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October 25, 2010 4:57:10 AM

Can you guys look at the idea for this build and give any suggestions/feedback?

LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24LS50 LightScribe Support
$20.99

Rosewill R363-M-BK Black Ultra High Gloss Finished MicroATX Computer Case with 400W ATX 2.2 12V Power Supply
$49.99

HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$49.99

ASUS M4N68T-M AM3 NVIDIA Geforce 7025/nForce 630a Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
$49.99

Cyber Acoustics CA-2988 2.0 Speaker System
$13.41

Pixxo KA-9E9E Black RF Wireless Slim Keyboard
$24.99

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS
$64.99

AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
$99.99

LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Disc Reader SATA Model iHOS104-08
$64.99

ASUS MS236H Glossy Black / White 23" 2ms(GTG) Ring stand and Ergo-fit technology Widescreen LCD Monitor w/HDMI
$169.99

Grand Total: $625.46


PC is going to be running windows xp 32 bit

2gb of ram is really not much cheaper, so I wanted to include 4gb so in case the owner upgraded to windows 7

Thanks guys, any info/suggestions is appreciated

October 25, 2010 5:01:15 AM

^ What will his usage be ? And from where will you be buying the parts ?
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October 25, 2010 5:08:45 AM

ohh sorry all the parts are from new egg. The only programs running on the comp will be internet explorer, Mcafee occasionally Microsoft office.

Mostly only used to view images, go on the internet, play blue ray videos and write office reports and work schedules using excel.
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October 25, 2010 5:26:41 AM

^ If playing BR videos, then the onboard video of that board would cause it to lag...
Here is a setup...

X4 640 + Biostar 880G - With a very powerful onboard video
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

IMO even the X3 445 would suffice for such usage...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM -
Mushkin 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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

Why a BD reader and DVD burner, get this BD combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total - ~$608
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October 25, 2010 5:28:16 AM

You might want to go i3 for blueray playback, or else just throw a 5450 into your current build. I would look for a brand-name 300-350W PSU, rather than the freebie one. This shouldn't add any cost. $60 bucks shipped should get you a case and a real psu.

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October 25, 2010 5:59:41 AM

Yeah I read bad reviews about the case PSU. Watching blue-ray videos wont be a priority, basically just an option.

Will I need any software for the blu ray drive? Does the drive also burn cds? dvds?

Thanks for the info

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October 25, 2010 6:11:21 AM

Blue ray's likely won't be an option with the integrated chipset. If you know the person you could always throw in a 5450 down the road for $40 and dropping (after rebate) If it is more of a customer arrangment, I wouldn't advertise this as Blue-ray capable. GKay linked a BR that also burns DVD's. As it's listed as OEM, it likely won't include software, someone else might be more help here.

edit: I didn't see the 880, I was still looking at the old nForce board. My mistake, this will be fine for BR playback if you go with gkay's board
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October 29, 2010 12:54:03 AM

Thanks for the info guys, went with gkay's suggestion. I kept the case though, I know the power supply is crap. Is it possible to change the power suppy in that case with any atx psu? I have one that I am not using, but I dont know if it will fit in that case
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October 29, 2010 3:51:26 AM

^ It has an ATX PSU, so it should be able to fit an ATX PSU,...
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November 4, 2010 11:56:22 PM

Best answer selected by danpiz23.
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