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Budget PC for playing poker and database applications

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January 23, 2010 2:23:38 AM

Hi all,

I am currently considering building a new PC within the next month. I don't need a bunch of graphics power as I'm not much for gaming or anything too graphics intensive. I would like to keep the cost to less than $700.

Parts I don't need:
Keyboard, mouse, monitor (LG - W2753V-PF), or speakers.

Parts already bought:
Ultra m998 ULT40069 Mid-Tower ATX Case

Power Supply:
Ultra X3 ULT40312 850-Watt Power Supply

I bought this case because I have relatively large hands and loved the thought of the pull out MB tray and the extra width for when I have to work it was on sale. The PS I liked the modular cable design and wanted to make sure I had at least some oomph in case I decide to upgrade parts later

Parts under consideration:
ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard $73.99

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz $165.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $93.99

Hard Drives:
2x - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA $54.99 ($109.98 total)

Optical Drive:
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X $27.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders $139.99

Sound, Video, and LAN are all on the mobo.

I picked the mobo because it appears to have everything I need. I'm not too wild about onboard video and sound but I think it'll work for my purposes (I'm not a hardcore gamer or anything) plus if I find it totally stinks I can upgrade to a video card later correct?
The processor I picked because it seems to have the most bang for my buck (seems cost effective).
Memory was chosen because I want to have some fast memory for various reasons.
Hard drives were chosen because they appear to be fast, quiet, cheap, and reliable. I have two of them because I want to keep my databases and files separate from my programs for faster access.

Any input on compatability or other suggestions greatly appreciated!

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January 23, 2010 2:54:05 AM

Looks pretty good, but for just a "Poker" system, I'd recommend getting the AMD Athlon II x4 620 CPU over the PhII x4 955 Black Edition CPU. It's not as fast as the 955, but for your needs the Athlon 620 is more budget friendly at $99 shipped!! It still offers the 4 cores, but for most things your probably not going notice too much of a difference. When you get into encoding or into really heavy multi-tasking you'll notice a difference, but generally you should be fine with the Athlon II x4 620 CPU.

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

January 23, 2010 1:08:25 PM

Thanks for the response...just looked into the processor you recommended and throwing it on my list. :)