Purchase date: Tonight or black friday/cyber monday
Uses: Microsoft Office, email, netflix, youtube, skype. No gaming
Parts Preferences: I think AMD is appropriate.
Parts not required: Mouse, keyboard, monitor. Will be using their hdtv.
This is what I've got so far:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 - $140 at microcenter MOBO+GPU+PSU: ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G +Corsair 650TX ($155 after rebate) RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws (ECOs were out of stock) ($90)
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB ($55 with promo)
CASE+OS: Lian Li v351b + Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit ($200)
DVD drive: $20
OTHER THOUGHTS: My major hang-up is the case. I really like the v351b, but it's so expensive. I'm looking through pages of micro atx cases and i don't see one that I like as much. Am I missing one? I don't like the Antec 300, it looks too generic. If you have an mATX cases that you know and like, feel free to recommend.
I'm looking for this build to drive HD television shows (once the tv tuner is added later), netflix streaming, and basic office and email on a 4:3 Samsung 32" 1080i CRT monitor. Will I have any issues with this screen?
Just wanted to run this by you guys before i purchased. I can never bring myself to spend this kind of money without seeking cousel.
Hey -- I think you have some misplaced priorities here.
The PSU is way overpowered. A 650TX could power three average graphic cards--and you are using it on a build with none. Get a good 380w-450w PSU instead--you should be able to get one for like $30-40. Dont let newegg's combo deals lure you into buying stuff there is no need for.
Even if it wont be gaming--a GPU would be helpful just to render HD video more smoothly, and provide additional HDMI ports, etc. You could get a cheap one like a 5570 for this build instead of spending so much on the PSU or CPU (btw what model Phenom II X4 is it?--there is a wide range here)
This comes to $505. Then I add the DVD drive and case and OS.
So, this build includes a discrete 450 (which is just a bit less powerful than a 5770?) for better video streaming and playback of blu-rays. Also, i just got a few extra bucks for this from my sister. So I'm thinking about adding an $80 blu-ray drive.
Still not sure about case. I still kinda like the Lian Li cube one.
I would drop the discrete graphics card and go with the integrated graphics. The IGP in the Clarkdale (i5/H55) is intended for what you describe. It will handle HD video/blu-ray without a hitch. Even the HD4200 graphics would be fine. You could easily go down to a Core i3-530 and still not a hitch.
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nThat was pretty close to what I ended up building. My sister gave me $100, so I ended up putting $750 for everything after rebates. I got the Lian Li cube case, the i5 650, OCZ Modxstream 500 W, 1 TB F3, A samsung blu-ray drive, and a gigabyte mATX motherboard (ud2h).