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October 3, 2012 2:41:39 AM


Hey guys,

In my previous post, I was advised not to go for the 'over-budget' system, if my only requirement is - web development, server side scripting and database programming. So keeping that in mind, I have come up with this build. Constructive criticism is welcome.

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CPU:AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-N988-TR GeForce 9800 GT HDMI 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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Total ( after rebates and shipping ) = approximately $450 ( including the Computer Case)
Purpose: already stated - web application development, server side scripting and database programming
OS - Linux

So, my questions are as follows -
1. Have I chosen the proper video card ? I mean Should I chose a better one ? ( would it allow 3d acceleration, as required for the eye-candy in Linux environment)
2. Do I need a more powerful PSU ?
3. Do I need an after market heat sink or will the stock heat sink will suffice ? ( I need the system to run cool )

And please suggest any other things you'd like to chance.
October 3, 2012 2:52:54 AM

You don't need a 9800GT for web dev, scripting, and DB dev.

also, for such use, something like an H61 mobo with a core i3 would probably be faster and similar in price.

plus you could use the onboard video on the core i3. That would save you quite a bit of money. In fact, possibly enough to move up to a core i5.
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October 3, 2012 10:17:08 AM


What do you think about this

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Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


And the rest (HDD, MEM, PSU remains the same)

But it would be hard to contain the price within the $450-500 limit. What do you say ?
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October 3, 2012 10:28:57 AM

Insomniac0des said:
What do you think about this

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Intel Core i5-3570 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


And the rest (HDD, MEM, PSU remains the same)

But it would be hard to contain the price within the $450-500 limit. What do you say ?


If you don't plan on moving to overclocking (and that CPU will not OC) then a H77 board will cost less and still have the same connections and such.
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October 3, 2012 10:31:55 AM

Hmm, Linux? Then here is the build for you:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-2310 2.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Biostar H61MGC Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6450 1GB Video Card ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($25.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $463.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 3, 2012 10:39:25 AM

@willyproc :Thanks for the build, I like it. DO I need a SSD. I mean paired with a 7200 rpm HDD, will I see a considerable change in my boot speeds.
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October 3, 2012 10:49:35 AM

On linux, boot speeds will literally be like 5 seconds.
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October 3, 2012 11:58:21 AM

The motherboard you suggested has only SATA II ports (3 gbps), while both the SSD and the HDD are SATA III (6 gbps).

So I was wondering, If i should ditch the SSD and use that to get a better motherboard. I mean, when my peripherals are SATA III, then why not get a board that supports SATA III too ?
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October 3, 2012 1:37:42 PM

Insomniac0des said:
The motherboard you suggested has only SATA II ports (3 gbps), while both the SSD and the HDD are SATA III (6 gbps).

So I was wondering, If i should ditch the SSD and use that to get a better motherboard. I mean, when my peripherals are SATA III, then why not get a board that supports SATA III too ?


H77 and B75 boards are less expensive and have the SATA3 ports ... maybe one of those would fit the budget?
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October 3, 2012 1:40:58 PM

You could get on the newegg emails and get better prices on some of these items ... like the ssd ... maybe it would balance out the cost of a few better parts.

One thing I'm wondering ... is a 6450 card really a lot better than HD3000 graphics? I know it is $15 but still???
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October 3, 2012 2:18:19 PM

Yea either that or this, i don't know

This one has 4 SATA3 ports, in case i decide to add another HDD

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ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Plus I don't think i need a 128 GB SSD, 64 will do fine.. Since i will mount / and /root on the SSD and /home on my HDD. Not really planning on using LVM schemas.. so it should be simple. The price difference is about $30, which sort gets me the motherboard while containing the budget.

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Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR60GB 2.5" 60GB SATA III Asynchronous MLC Internal Solid State Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Seems to be a pretty decent and cheap one too. What do you say guys.
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