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June 27, 2011 6:32:24 PM

i am thinking about buying the MSI 870-C45 AMD atx motherboard for my coolermaster 430 elite pc build and im not to sure on what other components i will need and will go nicely with this motherboard. this pc is not for gaming, but it is for watching videos, surfing the net, listening to music and basic stuff. what cpu should i get im looking for an amd cpu?

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a b V Motherboard
June 27, 2011 6:53:11 PM

AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 850 "95W Edition" 3.30GHz (Socket AM3)

Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C8 1333MHz Dual-Channel

Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 6450 1024MB GDDR3 PCI-Express Graphics Card

Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA-II 32MB Cache

Samsung SH-B123L/BSBP 12x BluRay ROM / 16x DVD±RW Lightscribe SATA-II Optical Drive - Black

XFX Pro 450W Core Edition '80 Plus Bronze' Power Supply

June 27, 2011 7:54:08 PM

sum of these items are a bit expensive i mean do i really need pheonom ii x4 and the ati radeon hd
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a b V Motherboard
June 28, 2011 12:46:39 AM

The AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz is all you need based on what you want to do. $63.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Since I can't find any place that sell the motherboard you want I would go with the MSI 870S-G46 AM3 for $80 if you want to stick with MSI.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4GB of Crucial RAM for $35. I generally prefer Corsair RAM, but these are cheaper and Crucial is a subsidiary of Micron; one of the manufacturer of RAM modules.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD 5570 for $45 after rebate + $6 shipping. Faster and cheaper than the recommend HD 6450. Since it is not the lowest card in the series (like the HD 6450) it has some additional video algorithms to make video look a little better.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Core Edition PRO450W (P1-450S-XXB9) 450W PSU for $45 after rebate + $10 shipping. The best thing about this inexpensive PSU is that it is manufactured by Seasonic.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I prefer Western Digital hard drives like the following 1TB for $90. I have a couple of these drives to store data.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can cut down on cost for the hard drive by getting a smaller drive. I use the Western Digital WD6401AALS 640GB as my OS drive; $61. It is very fast because it only use a single platter for the 640GB of storage which packs data very densely.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I don't have a Blu-Ray drive and I never researched them. So go with whichever you like.



The above works out to $345 - $374 depending on which hard drive you choose, and excludes the cost of a blu-ray drive.
a b V Motherboard
June 28, 2011 1:34:34 AM

You definitely dont need a quad core but a triple core does give you a the little extra at times when you need it. The x3 440 can be found online for about $70, Newegg has the 445 for $75.

You dont need 4Gb or ram but its dirt cheap so why not.

You dont need a dedicated graphics card for what you want to do. Integrated works just fine. This Asus board has integrated graphics plus dedicated memory for its GPU. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I have the m4a785td-m evo version and its been awesome.

If your using the drive to store your music&stuff then get the samsung spinpoint f4 2tb. Its an awesome drive. I've got two in my windows home server and one in my htpc, and 4 f3's in my pc.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Dont worry about them being 5400 rpm, they are as fast as most 7200's and, I like to think, stay cooler at the same time.

I do recommend an aftermarket cooler, the stock one is noisy at high loads (which turns the fan on high speed)
June 29, 2011 6:03:45 PM

thanks for the replys ai think im going to buy the ASUS M4A88TD-V evo motherboard. also have you got any suggestions on what type of power supply i should buy?
June 29, 2011 6:07:55 PM

For your purposes get a $300-400 prebuilt or laptop. For the very low end it's a waste of time and money to build a computer especially if you need to buy and install Windows.
a b V Motherboard
June 29, 2011 7:54:24 PM

rajamiah123 said:
thanks for the replys ai think im going to buy the ASUS M4A88TD-V evo motherboard. also have you got any suggestions on what type of power supply i should buy?


As stated in my post above:


XFX Core Edition PRO450W (P1-450S-XXB9) 450W PSU for $45 after rebate + $10 shipping. The best thing about this inexpensive PSU is that it is manufactured by Seasonic.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 29, 2011 10:03:07 PM

is this 1 a modular psu
a b V Motherboard
June 30, 2011 2:51:45 AM

clicking on the supplied link and looking at the pictures would tell you No its not modular.
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