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December 19, 2011 2:39:18 AM

Thansk to some good friends I was hooked up with some nice parts

so this is my new build

CASE - Black Chiefmax FC-DV21M Small Footprint Aluminum MicroATX Case for Media Center PC
with a 80mm Red LEd and 120mm Red led fan
http://3btech.net/blchfcsmfoal.html
gift from friend

PSU antec earthwatts 380w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371005
(got it for $29 with shipping included online)

Phenom II x 4 925 2.8 Deneb C2 (free-gift from friend)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4N68T-M V2 NVIDIA GeForce 7025 Socket AM3 mATX Motherboard w/Video, Audio, GbLAN & RAID
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3/M4N68TM_V2/#sp...
christmas gift from friend

2 x 2gb Patriot ram DDR3-1333 CL9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$20 free shipping on Newegg

Seagate Barracuda 500gb 7200.11 32mb cache (?)
pulled out of Free agent desktop I got from a secondhard store for $20
passes all diagnostics

Asus 24x DVDrw Double Layer
$20 on newegg free shipping

Liteon 16x DVDrw DL and lightscribe
free from friend


MSI HD 5670 GDDR5 512mb from old build (bought for $80 almost a year ago

ATI Theater Pro 550 TV tuner ($23 with shipping included Ebay) using comcast converter

Asus Xonar DG 5.1 w/ headphone amp ($35 with shipping on Newegg


so this is a $200 build (thanks to some great guys)
meant for MS Office,
Mutlimedia,
encoding/transcoding/rendering with Cyberlink Power director 9

and gaming on lower res and settings
1680x1050 is fine
or 1920x1080 on lowered settings is fine also
currently use the HD 5670 to play Crysis 2 at 1920x1080 DX9 Hardcore setting
with a C2D 3ghz


I am thinking in a few months of getting a HD 6770,HD 6850 or GTX 460
all depending on price
plus go with 2 x 4gb ram to max out at 8gb


hopefully can oc the 925 to about 3.5 on air


any opiniosn,rants and raves even pure insults or compliments are appreciated :) 

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December 19, 2011 2:47:43 AM

Get that GPU. That'll make the difference.
Good choice of PSU.
You don't really need more RAM. It wouldn't hurt, but the money would be better spent elsewhere (GPU).
DG's a waste of $35. You won't notice the difference between a discrete card and mobo sound without giant headphones that need the amp.
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December 19, 2011 2:55:08 AM

thank you
I got the card because I use a analog out Creative 4.1 surround system
plus eventually want to invest in good headphones
with wife,kid and mother in law in the house I need it

also want to get one of the MAudtio recording sound cards
since I like to record vocals,guitar and keyboard

I am a real music freak LOL

also an old timer that was just used to having a sound card in the tower
it is nice to have the extra inputs and outputs if nothing else
plus the Asus audio program they supply is pretty darn good
at least a $20 value itself
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December 19, 2011 2:58:35 AM

kajabla said:
Get that GPU. That'll make the difference.
Good choice of PSU.
You don't really need more RAM. It wouldn't hurt, but the money would be better spent elsewhere (GPU).
DG's a waste of $35. You won't notice the difference between a discrete card and mobo sound without giant headphones that need the amp.



I agree with most of what you say

really only $30 for 8gbs DDR3 so cheap now
so I figure get it before it gets too expensive later


and a GPU upgrade is planned for May or so
that is when USA tax refunds come in
and my birthday LOL

so Daddy is getting a new card

tempted by GTX 460 1gb if still available
or HD 6850

we will see
with the new cards lineups coming out soon
lets see how the prices go
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December 19, 2011 7:48:59 PM

Too expensive later! This is the tech world! Things get cheaper and cheaper.
That CPU should be OK up to about the 6870 level. Then you'll start bottlenecking in GPU-dependent games. In more CPU-dependent games, like Skyrim and SC2, you'll CPU-bottleneck at the 5770 level.
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December 19, 2011 7:58:35 PM

