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November 3, 2010 6:02:58 PM

I have also been using an HD TV as my monitor as i have acquired 2 over the last couple of months. It's 26 in. and serves it's purpose. I really don't know anymore since it's been a while, but i have always used AMD computers... Any help would be appreciated as I don't even know where to begin anymore.

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: ~ $500

System Usage: Photoshop/Design and gaming (AION, Starcraft 2, CIV 5)


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: AMD

Overclocking: If needed

SLI or Crossfire: Not Familiar.

Monitor Resolution: HD TV monitor

Additional Comments: Thanks for the Help


Here is what I have so Far:

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118039
$19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811154094
$24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


MSI N450GTS-M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
Item #: N82E16814127527


Nvidia Gift - Civilization V upgrade coupon to Deluxe Version
Item #: N82E16800999248

Nvidia Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2 Game Coupon - Gift PC Game
Item #: N82E16800999249

$119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


APEX AL-D500EXP 500W ATX12V Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817154026

$39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ...
Item #: N82E16820146748

$59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103872


BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813138283

$121.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185

$69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Subtotal: $456.93
Shipping: $21.32
Promo Code: -$17.00

Grand Total: $461.25



Best Regards,

Carlos
November 3, 2010 6:40:54 PM

Absolutely NO to the PSU! That is not the place to skimp, as your entire system is dependent on it. A modern PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and 80+ certification. Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, Enermax, and XFX are among the quality brands. You would be fine with 500W.
Since there is room in your budget, I'd choose a X4 955BE; 2/3 of the games you list are very CPU dependent, as are your other uses.
For 1080p resolution, you might prefer a 1GB GTX460.
Having replaced a couple of them not long ago due to failure, I've become a little leery of Biostar mobos. I tend to prefer ASRock or Asus, then Gigabyte.
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November 3, 2010 6:46:53 PM

What are your expectations for your gaming build? You "HD tv" a 720p or 1080p? Build seems good for a budget build anyways...

if your looking for maxing out SCII graphics to ultra for example you may want to go with an AMD 955 or so, but you may be good.
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November 3, 2010 7:04:09 PM

better yet New ram and PSU: Which of these 2?

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817341022

OCZ Signature 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3SR1333LV4GK
Item #: N82E16820227589


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

$121.98



OCZ Special Ops Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3SOE1600LV4GK
Item #: N82E16820227558
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$128.98
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November 3, 2010 7:17:36 PM

Thumbs down to any OCZ Ram, I have not heard anything good about them. Stick with the ram you chose or go with G.Skill ram. Overall go with same case (or the other one) and the new OCZ p.s.u you chose then you'll be good :p 
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November 3, 2010 8:07:27 PM

So Final Build is as follows: What do you guys think?

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118039
$19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827118039


APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811154094
$24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811154094


MSI N450GTS-M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
Item #: N82E16814127527

Nvidia Gift - Civilization V upgrade coupon to Deluxe Version
Item #: N82E16800999248

Nvidia Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2 Game Coupon - Gift PC Game
Item #: N82E16800999249

$119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814127527

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817341022

$64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model ...
Item #: N82E16820146748

$59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820146748


AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103872

BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813138283

$121.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.547316

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185

$69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152185

Subtotal: $481.93
Shipping: $19.66
Promo Code: -$17.00

Grand Total: $484.59
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November 3, 2010 9:44:38 PM

new update.. newegg will give certain perk if i spend 500 or more.. any ideas where to upgrade?
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November 3, 2010 9:57:37 PM

The OCZ Fatal1ty should be acceptable. The Raidmax=Chokemax, another baddie.
I believe that Mushkin makes good RAM. I also like G.Skill and A-Data.
Upgrade the CPU to the X4 955BE. For future-resistance, choose a mobo with USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0Gb/sec like this ASRock, now reduced: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 3, 2010 10:04:58 PM

should i stick with the same processor?
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November 3, 2010 10:13:43 PM

That's a nice mobo; I've considered buying one for myself. HOWEVER, note that it is ATX, so you'll need to change your case to fit.

Edit: Also note that it has two PCIE x16 slots for Crossfire. You can use a single nVidia card, but if you'd ever consider running two cards, switch your GPU to a HD5750 or HD5770.
And, for your specific uses, the X4 955BE will provide visibly better performance. Here's a comparison (although using the slightly faster X3 450, as the 445 is not listed): http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/189?vs=88
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November 3, 2010 10:25:53 PM

So With:
ASRock 890GM PRO3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813157192

AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103872

My total comes out to $534.71 Which i can handle :) 

Edit: Plus 40 Dollars worth of MIR's :) 
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November 3, 2010 10:44:42 PM

That would make a nice system. You can always upgrade the processor later, if necessary.
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