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August 9, 2011 8:14:58 PM

Hey everyone, :hello: 
So this is my first time ever trying to build a computer and I wanted to know what some thoughts were about my build. First Its for medium gaming like StarCraft2 and using design programs like Auto Cad and Unigraphics NX. I was on kind of a tight budget ($500 or less) Let me know what you think and any helpful advice would be nice. (all computer parts from newegg.com)

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOTHERBOARD: ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEMORY: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VIDEO CARD: HIS H467QR1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HARD DRIVE:Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: LOGISYS Computer Area 51 CS51WBK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 480W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWER SUPPLY: APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 500W ATX Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: Insert random dvd Burner (didn't think this was to important)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



As far as the graphics card is concerned i was looking at another one but wasn't sure if i should go with it.
(EVGA 01G-P3-1450-TR GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi)1GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Again its kind of a cheap build in comparison to a lot of others, thoughts would be appreciated

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August 9, 2011 8:35:33 PM

Thats not a bad build , but I think you can do better with AMD's recently released Llano APU
You get a quad core processor thats faster then the Athlon integrated with a graphics chip.
http://www.techspot.com/review/418-amd-a8-3850-apu/page...

Latest 32 nm technology , and you can still add a discrete graphics card later if you wish
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August 9, 2011 8:48:34 PM

Outlander_04 said:
Thats not a bad build , but I think you can do better with AMD's recently released Llano APU
You get a quad core processor thats faster then the Athlon integrated with a graphics chip.
http://www.techspot.com/review/418-amd-a8-3850-apu/page...

Latest 32 nm technology , and you can still add a discrete graphics card later if you wish



I looked at it and i think that might be a good idea. Thanks, I left a little room price wise just for something like that.
Just might have to get put a couple more fans on that case though =)
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August 9, 2011 8:56:09 PM

this would actually work out better:

phenom 720:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and a good cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

adds up to the same $99 as that athlon 640.

athlon 640 vs a phenom 720:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/83?vs=122

with that cooler you could also OC it and there is a chance of unlocking it into a fully fledged phenom quad core!

and i would reccommend looking into this case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i would reccommend getting a USB3 and sata6gb/s board (or atleast an AM3+ board):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and why buy a graphics card thats 2 generations old? this would be a better option:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and i would reccommend getting atleast this PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you could save on the ram by going with this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 9, 2011 8:59:00 PM

Using the Fusion APU will free up some money , but I wouldnt use it on case fans . Instead use it to get a better quality power supply
Antec , Corsair , seasonic
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