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August 11, 2010 11:39:03 PM

Looking at building a simple box for a friend. He only needs it for surfing and downloading and burning music and movies. His only request was 4GB of memory and he told me that he would be using an external hard disk as his main storage. He's not super computer savy.

Here's what I'm looking at so far:

Win 7 Home 64bit
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
$104.99

160GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive - He needs something in the box to keep Windows on.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
$38.99

24X DVD/CD Writer
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
$24.99

Athlon II X2 240 - I'm going to overclock it a bit for him.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$60.99

4GB Gskill 1333
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
$86.99

Gigabyte 785G microATX - to cover HD sound and video needs.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$79.99

Seasonic 300W 80+
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$40.99

I'd like to put it all in an Aerocool M40 - Really snappy case he could keep on top of his desk with a small footprint. It's expensive though so I'm not sure if he wants to go for this or not.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$89.99

Going to use this as a cooler - not super fancy but I'm not going to push the OC very hard.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
$14.99

I haven't built a ton of computers so I'm just looking to see if these things make sense put together and if they will accomplish what he needs. I think it will do what he needs and leave room for any kind of upgrade in the future. Thoughts please!

Thanks,
Tim

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August 12, 2010 12:05:58 AM

I would drop the case and switch it to this one for less. (COOLER MASTER Elite 341) I wouldn't spend that kind of money for a case with the rest of your setup.

With the savings, I would just upgrade to the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB

You got a good PSU but I might look at the CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX, which will be cheaper after you use the MIR.

Don't forget to look for combo deals!!
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August 12, 2010 1:50:29 AM

+1^ agree with techmo, and tower cases are better anyways
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August 12, 2010 2:52:38 AM

Thanks guys, that was kind of my feeling on the case too except it does look smart. I think I've talked him into it now too. He's going to check with his financier and get back to me. :) 

I'll make sure to check those combo deals on purchase day to make sure I save as much as I can.

Thanks,
Tim
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August 12, 2010 2:52:46 AM

Best answer selected by coalesce.
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