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First build in nearly 10 years

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February 4, 2011 1:38:35 PM

Hi everyone - I used to hang out here a lot but it seems my account got deleted.

Anyway, after a decade of laptops, I decided to go desktop once again. I'm a bit out of date with today's technology, so I need a little hand-holding. Here's the plan:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-MA78LMT-S2 AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
RAM: WINTEC AMPX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model
GPU: PowerColor AX4650 1GBK3-H Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Optical: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Case: IN WIN V605T2.CQ350TBL Black Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply

My primary concerns are

(1) whether the PSU is sufficient to power this computer
(2) whether all the parts will play nice with each other
(3) whether this will be sufficient for streaming 1080p, some Lightroom and Photoshop use, and Skype (my current laptop overheats when Skypeing).

Please also let me know if there's something here that sucks, or I should replace with something else.

Thanks very much for your help!

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February 4, 2011 1:51:17 PM

MB => The GA-MA78LMT-S2 is a 700 series chipset. Consider upgrading to the ASRock 880GM-LE or ASRock 870 EXTREME3 having SATA 6.0 and USB 3.0.
ASRock 880GM-LE =>
ASRock 870 EXTREME3 =>

MEM => G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB DDR3 1333 (2x2GB)

PSU => CORSAIR Builder Series CMPSU-500CX 500W

HDD => Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB (only $15 more than the 500GB)
February 4, 2011 2:38:20 PM

thanks! i will go with a motherboard that supports SATA 6 and USB 3.0 to future-proof myself a little bit more. need to find one that is microATX though, as I am trying to keep the size of the machine smaller.

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February 4, 2011 4:57:13 PM

Unfortunately very few of us live near a MC.

That cheap case is $49 after shipping. Get this instead.

MUCH better:

$59 shipped and a $15 rebate making it $44.99 shipped.

Forget the WD Blue drive, get a 500gb WD Black or a 500GB F3/F4. The 320 and 640gb drives are based on older 320gb platters. You want faster 500gb platters.

February 4, 2011 10:53:27 PM

Assuming you plan to have a gaming build:

AS Rock 870 Extreme 3: $89.99
A solid board with 16x single or 8x/8x crossfire cababilities

athlon II X4 640: $99.99
While not as powerful as the 965, the 3 GHZ quad is still plenty for almost any task, including heavy duty gaming, the money we save here will go to a much better GPU.

4 GB DDR3-1333: $39.99
Basic RAM, but it does what you need

HD 6850: $179.99, with $20 MIR
This is a powerful GPU that will be good for many years to come. add a second 6 months from now for a fantastic gaming machine

Antec Neo Eco 620W PSU: $65.99 w/ $20 MIR (Until 2/7)
A solid PSU that will last for years.

Rosewill Destroyer Case: $49.99
a solid gaming case with a trio of 120mm fans included and room for 4 more!

DVD burner: $15.99
these are basic and almost a commodity nowadays

Samsung 1 TB HDD: $64.99
Fast, reliable, and not expensive.
February 5, 2011 9:14:45 PM

thanks for the advice, im working on a revised build now.
February 5, 2011 9:38:19 PM

I would not go with a Athlon II for gaming. Definitely get the Phenom II.