I would appreciate recommendations and advice on my efforts to build a fairly decent PC for less than $500 that I could upgrade as my economics improve.
I'm not a gamer, but want to improve on my current system because I do a lot of multitasking, listening to streaming audio and video while running a number of other high memory applications (photoshop, acrobat and a variety of video and music editing software). My current system has 2 gb memory and a single core intel processor, so one can see I am a few years in back of current technology.
My proposed build would be:
Rosewill R218-P-BK-450W MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $55
MSI 890GXM-G65 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - $121
AMD 965 Black Edition Phenom II X4 Deneb 3.4GH Processor - $130
ADATA Premier Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 Desktop Memory Model (for MSI board) - $48
1TB WD Caviar Black 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" HD (Retail) - $95
WinXP 32 bit Professional w/ SP3 - no cost
I'll initially be installing XP because I currently have the OS, but realize that I won't get the full benefit of memory until I run a 64 bit OS. At some point I'll probably go with Win 7 Professional - $140.
I will be using my Plextor PX-708A CD/DVD burner from my current computer which is one reason I'm going with this motherboard (1 IDE connection). May be penny-wise and pound-foolish here, but this has been an exceptionally good burner for me. I know more modern burners are very cheap, but they also seem to self-destruct. The versitility of using other IDE drives now as well as the option to upgrade later to SATA I - III components or even SSD, I think is nice.
My major concern is the MSI 890GXM-G65 does not receive very good reviews on NewEgg's site, mainly it seems because of a lot of faulty connections ports, etc. An almost identical board is the ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 which generally receives better reviews, but its format is ATX not microATX. I like the versitility both these boards have with all the panel ports as well as their upgradability. If I go with the ASUS board, I'll use their recommended memory (Corsair XMS3 8 GB (2 x 4GB) 1333 MHz PC3-10666 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit CMX8GX3M2A1333C9).
I would really welcome and appreciate all thoughts on how both boards compare!
A second concern is whether the Rosewill R218-P-BK-450W case has enough power to run my upgraded system and whether it will keep it properly cooled. I could substitute the Rosewill TU-155 II 500 ATX Mid Tower Case with 500W Power Supply and perhaps add an optional fan, if this former case is insufficient. Any thoughts on the case?
I hope to receive a lot of recommendations, thoughts and experiences with these components and my line of thinking. And thanks to everyone, this indeed looks like a good community to lock into.
Its all quality components and the most recent generation of parts that will be easily upgraded for at least the next couple of years
You can add another 4 gig [ total 8 gig ] for less than $10 too . Make sure its 1.5 volt or less