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July 23, 2010 6:35:40 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (Couple Hours)

BUDGET RANGE: ($550) Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Gimp/PhotoShop, Illustrator, Flash, surfing the web, music, watching videos. NO GAMING)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg.com)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (USA)

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (AMD CPU)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1024x768)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (I'm a loser when it comes to PC's)

These are the parts i have chosen


1. MotherBoard/CPU Bundle-$152.98

1. AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX635WFGIBOX
MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

2. GPU/Operating System Bundle - $145.98

SAPPHIRE 100253HDMI Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

3.RAM $95-99

Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3K2/4GR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4.Hard Drive/ PSU Bundle $89.98

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

5.CD/DVD Burner $19.99
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6.Case $29.99

Rosewill R218-P-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total= around $510 before MIR


Are these components alright for what ill be using it for?
Should i upgrade to a AMD Athlon II X4 and keep the same MOBO? is it worth the extra $24?
Lastly is everything i picked out compatible?
Other suggestions also accepted.

Give me the ok if everything is good

Thank you
July 23, 2010 7:17:20 PM

You said you were planning on 'maybe' crossfiring, but not for gaming.

1. You've added a Radeon GPU; however, I think NVidia cards are better for non-gaming processing, since they have CUDA. In that case, you might want to consider a GeForce card.

2. I'm not sure any of the programs you will use can use geforce cards in SLI (or Radeon cards in xfire). Somebody please confirm?

3. Your power supply only has 1 6 pin connector. This means you won't be able to crossfire (or SLI, with the geforce cards) unless your gpu doesn't require an extra power connection (which your radeon 4650).
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July 23, 2010 7:21:09 PM

Jzcaesar said:
You said you were planning on 'maybe' crossfiring, but not for gaming.

1. You've added a Radeon GPU; however, I think NVidia cards are better for non-gaming processing, since they have CUDA. In that case, you might want to consider a GeForce card.

2. I'm not sure any of the programs you will use can use geforce cards in SLI (or Radeon cards in xfire). Somebody please confirm?

3. Your power supply only has 1 6 pin connector. This means you won't be able to crossfire (or SLI, with the geforce cards) unless your gpu doesn't require an extra power connection (which your radeon 4650).


srry about that i posted this quick i didnt look it over

no cross fire.

so which GPU would you suggest?

is everything else ok?
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July 23, 2010 7:38:03 PM

To be honest, I'm in the process of researching a build, so all my advice is what I've read about, not that .

Everything else looks fine though.

This combo, a GT 240 + windows 7 is almost in the same price range as your windows 7 + 4650.

A quick check of this psu calculator gives a recommended psu wattage of ~250, so your psu should be able to handle the load easily.

Hopefully, some more experienced forum member might be able to chime in on my gpu suggestion, as I picked it based off of the budget.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
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July 23, 2010 7:57:42 PM

Jzcaesar said:
To be honest, I'm in the process of researching a build, so all my advice is what I've read about, not that .

Everything else looks fine though.

This combo, a GT 240 + windows 7 is almost in the same price range as your windows 7 + 4650.

A quick check of this psu calculator gives a recommended psu wattage of ~250, so your psu should be able to handle the load easily.

Hopefully, some more experienced forum member might be able to chime in on my gpu suggestion, as I picked it based off of the budget.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help.


so that GPU might do a littel better for wat ill be using it for?

k thank you ill look into it
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July 23, 2010 8:19:29 PM

Will all of this fit together?
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July 23, 2010 8:31:17 PM

Should; the case is compatible with the psu and mobo (atx form factor), both the RAM and cpu are compatible with the motherboard (DDR3 and socket AM3, respectively), so it looks good the go.
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July 23, 2010 8:43:53 PM

wat about the GPU?
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July 23, 2010 8:47:33 PM

Yeah, it'll work.
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July 23, 2010 9:20:04 PM

last Wuestion should i upgrade to the X4 CPU instead?
but ill keep the same motherboard?
will it matter if i keep motherboard?
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July 23, 2010 10:10:43 PM

if you're talking about the athlon II x4, then yeah, the same motherboard will work. They're both socket AM3.

Is it worth the extra $24? Probably. The extra core will really help with multi-threaded applications like photoshop. See here for the review, in which the x4 handles photoshop a lot better than the x3 (unless you overclock the x3). If it's in your budget, go for it.
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July 23, 2010 10:40:59 PM

Timop said:
These ram are $20 cheaper, and should work the same: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I talked about the GT240 before, $75 with $30MIR, though only if youre working with CS5.

Other than that, youre good to go.


yea ill be working with CS5 the prob is i have a budget of $566 and i still need to buy the secruty software
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July 23, 2010 10:49:59 PM

Goofy Goof said:
yea ill be working with CS5 the prob is i have a budget of $566 and i still need to buy the secruty software

Security?
MSE+Malwarebytes would be just fine if youre a home user.
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July 24, 2010 2:37:01 AM

^+1 exactly what i use for security no problems.
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