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$1100 builld first time..how does it look?

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January 23, 2010 6:58:54 AM


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I have decided to attemp to build a pc on account of the fact that my tax money is just burning my pockets away and I want to hurry up and waste it before i end up paying for stuff that i actually need So below is what I came up with, i was shooting for $1000 but ended up a bit over budget but thats ok (about $150) I plan on using the rig for multimedia purposes and some gaming here and there. So I am curious on how this setup stacks up and how well it will perform, also i am looking for any suggestions to help better performance while staying in my new $1200 budget if at all possible....so here is what I have:


MOBO- YTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

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

PROCESSOR- AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX - Retail

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

HARDDRIVE (PRIMARY)- Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail

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

HARDDRIVE (STORAGE)- Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

MEMORY- Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory w/ LEDs Model BL2KIT25664TB1337 - Retail

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

VIDEO- HIS H467QS1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

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

PSU- CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

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

TOWER & COOLING- Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

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

MONITOR- HannsĀ·G Hi-221DPB Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

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

OS- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

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


Throw in a keyboard & mouse, speakers, Dvd burner, and internal card reader and Im at $1155

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January 23, 2010 7:00:29 AM

Gaming is a big deal by the way, but it is most important to be able to run multiple programs seemlessly...
January 23, 2010 7:41:36 AM

All in all it looks good.

Depending on what games you play you might want to consider upping the graphics card, I would recommend a Geforce 9800 GT if you wanted to stay within your budget. Better price/performance in my opinion.

Also, depending on what you play, you may want to consider buying a board that will support crossfire. Keep in mind though this will add 50 to 60 to your current bill.

If you not to intensely into games though it all checks out!

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January 23, 2010 11:06:27 AM

Looks like a very good setup for your intended purpose.

Two things I might change would be your storage drive with one of the newer Samsung F3 drives

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=samsung_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=samsung_f3-_-22-152-185-_-Product

and second would be your video card to

GIGABYTE GV-N240D5-512I GeForce GT 240 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

which right now can be had at $80.

If, however, as you're saying, that gaming is a big deal, I would see if it was possible to find room in the budget for a Radeon 4850, 5750 or a Nvidia GTS 250, possibly by dropping the SSD in favor of the 500 GB F3.
January 23, 2010 2:08:33 PM

lothdk said:
Looks like a very good setup for your intended purpose.

Two things I might change would be your storage drive with one of the newer Samsung F3 drives

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=samsung_f3-_-22-152-181-_-Product

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=samsung_f3-_-22-152-185-_-Product

and second would be your video card to

GIGABYTE GV-N240D5-512I GeForce GT 240 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

which right now can be had at $80.

If, however, as you're saying, that gaming is a big deal, I would see if it was possible to find room in the budget for a Radeon 4850, 5750 or a Nvidia GTS 250, possibly by dropping the SSD in favor of the 500 GB F3.

dont get the gt240. i hear that its bad for the price compared to ohter cards. the performance isnt that great, even when compared to other nvidia cards.
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3709
January 23, 2010 2:32:19 PM

epkfaile said:
dont get the gt240. i hear that its bad for the price compared to ohter cards. the performance isnt that great, even when compared to other nvidia cards.
http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3709


At the pricepoint, $85 for the 4670 and $80 for the GT 240 GDDR5, the GT 240 is the best of the two, just take a look at the benchmarks in the link you yourself provided.
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