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New build around 500. Thoughts?

Last response: in Systems
July 10, 2010 5:52:21 PM

AMD Athlon II X4 635 2.9GHz - $100
Asus M4A79XTD EVO Socket AM3 790X ATX Motherboard - $115
OCZ Technology Gold Series XTC Cooler 4GB DDR3-1333 (PC3-10666) Dual Channel - $100
Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower - 50$
OCZ Technology StealthXStream 500 Watt ATX Power Supply - $45
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB - $51
Samsung OEM DVD Burner - 25$
My old Nvidia 8800 GT

Total: $486 + tax = $515 ish

... and maybe a few fans. I wanted to build it so he could upgrade to a better CPU/RAM/Video Card down the road. Hopefully AMD keeps this socket for a while.

What do you think? Suggestions?

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July 11, 2010 3:24:08 PM

I've heard some less than great things about the current OCZ DDR3 RAM.. the other stuff (although I'm bad with AMD) looks good. You could change your hd to a Samsung F3 but that's about it.
July 11, 2010 4:02:14 PM

Change the RAM to G Skill Ripjaw CL7 1600mhz. It sells for $104.99, so almost same price but is faster and lower latency
July 12, 2010 8:17:02 AM

Agreed : OCZ DDR3 these days does not inspire much confidence tbh and $100 u could nab better ones really! Btw $115 is overpriced for a previous gen 8/8 700 series when $90 these days nabs ya a juicy 8/8 with USB/SATA III 800 series hehe
Negative on StealthXStream as well : ain't 80+ certified and look for its ModXtreme 500 cousin with DVDRW SATA combo like this one: