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January 27, 2010 3:36:34 AM

Is it all compatible, is there anything I should upgrade/downgrade add or eliminate

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Today

BUDGET RANGE: $600-$800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: MS Office, web, multiple messaging programs

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:newegg.com,

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel

OVERCLOCKING: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm stuck using 32-bit OS due to compatibility with inventory control/pos software, chose the video card for dual monitor support, the power supply is way over kill but for the price and the rating on newegg I didn't see better, plus being modular will keep the case uncluttered. I'm always unsure of memory/motherboard compatibility so I chose from the suggested Bargain Build here on Toms.

CASE: Antec 300


HD: Samsung Spinpoint 500gb 7200 rpm


CD/DVD: Sony Optiarc



GPU: EVGA GeForce 9500 GT


PSU: Antec 550W


MEMORY: Corsair 4 GB DDR2 800


MB: Gigabyte LGA 775 P43 ATX


CPU: Intel E5300


CPU COOLER: Sunbeam Core Contact


OS: Windows 7 Pro 32-Bit OEM


Thanks for your input

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January 27, 2010 4:04:40 AM

Seems like it would work just fine for general office usage and messaging/web.

If you're not planning on overclocking or really taxing the cpu, you could probably go without the cpu cooler.
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January 27, 2010 4:32:51 AM

Since your not gonna overclock then you must drop the aftermarket cooler and add it up to the CPU+mobo budget. You may want to check this instead:

Athlon II X4 + GA-MA785GM-US2H @ $155.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

As for the GPU: This is much better buy for that price:
ATI HD 4670 @ $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Plus, get the 64-bit version of Windows 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 27, 2010 3:58:15 PM

He already said he is limited to the 32bit version due to software compatibility issues.
I agree that for the price, AMD is the better choice. The AMD IGP supports dual monitors (one on DVI, the other on VGA), so you won't need a discrete graphics card with the AMD build either.
I also agree that you won't need the aftermarket cooler. Not needing those two things will let you get the X4 CPU, which you will no doubt appreciate because of the AV and other security software your business environment probably uses (or should be using).
Take a look at the really inexpensive Seasonic 80+ bronze PSUs in the 300W-350W range. They don't have PCIE power connectors, but you won't need one. They also only have a few cables, so you won't have a lot of clutter even though they aren't modular.
I'm having a little trouble getting to Newegg from work at the moment, but iirc those PSUs are <$45, some <$40.
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January 27, 2010 4:54:50 PM

Thanks to all, great stuff, I had no idea the AMD supported dual monitors. I'll check out the Seasonic PSU's. I'll post again when all is up and running.
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January 27, 2010 4:55:10 PM

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