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Rate my Multimedia Desktop build for $500

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August 11, 2010 6:23:08 PM

I'm looking to build my own desktop. I have put together a list of components and current prices as of today at Newegg that are in my price range ($400-$500). How does my configuration look? If I can get it a little cheaper (closer to $400 than $500), that would be great. Here is my info:


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: 600-800) Before / After Rebates: $400-$500 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: 1. Multimedia (photo, video viewing & transcoding. 2. Multimedia server to show photos, video, etc.. to other connected devices in my house. 3. General gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Optical Drive & Hard Drives (I have two 2TB WD Green WD20EADS recently purchased, unused still).

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: None

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Already have a Dell 2408 24"

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet would be good. Future proof would be good too. Will probably add a dedicated graphics card down the road once I get frustrated with the average integrated GPU on any mobo. Will also probably put Linus Ubuntu 10.04 just to mess around with, may want to add Windows 7 for a dual-boot machine down the road.


This is what I have initially from Newegg. How is it looking?

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz CPU .............................$160
Asus M4A78T-E ATX Motherboard ......................................................$115 + $20 Mail-in rebate
Kingston HyperX 2GB DDR3 1600 Memory (2 kits for 4GB total) ........$114
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W Power Supply ...................$60 + $20 Mail-in rebate
Cooler Master RC-690-KKN1-GP Case .................................................$60 + $10 Mail-in rebate
GRAND TOTAL ....................................................................................$509 ($459 after rebates)
August 11, 2010 6:37:57 PM

I say this ram instead

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

The speed difference is almost unoticable after 1333

and this cpu

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

Then add a discrete video card http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

note- since this is mainly a htpc I recommend getting a sound card as well, there is a HUGE difference from onboard. After getting one you'll wonder how you did without before

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