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November 27, 2010 1:20:16 AM

I am finally going to build my first PC. My aim is to save money in the long-run, so I went w/AMD, USB 3, SATA 6.0. I am not sure what connections/tools I need, so any help would be appreciated. I have a monitor, keyboard, speakers, & mouse. I do some gaming, but I plan to add the video card after I finish my certification exams (next June). Here is what I have so far:

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
WINTEC AMPX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop

Getting all these parts from Newegg, and the total for items above = $459.80 - $55 Mail in Rebates. I was not sure if I can only use a 6gb/s hard drive w/this mobo. Also was wondering if you guys could kindly critique the build, and let me know about any compatibility issues, or if i'm doing something dumb.
THanks.

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a b À AMD
November 27, 2010 1:23:34 AM

youcan use 'slower' SATA 2 (3Gb/s) drives just fine. I'd suggest an 880 model instead of the 890
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November 27, 2010 1:35:06 AM

Thanks, but why should I go with 880 instead of 890? The 890 mobos seem to have better reviews on Newegg.

This is what I have so far:

ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
WINTEC AMPX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
GIGABYTE GN-WP01GS PCI Wireless Adapter
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
TOTAL=$509.66

Do I need to by cables & connections, and a computer toolkit?
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a b À AMD
November 27, 2010 10:32:17 AM

AS Rock 870 Extreme 3: $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
this has everything the 890 has: USB 3, SATA 3. 2 high speed PCIe16 for crossfire. t will need an actual video card, which we can afford with our savings. Savings $45

Rosewill Destroyer case: $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
savings $40. cases are an aesthetic choice

Sea Sonic 520W S12II 80+ Bronze PSU: $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Still 40amp on the 12v rail, and Bronze efficency.
Savings $20

Mushkin 4 GB DDR3-1333 $49.99 w/$10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
better quality memory with a savings of $6 ($16 after rebate)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB HDD: $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Twice the capacity, savings $10

Samsung 22x DVD Burner : $15.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Only $2 savings, but every little bit helps.

a total savings of $123 ($133 with the rebate)


this savs us enough to get this
HIS HD 5770: $129.99 with a $30 MIR.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The wireless card you are looking at is only class g, btw.

total cost with what you already have: $515.66 less $40 in rebates.
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a b À AMD
November 27, 2010 4:26:59 PM

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where's the cpu listed.?



The CPU didn't change , still the $99 athlon II X4 640.
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a b À AMD
November 27, 2010 4:46:48 PM

I was trying to stay in his $500 budget.
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November 27, 2010 5:54:18 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. Here is some more info:

1. I am not going to game until June, so I find spending money on a GPU is a waste of money. 7 months from now, I can get the same GPU for much less than what I can today.

2. Money is not a huge issue. My max budget is $1k. I am willing to pay extra for quality, if it will last long; hence, the Antec 900 (arguably the best case), Corsair PSU (argualby the best PSU brand), ASUS M4A89GTD PRO.

3. 500 GB is more than enough Hard Drive space for me. The most I use is 300GB, plus I have a 320GB external (which I use to backup all my important files). I prefer WD drives since Seagates seem to have more problems.

I really do appreciate your suggestions, and will keep some of your chosen parts in mind. My main concern is if my listed build parts are compatible. I've never built a PC, so my knowledge is limited. I am also contemplating on waiting until next year to do this. I have a HP Intel P8600 laptop w/4GB of DDR2 PC2-6400 Ram, intel 4500mhd integrated graphics (it can't play many games, but does everything else like HD movies). This laptop is more than enough for me to use for the next year, but do want to build a desktop now so I can play SC2 in June 2011 (and other games).
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November 27, 2010 6:03:57 PM

....or maybe I should wait until June 2011 to do this (if it will be cheaper than buying it now).
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a b À AMD
November 27, 2010 6:07:33 PM

everything will be different by then
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