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April 11, 2010 5:30:04 PM

Well my dad has finally approved of me building my own computer!
I told him that newegg is one of the cheapest if not the cheapest site to buy the parts at...
I want you guys to revise my build to see if it will all work once I'm finished building it...

Here are the parts...

Motherboard:
BIOSTAR A785G3 AM3 AMD 785G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

CPU:
AMD Athlon II X2 250

Memory/RAM:
A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333G (PC3 10666)

PSU:
Antec earthwatts EA500 500W

HDD:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM

CD/DVD Drive:
LITE-ON Black 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner

Case:
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Peripherals:
Logitech 967973-0403
Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap

That's pretty much all of the parts that I'm going to use...
As you can see I'm building the computer from scratch, and I would like to have peoples feedback and reviews on whether or not this build will work. Now keep in mind that this is my first build, so I'm not trying to get "best" hardware because my budget is around $500 (excluding the OS). As for the OS, a friend of mine bought a 3-pack of Windows 7 64-bit, and he's going to sell me 1 license for $90 which I will pay him over time :lol:  .

Now on the computer it self, I'm going to be doing light video and photo editing, but mostly web surfing and watching my 720p anime

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April 11, 2010 5:42:31 PM

Looks like a good build. HOWEVER, if you are doing photo/video editing, consider getting a AMD X3 or X4.

1. Get this RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail
$105

2. Get this CPU for $10 more: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor - Retail

3. If possible, I recommend you get a dedicated graphics card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS EAH4350 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP) Radeon HD 4350 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card - Retail
That way, you get the full 4GB or RAM.

4. Drop the anti static and save a bunch of money. The S&H for it is too much. Just touch the case before working to eliminate static. Or go over to Radioshack and buy one for a bout $5. http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2...
The one on Newegg is ~$8-10 with S&H.
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April 11, 2010 6:03:48 PM

The problem that I have with the RAM is that it says Dual Channel Intel Core i5 & Core i7 CPU for P55 motherboard
If you suggest it, I'm guessing that it will work on a non P55 mobo or i5/i7 setup?
Because I was going to get it at first but saw that....

As for the x3, I will definitely think about it since im going to take out the anti-static wrist strap...

and on 3, what do you mean by
3. If possible, I recommend you get a dedicated graphics card:
ASUS EAH4350 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP) Radeon HD 4350 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card - Retail
That way, you get the full 4GB or RAM.
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April 11, 2010 6:32:48 PM

^ That RAM will work fine with the AM3 build. The reason it says "Intel Core i5 & Core i7" is to distinguish itself from the "older" DDR3 RAM used on LGA775 which had 1.7-1.8v where as the max RAM voltage for X58/P55 is 1.65v.

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and on 3, what do you mean by
3. If possible, I recommend you get a dedicated graphics card:
ASUS EAH4350 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP) Radeon HD 4350 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card - Retail
That way, you get the full 4GB or RAM.

What I mean is that the Integrated ATI Radeon HD 4200 uses your System RAM for it's Video RAM. For example, say you set the HD4200 to use 128MB RAM in BIOS, your total RAM available for the OS with 4GB installed will be 4096-128MB = 3968MB.
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April 11, 2010 7:09:26 PM

You can get this:

Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-MA785GT-UD3H AM3 (ATX)

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

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 435 -- 75

RAM

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

HDD:

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

DVD-RW

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

PSU + case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total $498.88

You can add a video card later if you need, you'll be fine with the onboard video until then.






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April 11, 2010 7:27:51 PM

Shadow703793 said:
^ That RAM will work fine with the AM3 build. The reason it says "Intel Core i5 & Core i7" is to distinguish itself from the "older" DDR3 RAM used on LGA775 which had 1.7-1.8v where as the max RAM voltage for X58/P55 is 1.65v.

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and on 3, what do you mean by
3. If possible, I recommend you get a dedicated graphics card:
ASUS EAH4350 SILENT/DI/512MD2(LP) Radeon HD 4350 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card - Retail
That way, you get the full 4GB or RAM.

What I mean is that the Integrated ATI Radeon HD 4200 uses your System RAM for it's Video RAM. For example, say you set the HD4200 to use 128MB RAM in BIOS, your total RAM available for the OS with 4GB installed will be 4096-128MB = 3968MB.



Ahh... yes, I forgot about that...
Well I don't really have a problem with that, If I were to get a GFX card it would be till later...

And thank you for clarifying that misunderstanding with the RAM, because I really seem keen to the G-Skill brand...

So with the switched RAM, and the upgrade to an X3, the system seems fine right? It will boot up and post no problems assuming all the parts that I revive are fine?
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April 11, 2010 7:37:13 PM

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So with the switched RAM, and the upgrade to an X3, the system seems fine right? It will boot up and post no problems assuming all the parts that I revive are fine?

Correct.

One more note: If your still in school, you can get a copy of Windows 7 for ~$30 or so. Of free, if they have a MSDNAA.
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April 11, 2010 8:15:19 PM

Hmmm... well I'm dually enrolled in college and high school... I might think about it...
But right now I've hit a roadblock... My dad and sister weren't approved for credit on newegg... :( 
My dad said that maybe he'll pay with the debit card later... I'm crossing my fingers!!
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April 11, 2010 8:16:08 PM

Best answer selected by nesto1000.
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April 11, 2010 8:23:04 PM

Nesto1000 said:
Hmmm... well I'm dually enrolled in college and high school... I might think about it...
But right now I've hit a roadblock... My dad and sister weren't approved for credit on newegg... :( 
My dad said that maybe he'll pay with the debit card later... I'm crossing my fingers!
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What do you mean? Your dad/sister's credit card wasn't accepted? Or are you trying to apply for some type of Newegg Credit card....?
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April 11, 2010 8:40:29 PM

Shadow703793 said:
What do you mean? Your dad/sister's credit card wasn't accepted? Or are you trying to apply for some type of Newegg Credit card....?


They applied for both Bill me later and the newegg credit card...
but my dad has bad credit and is barely trying to fix it so it's understandable while my sister is just starting her credit...
If my dad has money left over after fixing his work truck he said he would defiantly buy it this week...
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April 11, 2010 8:45:13 PM

^Ahh... got it.

Anyways, hope you get it working. Post pics when done.
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