A general computer

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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  1. 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=N82E16813130556
    but its more expensive but your motherboard seems good
  2. 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=N82E16813130242

    $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?
  3. OCZ Vertex 2 is a good SATA 2 drive
  4. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227550

    ya around the same price might as well get sata 3.
  5. no point in the SATA 3 on a socket 775 board
  6. If you are trying to build a cheap system, why are you even considering an SSD?
  7. 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.
  8. Good point.

    Floods in Thailand. Sometime next year, prices should be back to normal.
  9. by which time we may all have abandoned HDDs for SSDs
  10. to answer my own question.

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=505&Itemid=38&limit=1&limitstart=12

    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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