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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

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.

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.
the 2100 is $100 at a microcenter and $125 on newegg.
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June 16, 2011 2:23:57 AM

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

Best answer selected by sdamicojr.