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December 15, 2009 1:47:14 PM

It's probably been 12 years or more since I've built a system, so I'm waaaaaay out of the loop.

I need to put together a box for me to use for me to use for email/web and doing network administration stuff (including kernel builds, etc).

Lowest possible cost is the primary criteria. Fortunately, I don't need overclocking, game graphics, killer audio, etc.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week (my current box died a horrible death)

BUDGET RANGE: as little as possible, less than $400 would be great, needs to be no more than $600.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: network admin/r&d (via virtual machines)/software builds/email/web

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, monitor, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: don't care

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: need dual-head video, at least 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: MUST support at least 8GB memory (more is better), MUST support RAID 1, MUST have gigibit NIC (preferably two)

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December 15, 2009 2:30:16 PM

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Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply

Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129024
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy

-$50.00 Instant


$149.99
$99.99

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Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAJS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAJS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136113
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

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$44.99

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MSI 785GM-E51 AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

MSI 785GM-E51 AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813130247
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Rosewill RC-401-EX 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express Gigabit Low Profile Network Card

Rosewill RC-401-EX 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express Gigabit Low Profile Network Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16833166015
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OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK

OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227346
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AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX240OCGQBOX

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX240OCGQBOX - Retail
Item #: N82E16819103688
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$400 is not enough for 8 gigs of ram. The Antec case + 500 PSU is quality and ATX and can be reused in the future. The MSI mobo has upgradablity. You just need to drop in a new quad-core cpu, beefier gpu, another Gb NIC, or whatever if you wish in the future. The mobo has IGP that supports dual outputs. Your monitors need to have D-SUB/DVI inputs.

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Primary supports 18-, 24-, and 30-bit digital displays at all resolutions up to 1920x1200 (single-link DVI) or 2560x1600 (dual-link DVI)


http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-rad...

You could downgrade everything for a total of $400-ish, but you'd be getting DDR2 which is outdated. Any parts of the above list can be reused in a future build. The mobos with dual Gb LANs are over $100. Not worth the money, IMO. Best get a Gb NIC.
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December 20, 2009 6:25:08 PM

Thanks for the suggestions.

I've been looking them over and it looks to me like you did a fantastic job.

One question... any chance I could get away with a good quality 350W PS? If so, Cooler Master has a case that I can get for half the price that looks ok to me.
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December 20, 2009 8:05:40 PM


AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99 -Free shipping


Antec EarthWatts Green(No power cord included) EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
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Crucial 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model CT25664BA1067 - Retail
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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$25


Sony Optiarc Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1678A - OEM
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ASRock M3A785GMH/128M AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
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$80


Rosewill RC-401-EX 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express Gigabit Low Profile Network Card 1 x RJ45 - Retail
$25

Total = $499
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December 21, 2009 10:44:26 AM

This is my first time dealing with an on-board SATA RAID controller so this may be a silly question but here goes...

I forgot to mention needing a DVD burner. Can I use a SATA burner, use two of the onboard SATAs for my RAID1 array and a third for the burner? Or must I go with a PATA burner (which are a bit more expensive)?
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December 21, 2009 1:00:59 PM

Yes, you can get any other quality psu you want, but Antec is a well known good brand for both psu's & cases. If you haven't bought an Antec, now would be a good time. I built a pc with that Sonata case for a friend. Then a Solo for another friend. Both are well thought out. Both have front dust filter for easy cleaning. The actual wattage usage would be under 50W-ish idle and 100W-ish load. 400W will do just fine. The thing is modern mobo manufacturers recommend a 400W+ psu. You can find this in the manual.

You can use all SATA burners/harddisks. Make sure you create a RAID 1 for both harddisks. It won't matter where you plug the drive in.

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