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Help with $700 AUD General Use PC

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January 11, 2010 1:50:35 AM

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next week

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: General use (homework, internet, watching movies), light video editing with Adobe One Premiere
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Australia

PARTS PREFERENCES: no preference, want reliable parts

OVERCLOCKING: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I will be building a PC in Australia and I'll be buying parts from MSY off this list. http://www.msy.com.au/Parts/PARTS.pdf Prices already include tax. My budget is about $700. I'd like some comments/suggestions for changes for this rough draft I've made.
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CPU: AMD X4 9550 for $192 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard for $98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G. Skill 4gb (2x 2gb) ddr3 1333

PSU: Cooler Master Extreme Power+ 500 for $65

HDD: Seagate 500 gb for $59

Case: Antec 300 for $79

DVD: Samsung $38

Is there a better motherboard or psu on that site? She won't be gaming, so does she still need a dedicated graphics card? Also any other substitutions you would make? She also needs a network card. I don't know how to pick one of those out. Any help would be appreciated.

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January 11, 2010 2:17:23 PM

If she's not gaming, you don't need a discrete GPU.

I really can't find anything on that chart, so I'll just give you what I'd look for.

PSU: Corsair 450W. Corsair is the highest quality, but can be pricey. You don't need that much power, so if there are any small Antec Earthwatts or OCZ units, these would also be good quaility.

HDD: I'm assuming that's a Seagate 7200.12. If it's a 7200.11, get anything esle. I'm not sure if it's there, but the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB is the best HDD out.
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January 11, 2010 8:26:10 PM

Thanks for the tip on the Seagate. There's no Corsair or OCZ on that list. There's an Antec Earthwatts 500w. Is that enough if she wants to add a gpu (maybe a hd 4650) or another hard drive in the future?
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January 11, 2010 11:27:34 PM

Yes, especially if it's a newer card, as the GPUs are getting more efficient with each new version.
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