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Help/advice for a new build, first time

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $500-600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly internet surfing, watching videos/DVD's, Microsoft office, Peachtree accounting software. Would like the ability to easily upgrade (ie better video card) for light gaming in the future.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Preferably New Egg, but overall seeking lowest price

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: N/A

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I've listed a build below, please let me know any advice for better components within my budget. Since hard drives are so expensive right now, I'm looking at smaller drives with the idea of adding a larger drive or SSD when the prices come back down. Also do most components include cabling, or do I need to invest in cables as well?

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075

MSI 24X DVD Burner Black SATA Model DH-24AS $0 - included with hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827100058

ASUS M5A88-M AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $93.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131758R

Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $64.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

AMD Phenom II X4 970 Black Edition Deneb 3.5GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HDZ970FBGMBOX $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103894

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 $29.99

Arctic Silver AA-1.75G Thermal Compound $5.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100014

Total: $504.91
Tax: 47.29
Shipping: $6.29
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  1. Any specific reason you wanted to get the Hyper 212?

    I don't know if it will fit AMD processors and the stock fan should be good enough unless you plan to do OCing.

    The cables you need should all be present, but you may want to check the things that come with the items just to make sure.
  2. 212 is compatible with AM3 / AM2+ / AM2

    Personally I'd get this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
  3. You don't need extra thermal compound, it comes with the Hyper 212+. You don't need the CM Evo either. It does a fine job at extreme O/C's and very high temps but your AMD won't need it. Since that is an 'open box' MB you may need a SATA data cable.
    Looks good, until you get some dedicated graphics.
  4. Best answer
    DelroyMonjo said:
    You don't need extra thermal compound, it comes with the Hyper 212+. You don't need the CM Evo either. It does a fine job at extreme O/C's and very high temps but your AMD won't need it. Since that is an 'open box' MB you may need a SATA data cable.
    Looks good, until you get some dedicated graphics.


    He may not "need" an aftermarket cooler, but he may want one.

    A 212+ or an evo is worth the money, lower temps are always better.
  5. Thanks for the help guys. I am considering OCing, but have also read many reviews about the stock fan being very loud. Any recommendations on a similarly priced hard drive?
  6. Best answer selected by flywilson.
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