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$700-$750 AMD Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

BUDGET RANGE: $700-750 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video Editing, Some Gaming, General multi-tasking

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers,

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: CPU AMD, Mobo Asus or Gigabyte, Case and PSU Antec,

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not now. Possibly in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1400x1050 Samsung Synchmaster

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet, cool and snappy

After lurking here and learning a bunch I'm going to try my first build. I do need to buy Windows 7 so there goes $100 right there. I've put together a list of components that look to me like they will work, but I don't have the background or knowledge you guys do so look it over and please let me know what you think. Specifically the motherboard and RAM are of concern to me.

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103704
$99

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128419&cm_re=GIGABYTE_GA-770TA-UD3_AM3_AMD_770_SATA_6Gb%2fs_USB_3-_-13-128-419-_-Product
$85

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277
$106

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100245HDMI Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102824
$102

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&cm_re=samsung_spinpoint-_-22-152-181-_-Product
$55

Case/PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.359965
Antec 300 with Antec EarthWatts Green EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
$120

Optical: LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136167&Tpk=LG%20Black%2022X%20DVD%20Burner%20SATA%20Model%20GH22NS50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136167&Tpk=LG%20Black%2022X%20DVD%20Burner%20SATA%20Model%20GH22NS50
$24

Windows 7 OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754
$99

Total $690

Thanks for your time.
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  1. GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail at newegg, better for future proofing. A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-AG - Retail at newegg. See what you think.
  2. Best answer
    Excellent build, janxta has some good ideas also, but it depends what you're looking for into the future (crossfire or 6GB sata ssd) Either way you did your homework and it's a good build.
  3. The Three hundred is more budget oriented this case has lots of room for upgrade and fan :
    Coolermaster CM 690 II Advance
    you could this at a cheaper price then the Thermaltake Element T.
  4. janxta said:
    GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail at newegg, better for future proofing. A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-AG - Retail at newegg. See what you think.


    janxta
    Thanks for the board recommendation. My intent was to go with a 6gb/s, USB 3.0, but I was a little leery of no on-board graphics should something happen to my card. I had this one on my comparison list. I probably need to go with one that offers on-board and 6gb/s, USB 3.0.
    Is the RAM you recommended better in terms of timings?
  5. dirtmountain said:
    Excellent build, janxta has some good ideas also, but it depends what you're looking for into the future (crossfire or 6GB sata ssd) Either way you did your homework and it's a good build.


    Thanks for the feedback. It is reassuring that it looks like it will work. Now I just need to make some final decisions, order and assemble.
  6. Very solid build, however some changes could be done.

    The rana 435 2.9 ghz triple core will beat the propus 2.6 quad in gaming.
    Might want to look into a higher wattage PSU for future upgrades.

    Definitely wanna hit a 5770 up in this price range.

    Ram with tighter timings is better.

    Here's what I would build.

  7. I just placed my order. I did choose the Antec 650w power supply and added an 8gb jump drive.
  8. Best answer selected by sockeye3.
  9. Fired it up last night and got the single beep. All is well so far. Idles at 35*C
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