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September 29, 2010 9:00:43 AM

I have searched the archives read these threads on homebuilt-buying-guide, guide-to-choosing-parts and buyers-guide and also used google. Based on all these readings and my own preferences I have came to understand that a budget build will be fine, I am not thinking of any upgrades. I created this thread because in BestConfigs I did not find anything like AMD Budget Homebuild or something. From searching I listed down 2 CPUs, can check the CPU selection of mine and recommend other parts please:

Approximate Purchase Date: After 10 days

Budget Range: 30-35,000 INR (INdian Rupees)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: only these usages: Browsing net, Programming, HD-1080p movies @ 6000kbps and read tomshardware ;) 

Parts Not Required: Monitor, already have Samsung SyncMaster 2243LNX

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (only to show you selection & pricing. Can get anything available on these sites)

http://www.theitwares.com/
http://www.primeabgb.com/
http://www.newtechnology.co.in/


Country of Origin: INDIA

Parts Preferences: AMD Phenom II 555 BE, AMD Athlon II X3 440

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050

Additional Comments: (1) will run Arch/Debian Linux only. (2) if on-baord chip can not play 1080p videos then a GPU for this purpose.
a b B Homebuilt system
September 29, 2010 3:11:17 PM

Mobo:
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3
http://www.theitwares.com/asus-m4a88tdv-evousb3-880g-hd...
AMD Athlon II X3 435
http://www.theitwares.com/athlon-rana-29ghz-512kb-cache...
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.theitwares.com/corsair-xms3-240pin-ddr3-sdra...
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB
http://www.theitwares.com/seagate-barracuda-720012-st35...
CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX
http://www.theitwares.com/corsair-cmpsu400cx-400w-atx12...
COOLER MASTER Elite RC-330
http://www.theitwares.com/cooler-master-elite-rc330kkrb...

or some other ATX middle tower case you like.


You need to add a DVD burner (DVD-RW) SATA but they have none in stock on that site

http://www.primeabgb.com/index.php?page=shop.product_de...

The onboard video can easily play 1080p, even light gaming.

LE: some other case

http://www.theitwares.com/cooler-master-elite-rc310rwn1...


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October 11, 2010 6:59:58 AM



Whats the deal with XMS3 based RAM ? and will 1333 MHz be good ?

I see from here that CX400 has Active PFC and this guide tells me that hooking an Active PFC based PSU on Stepped Sine Wave UPS is bad idea and pure sine wave based UPS are very expensive, can't spend 9K on that. So I think a non-PFC or passive PFC based PSU with stepped sine wave UPS will be cheap and good too:

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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
October 11, 2010 7:21:20 AM

I appreciate that you have done your homework, but using a cheap PSU is never a good idea. See the PSU guide linked in my sig.

Do you really need a UPS? Perhaps what you are really wanting is a simple line conditioner.
http://www.amazon.com/APC-LE1200-Automatic-Voltage-Regu...
As to where to get them in India... I don't know but they are there I'm sure.

The stepped sine wave issue is only when the power has failed and the battery is in use.
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a b B Homebuilt system
October 11, 2010 10:10:44 AM

This may be of prime interest for anyone thinking of AM3/multi cores with Linux
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T reviewed (for Linux developers)
http://www.whatdigitalrevolution.com/?p=146
Quote:
As anyone who does Linux development knows, going multithreaded is usually as simple as typing “make -jN”, where N is the number of parallel jobs that you want to execute while building your app (normally N = number of cores/processors + 1). At $200/$300 per processor, that would make the X6 a bargain-basement priced high-power workstation (Intel’s current six-core offering, the Core i7 9xx series, is actually faster than the X6 but also costs +$1000, out of the reach of mortals and students like myself).


So for the same $$ i would always hit more cores hehe
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a c 113 B Homebuilt system
October 11, 2010 8:44:46 PM

Roomy is a Linux guy, I'll pass that along for sure!
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