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August 9, 2010 11:04:02 AM

Hello everybody,

I would like to get opinion on this build that I'm planning to make next month. I'm from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia & my budget is around MYR 1,500.00 or USD 500 more or less.

Usage-Surfing, playing flash games, officework, playing movies. The only graphic intensive games that I'll be playing is FIFA 10 & Pro Evo Soccer.

Planned build:

CPU
AMD Athlon II X3 440
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mainboard
ASRock M3A785GM-LE

RAM
Kingston ValueRAM 2GB DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) X 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

PSU
SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR
SILVERSTONE ST50F-ES 500W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
COOLER MASTER Elite 330
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor
Acer V203HCJbd 20" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm planning to use the integrated graphics on the 785G motherboard only.

Can anyone tell me if there's any parts that I should upgrade or any parts thats overkill for my usage.

I'm not going to overclock & I'm planning to use Windows 7 (not sure which edition yet).

Thank you in advance for your advice.

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August 9, 2010 12:16:05 PM

^ IMO you wont need 500W+ PSUs...
My suggestions would be - Antec EA 380 or 430/ Corsair 400/ Seasonic S12II 380B 380W

And as for RAM, if am not wrong, you get even Corsair RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For roughly the same price around the world, so better to get those...

CASE - Check if the Antec 200 is available...It would cost roughly the same as that CM and has better airflow...Even NZXT Gamma or Beta EVO are also good options and fall in the same price range...

Rest looks good...
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August 9, 2010 12:44:03 PM

Actually had loads of clients doing just that : PES 2010, DOTA, SIMS yada yada on latest IGP solutions

I do not have specific benches for HD 4200 IGP for PES 2010 in my vault of data, stats and benches but interpolating:

Good to go for 1280 x 1024 medium hehe

I also agree : 500Watter is a tad too much
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August 9, 2010 5:32:07 PM

I would get a motherboard from a better brand :) 
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August 10, 2010 7:00:04 AM

Hi guys,

Thanks for the answers. Got a few questions...

1. Is the Corsair RAM better than Kingston...in what way?
2. For the PSU, I might get a graphic card later so is 500Watts still too much or should it be okay?
3. For the motherboard, its either the Asrock M3A785GM-LE or MSI 785GM-P45, which is better, or should I get something else, I'm looking for a reliable budget 785G motherboard.

Currently there's not a lot of stores that carry Antec or NXZT casings in Malaysia, so the choice is limited and the price is different.

Thanks for the great answers.
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August 10, 2010 7:09:13 AM

1. Corsair RAMs are more reliable.
2. 500W would be OK if you will be getting cards like HD 5850 and above...
3. Mobo - See if you are getting newer 870/ 880 chipsets...

As for the cases, well if there are not many available, then I would suggest you to check out the current offerings in person and then make the purchase as sometimes, even small companies can come up with good cases...
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August 10, 2010 9:31:14 AM

I might get the HD 4850 or just the HD 5670. I think I'll stick with the Silverstone Strider 500W since it won't cost so much.

For the mobo I can only afford the 785G chipset so its either Asrock or MSI.

How do I check the casings for good airflow?
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August 10, 2010 9:44:09 AM

^ See if the case has atleast a front intake and back exhaust fan...If there are vents, it would help in air movement...Also more fans the better, but again if the fans are not of good quality, you might have noise issue...
As for the board - Get the one cheaper...You can also check out the 770 chipset from ASRock as they are cheaper...So maybe spend that money on a better card...
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August 10, 2010 9:48:54 AM

Hmmm...ASRock?...I have bad experiences with ASRock...perhaps you would consider ASUS; MSI, or Gigabyte.
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August 10, 2010 9:55:46 AM

^ Well ASRock boards are fine, I had built a PC based on an ASRock board for my sister and is still working fine for the past 1 year...So for a day-to-day PC, it is fine...Only while going high-end, better to stick with ASUS/ Gigabyte/ MSI...
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August 10, 2010 10:34:21 AM

I might get a card later & I like the idea of having an IGP as backup in case I fry the card. My usage is not that heavy so I don't think I need high end parts except for the PSU.

I'm planning to get the cheapest case possible & just buy additional fans to improve airflow.

I'm still unsure about which PSU to get though. That might be the last thing I get. Antec, Seasonic & Corsair are not widely distributed here so the choices are limited & the price are quite high.
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August 12, 2010 5:46:25 AM

OK, so this is the revised build:

CPU
AMD Athlon II X3 440
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mainboard
ASRock M3A785GM-LE

RAM
CORSAIR 2GB DDR3 1333 Model VS2GB1333D3 X 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

PSU
SILVERSTONE ST40F-ES 400W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
COOLER MASTER Elite 330
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor
Acer V203HCJbd 20" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any comments?
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August 12, 2010 6:06:47 AM

That PSU should be able to handle upto HD 5750/ 4850 without any issues, above those might be pushing it...But anyways seeing your requirements, I doubt you would need anything more powerful...
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August 12, 2010 7:23:42 AM

Yeah...I won't be pushing the cards to the limit so I'm gonna go with an entry level card so 400W should be enough...

So...which part do you see as the weakest & candidate for the next upgrade & which part is too much for my usage...
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August 12, 2010 7:32:09 AM

^ IF you find interest in gaming, then the next upgrade should be the graphics card...else I dont see any issues with that build...
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August 12, 2010 7:32:54 AM

Also with that board, you are limited to 4GB though(2RAM slots, which you will be populating it with the Corsair 2GB kit)...
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August 12, 2010 7:47:58 AM

Cool...but if I use the 32bit windows 7 it only recognise 4GB of RAM right?
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August 12, 2010 8:19:46 AM

^ Well ~3.5GB actually...
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August 16, 2010 3:50:30 AM

Ok..this is an alternate version since my budget is shrinking a little..

CPU
AMD Athlon II X3 435 2.9GHz

HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB 16MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mainboard
ASRock M3A785GM-LE

RAM
CORSAIR 2GB DDR3 1333 Model VS2GB1333D3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

PSU
SILVERSTONE ST40F-ES 400W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
COOLER MASTER Elite 330
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor
Acer V203HCJbd 20" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I may try a different build with a graphic card but I need to check out the price of 770/870 m'boards first.
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August 16, 2010 4:09:31 AM

^ Doesnt look much different...Its fine...
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August 16, 2010 5:41:59 AM

I dropped the X3 440 for the 435, 1TB HDD to 500GB & 4GB RAM to 2GB only...
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August 16, 2010 5:45:50 AM

^ Thats what I said, you had just dropped in quantity and not quality...
For CPU it wont matter much,
RAM -you can add more later on and so is the same with the HDD...
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August 16, 2010 6:03:05 AM

Thanks gkay09, you've been a great help. Hope to hear your advise later when I try to do another build.
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August 16, 2010 6:07:53 AM

^ Glad I could...and also there are many others who would lend their help...
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August 16, 2010 6:08:28 AM

Good Luck...
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August 16, 2010 6:43:46 AM

Thanks...
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August 23, 2010 6:02:35 AM

Ok, this is close to my final build...any comments...

CPU
AMD Athlon II X3 440
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB 16MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mainboard
ASRock M3A785GM-LE

RAM
CORSAIR 2GB DDR3 1333 Model VS2GB1333D3 X 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

PSU
SILVERSTONE ST40F-ES 400W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
COOLER MASTER Elite 330
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor
Acer V203HCJbd 20" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU
SAPPHIRE 100287VGAL Radeon HD 5670 512MB DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 24, 2010 7:18:47 AM

Best answer selected by jabbrun.
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