Few questions about my budget system

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.


CPU:AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103871

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=N82E16813131873

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428

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=N82E16814130534&Tpk=evga%2001G-p3-N988

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=N82E16817371033&Tpk=Antec%20EarthWatts%20Green%20EA-380D

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=N82E16822148840&Tpk=seagate%20barracuda%20st1000dm003%201tb%207200%20rpm


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.
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  1. 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.
  2. What do you think about this

    Quote:

    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=N82E16819115233

    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293


    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 ?
  3. Insomniac0des said:
    What do you think about this

    Quote:

    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=N82E16819115233

    ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293


    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.
  4. 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.)
  5. How about this board ?

    Quote:

    ASUS P8H77-V LE LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131826


    Is this a good board ?

    If not, can you suggest me an alternative ?

    Also, is my current PSU adequate for my purposes ?
  6. @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.
  7. On linux, boot speeds will literally be like 5 seconds.
  8. 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 ?
  9. 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?
  10. 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???
  11. Yea either that or this, i don't know

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

    Quote:

    ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157236


    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.

    Quote:

    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR60GB 2.5" 60GB SATA III Asynchronous MLC Internal Solid State Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226247


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