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A Build because Dell has no USB 3 or SATA 3

All parts except Case and Burner have a 3 yr warranty ( important to me ) Still feel I could do better for the same money. Seems like the hardest part is picking the Case, but the Lancool looks like a solid product.

I tried to do a similar price out for a Intel build and cannot come in at this price. I really want good Name brands, I do NOT want the headache of doing an RMA.

For 700.00 or less Dell gives me sata 2 , no USB 3 and No SSD So that is out, not sure why the Mfg are dragging their feet to include USB 3 and SATA 3 . This is the main reason I am going to build my own again, Dell is way behind.

I also will be Installing Windows XP Pro sp2 X64 , I don't like Microsoft and do not want or need a 3-4gig Operating System.


Budget Range: 600.00-700.00

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surf, Burn, Video Editing, Training Videos, Movies, Programs.

Parts Not Required: OS,Mouse,Keyboard,Monitor,Speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:Newegg.com

Country of Origin:USA


Parts selected:


Motherboard:
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813131631


Processor:
AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision
Item #:N82E16819103846


Memory:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231314


Hard Drive:
Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #:N82E16820148441

Two of these in Raid 0


Video Card:
Onboard Video


Case:
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K57 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811112318


PSU
Corsair Builder Series CX430 V2 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139026


New Egg Sub Total:


$685.92
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    CPU : Intel i3-2100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078
    i3-2100 > P2 555. Hands down. 4 cores, built in GPU, benchmarks higher for games.

    Motherboard : ASRock Z68 Pro3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157251
    For your SATA III/USB 3.0 needs. Can overclock both CPU/GPU of the processor. The latest intel technology supported. Never was interested in SSD caching so I am not sure how well it performs. You should look that up.

    Same Memory
    GSkill 8GB 1600. Great RAM.

    Same SSDx2
    Since you want these in RAID 0, I just left it. I have the c300 and it performs great, so M4 should perform even better.

    Case : Bitfenix Shinobi
    https://store.bitfenix.com/chassis?product_id=56

    PSU : Antec Earthwatt 430w Bronze Plus
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371034
    Bronze plus. Reliable PSU. Great price.

    Subtotal
    $690

    For around 50dollars more you can go i5.
  2. Thanks, I will look into that, one thing picking a case has been tough, It is still down to the Lancool pc-k57 or the Lancool pc-k7 . Also the choices for cases that come with USB3 ports on the front are not that plentiful. May have to get a 5 1/4 in USB 3 card reader and that will open up lot's of options.

    Thanks

    Steve ~
  3. Yeah case picking is always the hardest for me too. Haha, all the other hardwares are pretty straight forward.

    Yeah the cases with USB3 ports in front also cost a lot more.

    You can get something like this.
    http://www.bitfenix.com/global/en/news/show/17

    Which lets you connect it to your motherboard USB 3.0 and you can just put the adapter in any of your extra optical drive bays.
  4. Just looked at the Bitfenix case and watched the video, that looks like a very nice case, I am going to do more research on this case and check out what else they have too. I take it that is what your running with ? I did notice that AMD has come out with a new AM 3+ I know nothing about that , but so far AMD seems much easier to choose from than Intel, resulting in a much shorter learning curve on MB tech specs. I have not built a system since the days of the 386 and 486 and Windows 95 and 98 and NT days, So I have been doing a lot of studying, man we have come a long way since then. But I want to get something new fast. Sure feels good to be "mostly up" on the hardware side of things again. This site is awesome, tons of up to date knowledge.

    Steve ~
  5. Yeah, the AM3+ socket is going to be backward compatible with AM3 sockets. The new AM3+ socket is being manufactured for the new CPU/APU line up coming from in like 3-4months.
  6. ikyung said:
    Yeah, the AM3+ socket is going to be backward compatible with AM3 sockets. The new AM3+ socket is being manufactured for the new CPU/APU line up coming from in like 3-4months.


    Sort of...Am3 chips are supported in AM3+ sockets, but not vica versa, per AMD but some OEM's are supporting them with limited features (sort of)
  7. I must ask this question then :

    Would it be worth the wait for a board with AM3+ or not ? Itching for these new toys. !! :sol:
  8. Went to the BitFenix site and these new cases they have are not on the site yet, These new ones look good too. But I just can't wait much longer, gonna pull the trigger on this order by Friday. I don't see any "REGRET" parts on my list, So looks like it's a done deal.

    Does anyone see a possible "REGRET" Component on my list ?
  9. I'd call the PSU a regret Item, at least step up to the TX series.
  10. I see you use the Seasonic brand, Are these a reliable brand ? I Have heard good things about them. They seem expensive though.

    The best power supply for under 75.00 ?

    Thanks for your reply.
  11. Best answer selected by sdep777.
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