Advice on a mATX build please


I'm looking to build my first computer, and I'd like to get the best deal possible. I have time to wait for deals, but I think I've found a decent build to start with, and then add to as things pop up.



PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, keyboard, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg and amazon (gotta live free prime for students!)



Here are the parts I've found already:

NZXT Vulcan mATX Case - $70

Intel 40GB X25-V SSD - $115

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8 GHz Processor & Biostar TA890GXB Mobo Combo - $260

Crucial Ballistix 2GB DDR3 SDRAM PC10600 - $53

OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Power Supply - $65 ($45 AR)

Lite-On DVD Burner - $23

Total: $566 (after rebates)

I'm really keen on getting an SSD to use as a boot drive, and I'll add a large hard drive later for storage. Is there a better SSD for price/performance than the Intel? Also, I've read that the Intel SSD comes with a 5.25" mounting bracket. Is that true? Thanks so much in advance!
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  1. $566AR featuring 60GB Sandforce based SSD and 4GB RAMs hehe
  2. +1 for batuchka's build (i was justt gonna recommend him the same combo's lol)
  3. What are you doing on that PC?
  4. Thanks batuchka! I already have the power supply that I mentioned in my first post, I should have made that clear, sorry. I'll look into that hard drive. Are the Sandforce SSDs better than the Intel ones?

    to mosox:

    I'll be using it for general daily use, MATLAB and other engineering/modeling programs, and some light gaming. Music is a really big deal to me, so I will be upgrading the onboard audio in the future also. Any tips?
  5. Between 40GB Intel and 60GB Sandforce i'd definitely pick the latter at that price too :P Well a discrete sound card is only as good as your audio speakers/set up and how much of an audiophile u are hehe
  6. Gotcha, I'm going to go with an OCZ Vertex 2 60GB drive. The speakers I'm driving are definitely worth a sound card: Swan M200MkIII. For general multitasking, like music, internet, watching TV, etc, would I see the benefits of having a six-core processor? Most of the reviews either compare the AMD Thuban CPU's to Intel for gaming or for heavy parallel computation, both of which would be done rarely to occasionally.

    P.S. For the sound card, I'm thinking about the Asus Xonar DS:
  7. The engineering apps and modelling will love those extra cores and ya multi tasking as well ^^
  8. Actually one more quick question: do you think it's worth it to get a better mATX motherboard and a cheaper processor and upgrade once Bulldozer comes out? My only concern about the combo motherboard is that it doesn't have USB3, though I'm not sure how much I'd need that...Thanks again!
  9. Well all current chipsets are not having native solution for USB 3.0 anyway and most only have 2 ports and as we know those aren't enuff but if USB 3.0 is a must have a look at Asus/Gigabyte/MSI 880G offerings ^^ Chip choice as per needs *now* is the best solution for me
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