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December 30, 2010 11:30:11 PM

Hi All,

New to the forum. Wanted to get some feedback on my current setup. I wanted to get a powerful CPU that could handle virtualization and double as a home-based workstation for my day-to-day activities. After looking at some online manufacturers I decided to build a system.

Please provide any and all feedback

PC Case ($79.99) - COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black Computer Case
Power Supply ($109.99) - COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W Power Supply
MotherBoard ($119.99) - ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 ATX AMD Motherboard
CPU ($118.99) - AMD Athlon II X4 645 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
RAID Controller ($149.99) - HighPoint RocketRAID 2680 PCI-Express x4 Eight-Port SATA and SAS RAID Controller Card
Hard Drives ($69.99) - Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Video ($159.99) - ATI FireGL V3600 100-505507 Workstation Video Card

The system comes in around $800, closer to $1000 with memory upgrade.

Thanks
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December 31, 2010 5:09:51 PM

I would suggest changing your PSU to this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC

It is more highly rated than the Coolermaster and has 50 more watts at the same price... (actually $10 cheaper if you take the mail-in rebate) :D 
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December 31, 2010 7:16:42 PM

How can I tell if the MoBo/CPU combo support 64bit & virtualization?
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December 31, 2010 7:29:59 PM

All Athlon II CPU's support 64-bit.
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January 1, 2011 4:21:50 PM

Mosox - what product is that? That link doesn't load for me - product not found.

Thanks
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January 1, 2011 4:56:12 PM

SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W
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January 2, 2011 7:27:02 PM

So after haggling and trying to mix-n-match different components here's what I'm planning on ordering to build:

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X4 645 Propus 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX645WFGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ATI 100-505507 FireGL V3600 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Workstation Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

16GB RAM Crucial for ASUS Mobo
http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.aspx?model=M4A88...

All above come in around $1000 give-or-take.
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January 2, 2011 7:39:51 PM

The PSU is way overkill, get a better CPU instead. That Seasonic is fine and you have room to spare. That video card needs only 50W. a Phenom II X4/X6 125W, HDD, blah blah blah, even a 400W PSU is fine.

Very good cheaper cases
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get another HDD for the OS if you can
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or another 1T, not much more expensive. Or you can leave that for later.
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January 3, 2011 10:30:39 AM

If you are not going to overclock, then the stock heat sink and fan will be sufficient.
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