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#1 mattheww

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 07:48 PM

Would you please recommend me some parts for a workstation computer that I am building. The computer will be for light video and audio editing as well as word processing and surfing the internet. I am going to put Debian and XP on this computer.

CPU - ???? Phenom II 940 <--maybe... *bites lip

Motherboard - AMD Phenom 9950 2.6GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor
There's a combo with this too...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16819103291

Power Supply - ???

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16820145184

Fan -

Graphics Card -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814125250

Sound Card - ENCORE ENM232-8VIA 7.1 Channel PCI Surround Sound
http://www.gearxs.com/gearxs/product_info....roducts_id=9911


Hard drive - a 250 and a 500g, but what do you recommend?

Can we try to keep this all under $450.00?

Here is a good website if you want. Pricewatch :thumbsup:

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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 01 January 2009 - 11:36 PM

There is a combo for that CPU and a case, but not for a motherboard. That Phenom CPU is still good, I'd get it.

Motherboard: BIOSTAR A770 A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - A solid and inexpensive motherboard for AMD processors. $70

PSU: RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W - Good model that gets good reviews...and is inexpensive. $49 (Before $15 mail-in rebate)

Heatsink and Fan: You don't need to get an aftermarket cooler, unless you plan on overclocking.

RAM: Great choice, Corsair makes excellent products. Note that you will need a 64-bit operating system to utilize all 4GB.

Graphics Card: Depends on what you mean by workstation. If you do 3D modeling or CAD, you might want a better card.

Sound Card: This is included on the motherboard, so you don't need to purchase one. Given the cost and quality of the card you chose, I don't think you're looking for a prosumer card, like a Xonar.

Hard Drive: Depends on how much you use now. Space is inexpensive, get as much as you can afford.

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#3 mattheww

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 03:30 AM

I am actually going to go with an Intel.

Memory Corsair $54.99
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz 2 x 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor $189.99
Power Supply: Raidmax 54.98
Hard Drive 1.5 TB I found in a computer shop near my house for 139.99
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP45C-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard 134.99

$574.94 total not counting bleeping and Handling.

What do you guys think of this build?

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 04:26 AM

You do realize that you can get a less expensive and slightly more powerful motherboard and CPU combination with AMD? Remember, Intel has more cutting edge technology but is also more expensive. This is a concern if you're on a budget. The Corsair memory you chose in the first post will not work with that Intel motherboard. Also, in order to get maximum efficiency, you should use DDR3 memory with that GIGABYTE GA-EP45C-UD3R motherboard.

AMD Motherboard and CPU Combination
ASUS M3A78 Pro AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - A solid motherboard, it mirrors the motherboard you chose for Intel but with AMD. This motherboard will also allow for socket AM3 processors and Phenom II processors when they are released this year. The first Phenom II processors will be arriving in about a week. $100
CPU: AMD Phenom 9850 BLACK EDITION 2.5GHz - It's only 100MHz slower than the previous AMD. Unlike the Intel processor you chose, the Black Edition processors have unlocked multipliers making overclocking easier. $159
RAM: OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 - The motherboard takes DDR2-1066 RAM, these will work well and they look cool with the platinum colored heatspreaders. $70 (Before $30 mail-in rebate)
Aftermarket Heatsink and Fan: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro - If you plan on overclocking or simply want a cooler processor, this is the one. $29

If you insist on spending more with Intel, here is another suggested configuration.
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R LGA 775 Intel P45 - This is basically the same motherboard you chose, only without DDR3 support to save money. $119 (Before $15 mail-in rebate)
RAM: You can use the OCZ Platinum memory from the AMD setup with this.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz - This is one of the new 45nm Intel's. It is also considered a budget processor and will be the least costly of Intel's quad core's when the Q6600 is retired. The Q6600 is an older design that puts out more heat and is less efficient. $225
Aftermarket Heatsink and Fan: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro - Same as the AMD one, just for Intel. $26

You will also need a case, like this one: RAIDMAX Sirius ATX-701WS or if you're into something a little less flashy, the LIAN LI PC-61. Aluminum cases are usually the best. You'll also need a simple optical drive like a LITE-ON Combo drive.

Edited by DJBPace07, 02 January 2009 - 04:35 AM.

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 01:54 AM

Figured that I didn't need that much power. This is the new build, but I still have a few questions and again I am sorry for pestering you:

CPU: AMD Athlon X2 4450 B $75.00
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AMD Athlon X2 BE-2350 Brisbane 2.1GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core Processor

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-MA78G-DS3HP AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W ATX12V Power Supply

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EACS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive -

what do you think?

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Posted 07 January 2009 - 02:23 AM

I do suggest a more powerful processor, the AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ or the AMD Phenom 8650 Toliman 2.3GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ would do nicely in the sub-$100 category. Note that only DDR2-1066 memory, like the OCZ Platinum memory I suggested in my previous post, will work with that motherboard. Also, if you plan on getting a graphics card, like the one in your original post, I suggest a more powerful power supply. The RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-630SS 630W puts out more power, has good ratings, is modular, and is only slightly more expensive than the Thermaltake.

Edited by DJBPace07, 07 January 2009 - 02:25 AM.

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