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$500 non-gaming household system

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January 29, 2010 4:53:17 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP – can buy any time when right combo/sales align

BUDGET RANGE: $500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing, Watching movies, basic home video editing, light gaming (Sims3 probably most intensive)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: PSU (recycling a SuperFlower 500W), mouse, keyboard, speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: see below

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe down the road if I upgrade HSF

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe down the road but not for initial build

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently using 17 inch CRT but looking to replace with 19 to 21 inch LCD. Not sure what resolution would use.

CURRENT NEWEGG WISH LIST:

CPU & GPU Combo:
Athlon II X4 620 combo with SAPPHIRE HD 4670 1 GB ($150.98)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Motherboard:
ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO ($84.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaw series 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600 ($84.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
WD Caviar Green 500GB ($49.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS:
Win7 Home 64 bit ($104.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


TOTAL AS-IS: $477.93 OTD with Tax & Shipping


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Few comments:
1. This is a basic build to replace an old P4 2.53 Single Core that’s outdated so anything will be an improvement.

2. Want to be sure all components are compatible. I think they are but haven’t build a system in a while (see #1 above…)

3. Looking to buy AM3 socket for future upgradeability

4. Looking to buy DDR3 for future upgradeability and ease of adding addt’l RAM in the future

Debating going with Integrated Graphics on this Mobo (ATI Radeon HD 4200) and spending the cash on something else (maybe towards LCD or the new Athlon X4). Not sure, thoughts?

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January 29, 2010 5:02:54 PM

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB for $5 more. It's a faster drive.

Integrated graphics should be good enough for what you're doing. I'd leave off the GPU and see first. You can always add that later. And there is no such thing as a "new" Athlon. You've got a fine CPU in the build already.

I don't see a case listed. You do have one right? If not, the Antec 200 is great for your purposes.
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January 29, 2010 5:15:57 PM

Ah. Didn't know that was out yet.

I wouldn't bother. If you were to upgrade the CPU, I wouldn't go with anything less than the Phenom II X4 925. However, for your uses, you won't see any difference between the two.
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February 12, 2010 12:42:24 AM

Best answer selected by jabrony76.
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