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January 30, 2012 6:38:18 PM


I'm looking to build a new computer with using a few parts from my current computer. This is my first build and I was hoping to get some advice on if what I have 1) will even all work together as I have it and 2) if it is any good. Thanks for any help!

The components I've picked out:
ASUS M4A87T motherboard
AMD Athlon II X4 645 Propus processor (ADX645WFGMBOX)
Galaxy GeForce GT 430 Fermi video card (43GGS8HX3SPZ)
G.Skill Value Series RAM (F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT)
Seagate Barracuda 500GB hard drive (ST500DM002)

Approximate Purchase Date: as soon as I can get pieces picked out that I know will work together

Budget Range: $450 - $500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet, excel, music, gaming (really only play the Civ series), movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case (Antec SLK2650-BQE), power supply (AGI API5PC17)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (open to other sites, this is just the only one I've used before for parts)

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: I had an AMD processor, GeForce video card, and ASUS motherboard in current build and was very happy with them and would like to use the same brands again

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: NO

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I'm concerned that my existing power supply isn't enough for the new build. I tried looking at different places for power consumption info and got different results where some said I was fine and others said I was way over.

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January 30, 2012 8:05:21 PM

For $500 you can definitely get better components. Try something like this:

Motherboard: Asrock 970 Extreme 4 - $89.99
CPU: 3.0GHz AMD Phenom II X4 960T - $124.99
RAM: PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1333MHz 1.5V - $39.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Bluee 500GB 7200RPM - $89.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 550TI - $134.99.
Optical: Lite On DVD Burner - $17.99

Total: $497.99

With this build you get a way more current motherboard, a top of the line CPU (for AMD), a way better video card, and the speed of RAM matches more what the Phenom II needs.