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March 29, 2010 10:43:09 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
BUDGET RANGE: $350
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Work related stuff, Quickbooks, Excel, Surfing Internet
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:Case, PSU, DVD Drive, Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: Amazon.com (Newegg is too expensive to ship to Hawaii)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: None
OVERCLOCKING No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A friend gave me $350 to make him a new work computer I'd like to make it as reliable and quiet as possible, while giving it as much power as I can for $350. It should be able to survive being left on for two straight weeks without overheating.

I already have an Antec Sonata III with a 500w PSU to work with. Also I've got some parts picked out, but I'd like some reassurance before I go spending someone else's money.

Processor:
AMD Athlon II X3 440 3.0GHz
Motherboard:
Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H
RAM:
Kingston ValueRAM 2 GB 1333MHz DDR3 DIMM Desktop Memory KVR1333D3N9/2G X2
HDD:
Western Digital 500 GB SATA OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD5000AADS (Caviar Green)

Is this stuff good enough? Is there anything I should switch out and make cheaper or anything that REALLY needs to be upgraded? Also I was thinking about getting a cheaper motherboard without integrated graphics and getting a cheap GPU like a HD 4550 or a GeForce 8600

Thanks for any advice.
March 29, 2010 11:03:31 PM

+1, or get a samsung f3. also might be worth looking into either getting a cheaper athlon x2, like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Amd-Athlon-II-X2-250/dp/B002BIQC6...

and getting better ram, like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Super-Talent-DDR3-1600-Channel-WP...

to be honest, an office build with 2 gigs of ram is a fail. one other path u might wanna look into is getting a callisto based dual core, unlocking into a quad core, and getting a quad core for 90 bucks...but that takes a lil expertise...

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March 29, 2010 11:19:17 PM

I've heard those Seagate HDDs can be unreliable though, and I'm trying to get the most stable parts possible. How about a Western Digital 500 GB Caviar Black SATA 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache instead? It's a little more expensive, but if it's more reliable it'd be worth it.

Also I was going to order 2 of that 2GB Kingston ValueRAM for a total of 4GB, but that Super Talent on is cheaper, so I guess I'll go with that one.
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March 30, 2010 5:14:44 PM

The Seagate drive is faster due to higher data density. The Seagate drive uses a single 500GB platter while the WD drive uses two 250GB platters. If the warranty is more important than speed then the WD drive will be fine.
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March 30, 2010 5:49:35 PM

Well, i'm just gonna give you newegg links, you should look for equalents @ amazon.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Athlon II X3 425 Rana 2.7GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Retail
$70.00
^Will give enough CPU power for office work, and triple channel is great for multitasking. Dont get a better CPU as you will only use it for office work, and also dont go lower, as this is the cheapest am3 cpu (am3 = upgradable, am2 isnt)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MSI 760GM-E51 AM3 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
$69.99
^Has 4 ddr3 lanes/pci-ex16 slots for future expansion. It's a great board for little cash.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ Gold Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G10664GK - Retail
$89.99
^4Gb RAM, thats what you need for multitasking :-)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Recertified: Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 HDD-ST3500630AS-R 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording) -Bare Drive
$49.99
^500gb is more then enough for normal people that don't download movies, and 50$ for 500Gb is superb cheap! Seagate is a very good hdd brand tho.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE gz-ph2a3 Black SGCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$24.99
^Just a good, custom and cheap case. Thats all we need, right?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
$19.99
^Well, a dvd drive that can read/burn dvd/cd's.

Thats a total of $325. Not bad uh? :D 
You only have to add an OS.

PS:
You might want to add a small graphics card, as this pc is only suitable for office works.
For some casual games, this card is the best in its prize range:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HIS H465FS512H Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
$32.99

Will make a total of $358
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March 30, 2010 7:53:30 PM

Thanks for all the help guys, I really appreciate it.
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