AM3 build. How does this look?

Just wanting to see how this looks. I already have already bought the ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO so these are the parts to go with.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: $500-600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Watching movies/TV shows (would like to be able to output from the video card via HDMI out to my TV which doesn't seat very far away), Recording music (it's pretty basic..I just use Cubase and never have more than 8-10 tracks), Basic browsing. (Youtube HD, Hulu, etc.)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (Haven't tried before, but I believe I have enough general knowledge to give it a try.)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just want a workhorse..not looking to do much gaming necessarily. But like I stated earlier..It would be nice to have HTPC like capabilities..be able to download HD videos and play them on my TV which sits 6ft. away or so.


This is what I've put together.



Any ideas? Thanks.
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  1. Get an x3 720BE over the CPU you have now.
  2. I believe that the only one on newegg is OEM, so he would have to buy a heatsink, which isn't really necessary unless extreme OCing is the aim, which I don't think it is. Personally I don't think it's worth the extra ~$30 when the Athlon will be just fine.
  3. Well, he could just get it off ebay for 75$ with a heatsink. Or buy a nice aftermarket cooler and oc it. X3 720 BE FTW.
  4. Is there anything comparable I could find at say..tigerdirect or somewhere similar where I wouldn't get reamed for shipping/tax?
  5. Silvune said:
    I believe that the only one on newegg is OEM, so he would have to buy a heatsink, which isn't really necessary unless extreme OCing is the aim, which I don't think it is. Personally I don't think it's worth the extra ~$30 when the Athlon will be just fine.


    Also the OEM one on Newegg has no manufacturers Warranty - just something else to keep in mind !!
  6. Thanks for the input..this is what I ended up going with. There was a combo deal with the case and psu that's not showing anymore.



    Total was $404.76 shipped. Should have everything tomorrow.

    So with that and the deal I got on the ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO ($81.18 shipped) that brings this builds total to:

    $485.94

    Could have done a bit better..but I live in CA and get stuck with taxes. Still, not too bad if you ask me.
  7. Sorta hard to read that photo.
  8. This RAM is good for $9 less: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600mhz CAS 8 1.65V CMX4GX3M2A1600C8 $100 free shipping
    Sorry, must have skipped over the bit where you said you had already ordered everything.
  9. Did you click on it and enlarge it to fullsize?

    builderbobftw said:
    Sorta hard to read that photo.
  10. For some reason it won't enlarge.
  11. Qty Product Description Price
    1
    DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #334089
    -$15.00
    Shipped from CA, USA - Tracking #: 1ZX799450303001061, 1ZX799330317800319
    1
    AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model ADX435WFGIBOX - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819103724

    $74.99
    1
    Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ... - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817371034

    $49.99
    1
    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811129066

    $61.99
    1
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152181

    $54.99
    1
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820231275

    $108.99
    1
    LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827106289
    Standard Return Policy
    $26.99

    Subtotal $362.94
    Tax $29.94
    UPS Ground $11.88
    Order Total $404.76
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