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July 15, 2011 5:00:42 PM

My son wants a system for music with raid 5 for under $700. I came up with this, but was not sure about compatibility of parts. He has keybord, mouse and monitor from his older system.

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

3-SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

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July 17, 2011 4:16:46 AM

All you need is an operating system

Case - A case with plenty of options, airflow and places to hide wires.
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - The 750 was too much. 400 watts should be good for this setup but always double check. :) 
FSP Group AURUM GOLD 400W (AU-400) ATX12V /EPS 12V 80PLUS GOLD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - This is ready for the new AMD Zambezi processors and can play Blu-Ray with the on board graphics if you have a blu-ray drive and player software.
ASUS M5A88-M AM3+ AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - I picked this slightly cheaper unit to save money for future processor upgrades. AMD will release new processors soon (names are Zambezi, Bulldozer) save some money to get one.
AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX250OCGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive - at least 3 hard drives needed for RAID 5
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner - ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The motherboard comes with 2 cables so get two more SATA cables for the extra hard drives. I think everything is safe but ask around before you decide.

Total - $569
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