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350 +/- Audio Workstation Final look before purchase (UPDATE)

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October 22, 2010 1:44:22 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

BUDGET RANGE: 350 plus or minus 20$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Producing Audio (Reason 5.0 + Record / Cubase 5 /)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse,speakers/ OS/ DVD drive/ Monitor Not needed because I picked up 2 24" "NON FUNCTIONAL" Samsungs for $100 and was able to make some simple repairs to get them up and running (Capacitors) and i will be using my old acer 20" on this rig

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg/tigerdirect
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US CO
PARTS PREFERENCES: Athlon II X4 630/ On Board Video

OVERCLOCKING:Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1600x900)

I seem to be one of those people that just can't makeup their mind. Well I'm glad I am, Because I just saved a bunch of money by switching my car insur.... Oh wait never mind.

BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0Ghz COMBO $140.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1066LV4GK $59.99!!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP / Caviar Black 640 COMBO!! $79.99!!! After $20.00 rebate!!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

COOLER MASTER Elite 310 RC-310-RWN1-GP Black / Red $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Totaling the whole build to: $365.97 Before Rebates and $345.97 After Rebates

I'm glad I shopped around
October 22, 2010 8:40:39 AM

Don't forget the OS. Add $100 for windows unless you have it, but didn't list it in the parts that you already have.
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October 22, 2010 10:31:55 AM

gkay09 said:
Nice build, and very good combo,...But get a better PSU,...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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


Power supply = Done. Thanks a lot for your input it's much appreciated.

I'm going to go ahead and get the OCZ since that's what I'm running in my phenom II rig, When it comes time for more Ram in that one I can throw the gold in and get cheaper stuff for the Above build.. Just thinking a little ahead.

And to anonymousdu I already have the OS covered I will be running XP professional x64 Since a lot of the programs/plug-ins I'm using aren't yet supported under Windows 7.

Once again thank you guys for your input and help, if it weren't for me lurking around this forum for the past 2 1/2 years I would never have started building my own PCs.
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October 22, 2010 4:50:20 PM

The Corsair "Builder" series seems an anomaly; it isn't 80+ certified, which makes it a step backwards compared to all of Corsair's other units.
Get a 380W Antec Earthwatts instead. It isn't much more expensive, and is 80+ Bronze. They're also very quiet.

Edit: Furthermore, I just noticed that they rate it for 30C; other Corsair PSUs are rated at 40C. Could this be a sheep in wolfs' clothing?
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October 23, 2010 1:30:53 AM

Onus said:
The Corsair "Builder" series seems an anomaly; it isn't 80+ certified, which makes it a step backwards compared to all of Corsair's other units.
Get a 380W Antec Earthwatts instead. It isn't much more expensive, and is 80+ Bronze. They're also very quiet.

Edit: Furthermore, I just noticed that they rate it for 30C; other Corsair PSUs are rated at 40C. Could this be a sheep in wolfs' clothing?


Thanks, I noticed quite a few bad reviews, And after further investigation I noticed that the builder series is in no way, shape or form built of the same quality as my Corsair TX850 in this rig. My only question of the Antec Earthwatts is will 380 watts be enough? Say I want to toss in a medium range 4xxx or 5xxx Radeon hd?
I haven't a clue what I was thinking trying to pinch pennies on a PSU in the first place.. Seeing as how I have had two "Incidents" with el-cheapo Chinese units effectively frying every component in their path...

I think I may just bite the bullet and get something I can trust and can use for many builds to come. Preferably Corsair/Antec and at least 500 watts+ I need some overhead for a video card and RAID down the line.

Also there has been a case change (Original post edited to reflect) No sense in going with a cheap flimsy case, May as well get something I can use on future builds as well.

Cooler Master Elite 330 Black ATX Mid-Tower Case with Front USB and Audio Ports $39.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Once again I really appreciate your insight, you guys have been a great help and without Toms Hardware and other sites like it I wouldn't know where to turn sometimes. And would be stepping into dark corners blindly buying random parts and not knowing where the best "Bang for the buck" is.

Thanks
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October 23, 2010 3:05:02 AM

I'm not at all impressed by Coolermaster's case quality. Even my RC-690 had minor quality issues. I think every one I've tried did. None were serious, mostly untapped screw holes and half-ass tool-free mounts (so I used screws), but I got tired of it. The best cases I've gotten have been Antec and Lian Li.
As to the PSU, a 380W Earthwatts can run a HD5770, but I suspect a little more headroom would be better. The 500W version would be a good choice, or if you'd like semi-modular cabling, check out one of the Truepower New models, which start at 550W. Newegg often has a deal on one or more of the Antec PSUs. Another brand they often feature is OCZ, but those seem to be hit or miss. I think the ModXStream are supposed to be pretty decent, but I'm not sure I'd trust their others. Even better than the Antec, but with prices to match, are the Seasonic "X" series. They are 80+ Gold, and have been very well reviewed at HardwareSecrets and Jonnyguru. The next ATX PSU I buy for myself will probably be the 560W version of the Seasonic "X".
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October 24, 2010 2:41:22 AM

Best answer selected by Jayhussle.
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October 24, 2010 2:50:03 AM

Nice, have fun with your build.
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October 24, 2010 10:17:47 AM

Onus said:
Nice, have fun with your build.


Thanks for your help!

If I hadn't posted here I would have ended up ordering components before those bundles became available and wouldn't have saved so much $$
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