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Help me chose my parts?

I know its not the easiest to do, building a pretty nice computer for little money but.....

I have $300.

I have a SATA hdd
I have a ATX case.

I play games, like Counter Strike, and some relatively intense flash games like zombie-assault-3.com

I also am in and out of dream weaver and photoshop. and i often have about 20 browser tabs open... :(

i dont need some BAD ASS machine, but i desperately need something thats not going to lag me.. i have a Lenovo ThinkPad t61p right now, laptop, and aside from having some issues with the power cord or jack.. it actually does what i need pretty damn well.

i rely on my computer for work and if this laptop craps out im screwed.

I really like things that load quickly.

could anyone help me chose Reliable parts..

typically i go to newegg and view items which have the MOST reviews..

I am totally biased and i often cannot chose memory outside of Corsair.. unless someone can tell me why.. lol i know theres other memory companies that make quality product.. but i need someone else to tell me what this would be..


the only thing i find is important to mention about this is a do need a DVD/CD burner player. combo is fine.. but i guess those are all right at about 20bux..

i feel like a Dual Core or above would be needed..

thanks!
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  1. like i said i usually chose parts by Most Reviews + the ones of 4/5 star ratings form them.. that, i tend to use as a reference for reliability could you please explain to me why you chose the parts you chose for this build?

    thank you!
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    Amd A8 Llano Processor - $120

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103994

    GIGABYTE GA-A55M-DS2 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - $67 (187)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128530http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128530

    Asus 24x DVD $27 (214)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    XFX ProSeries P1-450S-X2B9 450W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Core Edition V2 Full Wired Power Supply - $42 (256)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207018

    Crucial 2x 4GB CT2KIT51264BA1339 $40 (296)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148347

    That is 296 after rebates or right where you want to be and every part is of very high quality.

    I think it will do everything you want perfectly fine.

    Corsair vs Crucial RAM - I know you said you prefer Corsair, but they have the highest RAM failure rates among any major manufacturer (~6.5% RMA rate) and the Crucial RAM I selected has about the lowest (like 0.5% RMA rate, about 13x less).
  3. Raiddinn said:



    That is 296 after rebates or right where you want to be and every part is of very high quality.

    I think it will do everything you want perfectly fine.

    Corsair vs Crucial RAM - I know you said you prefer Corsair, but they have the highest RAM failure rates among any major manufacturer (~6.5% RMA rate) and the Crucial RAM I selected has about the lowest (like 0.5% RMA rate, about 13x less).



    Thanks Raiddinn, could you comment on the CAS latency on the ram? lower the better right? would it be worth it so spent i think 10bux more on some a 7-7-7 CAS ? if so what model would you chose at 4+gb
  4. Having lower CAS latency is nice, but in reality it is almost never an issue.

    The latency depends on the processor clock. There is slow DDR2 RAM out there that is CAS 3, for instance, because the processors you have to use it with are clocked at 1.2 GHZ.

    In any event, RAM is pretty much never the bottleneck in any system, so for the most part the question is more like, "Do I wound to spend $10 more so I can sound cooler?".

    I would take Crucial RAM with a higher CAS latency than most brands with a lower one, though, because Crucial RAM just plain works right more often.
  5. Raiddinn said:
    Having lower CAS latency is nice, but in reality it is almost never an issue.

    The latency depends on the processor clock. There is slow DDR2 RAM out there that is CAS 3, for instance, because the processors you have to use it with are clocked at 1.2 GHZ.

    In any event, RAM is pretty much never the bottleneck in any system, so for the most part the question is more like, "Do I wound to spend $10 more so I can sound cooler?".

    I would take Crucial RAM with a higher CAS latency than most brands with a lower one, though, because Crucial RAM just plain works right more often.



    I want to sound cooler :-D hahah jk. thanks for that information it put some things into focus for me
  6. Best answer selected by applesfaceman.
  7. do it yourself you lazy twat lol
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