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My 615$ build any good?

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February 25, 2010 3:30:00 AM

i didnt include all the parts i got last time when i posted my 555$ build and i am on a budget of 620$ at the moment and i chose this way cause i could always get better parts once i save up i just want alittle crotique on how well it would do as is now and i got a quad core cause i do dreamweaver, photoshop, flash and so on also and gaming like atlantica, aion and so forth

Case - CS-PA06-550W 11-Bay ATX Mid Tower Window Computer Case w/500W 20+4-pin PSU & Blue LED Fan (Black)

Psu - ES-650BLACK-12 -- Blue Star 650W 20+4-pin Blue LED Fan ATX PSU w/SATA & PCIe (Black)

Mobo - MS-7380-PB -- MSI P7N SLI NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI Socket 775 ATX Motherboard w/Audio, LAN & RAID

Screen - Acer P243WAid - LCD display - TFT - 24" - widescreen just a reference but i got it for 175$ at southern distribution inc

HDD - ST3500320AS-R -- Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB SATA/300 7200RPM 32MB Hard Drive

Graphics - ECS NGT220C-512QZ-F GeForce GT 220 512MB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card - Retail

Ram - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996527 - Retail

Processor - Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80580Q8300 - Retail

OS - Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit - Free

Total Price w/shipping = $615.60

i know i got 2 powersupplys but im gettin "credit" on my shippin from the computer shop i help at

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February 25, 2010 4:38:10 AM

EDIT: Just noticed that you had linked products from newegg too...
^ Are you based in the US ? And do you have access to www.newegg.com ?

Some suggestions for the parts -
1. CPU & Mobo - Investing in a LGA 775 socket doesnt seem a good idea...
IMO you should take a look at the AMD CPUs too...

2. The PSU is one of the main components of the PC so never skimp on the quality of the PSU...
For your build, a 450W-500W PSU from any of the Tier I manufacturers will do - Corsair/ Seasonic/ Silverstone/ Antec EA, ECO/ CM Real Power, Silent PRO, GX Series/ PCP&S/ OCZ...

3. HDD - Don't get the 7200.11 drives from Seagate...they are plagued with firmware issues...Instead get the 7200.12 drives or Samsung F3 drives...
February 25, 2010 4:51:21 AM

Your gpu is a bit shitty but if you phtoshop I would use ati47xx or 48xx gpu.
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February 25, 2010 6:20:40 AM

I hope you haven't actually bought any of that yet. That build is a complete disaster made up of mostly outdated or low quality parts: "This power supply has no regulatory approvals". Yikes.

I'm not telling you to buy this exact build, but each of these items would be a big improvement over what you have listed except for the CPU which just provides equal performance to the Q8300. I'm sure others can provide some alternative builds in this price range but this should give you a general idea of what you should be looking for.

Case (if you wanted one with a window) $56
http://www.buy.com/prod/m59-chassis-mid-tower-11-bays-b...

PSU $55 (+$15 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU $70 (although you'll need to spend a lot more than this if you plan to play games at that monitor's native resolution)(that ECS is more of an HTPC card and not really suitable for recent games)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4GB RAM $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or (if you can't stretch your budget)
2GB RAM $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU/MB combo $166 (+$10 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Total w/4GB: $507 - $25 rebates = $482

Total w/2GB: $457 - $25 rebates = $432

That leaves enough for your (already purchased?) $175 monitor.
February 25, 2010 6:37:30 AM

yes i already got the monitor haent purchased anythin else yet ill keep this one saved in a document then and wait for another suggestion and thx even though im not a ati and amd fan that buld does catch my interest
February 25, 2010 6:15:29 PM

That PSU is fecal. With only a GT220, you would do fine with a 380W Antec Earthwatts or 400W Corsair. Look for full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and 80+ certification. Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, PC Power & Cooling, and Enermax are among the quality brands.
February 25, 2010 6:15:42 PM

LOL @ the $17 650 PSU. Jesus I overpaid for my Corsair 650 HX by a ton! Hey! Why does that 650 watt unit have 35 amps on the 12 volt rail and mine have 52 amps? That thing has FAIL written all over it. I wouldn't trust it to power a pencil sharpener... much less a PC. It always amazes me how people can come up with $$$ for a new computer, but don't want to spend ANYTHING on a decent power supply. $17?!? LOL. I would love to read a review of that particular unit.
February 25, 2010 6:20:04 PM

Here's the only Amazon review I could find on that PSU...

"I bought this PSU back in November 2009 when my previous power supply burnt out. It states that it can be used in SLI configurations and 650W was more than enough to run two GeForce 8800's, but every attempt I made to do so failed (sudden shut downs whenever heavy use of graphics cards). Even after I removed one of the cards, the PSU burnt out in late December 2009. I'm now using an Ultra 650W, and it's running SLI just fine."
February 26, 2010 1:47:15 AM

well this build doesnt matter anymore i sold one of my laptops and went with the above amd build but with a different processor and 4 gigs of ram and a Thermaltake TR2 650watt and a different ati card
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