaging (taking pictures of camera, browsing them, e-mailing them (no editing of them), and some extremely minor audio (listening to Pandora, loading an iPod, ripping the occasional record to mp3).

Here's what I have so far, and could use some advice if my mobo/ processor combo are the best bang for the buck. This setup is coming in at $900 right now.

I plan on buying everything from NewEgg, and hopefully in the next 12-24hours.

Processor:
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E7400 - Retail

Mobo:
ASUS P5Q Pro Turbo LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Ram/Memory
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail


Video Card:
GIGABYTE GV-R435OC-512I Radeon HD 4350 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready ... - Retail


Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives -Bare Drive

Case:
Rosewill R512BS Black Ultra High Gloss Finished ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 500W 20+4Pin &4SATA Connectors Power Supply - Retail

wireless card:
LINKSYS WMP600N PCI Wireless Adapter with Dual-Band - Retail

Monitor:
LG W2242T-BF Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

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December 9, 2009 12:54:26 AM

sonic-boom said:
You can get much better on a 1k budget, the 775 socket is a dead end and should not be used, espically on that budget. That PSU is junk, likely to be nice fireworks. Why a $65 wireless card? HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


I chose the Linksys ($65) card, as the computer will need to connect wirelessly, and it is a bit of a stretch from the access poiont. I've had great luck with Linksys in the past, and due to the distance it needs to go, felt it was worth the $$. Any cheaper recommendations?

Thanks for the HDD reccommendation, I will likely go with that one, as it appears to be a great deal.
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December 9, 2009 1:04:32 AM

Try out an AM3 build.
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December 9, 2009 2:24:33 AM




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Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$15.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
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$89.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
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Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



ASRock P55M Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813157170
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$10.00 Instant $109.99
$99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814150447
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Return Policy
-$15.00 Combo $284.98
$269.98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...




Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115215
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16835103065
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$8.00 Combo $229.97
$221.97 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Subtotal: $927.89

pick up some paste for the HSF

Much better system then the C2D

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December 9, 2009 2:30:35 AM

sorry didnt see you need a monitor also i will post new build
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December 9, 2009 2:43:07 AM

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G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail
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Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Return Policy
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Maybe swap the monitor for this for 10 bucks more but you get a 20 MIR http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 9, 2009 3:10:51 AM

Niklas_13 said:
SAMSUNG 24x DVD Burner - Bulk SATA Model SH-S243N/ BEBE - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151193
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

$30.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119137
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$25.00 Instant $84.99
$59.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$54.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817139004
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

-$15.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$104.99
$89.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231276
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



ASRock P55M Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813157170
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

-$10.00 Instant $109.99
$99.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814150447
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Return Policy
-$15.00 Combo $284.98
$269.98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...




Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115215
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16835103065
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

-$8.00 Combo $229.97
$221.97 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Subtotal: $927.89

pick up some paste for the HSF

Much better system then the C2D


Thanks for the build info. I like everything you have here. The only thing I am thinking, is adding the 1TB drive mentioned earlier, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and then getting a Trendnet 802.11n card / hi gain antenna combo for $64.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Anyone have any objections to either of those?
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