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Review my $350-$550 budget poker system

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September 5, 2010 6:36:10 PM

BUDGET RANGE: $350-$550

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Playing online poker on dual monitors (not gpu intensive), browsing multiple firefox tabs, teamviewer, IM, a little SC2.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitors, Windows7, Video Card, and possibly the HD and PSU.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: usa

OVERCLOCKING: NO

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080
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CPU
$63 AMD Athlon II X2 250 3ghz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103681

Not sure if it's worth upgrading to a quad core. I guess it will depend on if i need to spend money on a new HD and PSU.
$90 Athlon X4 2.6 ghz (quad core)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=19-103-706
$165 AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4ghz (quad core)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727


Motherboard
Asus $85 ($70 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131603
or
Asus $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131626

Vid Card
Re-use my Galaxy GeForce 9500 GT.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162019

Case
$55 + $20 ship = $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119068

Hard Drive
I want to re-use my 5yr old 250GB 7200RPM IDE HD....
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822140153
but i don't think my MB supports IDE. Would something like this work?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--updated

I have a 640GB external HD, so storage isn't a problem. I also want to be able to upgrade to SSD in the future when price drops. Any modern MB will support SSD right? SATA II is the same as SATA 3gb/s?

RAM
$86 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 Kingston
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134792

OS
Windows7 64 bit, already have.

PSU
Reusing 5yr old 420W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153006
Should I upgrade this PSU?

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September 5, 2010 10:59:58 PM

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CPU
$75 AMD Athlon II X3 440
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard
$85 ($70 after rebate) Asus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131603

Vid Card
$45 - Already bought Galaxy GeForce 9500 GT.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162019

Hard Drive
$48 Western Digital SATA WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=22-136-...

$10 Rosewill External Enclosure
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-182-...

RAM
$90 ($70 after rebate) 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 Patriot
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case and PSU
Antec Case + 500W PSU Combo
$120 (free shipping) on amazon.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=11-129-...

OS
Windows7 64 bit, already have.

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September 5, 2010 11:51:25 PM

2 monitors, cheater, lol. Just kidding.
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September 6, 2010 9:43:19 AM

You mentioned " a little SC2" so do note with a 9500GT ultra/aa is out so adjust settings/res accordingly
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September 6, 2010 10:18:14 AM

There is a antec 300 and 520 psu combo on newegg for $100
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September 6, 2010 2:10:54 PM

Get a HAF 912, it just came out and its only 55 bucks. Not in stores yet but will be VERY soon
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September 6, 2010 6:35:43 PM

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CPU
$75 AMD Athlon II X3 440
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard
$85 ($70 after rebate) Asus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131603

Vid Card
$45 - Already bought Galaxy GeForce 9500 GT.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814162019

Hard Drive
$48 Western Digital SATA WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=22-136-...

$10 Rosewill External Enclosure
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=17-182-...

RAM
$90 ($70 after rebate) 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 Patriot
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case and PSU
$100 Antec Case + 550W PSU Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

DVD Burner/Drive
$18 Sony
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also got:
12V 4pin cable extension (since PSU is bottom mounted in case)
Extra Sata cable (since DVD and HD are OEM)

OS
Windows7 64 bit, already have.

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there's my final list. thanks for all the help.
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September 6, 2010 9:17:59 PM

i already ordered it so too late to change now.

but could u tell me why its better? the 550w had many more reviews on newegg. doubt its a big difference.
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September 6, 2010 9:25:33 PM

the 520 uses a higher quality components then the 550 but it should be fine for what you have plus some upgrades.only reason the 550 has more reviews is because its been on the market longer
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September 6, 2010 9:46:54 PM

Best answer selected by Fev87.
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September 7, 2010 4:28:06 PM

now that i think about it...

i guess the same was true for the biostar MB you linked? and the RAM? whats the best way to search newegg if not by most/best reviews? i have no clue what brands are good.
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September 7, 2010 4:45:23 PM

look for professional reviews and benchmarks with the hardware you want google is your friend

biostar ain't bad their fx 890 board holds the record for the highest overclocked amd cpu ever

munshkin is a widely respected ram manufacturer but their customer service really leaves other companies in the dust
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