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January 13, 2010 3:34:37 PM

Hi, i made a choice of components for a new, custom built PC and hardware list is as follows:

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 955, 3.2GHz/8MB - 131e

RAM:
1GB DDR3 Kingston 1333 MHz x4 - 73e

MB:
GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AMD 770 - 73e

HDD:
WD Caviar 250GB SATA2 X2 - 68e

Graphics:
Gigabyte GeForce 9800 GT, 512MB/256bit - 89e

DVDRW:
DVD/RW Pioneer DVR-216D SATA - 19e

PSU:
PSU LC POWER SUPERSILENT 600W LC6600 - 45e

TV Tuner :
Leadtek PVR2100 - 66e

Monitor:
Samsung 2243SN, 22", 5ms, FullHD, 16:9 - 130e

TOTAL: 694e


What i need is a few suggestions on what could be better or cheaper to include as well as advice on good DDR motherboard in price range similar to mentioned one, thanks!
January 13, 2010 3:44:01 PM

Ram =>prefer 2*2 go corsair, g.skill or ocz
hdd=> you make a raid 0 ?
GPU => HD 4870
PSU => WARNINING no lc power => Silverpower, corsair or ocz but not no-name


January 13, 2010 4:52:25 PM

RAM =>i prefer to be backed up, hence the 4x1GB RAM, if one module fails i still have 3 functional.

HDD => im still thinking is it a good idea, RAID 1 at least, but then again, maybe its just a horrible waste of resources.

GPU => its far more expensive what i chosen, GPU is not a must since it can be easily added once whole rig is paid off.

PSU => why not LCPower? it must be far more better than generic one which come with the case.
January 13, 2010 7:47:38 PM

The problem is those old 250GB HDDs are slower than new single 500GB platter HDDs like the Samsung F3 500 (same distance moved = twice the data read since the platter is twice as dense). Might as well get one good 500GB and skip the raid 0.

I also agree go 2*2GB RAM is a better idea than 4x1GB.

I have never heard of LC Power and have no idea what their quality is. Without a professional review showing good voltage regulation I wouldnt trust it. Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling are brands with a history of reliability and that is what I try to stick with. Also get an 80+ certified PSU if possible. Bad power regulation and inconsitent efficiency will make your system have flakey performance and lockups and could even damage other components.

9800 GT is kind of old. If you could get a GT 250 or ATI 4850 for around the same price (or cheaper) it would probably be a better idea. I dont know what you are planning on using the computer for so its hard to know what graphics card would be best.

There is a suggest format for build advice in a sticky at the top of the forums. It would really help if you re-post in that format.
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