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January 9, 2011 6:27:37 PM

I'm putting together a computer for the very specific purpose to be used not for gaming, but with presentation software for use at my church. So it is not needing to be top of the line, as you will see with the components below.

I'm a Mac guy... but do have experience building my own PC's back in the day (think 486 DX II 66 days...) Hopefully it has gotten less frustrating sense then. :) 

Since it has been awhile, I'm wondering if you have any thoughts on the following build:

- ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
- Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
- Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
- ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
- ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU TOP/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video
- Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
- AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

My main concern is compatibility, but any other advice you might have would be appreciated.
January 9, 2011 6:36:15 PM

You could save a bit of money by going with the Phenom II X4 955 or even an Athlon II X3/X4.
Also, you could get a SATA 3GB/s hard drive for a little cheaper and get a mobo that only has USB 2/SATA 3GB/s.
Everything is compatible though.
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January 9, 2011 6:43:17 PM

Phenom II x4 955 instead the 965 is barely faster you won't be able to notice
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1tb instead faster and cheaper

Rest looks great :D 
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January 10, 2011 1:47:38 AM

Ok -- thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated.
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