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November 17, 2010 4:11:56 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 Weeks

Budget Range: less than 400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: mostly internet surfing and microsoft office products

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (Win7 64bit), graphics card (I have a 9500 GT laying around)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: no preference really but probably AMD because its cheaper

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: My parents current computer is awfully old/slow so I would like to build them a new one. I think I have a pretty good build I just wanted to check here before purchasing it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129072
Antec NSK 4482B Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply
Item #: N82E16811129072
$94.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152244
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152244
$42.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.541898
BIOSTAR A770E3 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813138179
LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106289
-$10.00 Combo
$64.98


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.556244
AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103872
WINTEC AMPX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 3AXH1333C9WS4GK
Item #: N82E16820161279
-$12.00 Combo
$122.98

Subtotal: $325.94
Shipping: $18.98

Grand Total: $344.92

Let me know what you think, any input is greatly appreciated.

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November 17, 2010 4:35:21 AM

If want back up IGP and/or sell off that 9500GT and recoup some $$

$299AR
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November 17, 2010 4:39:50 AM

^ +1 on the HDD,
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=HD-HD502HJ&tit...

But as for the case I like the Antec NSk better...His parents wont anything more than that case(Is small and compact) and it comes with the EA 380...

Memory -
I have seen in reviews Wintec performing decent, so no issues using them for such a build...
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November 17, 2010 5:21:18 AM

Thanks for all the responses.

Not sure if they would like the illusion cause cause the led fans. And that apex case is really cheap but I wonder if it is too cheap? The antec comes with a better exhaust fan and seems higher quality overall.

That is a good deal on the 1TB f3 spinpoint but I would prefer to order everything from newegg.

Anyone know if the 500GB f3 spinpoint is faster than the f4 320GB? I don't think they really need more storage than 320GB but if the f3 is faster it might be worth the few dollars extra.

The Biostar A880G+ looks like a good option. I believe both mobo's have core unlocking features (would like to try to unlock 4th core), but is there much a difference besides the integrated graphics between the two?

Thanks again.
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November 17, 2010 10:36:25 AM

willi1615 said:
Thanks for all the responses. And that apex case is really cheap but I wonder if it is too cheap?

The Biostar A880G+ looks like a good option. I believe both mobo's have core unlocking features (would like to try to unlock 4th core), but is there much a difference besides the integrated graphics between the two?

Thanks again.


1. No worries for folks/24-7 rigs the Apec mATX along with Rosewill's R-10X series are really awesome low costs solutions but if gaming is on the table i would look at Cooler Master Elite 341 :lol: 

2. Form Factor and multi display support via ATI Surround View on the A880G (if that matters)
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November 17, 2010 2:02:32 PM

If you want to go small form-factor here's a sub-$400 build w/ 4GB ram, Core i3/H55. I have the case/PSU and like it very much. You could then sell the video card as suggested. Anyway, just wanted to give an alternative -- maybe something you hadn't thought about.

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$21.99

Athenatech A1089BB.150 Glossy Black SECC Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case150W Power Supply with Glossy Black Front ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$49.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$44.99

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$59.99

Intel Core i3-540 Clarkdale 3.06GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3540
GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
Combo Discount: -$17.99
Combo Price: $201.99

Subtotal: $378.95 + tax & shipping (~$12 for me)

Substitute the Samsung 320GB and/or 2GB for 4GB and it works too -- even cheaper.
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November 17, 2010 5:32:32 PM

batuchka said:
1. No worries for folks/24-7 rigs the Apec mATX along with Rosewill's R-10X series are really awesome low costs solutions but if gaming is on the table i would look at Cooler Master Elite 341 :lol: 

2. Form Factor and multi display support via ATI Surround View on the A880G (if that matters)



I was leaning towards switching to this setup but they just removed the 12 dollar instant savings on the A880G+. And that other motherboard is not mATX so I cannot use it with the apex case.

Think they will lower the price on the A880G+ back to where it used to be anytime soon? If not I will probably go with my original build.
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November 19, 2010 5:11:27 PM

The original mobo I chose is 20 dollars cheaper today. So I am gonna go with that. Thanks for all the help.
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November 19, 2010 5:25:09 PM

Ya nice plummeting prices on that mobo couple of hours back ^^
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