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Buying a new system

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March 3, 2010 10:14:26 PM

Hello everybody.

I am planning on buliding a new system, and I'd like to have some advice from the community.

My choices at the moment are:


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this month
BUDGET RANGE: 500/700

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: watching movies, surfing the internet, gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.alternate.es, www.pixmania.es, www.pccomponentes.es
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Spain

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an AMD CPU with a 22" LCD and full tower case

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080


PARTS I'VE ALREADY LOOKED Price

CASE: Xigmatek Asgard 30

CPU:
AMD Athlon II 440 X3 Triple Core 3.0Ghz AM3 Box 76
or
AMD Athlon II 630 X4 Quad Core 2.8GHz AM3 92
or
AMD Phenom II 955 X4 Quad Core 3.2Ghz Black Ed 149


MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte GA-MA785GT-UD3H Socket AM3 80

MEMORY:
Mushkin Essential 10666 DDR3 1333 4GB 2x2GB CL9 89.95
or
Mushkin BlackLine 10666 DDR3 1333 4GB 2x2GB CL7 99.95
or
G.Skill Ripjaws PC3-12800 DDR3 1600 4GB 2x2GB CL9 103
or
Mushkin BlackLine PC3-12800 DDR3 1600 4GB 2x2GB CL7 105

GPU:
Asus Radeon HD 5770 512MB GDDR5 125
or
Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X 1GB OC Edition 147

SPU:
NOX Urano II 530W 43
or
NOX Urano II 630W 51


WIFI-ADAPTER:TL-WN851N Wireless N PCI Adapter Atheros 21.95

DVD-RECORDER:LG DVD SATA 22X 25.89

(I already have the HDD) .

I would take the Athlon II processor thinking in a future upgrade, but only if this mobo would support the future AMD processors, else I would pick the Phenom II.

I will also be buying a monitor, but as a present from my parents (out of the pc budget). I had 3 different choices

Asus VH222D 21.5" Full HD - Monitor 132
or
Acer V243HQb 24" Full HD - Monitor 135
or
BenQ G2222HDL 21.5" LED Full HD DVI - Monitor 138

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March 3, 2010 10:21:37 PM

Sorry, I also don't need the OS (my University provides that).
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March 4, 2010 1:42:07 PM

CASE: Xigmatek Asgard 30

CPU: AMD Athlon II 630 X4 Quad Core 2.8GHz AM3 92

MEMORY: G.Skill Ripjaws PC3-12800 DDR3 1600 4GB 2x2GB CL9 103

MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte GA-MA785GT-UD3H Socket AM3 80

GPU: Your choice

PSU: None of those!!
Get a Corsair 400CX .
March 4, 2010 2:49:04 PM

400 watts is unerpowered for just about any build, these days ... Many PSUs do not operate efficiently and many others just don't put out the rated power ... All these new PSUs are switching types ... they only use what they need to, especially the silver and gold rated premiums. Even if you never plan to go SLI, I would see 500W as a minimum (cept for skimpy builds that will not expand). Even if you don't ever expand that unit, your little brother might or, if the case ends up at GoodWill recycle store, it will likely get used if it is viable. Less crap for the landfill !!! The 500w won't use much (if ANY) more power.
The important thing, if you want to save energy, is to get a certified efficient PSU. You want 20%+ power overhead, not only to account for expansion, but also for quality variations ...

BTW ... Almost ALL electronic discreet components, discreet circuits and fully integrated appliances operate with more nominal efficiency at 50%~75% rated power.

If you have marginal power, it can masquerade as a myriad of other problems and issues, making such intermittent (flakey and inconsistent) malfunctions very difficult to troubleshoot .... I worked at DELL ... Bad PSUs were so often the cause of multiple "unsolved" RMAs, that we started sending a PSU with almost every second+ RMA.

Just some thoughts. If you really want to save energy, get a gold rated PSU with active fan control ... look for energy star ratings and set your system options to take full advantage of all energy features. You can also turn off your entire system using the power strip, when away for more than one hour.

Personal energy discipline will do more to saving the planet than to fill the landfills with under-rated PSUs and the energy it took to smelt and stamp and ship them.

... just a short retort. Of course, 650+W would be wastefull over-kill, if no planned SLI/xFire, as drives and gpus and cpus are trending toward lower usage, in the near future.

= Al =
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