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Planning to build my first. Build ideas wanted

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October 22, 2010 5:06:17 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks from now

Budget Range: ~$600

System Usage: Media/school pc, heavy multi-tasking (typical session consist of multiple webpages, music running, word processing, virtual machines running via vmware)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor will be upgraded in a month or so

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: ATI

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: currently using 720p, will be buying a new monitor in the near future though

Additional Comments: I want the most cost effective build possible, preferably micro-ATX if it doesn't effect the capabilities of performance. Blu-ray is a must as well. Any and all feedback is appreciated.
October 22, 2010 5:11:09 PM

Blue Ray player or burner? A blue ray burner will eat up alot of your budget.
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October 22, 2010 5:13:33 PM

Just a player is fine. I wont be burning blu-rays anytime soon
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October 22, 2010 5:30:40 PM

Blu-Ray BURNERS have come down to about $99, which isn't horrid anymore. He could still build a reasonable 955 system w/ a burner and stay under budget.
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October 22, 2010 8:17:54 PM

Blue ray players are $50-90 depending on if you want 4x, 8x, 10x or 12x speed.
There is ONE burner on sale (8x) thru 8/31 while supplies last for $100. After that its $150+. Blueray drives are an item you expect to see deep discounts on during black friday through new year sales.

CPU choices: - use remaining budget after blu-ray and case
Phenom IIx6 1055T $200
Phenom IIx4 955 $140
Athlon IIx4 640 $100

Asus M488T-M/USB3 microATX Motherboard ($95)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
has onboard 4250 video. Not good for gaming but fine for listed usages.

4GB DDR3-1600 cas7 RAM 1.35V Gskill Eco ($95)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seasonic SS-350ET bronze certified PSU ($42)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


If gaming is even a consideration, my PSU and motherboard suggestions would be totally different.
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October 22, 2010 9:15:41 PM

dndhatcher said:


If gaming is even a consideration, my PSU and motherboard suggestions would be totally different.



Gaming isn't a necessity but a possibility. The build you listed is under my budget so if you were to suggest different motherboard and psu what would they be? And I have to say I would prefer better than on board graphics. card suggestions?
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October 22, 2010 9:38:22 PM

Seasonic SS-650HT PSU ($60)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You only need a 450 with 2 pcie connectors, but I didnt find a good PSU below this 650 for a good price. When you go to buy, prices will be different. Any Seasonic, Corsair, XfX, Antec or Silverstone PSU of 450-650W with 2 pcie power cables is what you want.

I didnt find any microATX motherboard I like for cheaper than the one I listed. (ASUS, Gigabyte, EVGA with USB3 and were my main criteria)

For graphics cards, two new 6000 series models just came out. For you I would say look at the Nvidia 450, ATI 5750 and ATI 5770. The 5770 is substantially faster and often not much more expensive. Going cheaper than the 450/5750 you only save a little money but drop off dramatically in graphics speed.

You could start with onboard and a better PSU and then if you find the graphics below your needs just drop in a discrete GPU.
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October 22, 2010 10:00:13 PM

I also had a question that might be pretty ignorant of me, but does the on board graphics require you to crossfire when installing a graphics card or will the card just bypass the built in and run alone
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October 23, 2010 12:00:13 AM

Thats a full size ATX mobo. If you are willing to go that way there are several good boards.

In the bios you can set it to ignore onboard. Or run dual monitors. One on the GPU for gaming and another on the onboard for desktop/web/etc.
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October 23, 2010 12:13:38 AM


AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

combo deal midway down on this page: http://www.newegg.com/Special/Combo.aspx?Subcategory=0&...

Case + PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Blu-ray drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

How about this build? Any compatibility issues there? Things not needed? Things additionally needed?
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October 23, 2010 12:15:44 AM

dndhatcher said:
Thats a full size ATX mobo. If you are willing to go that way there are several good boards.

In the bios you can set it to ignore onboard. Or run dual monitors. One on the GPU for gaming and another on the onboard for desktop/web/etc.



I noticed the size difference after posting. ATX wasn't my initial plan but it seems to just have many more options than microATX so I wouldn't mind heading that direction
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October 26, 2010 12:04:04 AM

For a full ATX mobo, the ASRock 870 Extreme 3 is probably the best price/performance available.

New drives with 500GB platters are much faster. I would not get a 640 or 750GB drive anymore. Go for a Seagate 7200.12 500GB/1TB, Samsung F3 500GB/1TB or WD black 1TB "FAEX" (not "FALS"). I had a seagate 7200.10 400GB and when I replaced it with a Samsung F3 500G my boot speed dropped by 25-35%. It was very noticeable.
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October 26, 2010 10:34:58 PM

I ended up purchasing the build I posted as my time-frame shortened drastically. The hard drive was apart of a four part combo deal on newegg which made it too much cheaper to get a drive separate. I was unaware of the platter size issue. I am planning on upgrading by adding a SSD in the next few months along with the video card and monitor upgrade, so I'm not overly concerned with HDD speed. Thank you for all your help.
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October 28, 2010 12:05:38 AM

A boot SSD will be great combined with that 750GB HDD as a data drive. Make sure you get one of the good SSDs; the newer ones are much better than last years models.
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