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December 3, 2010 12:54:59 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I can confirm a build

Budget Range: $550-750

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet, photo editing, watching videos

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Open to suggestions

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: My old flat panel monitor is 1280x1024, but I plan to purchase a new wide screen monitor fairly soon.

Additional Comments: I'm replacing a very old Dell desktop, and would like a build that is powerful enough to serve my needs for some time. But I also think that I would be able to upgrade the computer if I built it myself. I initially was leaning towards an Intel build, but after reading through threads here for a few weeks, have decided that AMD is probably the way to go.

I've listed some components I came up with by reading recommendations here, and reviews on Newegg. I'd appreciate knowing whether these components are compatible, and if there are better suggestions as far as reliability and fit. Any advice is really appreciated.


AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
Model #:ADX445WFGMBOX
Item #:N82E16819103872
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX
Model #:ADX640WFGMBOX
Item #:N82E16819103871
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock 880G EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Model #:880G EXTREME3
Item #:N82E16813157191
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Model #:RC-692-KKN2 Advanced
Item #:N82E16811119216
COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Model #:RC-692-KKN2 Advanced Item #:N82E16811119216

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
Model #:F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
Item #:N82E16820231303
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:HD103SJ
Item #:N82E16822152185
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:S12II 520 Bronze
Item #:N82E16817151094
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Model #:D RW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #:N82E16827135204
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Model #:GFC-00599
Item #:N82E16832116754
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS H467QR1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Model #:H467QR1GH
Item #:N82E16814161315
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The ASRock board has onboard graphics chip, but a someone who reviewed the motherboard on Newegg said the video crashed while watching Youtube videos for an extended time period. I don't know how accurate this is, but I thought this inexpensive video card might be a better solution for me. It also had great reviews on Newegg. I'd appreciate advice on this idea.

I'd also like to know if the cpu cooler included with the Athlons is sufficient, or would it be a good idea to use:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ...
Model #:RR-B10-212P-G1
Item #:N82E16835103065
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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December 3, 2010 10:34:00 AM

batuchka, duk3, thanks for your advice......I appreciate your time.

I still wouldn't mind knowing if the components in the build I listed would work okay together.
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December 3, 2010 3:02:20 PM

The components you listed will work fine together.
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December 3, 2010 4:01:30 PM

duk3 said:
The components you listed will work fine together.

Thanks, duk3
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