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Novice build, non-gaming

Last response: in Systems
November 27, 2010 9:02:29 PM

Hi all. This is going to be my first build and need some recommendations.
Approximate Purchase Date: (2-3weeks)

Budget Range: $800

System Usage from Most to Least Important: ( statistical modeling on large data sets, 500k-1mill rows of data, watching movies)

Parts Not Required: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (e.g.:

Country of Origin: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU. I was thinking about an Phenom X4 or X6. Not sure about the motherboard I was thinking about an Asus, or an MSI but there are so many choices I don't know which would be the right one for me. Memory I was thinking DDR3, but I don't know how much 4,6 or 8 GB. I was thinking of just an entry level graphics card because this will not be used for gaming.

Overclocking: maybe in the future but definitely not right away.

SLI or Crossfire: not sure

Additional Comments: (I will be installing 64 bit linux on this system )

parts I was thinking about:
cpu: AMD Phenom II X6 1075T Thuban 3.0GHz

mobo ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3

gpu: XFX HD-555X-ZNF2 Radeon HD 5550 1GB 128-bit DDR2

mem:G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

case: Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case,

psu:CORSAIR Builder Series CMPSU-600CX 600W

I have a monitor

basic CD/DVD combo,

500GB Hard drive

Any thoughts?

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November 27, 2010 10:14:51 PM

That motherboard says combo only.

1075/1090 have $20 gift cards til the 30th, maybe grab those now. I'd step it up to the 1090T, it's only another $30

Integrated graphics should be adequate for your needs, 5550 seems excessive. If you really want discrete video look on cyber Monday for whatever is cheap~$20