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Ready to Build 1st System-Is Everything Good?

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July 24, 2010 12:34:38 AM

Ok, after a lot of research and checking with the boss I'm ready to buy & build my new desktop. It will replace a nearly 6-yr old Dell. I'll use it mainly for basic internet, personal finance and video editing for YouTube. I'm also interested in doing some basic gaming. I think I have picked out a good mix of components that I can upgrade & build on in the future if I need to. Here's the list:

Mobo & CPU combo (GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 & AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz)

Case & DVD Combo




I'll get Windows 7 64 bit for the OS and a 23" Widescreen monitor (haven't decided on exact one yet).

How does this build look? Is there anything I need/should change?

Thanks for the help!

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July 24, 2010 5:58:21 AM

I think you did an awesome job picking that mobo/CPU combo. USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s is definitely the right call. Case, DVD and RAM are all pretty good.

Instead of the HD 5670, I would get this 5770 that's on sale for $12 more all told:

If you're doing any gaming, especially on a big monitor, you will definitely notice the difference. The 5670 is not really the greatest card for gaming; it's just OK.

Also, for 7200rpm hard drives, the WD Caviar has a so-so reputation -- the Samsung Spinpoint is the one everyone raves about. Plus, it's cheaper: You can get the 500GB version for less than the one you picked, or the 1TB version for about $5 more than the Caviar.

I have also had good luck with - and heard good things about - the Seagate Barracuda hard drives as well.
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July 24, 2010 8:59:20 PM

Thanks for the help everyone! I feel pretty good about the setup now and I think I'm ready to order everything.

@jsc- I realized that I didn't have a PSU and added this Corsair. It's $69 after Mail In Rebate

@capt_taco I looked at the Samsung I think I will go with that. I also upgraded the CPU to the Athalon II x4 635 which should be a little better for non-gaming stuff which I will be doing a lot of. I also switched out the Graphics card to this which is a combo deal with Windows 7:

My only real question I guess is there anything I'm missing (except for the monitor)? This will be my 1st build so I want to make it as painless as possible.