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December 5, 2011 1:11:40 AM

Hello, I am building a PC for everday general use my main goal is a reliable stable system. I have selected a list of components from newegg and would appreciate any comments or suggestions regarding compatibility, performance, etc.

Approximate Purchase Date: Need to order parts this week

Budget Range: around $800 before shipping and tax

System Usage from Most to Least Important: reliability, email, internet, MS Office suite 2010, PC runs 14 hours a day

Parts Not Required: all new parts

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country:USA

Parts Preferences:by brand or type


Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817371034
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...


Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Item #: N82E16811129066Return
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Item #: N82E16822136098
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Second Drive (already have this leftover form the one other build I did in January 2011)
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA
3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185

ASUS EAH5450 SILENT/DI/512MD3(LP) Radeon HD 5450 512MB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video ... Item #: N82E16814121444
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P8P67 (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard Item #: N82E16813131770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 ... Item #: N82E16819115076
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BA1339 Item #: N82E16820148347
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech MK120 Black USB Wired Slim Desktop Item #: N82E16823126097
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM Item #: N82E16827135204
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit - OEM Item #: N82E16832116989
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution:1280x1024

Additional Comments: quiet is good

Let me know if you see any incompatibility, major hardware issues, etc. I built one other system in January but hardware changes so fast I had to select all different components.

Thanks

More about : mainstream build

December 5, 2011 10:59:09 AM

Hello my friend. :)  Your build is not very good for your uses. It is too much. :) 

I can easily save you money with a cheaper build and more or less the same performance with the tasks you will do.

AMD LLano Build

A6-3650 + FM1 Motherboard $182
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

G.Skill Value Series Ram $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Eco Neo 400w $35 ... After Rebates $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lite On DVD Burner $22
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't get a 32bit OS. Get the Windows 7 OEM Home Premium 64bit $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Logitech WiredKeyboard + Mouse combo $20 (Don't get USB mouse and keyboard.) You will be wasting usb slots.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT Source Elite 210 Black $50 (Reason for choosing this is for the USB 3.0 on the front.) 10x faster than normal usb 2.0.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

This is NZXT Source Elite 210 White $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Oh yeah, If you don't have any power cords around you should get this. The PSU I listed is cheap because it doesn't have power cord and is aimed at people who already had a previous build.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$435

32bit OS can only support up to 4gb ram which is such a waste if you plan to upgrade your ram in the future. The most you need is 4gb right now though.

The cases I chose have USB 3.0 in the front of the case. The motherboard I chose also has USB 3.0 so it would be a shame if you don't get a case that USB 3.0.

Do you need monitor? Wireless Adapter to connect to the WIFI?


December 5, 2011 11:32:09 AM

cutebeans said:
Hello my friend. :)  Your build is not very good for your uses. It is too much. :) 

I can easily save you money with a cheaper build and more or less the same performance with the tasks you will do.

AMD LLano Build
FM1 Motherboard doesn't include any USB 3.0 ports on the mobo, you would have to loop the front panel cable to the back of the case, which most mobo's require to get USB 3.0 to the front panel. Just keep that in mind. If you want more USB 3.0 ports than make sure the mobo has more USB 3.0 ports on it. Otherwise a decent option combo
A6-3650 + FM1 Motherboard $182
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Does the job for what the OP asked. 8 gb's would be a bit better, but definitely not needed at this time.
G.Skill Value Series Ram $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Best PSU to get at this low of a price!
Antec Eco Neo 400w $35 ... After Rebates $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Lite On DVD Burner $22
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

See mobo comments above for my concerns.
NZXT Source Elite 210 Black $50 (Reason for choosing this is for the USB 3.0 on the front.) 10x faster than normal usb 2.0.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is NZXT Source Elite 210 White $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2nd getting 64 bit OS.
Don't get a 32bit OS. Get the Windows 7 OEM Home Premium 64bit $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Personal preference. I'd go to Best Buy/Staples/etc and try out the floor models first and see what works best for you.
Logitech WiredKeyboard + Mouse combo $20 (Don't get USB mouse and keyboard.) You will be wasting usb slots.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$429

32bit OS can only support up to 4gb ram which is such a waste if you plan to upgrade your ram in the future. The most you need is 4gb right now though.

Do you need monitor? Wireless Adapter to connect to the WIFI?


Here is what I'd adjust from the comments above:

Case - $50 shipped! Comes w/3 Fans and has a good design for multiple options!
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

Mobo - $98 shipped. Comes w/4 x USB 3.0 ports on the back and much more than the one listed above. Like I said before, the combo listed above is a good one, this mobo just allows more options, if you need it. Of coarse you pay a bit more for the options, but it's up to you.
ASRock A75 PRO4 FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

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December 5, 2011 11:34:59 AM

Oh really? Darn Mobo USB 3.0 is really confusing... :o 
December 5, 2011 1:36:51 PM

Thanks for the great suggestions - I have to wait until tonight to research the components you have suggested. I was worried I was overbuilding for my needs - I guess i was overweighting the reliability factor and was specifiying more exprensive components without really knowing any better.
December 5, 2011 1:42:54 PM

Don't worry, it's a mistake most people make but you made the right decision asking for advice. :D 
December 6, 2011 12:24:51 AM

Just looking over everything and had a couple (novice builder) questions:

The Mobo has the AMD A75 chipset - the G. skill memory says it is AMD 790 and 890 chipset compatible - any issues here?

I my earlier build I had selected the video card:
ASUS EAH5450 SILENT/DI/512MD3(LP) Radeon HD 5450 512MB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is there a better choice or good to go with it?

Thanks again - your help is much appreciated.
December 6, 2011 1:18:43 AM

Don't worry, no problems with the ram. Ram is almost always compatible with every motherboard.

The A6-3650 built in GPU is a 6530 soooo.. there would almost be no difference with the video card you seclected.
December 6, 2011 1:42:42 AM

Okay, I'm just realizing this... no separate graphics card needed - the mobo has a VGA sub port for connecting the monitor and GPU is built in... the A6. Perfect. thanks for clarifying.
December 6, 2011 1:43:00 AM

The whole reason for a Llano build (AMD A6-3650 CPU/GPU) is that it has a dedicated GPU built into the same chip as the CPU. Intel does this with it's Sandy Bridge CPU's, but is quite weak when it comes to GPU capabilities, so the AMD setup with Llano CPU/GPU (known as an APU) is a better choice. Since you state that your doing basic office PC work, the Llano based PC fits those types of jobs well. You get good CPU power and better GPU power all rapped up into one nice little package.

Comparisons:
Intel (One you selected)
Total cost for CPU/GPU/Mobo ~$370. Obviously you can tweak the mobo selection down to lose some $, but this is just an example.

AMD Llano build
Total cost for CPU/GPU/Mobo ~$182.

Now I just listed the 3 main components of the build for an example. The Intel CPU will perform CPU tasks a bit better, but will have less GPU power than the Llano based system. For most of the CPU tasks that you'll perform in an office environment you won't see any difference between the Intel build and the Llano build, IMHO. Your buying the parts and building the system, so it's ultimately up to you on what you want to do.
December 6, 2011 1:52:32 AM

I am going with the AMD build as has been suggested here - it will more than meet my needs. Your collective expertise is much appreciated! thanks
December 6, 2011 2:08:34 AM

Good luck! Close this topic! :D 
December 6, 2011 2:19:26 AM

Your situation is exactly where a Llano based system is targeted, IMHO. There are other situations where Llano based system work, but in your case I think it fits the bill :) 
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