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New Build with a few old parts vs Buying Prebuilt

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January 26, 2010 6:46:25 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next 30 days

BUDGET RANGE: $200-$300 for upgrade and up to $450 for new prebuilt

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Downloading torrents, working on office documents, surfing the net

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, os, cd/dvd rom, hard drives

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'd prefer to stay with AMD card, indifferent on mobo.

OVERCLOCKING: no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is what I am keeping from my old system..

Drives:
Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 ST3300831AS 300GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive

Western Digital 36 GB 8MB 360GD Raptor SATA 10K RPM

This is sufficient storage for me.

Monitor:
Acer V223-WBD 22" Widescreen TFT LCD Monitor (Black)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0017AR13G/ref=ox_ya_o...

Power/Case:
Linkworld Q319-C2628-P4 Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 400W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Still runs great.


This is the proposed upgrade purchases:

Motherboard
ECS A780GM-M3 AM2+/AM3 AMD 780G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor
AMD Athlon II X3 425 Rana 2.7GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX425WFGIBOX - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory
PQI TURBO 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PQI26400-4GDB - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I already have a Win7 x64 Professional os I got for $30 bucks through a student offer.


Or then there are the two prebuilts I am considering...

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

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

What do you guys think would be the best for a system that will probably be going for the next 5 years. My old parts I am keeping date back to 2005. If I go with the new build, is my power going to be enough? I'm not sure how to know for sure.

Please add or take from if you have better ideas.

Thanks for the help.

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January 27, 2010 1:48:52 AM

Build your own. You've already got most of the parts and your replacement parts tally only comes out to 210.97.

Your 400W PSU will comfortably power those components.

Since you're not doing any heavy duty gaming or graphics, you don't need any more than you've picked out.
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February 2, 2010 11:26:56 PM

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