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November 16, 2011 11:48:09 PM

Got a q9450 and 2x2GB OCZ DDR2 Ram sitting around collecting dust, might as well build a general pc for web browsing.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: ??

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web browsing, youtube, video streaming, office, email

Parts Not Required: CPU, RAM, Monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ??

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences:??

Overclocking: NO

SLI or Crossfire: NO

Monitor Resolution: 1600x900

Additional Comments: small, cheap, quality


this is what i have so far:

CPU: Core2Quad Q9450
Ram: 2x2gb DDR2 OCZ Platinum 800
Monitor: Dell E2010H 1600x900

Motherboard: $44 - $10MIR
MSI G31TM-P21 LGA775 G31 mATX DDR2 PCI-E16 2XPCI Video SATA LAN Sound Motherboard

CPU Cooler: $10
Cooler Master RR-LEE-L911-GP X Dream 4 CPU Fan for Intel LGA775 CPU 92X25MM 17DBA 33.75CFM 2200RPM

Power Supply: $35
Corsair Builder Series CMPSU-430CXV2 430W ATX Power Supply Active PFC 120MM Fan

Case: $37
Coolermaster Elite 360 Slim ATX Tower Case 2X5.25 1X3.5EXT 1X3.5 No PS Black

Optical Drive: $16
Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE 24X Black DVD Writer SATA OEM

Storage Drive: $113
Crucial M4 SSD Micron C400 64GB 2.5IN Solid State Disk Flash Drive SATA3 6Gbps

SSD Bracket: $5
Scythe Bay Rafter 2.5 Rev B. 2x 2.5IN Hard Drive SSD 3.5IN Drive Bay Mounting Kit

Total: $260 - $10MIR + Tax

What do you all think about this build? Please share your wisdom. Thank you!

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November 17, 2011 12:09:28 AM

Looks good for web browsing, honestly if it was me i would get a better case but you said you want a small cheap quality it seams good. If you want to save some money use ssd sata 2 instead of sata 3 because you mb doesnt support it i would also get this mb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
but its more expensive but your motherboard seems good
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November 19, 2011 9:05:47 PM

thx for the reply.

what do you suggest for a reliable sata 2 ssd? as far as i know, sata 2 and 3 are about the same price.

the mobo u suggested is for ddr3 and i needed a ddr2 board for my ram

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

$60+$5 shipping is alot more expensive than the g31 board so i'm going to stick with the g31.

i know this mobo does not support ahci. Is it going to reduce the life span of the ssd significantly because of no TRIM? will it help if i install windows 7 on it?


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November 19, 2011 9:12:01 PM

OCZ Vertex 2 is a good SATA 2 drive
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 20, 2011 1:20:22 AM

no point in the SATA 3 on a socket 775 board
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a c 122 B Homebuilt system
November 20, 2011 1:29:08 AM

If you are trying to build a cheap system, why are you even considering an SSD?
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November 20, 2011 1:53:31 AM

i'm considering an SSD because of the hard drive pricing. a 500gb hard drive is around $100 which is almost the same as a 64gb ssd. I'm not storing anything big on this computer so a 64gb ssd should do the job. I'm sacrificing space for speed which i think ,in my case anyways, is a better trade. If a 500gb hard drive is around $50 like it was 2 months ago, i would pick one up without second thought.
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a c 122 B Homebuilt system
November 20, 2011 2:32:37 AM

Good point.

Floods in Thailand. Sometime next year, prices should be back to normal.
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 20, 2011 3:01:24 AM

by which time we may all have abandoned HDDs for SSDs
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November 20, 2011 9:21:44 PM

to answer my own question.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

quote:

"As we've seen recently with TRIM support in Microsoft Windows 7, the Operating System can also offer valuable new features that interact nicely with SSDs."

"TRIM is non-specific to either SATA controller mode, and will work equally well in both IDE and AHCI-mode."
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