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September 12, 2010 5:17:05 PM

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)

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

Motherboard:
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.

RAM:
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).

Case:
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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September 13, 2010 4:58:46 AM

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

2. RAM - Why not the Mushkin's for the same price ?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or even cheaper -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. HDD - IMO the Samsung F3s would be a good choice -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. How about these cases with the PSU combo on newegg ??
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

5. Mobo - Maybe the newer chipsets ? but that choice is fine for your needs though...
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September 13, 2010 6:03:48 AM

Thanks for the great suggestions gkay.

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

Processor:
AMD Athlon II X4 640 - $106

Motherboard:
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

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

Graphics Card:
Asus 8400GS 512MB Silent - $33
OR
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

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September 14, 2010 12:49:03 AM

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.

CCH
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September 14, 2010 4:18:25 AM

^ 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...
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September 17, 2010 3:38:50 AM

^ The EcoGreen is a storage drive rather than a boot drive i.e., it would be slower because of the lower rpm...
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September 29, 2010 7:24:52 PM

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,

CCH
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September 30, 2010 10:30:19 AM

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?

$310AR


Optional : 60GB Sandforce based SSD $120AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or if down the road your apps leverage on GPU acceleration

GTS 450 $120 Free Ship
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 30, 2010 3:40:36 PM

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?

Thanks

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October 1, 2010 3:55:40 PM

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?

Thanks,

CCH
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October 8, 2010 4:14:43 PM

Best answer selected by chuggs.
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