I was thinking about that
I am just using a 125w AMD stock HSF for now
but I do want to get a better cooler later
and I read the 925 can get to 3.5 OCs pretty easy
and I am not an ultra maxed out setting person
so a 6770-6870 level of card is fine

I am using the HD 5670 currently and it plays my games okay
so something like a HD 6770/6850 or GTX 460 768mb would be fine for me

I am more of a multimedia and video editing person than gamer
I like to work with video alot and record streaming content etc

also switched to this case for budgetary reasons
http://www.compusa.com/applications/searchtools/item-de...

it is basically a crap temporary case until I can save up for something better
$15 with free shipping

later on jan or feb
will go with this case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I definitely appreciate you opinions
you know your stuff
but I figure if I can get a decent OC out of the 925 (3.5 or so)
then I will be okay
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December 19, 2011 8:04:38 PM

You'll need a cooler for that kind of OCing. Hyper 212 EVO's $34 on the Egg.

Can you really not spare the extra $35? Just wait another week or something and get the other case. The difference isn't even worth the time you'll spend doing two full installations.
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December 19, 2011 8:33:53 PM

wife is in hospital undergoing brain surgery
budget is super tight
money for my daughters christmas gifts is more important
than daddys new computer LOL :) 
so I have to go super cheap

if my budget can afford the Hyper 212 Evo then that is number one choice

but for now looking at this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

it has 86 5 egg reviews on The Egg
33 4 egg reviews
out out of 126 reviews
so the feedback is good

this is a nickel and dime build
but trying to do the best with the budget I have
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December 19, 2011 8:35:07 PM

That'll do.
Hope she comes out all right!
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December 19, 2011 8:52:20 PM

thank you very much
she is a strong woman with a good faith in God
(not trying to start a religious discussion-just making a statement)

this build for me is my way of distracting myself and keeping my sanity LOL

plus it is fun trying to do a super cheap build but keep the quality up

I was very happy with the Antec Earthwatts 380w new for $29 free shipping

granted it is not the most powerful PSU in the world
but from a quality standpoint I dont think I couldve done better for $30



just like that COOLER MASTER RR-H101-22FK-RA 80mm
for $16 USD
of course there are way better coolers
but for $16 I dont think there is a better one on the market


the whole "bang for buck" concept is a big thing for me
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December 19, 2011 9:09:08 PM

You got hold of it at that price? Excellent. You can't do better than Antec.
The Hyper TX3 might be $4 better (that's what it costs), but maybe not.
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December 19, 2011 9:44:15 PM

I will look into the TX-3
I am a big fan of newegg user reviews
alot of noobs there but you get the real story
I dont always trust website reviews because you never know if they
are being paid off or not

and Antec is always my number one choice
for value vs performance I dont think antec can be beat
the only PSUs I would consider besides them is the Corsair Builder series
but would still go for the Antec more than likely

thanks for your help
I am going to select a best anwer now and that will probably close this thread
if you ever want to chat shoot me a PM

I like the way you give a honest opinion without being a fanboy or insulting

I know it is not the strongest build by any means
but for what I need it for and the cost
I am pretty happy

It will blow away my old Core2Duo 3ghz LOL

and I am very thankful to have friends who let me have their old parts
I am kind of a charity case right now :) 
but what they dont know is when I get back to normal
I am going to pay them back as best I can

also instead of original mobo
my friend got me this one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

before I close thread
what do you think of this mobo?
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December 19, 2011 9:47:37 PM

It'll do.
Eh, some website reviews are excellent. The issue can be their small sample size. Guru3d, if I remember correctly, got hold of a bad Z68 Extreme4 and got pretty angry at it.
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December 19, 2011 10:17:45 PM

Cool thank you
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December 19, 2011 10:18:09 PM

Best answer selected by king smp.
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