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September 22, 2010 8:30:30 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP maybe this week

Budget Range:Around $800 Before Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet, watching movies streaming NetFlix, almost NO gaming


Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: Probably AMD processor. I would like to stick with well known good company parts that will last some time.

Overclocking: Maybe...but probably not


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: 1080p


Additional Comments: I need a operating system....probably windows 7

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This is what is in my shopping cart right now...but I am open to better ideas as I am really not qualified to pick parts for a system. It has been years since I put together a computer so I need lots of help!

I think I want to go with a mother board with built in graphics to start and add a graphics card later if I really need it. I have not fired up my old first person shooters in years! I was also thinking of maybe a mother board without graphics and a cheap $50 graphics card. I also want a good brand of mother board with good ratings on NewEgg. HDMI would be nice to have on the motherboard or the graphics card....for watching movies.

The AMD 445 Rana seems to be a good start for a processor. The Spinpoint F3 1tb looks like a great deal right now on NewEgg.

I do want a larger monitor, the just under 24 inch seems to be the sweet spot for a monitor. I have a 19 right now and want to go larger to watch movies. OK...I am a sucker for a flashy case with lights! The Rosewell Destroyer looks nice and has lots of fans, it would be nice to have a side window, but I would rather have the lights with fans on the front or top of the case.

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Here is what is in my shopping cart right now at NewEgg:

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers $189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH $92.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $99.99 with $10.00 off
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewell DESTROYER case with LITE-ON DVD $57.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1 with ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard $162.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1TB 7200 drive with Corsair 650W 80 plus power supply $144.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

sub total 748.92
shipping 11.92
coupon - 10.00
TOTAL $750.83

The only items I would really like to keep are the Rosewell DESTROYER case, the Samsung hard drive and probably the AMD 445 Rana. The rest is just my best guess. Anything that I am forgetting to order? Do I need any other items like cables???

Thanks for any better ideas

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 22, 2010 9:00:45 PM

Why get an old 700 series chipset motherboard when you can get a new 800 series with the additions of USB3 and SATA3 for nearly the same price.
ASUS M4A88TD-M ($95)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The $20 rebate makes the combo you picked pretty appealing.

If the MIR isnt availble on the Corsair 650 when you order, you should consider the Seasonic S12II 520W PSU for $60. It will be plenty of power when you do add a graphics card.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 22, 2010 10:14:59 PM

The ASUS board you've picked out will work very well; I have the M4A785-M (a variant of yours) that works really well with the integrated HD4200 chip. I got my board as a combo with a Phenom II X3 which is a step up from the Athlon II X3 series.

There's also a combo deal with everything but a monitor, and it has a 6-core for 614 (and has $25 in MIRs):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

Other than that, your setup you picked out will work fine for what you stated as your needs for your computer.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 23, 2010 1:16:39 AM

See the various $1000 - $1100 builds posted in the build section 2day
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September 23, 2010 8:14:06 PM

dndhatcher said:
Why get an old 700 series chipset motherboard when you can get a new 800 series with the additions of USB3 and SATA3 for nearly the same price.
ASUS M4A88TD-M ($95)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The $20 rebate makes the combo you picked pretty appealing.

If the MIR isnt availble on the Corsair 650 when you order, you should consider the Seasonic S12II 520W PSU for $60. It will be plenty of power when you do add a graphics card.



Thank you for the information. The ASUS motherboard sounds like a good way to go, the USB3 might be a good thing to have in the future. I am still using USB 1 on my computer...slow!

Are the Seasonic power supplies a good brand?
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September 23, 2010 8:21:21 PM

AMD286 said:
Thank you for the information. The ASUS motherboard sounds like a good way to go, the USB3 might be a good thing to have in the future. I am still using USB 1 on my computer...slow!

Are the Seasonic power supplies a good brand?



Yes they are
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