New Builder Office Build Help

This forum is great! Just a beginner, but have learned a lot through reading these posts.

Have been reading for awhile and now feel its time to jump into my first build. Interested in building a budget home office computer that I can also use for some simple graphic design (Indesign), photo editing (LR and Photoshop) as well as some basic audio functions (Itunes, etc). I would like to possibly be able to edit video in the future.

Office functions include word processing, web surfing, multiple windows and some light finance trading.

I have a pretty large photo and audio collection and would like to keep a good portion of it on the build in addition to my external.

Ideally, I would like to have a dual monitor setup if possible. I will not need to purchase the monitors, keyboard, mouse or any software.

Obviously I value reliability and would like the build to last for a bit!

This is the build I pulled from the sticky section: (Thank you/ all credit to daveg)

AMD Athlon II X4 640 - $106
More than enough for workplace multi-tasking.

Gigabyte GA-MA78LM-S2H mATX - $65
Built 5 of them. They just work great. Huge deal ($25) when combo'd with Athlon 2 X4's at MicroCenter.

A-Data 4GB (2x2) DDR2 800 Kit - $79
No need for more.

Graphics Card:
Asus 8400GS 512MB Silent - $33
Passive cooling for silence and more than capable enough for dual monitor use.

Hard Drive:
WD 320GB - $50
Solid reliability. Small-ish capacity for easy/quick back-ups and/or cloning. Less fragile than larger capacity drives (again, because people neglect their computers (physically).

Cooler Master 341 mATX - $40
Built in dust filter on front for coworkers to neglect on their cleaning duties.

Power Supply:
Antec EarthWatts 380 - $45
Reliable, powerful enough for expansion and efficient.

DVD Burner:
LG Sata DVD Burner - $18
It's an optical drive.

This build was around $450 and I would probably be able to go up to $600 if needed.

Any other recommendations/ additions to add to this in for my purposes?

Thanks again this forum is really great.
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    ^ You have really got a very good build there...
    Some suggestions -
    1. Video card, I would suggest this, though I doubt for your usage, it would matter but these are newer and better
    PowerColor Go! Green AX5450 512MK3-SH Radeon HD 5450 (Cedar) 512MB 64-bit DDR3

    2. RAM - Why not the Mushkin's for the same price ?
    Or even cheaper -

    3. HDD - IMO the Samsung F3s would be a good choice -

    4. How about these cases with the PSU combo on newegg ??

    5. Mobo - Maybe the newer chipsets ? but that choice is fine for your needs though...
  2. Thanks for the great suggestions gkay.

    Here is what I am thinking with a few options/ changes:

    AMD Athlon II X4 640 - $106

    Gigabyte GA-MA78LM-S2H mATX - $65
    Unless any new suggestions?
    Maybe something like this:
    ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD $89

    Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) $80

    Graphics Card:
    Asus 8400GS 512MB Silent - $33
    PowerColor Go! Green AX5450 512MK3-SH Radeon HD 5450 (Cedar) 512MB 64-bit DDR3 $40
    Really not to sure of the difference/ benefits of each.

    Hard Drive:
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" $55

    Case/ PSU:
    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W $75

    DVD Burner:
    LG Sata DVD Burner - $18

    Also I would like to add a wireless adapter if there are any suggestions.

    Thanks again
  3. ^ Actually the HD 5450s are about 2 generations newer and in terms of raw power, are certainly higher, so go with 5450...

    Mobo + RAM -

    CPU + DVD

    Wireless adapter - maybe this one ?
  4. Great! Thanks for the suggestions and combos.

    I have seem some guides here online on the build process, but was wondering if there is anything else (extra fans, cables or adaptors) I will need to help the first build go smoothly.

    Thanks again for everybody reading and the suggestions.

  5. ^ I dont think you would need any additional cables as of now, your mobo would come with atleast 2 SATA cables, that would suffice for the HDD and the DVD...
    Good luck with your build...
  6. ^ The EcoGreen is a storage drive rather than a boot drive i.e., it would be slower because of the lower rpm...
  7. Ok everything is in and connected. I ran into some trouble while trying to install Win9 64 bit and any help would be greatly appreciated.

    While I was first trying to install I kept getting the blue screen during the unpackaging phase. After formatting the HD i was finally able to successfully install the OS. The only problem now is that every 5 mins or I get that screen for 3-4 seconds followed by a restart.

    Any idea how to fix this.

    Also I updated the latest BIOS version. Do I need new mobo drivers?

    Thanks for the help,

  8. Academic if u had already bought parts but i would have just jumped from non Universal Video Decoder (UVD) Radeon 3000 IGP on that 760G and hit a entry level 880G with HD 4250 IGP rather than hit low end GPU?


    Optional : 60GB Sandforce based SSD $120AR

    or if down the road your apps leverage on GPU acceleration

    GTS 450 $120 Free Ship
  9. Unfortunately I already bought the components, but thanks anyway.

    So when I remove one of the RAM sticks no more BSOD. Can anybody help?

    With both of them in the mobo it was a BSOD on just about every start up. Is there a setting to change so I can have both of the 2gb sticks in?

  10. OK here is the update. Any advice is great appreciated.

    It seems that running Windows 7 with 1 Ram stick is stable, but I still get the BSOD.

    How do i get this system running reliably?

    I have run the memtest, updated the bios, manually set the timings and nothing really seems to work.

    Any ideas?

    Bad RAM?


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