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AMD Quad core 955 - Sugestions

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June 16, 2011 1:41:07 AM

I need to build an AMD Quad System.

It will be used for Book Design using Photoshop, Indesign and Internet Browsing with a high resolution monitor.

This won't be used for gaming.

I want to keep the case size small or mid size as I don't have a lot of room.

I grabbed a micro board for the features but grabbed a mid size case as I didn't see a smaller case I liked.

This is all from Newegg.

Here is what I have so far.

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129042 $59.95

XFX Core Edition PRO450W (P1-450S-XXB9) 450W ATX12V 2.2 & ESP12V 2.91
SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified ...
Item #: N82E16817207012 $54.99

ASUS M4A88TD-M/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131654 $104.99

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103808 $114.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBRL
Item #: N82E16820231274 $41.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136283 $74.99

Asus ML228H 21.5" Full HD LED BackLight LED Monitor Slim Design
Item #: N82E16824236099 $169.99

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118040 $21.99 - getting 2 of these instead of 1 burner and 1 regular drive

Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical - Black
Item #: N82E16826105164 $12.99

Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000
Item #: N82E16823109149 $18.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 32-bit - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116983 $94.99

What do you all think.

Can I use the Fan that comes with the CPU since I'm not overclocking.

Any changes to case/power/memory or anything else?

Thanks in advanced

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June 16, 2011 2:20:55 AM

If you are willing to raise your budget slightly, you can get a lot more performance out of an Intel based system. Here is the I5 2400 compared the X4 955. It smokes the 955 on nearly everything, including the photoshop benchmark http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=363

You can get the 2400 for $150 at a microcenter
pair it with a micro ATX board such as this and it will only set you back $20 more from the AMD build. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, you will be able to make use of the intel built in graphics

If you are on a tighter budget, the dual core I3 2100 still outperforms the 955.
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/88?vs=289
the 2100 is $100 at a microcenter and $125 on newegg.
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
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June 16, 2011 2:23:57 AM

^^ +1 to that. You were a bit more helpful than me lol.
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June 26, 2011 3:14:42 AM

Best answer selected by sdamicojr.
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