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Already Purchased - Just Want To Know Opinions (First Build)

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October 9, 2012 10:29:02 AM

So our old desktop PC (now used solely by my mom) is about 8yrs old. For the last 6mos it blue screens all the time, etc. All the USB ports finally quit working and it will only POST 30% of the time.

My mom mainly gets on Facebook, plays Bejeweled, and writes church emails. I went with the APU in this case as it was cheaper, and I guess it might help with Bejeweled? I have no idea. I just know that anything is better than the Dell E520 with the Pentium dual core.

I ordered all of this, should be arriving tomorrow at which point I will put it together. Mainly wanted to see what you guys thought and if there is anything I should look out for:

Approximate Purchase Date: Already purchased - will arrive 10/10.

Budget Range: It was 520.00 including Windows 7.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Facebook, Bejeweled, and email.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (Preferred Account)

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Already ordered them all.

Overclocking: Maybe, if I get bored? Never OC'd before.

SLI or Crossfire: Nope! My 56yr old mother only cares about Bejeweled - and Facebook Bejeweled at that.

Monitor Resolution: 8yr old Dell LCD, its not even widescreen.

Additional Comments: Just looking for any thoughts or insight you could give while building - this is my first PC.

Thanks :D 

What is already on the way:

ASRock FM2A75M-DGS FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3)

AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz (4.2GHz Turbo)

Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s Hard Drive

ASUS 24X DVD Burner

Rosewill RNX-G300EX Wireless Card

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition with 430W Power Supply

Windows 7 OEM 64bit

And then an extra SATA cable (Made sure it was 6GB compatible - only one pictured in the Mobo pictures.

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 9, 2012 10:38:50 AM

Oh god. Generic Power supply.

Btw, I woulda cut down on RAM and CPU for a small SSD.
October 9, 2012 10:43:01 AM

Thought about the SSD - but shed never notice the difference. I have an extra Samsung 830 128GB laying around - if the need arises I can use that.

Also, I cannot get the link for the case/PSU to work, but its Newegg item N82E16811133185.

Its a Thermaltake TR2-430 PSU - didnt think much of it because it was Thermaltake :shrug
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a c 77 B Homebuilt system
October 9, 2012 10:47:37 AM

Thermaltake PSUs aren't the best, but it won't be stressed whatsoever. It won't draw 100w idle, and less than 200w load would be my guess.
October 9, 2012 10:57:29 AM

Sweet! Should be good and fast for what it is for - and a good bit cheaper than a comparable off the shelf option.
October 9, 2012 3:55:43 PM

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a b B Homebuilt system
October 9, 2012 4:03:41 PM

The higher the clock speed of the ram the better the a10-5800k performs. Right now you have the lowest clock ram possible in your build. An ssd would be awesome in any build but i would look to up my ram speed from the 1333 to DDR3 2400+(OC)/2133(OC)/1866/ to really get the best out of this build. I also would look to a better psu about 40 bucks and it is an underrated 80+ psu.