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July 22, 2010 5:23:04 AM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ( this week (the closer the better))

BUDGET RANGE: (500ish) After Instant Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Video editing, Internet, Photoshop, Dreamweaver)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: ( keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, CD drive)

PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: (newegg.com,)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (U.S. of A)

OVERCLOCKING: ummm no idea, never done it, know the minimum amount of details

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Baffled

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (This build needs to be able to last 5 years and have a graphics card that will help with the video editing but it's definitely not a gaming computer)

Okay, my dad's friend wants me to build a computer for him, I've never done it before, I've taken a couple of computers apart to play with before, (Hard drive and ram mainly) but I would like your recommendations before I have him spend his money.

The main thing he's interested in is that he can effectively edit movies and build websites with it. He definitely wants a video card and would like 8 GB of ram, I told him that 8 Gb may be too expensive for a $500 build but if you can find quality and prove me wrong then I'm all for it. It also needs to be future proofed as well.

Here is what I have so far.......

Case and Hard Drive Combo Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive and NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
Motherboard [GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Power Supply: Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100287L Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

This adds up to $558 which includes $20.00 shipping.
In all honesty, the video card is what has me concerned the most, I don't feel like this is a good one but I don't know how to choose one that would fit his needs the best. I have a feeling that the PSU is overpowered for the system but I'm not sure. If you can come up with a more efficient build or show me where I went wrong I would greatly appreciate it. Also I don't really have any computer equipment so what else would I need to order to put this computer together? Anti static straps? Thermal Glue? Something that hasn't even crossed my mind?

Thanks so much for your patience and advice

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July 22, 2010 7:22:51 AM
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Here's an idea:

AMD Phenom II X4 945 + GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 1600 + Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
NZXT GAMMA + Seagate Barracuda 7200.12
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
SAPPHIRE 100287L Radeon HD 5670

$551.93
July 22, 2010 1:39:43 PM

Thank you, I see your overall specs are better than my build but I had a few concerns with some of the items. First of all, I'm pretty noobish when it comes to hardware period. I've ony switched the hard drive and ram before. The motherboard you selected is sold out right now, but I'm also seeing reviews that you may have to adjust the frequency (I have no clue how to do that or what it means) u may need an 8 pin adapter (???) and just generally it seems that you need to tweak certain things that I don't have the experience to know how to do it and when to do it (basically if something wasn't optimal right away, I wouldn't recognize that fact)

Processor you selected is great from what I can see, I see people talking about slight concerns with the cooling and etc.... but I'm not sure if that should be something I'm concerned with in this build. I really do like this processor but with it being comboed with the motherboard it doesn't seem too feasible.


The only other thing that concerned me was the Hard Drive, One of the computers that is Dead right now, is due to the Seagate hard drive failing. I understand that this new Seagate series isn't supposed to have the same problem, but I'm worried about installing another one in a computer that I'm building for somebody else.



As far as the ram I can't tell which is better, or if I would be better off selecting your combo over the ram and psu I have selected.

Thank you
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July 22, 2010 1:46:28 PM

Oh yeah, anybody that's reading this can you review whatever the final build is and tell me if I need anything extra like fans, static straps, glue, card readers or anything else that I'm not thinking of. THe only thing I have is a tool box so I don't know if there is somehting minor that i'm missing or something that I haven't thought about yet.
July 22, 2010 2:41:04 PM

The only thing with that Gigabyte mobo is that it's not in stock right now, I just saw that. You can get this combo:

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

That HDD is one of the best now don't pay attention to some comments in there. This one is also very good, I have one myself but no combo deal:

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

And a separate case, the one above or one of those:

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

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

That CL7 RAM is faster.
August 3, 2010 2:01:36 AM

Best answer selected by Joyfully Baffled.
August 3, 2010 2:11:32 AM

Thanks for the help guys, I've reviewed a few things and will go back to the drawing board. The client is procrastinating anyway, so this gives me more time to integrate some of the things you've showed me.
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