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First Build - Non-gaming Amd - Any Suggestions?


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#1 Bat5454

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Posted 22 March 2008 - 05:34 PM

Okay - I think I'm gonna go ahead & build my next computer, my first build.

This is what I'm looking at, for a basic non-gaming family box - all at Newegg:

Motherboard: BIOSTAR TFORCE TF520-A2 AM2 NVIDIA nForce 520 MCP ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Brisbane 2.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

CPU cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler

Memory: Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 532 RC-532-SKN1 Black Aluminum bezel, SECC chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC ATX 430W Power Supply 115/ 230 V

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Do I need a video card? If so I was looking at this one:

ASUS EN7200GS/HTD/256M GeForce 7200GS 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card


Whats the difference between buying something 'retail' vs. OEM? Like if I bought XP OEM instead of 'retail' ?


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Posted 22 March 2008 - 06:25 PM

Retail comes in a pretty box with all the paperwork
OEM comes in a black plastic bag
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Posted 23 March 2008 - 02:17 AM

I think everything you've got up there is pretty good, although the RAM is a bit pricey, for the fact that I know you can easily get a 2GB stick for less than 50$, and its only on one stick, allowing more room for upgrades. Personally, I would want a better processor, but its probably fine. Also, the video card is probably worth it, because its so cheap, and will take all the graphics load off of your processor then.

I don't think i could do much better for a really cheap AMD based system.

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 04:56 AM

The motherboard isn't in stock. If you don't mind waiting for it, then all is good.

The processor is decent, especially for a non-gaming computer.

The extra heatsink is unnecessary unless you bought an OEM processor. The difference here as far as processors is concerned is that OEM is processor only and retail is processor plus heatsink and some papers in a pretty box. But your heatsink comes with your processor in this case so you can ditch that extra heatsink unless you really want it.

50 bucks for 2GB of DDR2 800 seems fair.

The case looks nice. The steel construction will facilitate sound reduction but hinder thermal efficiency. But you have nothing to worry about here as far as excessive heat goes.

The power supply should be sufficient. I run a thermaltake power supply myself and am happy with it.

The hard drive is good. Especially with the free shipping :smile: It doesn't come with a cable because it's OEM, but your motherboard does so you're still good there.

And finally, your 7200GS will be sufficient if you plan on putting Vista on your new build. It is necessary since the motherboard you listed does not have any integrated video output.

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 05:28 AM

I won't waste my time building with biostar anymore
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Posted 23 March 2008 - 09:23 AM

THanks everyone -

I didn't notice the motherboard was out of stock - does anyone have a suggestion for something similar, around $100 or less?

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Posted 23 March 2008 - 09:42 AM

finding a decent board like asus w/o onboard video and having the decent extras and OC options is a challenge, I usually try to buy last years models, hopefully the price has dropped and they have got the bugs out

do you have any candidates

gigabyte is supposed to make a good board
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