Please rate My first build:: Phenom X4 965 :: $600

About to pull the trigger. I'd greatly appreciate if you can rate my first ever build. It's coming upto to around $600 (US)
Please give me your suggestions, comments, improvements etc. I am mostly interested in compatibility.
No gaming so I am sticking with the on-board video and audio.
Mostly for Movies, Video editing (occasional), Photo editing, surfing and some pretty heavy business work.

Thanks in advance.

1. Phenom X4 965 + Asus 880G Combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.572739 : $249.99

2. Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" from Micro Center: $59.99

3. LightScribe 22x DVD±RW Burner from Micro Center: $24.99

4. Linksys Wirelss n network cardLi from Micro Center: $40.00

5. 1 x ($54.99) CASE ROSEWILL|CHALLENGER RT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153 $55.00

6. 1 x ($89.99) PSU CORSAIR|CMPSU-650TX 650W RT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005 $90.00

7. 1 x ($49.99) MEM 2Gx2|GSKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277 $50.00

8. 1 x ($24.99) TOOLS ROSEWILL|RTK-045 RTL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16899261003 $25.00

Total : $595
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  1. yeah scrap the Tool Kit, unless you want to overclock then go down to the 955 otherwise thats a good system, depending on how much gaming you are going to do you might want to down grade to 4gb of ram and get a stand alone graphics card
  2. duggils said:
    About to pull the trigger. I'd greatly appreciate if you can rate my first ever build. It's coming upto to around $600 (US)
    Please give me your suggestions, comments, improvements etc. I am mostly interested in compatibility.
    No gaming so I am sticking with the on-board video and audio.
    Mostly for Movies, Video editing (occasional), Photo editing, surfing and some pretty heavy business work.

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Phenom X4 965 + Asus 880G Combo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.572739 : $249.99

    2. Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" from Micro Center: $59.99

    3. LightScribe 22x DVD±RW Burner from Micro Center: $24.99

    4. Linksys Wirelss n network cardLi from Micro Center: $40.00

    5. 1 x ($54.99) CASE ROSEWILL|CHALLENGER RT
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153 $55.00

    6. 1 x ($89.99) PSU CORSAIR|CMPSU-650TX 650W RT
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005 $90.00

    7. 1 x ($49.99) MEM 2Gx2|GSKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277 $50.00

    8. 1 x ($24.99) TOOLS ROSEWILL|RTK-045 RTL
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16899261003 $25.00

    Total : $595


    I suggest you go with a 955. Same CPU as the 965, essentially, and $10 or so cheaper.

    I would also suggest you get a graphics card, even if you don't plan to game. Doesn't have to be some amazing gaming card, but pretty much anything you buy will be a hundred times better than the integrated card on the mobo.

    You don't need the tool-kit, but I admit it would be something useful and neat to have.
  3. Thank you guys for all your suggestions.
    I added this graphics card :

    512-P3-1242-LR NVIDIA SuperClocked GeForce GT 240 512MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card $40 AR

    And I am dropping the tool kit.

    I am sticking with the 965 as I would like to OC in the future. Price is still around $600...so I am good.
  4. U can get better deal

    Phenom II X4 965 + ASUS M4A79X TD EVO = $244
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.564850
  5. Hmm since microcenter is an option and video/photo edit +multi tasking is on the cards i'd hit a Thuban +8GB +IGP rig ^^


    Items off Egg $166AR

    1055T + Gigabyte 880G mATX $225
    http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html
    F3 1TB Samsung $60
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0340562
    $451AR Grand Total
    Thubans just beg to be OCed anyway hehe
  6. batuchka said:
    Hmm since microcenter is an option and video/photo edit +multi tasking is on the cards i'd hit a Thuban +8GB +IGP rig ^^


    Items off Egg $166AR
    http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/Untitled-526.jpg
    1055T + Gigabyte 880G mATX $225
    http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundlePROMO.html
    F3 1TB Samsung $60
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0340562
    $451AR Grand Total
    Thubans just beg to be OCed anyway hehe



    Would it be a problem if i used mATX board and want to upgrade in the future? I am not really sure what the difference is between ATX and mATX other than the size difference. The power supply you recommended seems a bit under-powered for any future upgrades to better graphics card.
  7. If u have no plans for SLI/CF or have many PCI devices it makes no difference ATX/mATX The same Antec 380 80+ Bronze was the PSU of choice of the $500 SBM build which featured a GTX 460 768M and a HD 6850/6870 is more efficient than that with superior gaming performance ^^
    System Builder Marathon, December 2010: $500 PC
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-a-pc-overclock-athlon-ii-x3,2811.html
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