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#1 teedubyaw


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Posted 29 November 2009 - 09:45 PM

The computer will be used for light gaming, media (videos/photos/music), web surfing and work. Basic all around computer.

This build was recommended to me, but I'm looking for second opinions:








Budget: $500

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#2 DJBPace07


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Posted 30 November 2009 - 12:21 AM

Let's see here...

PSU: A no-name PSU, so questionable build quality there. I suggest using Corsair, Silverstone, OCZ, or PC Power power supplies. Don't cut corners with a PSU, it is the heart of the system.

Case+CPU: The combo discount isn't really that much. For better performance, go for the Phenom II X2 line as it has more power behind it. However, if cost is an issue, that Athlon II will work nicely in general PC operations.

RAM: I wonder why the faster 1600 RAM is cheaper than the 1333...

Mobo+OS: Great choice.

HDD: I suggest getting one with a 32MB cache like the Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache.

ODD: A simple drive is all you need, and that is one such drive.

GPU: For general tasks, that will do well. If you were a gamer, I would go for the 4870 or the 5770.

Edited by DJBPace07, 30 November 2009 - 12:22 AM.



#3 finchey-lv


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Posted 05 December 2009 - 09:54 PM

Some of your links are out of date. I couldn't see your processor, case or motherboard. Make sure it is a motherboard that is compatible with DDR3 typically meaning a socket AM3 chip. Memory looks fine, I agree with teedubyaw, change your PS to a name brand. i would recommend a black edition WD hard drive instead of a green edition as the green edition will tend to go into power-saving mode, but definitely get one with 32MB cache if it's in your budget.

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