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September 11, 2011 7:03:33 AM

Hey guys.

Before my question, I'd like to mention I have read the voting threads with the suggested builds, and they were helpful.

My friend needs a computer and I said I'll build him one to save him one. It'll be my first build. He doesn't game, and this will be a general multitasking computer. It needs to be under $400. He will also be using two monitors. I've come up with the following build, which has a quad core because it doesn't feel right building a new computer without it. Please let me know if you approve of the build or if you have any suggestions. Much appreciated in advance.

AMD Athlon ii x4 640
ASUS AM3 board (standard...something around $60-70)
500 GB WD Caviar Blue 3.0 GB/s @ 7200 RPM
Kingston 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333 Mhz
X22 DVD-RW burner
Cooler Master 500W PSU
NVIDIA Geforce GT 8400 GS (for the dual monitors)
Cooler Master Elite 430 (friend wants LED fan :s)

thanks!

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September 11, 2011 1:58:07 PM

Looks ok, i would try to get 8GB of RAM in there though. Also a Corsair CX-430 wouldn't really cost any/much more than that Coolermaster and it would probably be better. If you could get an AM3 board that would be good too but i suppose the budget is pretty low. EDIT: yeah i meant AM3+ :) 

How is this:

AMD Phenom II x4 840 - $99.99
GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ - $64.99
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $41.99
Seagate Barracuda 500GB - $39.99
ASUS EAH5450 SILENT - $34.99
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 - $44.99
Fractal Design Core 1000 - $39.99
Enermax T.B.SILENCE 120MM Blue LED fan - $9.99 (Put this in the front and the stock case fan in the back)
Samsung DVD Burner - $19.99

Total - $396.91 before shipping and rebates ($35)

So that still comes in the budget but should have a better CPU, more RAM, AM3+ board, better PSU, newer graphics card and it should be quieter overall.

EDIT: Prices from Newegg
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September 11, 2011 2:35:48 PM

I agree with above. You want AM3+ board not AM3.
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September 11, 2011 9:02:12 PM

jmsellars1 said:
Looks ok, i would try to get 8GB of RAM in there though. Also a Corsair CX-430 wouldn't really cost any/much more than that Coolermaster and it would probably be better. If you could get an AM3 board that would be good too but i suppose the budget is pretty low. EDIT: yeah i meant AM3+ :) 

How is this:

AMD Phenom II x4 840 - $99.99
GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ - $64.99
CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) - $41.99
Seagate Barracuda 500GB - $39.99
ASUS EAH5450 SILENT - $34.99
CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 - $44.99
Fractal Design Core 1000 - $39.99
Enermax T.B.SILENCE 120MM Blue LED fan - $9.99 (Put this in the front and the stock case fan in the back)
Samsung DVD Burner - $19.99

Total - $396.91 before shipping and rebates ($35)

So that still comes in the budget but should have a better CPU, more RAM, AM3+ board, better PSU, newer graphics card and it should be quieter overall.

EDIT: Prices from Newegg


Nice build. Why is the phenom better? IF it if why are both cpus the same price?
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September 11, 2011 10:21:11 PM

To be honest i don't think there is much in it, they are pretty much the same performance.
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September 11, 2011 10:40:09 PM
September 11, 2011 10:43:55 PM

The phenom 840 is identical to the athlon , but is clocked faster so it performs better .

If its the same price then get it
Very nice build jmsellars
I wouldnt bother with 8 gig of ram , but it fits so why not
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September 17, 2011 7:03:34 PM

Best answer selected by sugarcraft.
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September 17, 2011 7:04:48 PM

ended up doing a very similar build to jmsellars' but didn't get 8 gb of ram because i personally find it useless for this build. thanks all
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