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$500 non-gaming household system

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?ItemList=Combo.315903

Motherboard:
ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO ($84.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131398

RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaw series 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600 ($84.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

HDD:
WD Caviar Green 500GB ($49.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136358

OS:
Win7 Home 64 bit ($104.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754


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 This is a basic build to replace an old P4 2.53 Single Core that’s outdated so anything will be an improvement.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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    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.
  2. Thanks for the suggestion on the HDD and Integrated Graphics. Yes, have an old Antec i'm re-purposing.

    In reference to the new Athlon, was talking about the Athlon II X4 635 just released ($126) that's 2.9GHz instead of 2.6GHz

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103702&cm_re=athlon_II_X4-_-19-103-702-_-Product
  3. 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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