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May 6, 2010 8:05:50 PM

This would be the first time I've actually built a PC and I don't know much about AMD systems, but I would like to use AMD for the price point. Can you guys look over my build below and see if i have made any glaring errors or give suggestions?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: a couple of weeks
BUDGET RANGE: 800

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

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD athlon, I would like to stick to the athlon II, and maybe upgrade to the phenom II later

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x900
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:none
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Case
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Video Card
XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX630WFGIBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I really would appreciate any advice or suggestions you have. Thanks!
a c 84 B Homebuilt system
May 6, 2010 8:29:21 PM

It looks pretty good. I would either get X4 635 (combo with the board) for $10 less or drop to a X3 440 (combo with same board) for $33 less, especially when paired with a great HSF (like Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus for $30. I'd also pick up some faster sticks of RAM (like these G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7) which will be a lot better if you're going to overclock.

Also, you do realize that case and PSU are in a combo right?
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May 6, 2010 8:39:03 PM

I'll definately have to go with the ram you suggested. And thanks for the tip on the Case and PSU combo. I copied all of this from a wishlist that i set up @ newegg and i added all of the parts serperately due to not being able to save combo deals to a wish list.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 7, 2010 4:16:21 AM

I just felt the need to say that especially with those tweaks, everything here looks pretty spot-on. I wouldnt want to downgrade to a triple-core if it was my machine, but that's really up to you.
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May 7, 2010 2:09:30 PM

I like the mobo batuchka linked, especially considering the OP's stated intention to upgrade his CPU later. This suggests a desire for as much future-resistance as possible, which this board seems to offer.
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
May 7, 2010 2:14:33 PM

I really don't see the point in getting a 8xx chipset. All AM3 boards are just as future proof, they just might need a BIOS update for the newer CPUs. Frankly, I think it's less future proof mainly because it's a lower quality ASRock board...
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 7, 2010 2:26:48 PM

Onus said:
I like the mobo batuchka linked, especially considering the OP's stated intention to upgrade his CPU later. This suggests a desire for as much future-resistance as possible, which this board seems to offer.


Yep and the peeps at Xtremesystem forums have been going at it with the 890GX version ^^ Review
http://en.ocworkbench.com/tech/exclusive-review-asrock-...
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In Conclusion, I feel that the ASRock 880G Extreme3 is a board that you should watch out for in your next upgrade purchase. It is one of the best price/performance board available in the year 2010. We give it our Editor’s Choice award.
Pros
USB 3 support
UCC
Power switches, Clear CMOS switch at the back

Cons
No DisplayPort

Category Score
Performance 10 / 10
Features 10 / 10
Ease Of Installation 9 / 10
Overclocking Features 9 / 10
Documentation 7 / 10
Packaging 8 / 10
Cost / Performance 10 / 10
Overall Rating : 9 / 10
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May 7, 2010 5:41:20 PM

Thanks for all the info and advice everyone!
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 8, 2010 2:53:58 AM

You are welcomed and happy shopping/building ^^
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 8, 2010 3:38:25 AM

Heck it looks like they'll even keep supporting some AM2+ boards.
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