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July 16, 2010 11:51:55 PM

Hello everyone!
(Yes, I know I misspelled "member" in the title.)

One of my family members asked me to build her a computer. She wants one that can be used to do office work on and watch movies. She is willing to buy a computer for less than $1000. She currently owns an old dell computer that is pretty old and runs like a snail.

I researched the parts and came up with this list.

Motherboard
ASUS M4A77T
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
G.SKILL 4GB DDR3 Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card
XFX PVT86SYHLG GeForce 8400 GS 512MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner
LITE-ON Black 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Card Reader
Rosewill RCR-IC002
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
COOLER MASTER Centurion 534
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor
ASUS VH222H Black 21.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The price comes out to $812 including tax and shipping (everything was free shipping except for the case!) The OS and Mother board have a combo discount and the Power Supply and DVD Burner also have a combo discount.

I feel that everything will work and is of a good brand name (except for rosewill haha).
I would still like second opinions.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!
-CityStreet

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July 17, 2010 1:07:42 AM

Get the lowest RAM timings possible for the money. 8/8/8 @ 1600 mhz would be better.
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July 17, 2010 1:31:52 AM

These are the parts i would change

Ram: OCZ Gold 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1333LV4G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Cards: EVGA 01G-P3-N945-LR GeForce 9400 GT 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

will only cost about $800 its about $50 dollars more then what your build is but it has better parts in



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July 17, 2010 1:32:56 AM

You could get a better cpu for about $50 dollars more but it might consume more watts then the one you have picked.
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July 17, 2010 6:18:50 AM

"She wants one that can be used to do office work on and watch movies. "

Get a 785G or if u want USB/SATA III 880G and it's all good ^^
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July 17, 2010 6:28:08 AM

Tower @ $393AR $7.56 ship

ASUS MS236H Glossy Black / White 23" 2ms $175AR free ship
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$100 OS
$668AR Grand Total
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July 17, 2010 8:50:07 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions!
She now told me she doesnt want to go more than $800... even though the build i showed her was $812... ha ha

techmo34: She does not really need a great graphics card, but I will be definitely be keeping that card in mind when I start my next build for my slightly moded compaq case.

I4d: good point!

ace700: The ram is a bit pricey, what do you think of this one?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

batuchka: I was looking at that motherboard for my pc build, but I rather go with an ATX motherboard for her since it has more slots for expansion if needed. As for the Patriot Ram, when I went to go look at it the price went up! http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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July 17, 2010 9:05:37 PM

Shes not going to need expansion slots for her intended use. Batchuka's build is spot on for her need. Which allows room in the budget for a really nice big monitor, which will be one of the more noticeable improvements over her current computer.
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July 17, 2010 9:12:55 PM

+1 batchuka and cmcghee

Micro-ATX plus onboard video is adequate.

I think I'm going to stop buying ATX... I never seem to need more than 2 or 3 expansion slots. Of course, they do make plenty of 785G/880G motherboards that are ATX.
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July 17, 2010 9:18:07 PM

citystreet said:
but I rather go with an ATX motherboard for her since it has more slots for expansion if needed.
Need more than 4 slots for expansion? Not likely IMO. Have you looked at the included features of that 880G motherboard?
All the things we used to add in expansions slots are now built into the board: Sound card, video card, network/modem card, extra I/O serial and parallel ports, RAID card... etc and so on. The only add-in card I think you might want is a wireless adapter, and you could use a USB dongle for that.
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July 17, 2010 9:19:23 PM

+1 batchuka
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July 17, 2010 10:08:55 PM

You are all right and have good points. I just had this mentality that you are better off with standard ATX than Micro ATX.
Here is the new build. Let me know your suggestions!

Motherboard
ASUS M4A88TD-M
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM
(I will buy two of these and put them in RAID 1)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner
LITE-ON Black 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Card Reader
Rosewill RCR-IC002
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
COOLER MASTER Centurion 534
(This case says that it is compatible with m-ATX motherboards. I am sure that m-ATX stands for Micro ATX, but I just want to make sure.)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor
ASUS VH222H Black 21.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


With the Case and OS, Motherboard and CPU, and the Power Supply and DVD Burner having combo discounts, everything comes out to $784 including tax and shipping (I hate that NJ has sales tax. I'm being taxed $51!!!)

Let me know if there are any more suggestions!
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July 18, 2010 4:00:34 AM

Ya never under estimate how much a big juicy LCD makes using a rig that much more enjoyable :p 
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July 18, 2010 5:30:10 PM

Yeah I have a nice 23" Asus monitor for my gaming rig. I love it!
As for my family member, She does not want anything bigger than 21".

What I am conserved about is the case and RAM. Will the micro ATX motherboard be able to be used in the case I have selected? And what do you think of the RAM?
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July 18, 2010 6:21:36 PM

Your motherboard and case will work just fine together.

Your RAM selection is one of the most recommended, so you are good to go... IMO.
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July 18, 2010 6:25:23 PM

Just going to chime in and agree with everyone else that batuchka's build was excellent.

The G.Skill Ripjaws are, by all accounts, quite good. Of course, they're overkill for a home office/movie-watching computer. You could just as easily go with DDR3 1066 CAS 9, and it's likely that no one but you would know...but you'd only be saving about $20 on the build, so you might as well get the quality G.Skill sticks.
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July 18, 2010 8:21:58 PM

Thank you everyone for your help on this. I just purchased the parts and can't wait to start putting it all together!
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July 18, 2010 8:22:13 PM

Best answer selected by citystreet.
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