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November 13, 2010 3:02:07 AM

Hello,
Below is my proposed build. I would appreciate any advice. Particularly where you think I might be overshooting a budget computer or where a few extra dollars would make a big difference.

Approximate Purchase Date: within the month.


Budget Range: 600-800 (counting windows, not counting peripherals like monitor (which I need and plan on a HD monitor), keyboard, mouse)


System Usage from Most to Least Important: web and e-mail, office applications, video and media


Parts Not Required: I need it all but am not seeking guidance on peripherals like monitor, mouse or keyboard.


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or amazon.com


Country of Origin: United States


Parts Preferences: Here's what I have picked so far.

Case - Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - $112

Mobo - ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - $100

CPU - AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX - $100

memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK - $70

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKB 500GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 / ATA-6 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $80

Overclocking: Maybe. More likely eventually.


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: Unsure, have not researched monitors yet. Will go with HD.


Additional Comments: I am generally looking for a budget pc that spends money in the right places. A slightly better performance now, with room to upgrade in the future without gutting it and starting over. I did not forget a graphics card. In reality, I plan on using it for video clips right now more than video, and was hoping that I could upgrade in the future, but that I can upgrade with a graphics card in the future.
November 13, 2010 3:16:32 AM

Nice office case , very quiet

the processor will handle all your needs

The motherboards with the 880G /850 chipsets are a generation newer with better graphics

ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 AM3 $109
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

but there are cheaper m-ATX boards that will work just as well for you and have sata 600 and USB 3 support .

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

is faster and cheaper
November 15, 2010 12:23:45 AM

Thanks for the insight. In the little time I had this weekend, I went through. Was going to update the motherboard to the 880G/850 chipsets and then found a good combo deal, so I stuck with what I had. Did update the hard drive to the Samsung.

Also, downgraded the CPU to Athlon II X3. Thanks for the advice there, I went back and forth for a long time.

Other than that, took the opportunity to dig deeper in the well and found a computer that is $778 with windows and monitor. Still have picked up mouse, keyboard, webcam, speakers. But that is easy.

Thanks for the insight both of you. Here, if you want to know, is what I wound up with.

select all item Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
select item 1 quantity of item 1


LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support $25.99
memorex 4.7GB 16X DVD+R 30 Packs Disc Model 97823 $0.00




Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply


$119.99


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

$54.99


ASUS MS246H Glossy Black / White 23.6" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor


$159.99



Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

$9.99


G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ


$69.99


AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX440WFGIBOX


$74.99


Rosewill - HDMI to HDMI Cable - 6 FEET


$7.99


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

*

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy

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ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131398
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


$174.98

Subtotal: $698.90

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