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January 15, 2011 2:40:46 AM

First want to say thanks to everyone that has replied to my previous threads! Have learned so much in the past 6 months :)  Ordering tomorrow to build my first rig for my office. This is my newegg shopping cart:

Athlon II X4 635 Propus &ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA
Kingston ValueRAM 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)
Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W
Windows 7
Total $418 shipped

Original thread here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/302774-31-under-buget...

Compatibility check and thoughts please! I am not so sure about the HDD after reading a few threads tonight is there faster options for a few dollars more? The PSU is also another slight concern I have, anything better for a similar price?

January 15, 2011 3:18:20 AM

Do you have (or live with anyone who has) a .edu e-mail address? If so, it's possible that you can get Windows 7 Pro for $65--see here.
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January 15, 2011 3:27:15 AM

Hmmm I do not. But my mom is a counselor at a community college so I will ask if she has one. Thanks for that info!
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January 15, 2011 4:53:10 PM

Thanks that gave me a lil more insight. I'm just wondering if I'm going a too overboard for a work PC that won't being doing too much more than simple multitasking. I'm still trying to get a grasp on all the new hardware and what is gonna be the "norm" in a couple years from now and what will be obsolete.
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January 16, 2011 2:44:33 AM

It's possible that it might be a bit overboard, if you're just using it for simple office work (Microsoft Office, internet, e-mail, etc.)--that said, files, applications, etc. are always getting bigger, not smaller, so faster data transfer speeds could become nicer in the future.

If you've decided to go with it, I think it is a good general future-proofing choice, if you're still undecided, though, I'd probably skip it, all it'll mean is that -without USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gb/s- you'll have to wait several seconds longer when you are transferring files on or off a USB stick, or making copies of files on your hard drive. Not a big deal, in my opinion.
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January 16, 2011 3:49:02 AM

Talked to a few people with a little bit more knowledge than me, spent some more time reading/researching and just gonna skip the SATA 6 USB 3 for now. More than likely will build another next year as our office grows and can include then if I feel the need. Haven't ordered yet trying to decide on a couple things

Debating these two HDDs
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s $55
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s $40

And gonna get 2 x 2GB memory looking this but recent dead stick reviews have me a lil worried(someone ease my worries or link me some good memory)
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) $40
I'm not quite sure how to tell if memory is compatible other than the QVL list. (the PC3 xxxxx is where I get lost not sure the difference between 10600 and 10666)

Any thoughts?

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January 16, 2011 3:55:40 AM

I would go with the 500GB HDD--for average office use, you'll probably never fill 500GB in the lifetime of the computer. As for the RAM, I don't know anything about G.SKILL, but I'd just check their warranty, as many RAM makers offer even a lifetime warranty on their RAM.

Also, check Amazon.com and Superbiiz.com, in addition to Newegg, for RAM prices--you may find some better prices there.
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January 16, 2011 4:01:18 AM

Thanks I've read the F3 is faster and for 15 bucks kinda hard to pass up and I'll shop around for memory a bit more. ATM trying to figure out whats compatible and what the numbers after PC3 mean and if they effect compatibility.
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January 16, 2011 4:47:58 AM

You want to get the fastest memory that your motherboard can support (on the Newegg page for your motherboard, click on the "Details" tab and then take a look at the entry for "Memory Standard"). EDIT: And CPU can support (on the Newegg page for your CPU, click on "Details" and look at the entry for "Core"--it says Propus, right? Now look here. The entry for "Memory controller" shows the max DDR3 memory speed the CPU can use.)

Your motherboard can support DDR3 1333 (PC3-10600) speed memory without overclocking, as well as your CPU, so that's the kind you want. By the way, the "1333" = "PC3-10600"--see standard name and module name, for the full list, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DDR3_SDRAM#Modules

For compatibility, generally any name-brand should work (Kingston is a highly regarded brand, for one), but you can check the motherboard manufacture's page for your motherboard and probably get a specific list of "definitely will work" memory modules.
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January 16, 2011 4:56:00 AM

See edits above, forgot about some things!
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January 16, 2011 5:10:48 AM

Ok I was looking at the wiki page before you linked but I'm lost at whats the difference between 1333 (PC3 10600) & 1333 (PC3 10666). Is it basically the same but the 10666 a lil bit faster?
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January 16, 2011 5:13:34 AM

Where are you seeing PC3 10666? I think that might be a typo... As far as I know, there's no such thing as PC3 10666, only PC3 10600 (and the other module names mentioned in the wikipedia article).
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January 16, 2011 5:17:36 AM

Okay, I see that PC3 10666 does exist--but, I have no idea how it differs from PC3 10600--maybe the speeds are a little "tighter" on 10666 than 10600? I'm searching for an explanation...
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January 16, 2011 5:23:17 AM

Nice I just googled and found the same site plus a few more, damn manufacturers trying to confuse us noobs lol. Thanks for all the info/advice!!!!(both in my threads and others I've read) Been a big help and I have learned quite a lot :) 
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January 16, 2011 5:32:58 AM

Awesome! Glad to hear! :)  Don't forget to use one of these when you're putting your build together (to be on the safe-side), and let us know how it goes!
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January 19, 2011 3:18:50 PM

Best answer selected by imaurer269.
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