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Suggestions and thoughts on a @$600.00 New build

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March 30, 2012 4:14:56 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: this weekend

Budget Range: something around $600.00 or below

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing, streaming tv / movies, Libreoffice apps, GnuCash bookkeeping, mail

Parts Not Required: pretty much need all but printer brother mfc-j615cw and possible reuse of LG Flatron W2052TQ

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: Tampa Fl USA we need to know where these parts are being assembled

Parts Preferences: by brand or typeopen to any and all suggestions

Overclocking:Maybe

SLI or Crossfire:Maybe

Monitor Resolution: not real sure on this one, do have Verizon FIOS internet access
Additional Comments: Built first computer about 1 year ago and have run several Linux distros which I have been very happy with. Thought I would try it again as a possible dual boot, Ubuntu 12.04 when released and Windows 7 home premium or professional suggestions welcome. Not sure if it makes any sense, can be done, or is even worth it, but was thinking of loading OS on the 2 SSD cards and partitioning the hard drive 50 50 for each system. Suggestions on a decent video card. Last system was AMD and would consider a change if it would make a better system. As is am over budget, and would like to stay as close to budget as possible.

Thanks for any thoughts, suggestions or input. If I do this correctly, system so far below.

Newegg.com - Computers, Computer Parts and Electronics
My Wish List Details

3-29-12 wishlist

Qty. Image Product Description Unit Price Savings Total Price
2 Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR90GB 2.5" 90GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR90GB 2.5" 90GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Model #:MKNSSDCR90GB
Item #:N82E16820226290
Return Policy:Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock

$159.99 -$45.00 Instant $229.98
1 Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Model #:Three Hundred Illusi
Item #:N82E16811129066
Return Policy:Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
In Stock
Mail in Rebate

$69.99 -$15.00 Instant $54.99
1 ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:H61M/U3S3
Item #:N82E16813157236
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$74.99 -$5.00 Instant $69.99
1 Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Model #:BP550 Plus
Item #:N82E16817371016
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$79.99 -$15.00 Instant $64.99
1 Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:HD502HJ/ST500DM005
Item #:N82E16822152181
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$89.99 -$5.00 Instant $84.99
1 Acer S230HLAbii Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor

Acer S230HLAbii Black 23" 5ms HDMI LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor
Model #:ET.VS0HP.A01
Item #:N82E16824009315
Return Policy:Monitor Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$189.99 -$50.00 Instant $139.99
2 LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04

LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
Model #:iHDS118-04
Item #:N82E16827106276
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
In Stock

$18.99 $37.98
Subtotal: $682.91

Sorry, could not get the links to work correctly

Stew
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March 30, 2012 4:39:49 AM

So you want to do 2 ssd drives and a 500 gig hdd on that list and still are missing the cpu, gpu, and ram?

Sorry but it's going to be impossible on that budget.
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March 30, 2012 5:48:44 AM

It has been a long day, need to add the following:

newegg ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
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BCCHardware Editor’s Choice Award ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Number of Memory Slots: 2×240pin
Memory Standard: DDR3 1333/1066
PCI Express 2.0 x16: 1
Onboard Video Chipset: None
Model #: H61M/U3S3
Item #: N82E16813157236
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

newegg SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
(339)
SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Chipset Manufacturer: AMD
Stream Processors: 1120 Stream Processing Units
DirectX: DirectX 11
OpenGL: OpenGL 4.1
Model #: 100314-3L
Item #: N82E16814102948
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy

As far as ram, i checked the new egg site and was unable to locate a 16MB Ramm kit. The SSD cards are not necessary, just sort of wishful thinking. Bottom line, solid fast quite computer running Ubuntu 12.04 and some form of Windows 7for web browsing, simple off applications. e mail and streaming videos and movies. Throw it all out and let's start again if you thing that would be simpler and easier.

Thanks again,

Stew
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March 30, 2012 5:52:14 AM

You only need 8GB. Grab the Windows 7 OEM for 100$
If you really want SSD, get a Crucial M4 64gb.
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