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July 7, 2011 5:47:32 AM

AMD Athlon II X4 645

GeForce GTX 460 SE

Patriot 8GB PC10666 RAM - DDR3, 1333MHz, 2x4096MB

Seagate Barracuda® Green Hard Drive - 1TB, SATA 3G, 5900 RPM, 32MB

MSI GF615M-P31 GeForce 7025 AM3 Motherboard - Micro ATX, Socket AM3, DDR3-1333MHz, SATA 3.0 Gb/s

Azza Mid Tower Case - ATX, Full ATX, Micro ATX, 4x Ext 5.25", 1x Ext 3.5", 4x Int 3.5", 2x 120mm Fans, 1x 80mm Fan, 2x USB Ports

Coolmax / V-500 / 500-Watt / ATX / 120mm Fan / SATA-Ready / 20/24 Pin / Power Supply

Internal DVD Writer - DVD+R 24X, DVD-R 24X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD+R DL 8X, SATA (OEM)

ALL FOR $452. ARE ALL THE PARTS COMPATIBLE, RELIABLE? GOOD DEAL?

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July 7, 2011 5:58:17 AM

Please fill this out.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...

But just straight off looking at it, it is iffy. The main thing is the HDD, PSU, GPU. The SE model is terrible, the HDD is rather slow (5900RPM) I recommend a 500GB Seagate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SATA II is backwards compatible with SATA III

I suggest this PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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July 7, 2011 6:40:02 AM

FIRST: I am not an expert on AMD parts.

Question, What are you going to do with it? Game or work with it? How you answer that should affect how we perceive this build.

I would say It's not a great build, because your building a computer that is already obsolete. This might get you by for now, but the lack of certain features might cause problems in the future. I would try to get at least a mobo with sata III and USB 3. These might not be important now, but their importance will only increase as time goes on. Is that PCIe *16 1.0??? What I see here is a motherboard that will probably be replaced in a few years instead of having good upgrade options. Try to find an AM3+ motherboard so you could upgrade to a Bulldozer processor later.

I would ditch the coolmax PSU. It has more 1 egg comments than 5 egg coments on newegg. Going cheap with the PSU is not wise and can be dangerous. Although I don't see comments of it taking out other components yet, there are plenty of issues in the comments for me to shy away from this brand. I would try a Corsair, Seasonic, Antec, or Xigmatek PSU. More expensive, but much more reliable in their PSUs.

If you want to game at 1080P, I would at least get a regular 460. I don't know what SE is, but a regular 460 is better. For lower resolutions, the SE might be ok.

A phenom ii x4 955 is not that much more expensive, but should be a noticeably better processor.

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