My intent is to build a nice non-gaming system that would be capable of expansion, as I my current system is nearly 9 years old. (I am only replacing it as it is AGP , the old GS7600 card is flaking out, and I suspect that the other components are nearing end of life.)
I only plan on utilizing the SATA 2 HD and the optical drives from the old unit.
I originally tried to keep the build down to $400 plus $100 for W7, but decided to go with a better mobo and an HD 5970 GPU. I wanted some PCI sockets in case of who knows what.
I am only going with the AMD 440 X3 RANA for now. Who knows it it won't be plenty down the line, but I have the option of dropping in a Phenom 2 if and when the power is needed.
I chose the particular model of Ripjaws, although it's nominal speed is limited to 1333, for its low latency rates and the fact that the rana has an integated clock that won't support anything faster. Is this a mistake. Most seem to buy the 1600.
I am ready to order.
This is my list.
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm ...
Item #: N82E16811147153 $44.99
ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131402
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card $106.99
XFX HD-567X-YNFC Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...
Item #: N82E16814150466 $89.99
AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor Model ADX440WFGIBOX
Item #: N82E16819103843 $74.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754 $99.99
I am planning to buy things at Newegg, but wonder if there is anything best purchased at a local brick an mortar like Fry's, in case it is DOA or whatever. I have been careful to try and ensure that all is compatible.
For a non-gaming system you're going fairly heavy on the motherboard and graphics card.
You could swap out the M4A79XTD EVO 790X motherboard and HD 5670 video card with a ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO 785G motherboard with integrated HD 4200 graphics. You're not giving up anything in the way of future expansion and you're saving ~$130 now.
-> NewEgg combo deal on ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO 785G and Athlon II X3 440 Rana $140
A higher efficiency, higher quality PSU that's still plenty beefy for future expansion - and same price as the budgety Thermaltake TR2. Corsair 400CX PSU final cost $60 and $20 rebate plus 10% off and free shipping.
I think you can leave out the Arctic Silver 5. Just go with the thermal compound already applied to the stock AMD cooler.
And if you're still set on having a better thermal compound consider some of the new compounds out there.
Check out this Gelid Solutions GC-2 review over @ TweakTown.
I am going to go with your recommendations. After getting by on a Dell Dim 4600 w an nvdia 7600 GS GPU and only 1 Gig of Ram, this should be a dream. Later on, if software demands more I can easily add a faster processor and/or a dedicated graphics card after the prices drop in a year or two.