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July 13, 2011 4:16:56 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within two weeks

Budget Range: +-$300 After Rebates (Currently $352.02, and that's absolute top $)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Video uploading/dvd burning, internet, photo management

Parts Not Required: case, keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (will run Win 7)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg/Amazon (most of the parts below were found on newegg and added on Amazon where I have free 2 day shipping and some gift cards. No problem to buy some/all from newegg, though.

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: AMD CPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Last PC I built, an 8 Gig hard drive was around $200 so let's say for practical purposes I'm a complete noob. Replacing my wife's 6 year old, low-end Dell because the HD video from her flip is killing it. Need a cheap solution to let her upload the video, combine/edit and burn to DVD. Also used for light internet, Office and photo management from my NAS drive. Build I'm contemplating is below, but I'm sure it could be better. Main concerns I have are compatibility and whether dedicated graphics is the way to go, but any advice would be great.

Antec EA-380D Power Supply EA-380D ($42.25)

AMD Athlon II X2 255 Processor (ADX255OCGMBOX) ($58.99)

ASRock AM3 processors AMD 770-140W 4DDR3/ATI CrossFireX motherboard M3A770DE ($59.99)

Sapphire Radeon HD4650 1 GB DDR2 VGA/DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card 100254HDMI ($44.99)

Crucial CT2CP25664BA1339 4GB 2GBx2 240-pin PC3-10600 DIMM DDR3 Memory KIT ($35.99)

Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 5900RPM SATA 6Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Internal Hard Drive ST1500DL003- Bare Drive ($69.99)

Two Asus 24x DVD±RW Drive DVD-RAM/±R/±RW 24x 8x 16x (DVD) 48x 32x 48x (CD) Serial ATA Internal OEM DRW-24B1ST (Black) ($20.99 X 2)

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July 13, 2011 4:50:10 AM

You don't need a dedicated card for your usage.

955 - $110
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Patriot Viper Xtreme DDR3 1600 4GB - $35 (+$10 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asrock 880GM-LE - $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CX430 $45 (+$20 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Samsung F3 1TB - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sony DVD/CD Burner - $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Total: $314 Before rebates.

This would be a better use of your money.
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July 13, 2011 4:36:01 PM

Thanks for the recommendations. The $300 build in your sig is what made me question my original setup. I went with your suggestions and ordered today. Thanks!
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July 13, 2011 4:36:45 PM

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