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November 28, 2011 11:33:10 PM

Hey everyone,
I am in the process of gathering all the pieces to build my 2nd rig. I want it to sit off to the side away from everything and run wireless for everything and play either on a small monitor or my 42 tv/ 100 projector.

Regardless, It's been almost 5 years since i've built a computer and i would like some thought on my selection. I am trying to stay under 600 ish.

Processor Phenom II x2 555 3.2 Ghz)
MOBO: Asus M4N68T-M V2
Memory: 8GB (2 x 4GB) Generic for moment being but possibly kingston.
Case: Cube case
PSU: 650 W (same price as the 500W)
HD: WD 320 GB
Optical Drive: Generic


All prices are fron pricewatch.com with shipping

Current setup cost 460

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November 29, 2011 7:21:14 PM

First off i would go with a quad core they are not much more and you wont regret the decision. A phenom II x4 955 can be had for about $120. And before anything else do you plan on gaming with this?
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November 29, 2011 8:05:08 PM

I would recommend you go with this:

CPU: AMD FX-4100 Zambezi $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: Radeon 6870 $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo: ASUS M5A97 AM3+ $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 $57
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: NZXT Gamma $36
http://www.amazon.com/GAMMA-Classic-Interior-Chassis-Bl...

HDD: Western Digital - 320GB $70
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Western+Digital+-+320GB+Int...

RAM: G.SKILL NS 4GB Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS $21
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink+Fan: STOCK $0

DVD-ROM: SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X $16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $590
Explanation: The FX-4100 is a new AMD line of CPUs using the 32nm lithography. The motherboard is Crossfire capable (meaning you can add another radeon 6870 later if you obtain enough money), it is also from a reliable brand(ASUS). The Radoen 6870 is a great mid level graphics card, which you can upgrade or CF later when you have the money. Corsair is a great PSU company, which brings me to say, "do not just say 650W PSU because it is same price as 500W", please also name the brand, because a Corsair 500W PSU might be the same price as a Raidmax 650W but I would go with Corsair one. The bigger DOES NOT mean better, it has a higher chance of failing because Raidmax doesn't have the same reputation as corsair, you do not want to skimp out on the PSU because doing so might result in your WHOLE computer being fried (and unusable, and no returns). the Case is a great case with a 120mm case fan already included, it can support a 6870 (i know because i have the 6870 and that case). The Hard drive is a WD, which is a reliable company, if you have more money, you can buy a 500GB drive. The RAM is also from a reliable company (realize how many times i've used the word "reliable"...VERY IMPORTANT).
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November 29, 2011 8:29:20 PM

+1 to the last poster except the processor.

Bulldozer is widely considered to be a failure, I would stick with a regular am3 processor instead like an x4 960, 980, or an x6 1100T
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