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#1 RecklessTim

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 10:41 PM

Hello all, it's been a while since I built my last few systems so I am pretty out of date with knowing the best choices, this is where I need help.

After trying to bring myself back up to speed, this is what I am considering. I'm hoping the experts here can help point out the weaknesses or suggest better combination's for me.

Motherboard
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 Motherboard - AMD 890GX, AM3, DDR3, USB, RAID, ATX $149.99

CPU
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition AM3 CPU HDZ955FBGMBOX - 3.20GHz, Socket AM3, 6MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s) FSB, Retail, Processor with Fan $149.99

Memory
Corsair XMS3 TW3X4G1333C9AG 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM - - PC10666, 1333MHz, 4096MB (2x 2048MB), 240 Pin, Dual-Channel $97.99

Tower
Apevia X-Cruiser ATX Black Mid-Tower Case with Clear Side, Front USB, Audio and Firewire Ports $69.99
I'm not sure about this case yet

Power supply
Ultra X3 ULT40073 600-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, PCI-E Ready, Energy Efficient, Modular, Lifetime Warranty w/ Registration $99.96

Storage
Western Digital WD10EARS Caviar Green Hard Drive - 1TB, 3.5", SATA 3G, 64MB Cache, GreenPower $64.99

I also have a barracuda 500GB hard drive and a few good optical drives that I'll use.

So far I am at $633 and I feel I'm getting a hell of a machine for that price. I will look into a graphics card latter since the Integrated ATI Radeon HD 4290 GPU will accomplish most of what I need right now.
I'm also looking into a SSD that I will load Windows 7 Professional on for quicker start-ups...

So where am I wrong here? What can I improve yet keep it under $700?

Thanks
Tim

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 11:37 PM

Looks like a decent build, my only hesitation, and that is all it is, is the PSU-Ive never used or really heard of that brand or how reliable it is. It may be a great PSU I just dont know, thats why its a hesitation, not a show stopper, for that price and the reviews I would say it should be worth the money. Other options that I have used and can recomend are Coolermaster and Antec PSUs, those have always treated me well. that looks like a good case, but another option is this for roughly the same price, which I think is a better case (that case you have isnt bad I just think this ones better) and if you want the side panel you can order it extra I use this case myself and love it. Just a couple suggestions. keep in mind, no matter which way you go, unless you have a retail copy of windows 7 the cost of the OS will raise your price limit over 700.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 01:48 AM

I reckon you should change the harddrive because it is green power which is slower, get one that isn't green power and one that has 7200 rpm.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 07:28 AM

Looks like a decent build, my only hesitation, and that is all it is, is the PSU-Ive never used or really heard of that brand or how reliable it is. It may be a great PSU I just dont know, thats why its a hesitation, not a show stopper, for that price and the reviews I would say it should be worth the money. Other options that I have used and can recomend are Coolermaster and Antec PSUs, those have always treated me well. that looks like a good case, but another option is this for roughly the same price, which I think is a better case (that case you have isnt bad I just think this ones better) and if you want the side panel you can order it extra I use this case myself and love it. Just a couple suggestions. keep in mind, no matter which way you go, unless you have a retail copy of windows 7 the cost of the OS will raise your price limit over 700.


Thanks for the input. I'll look into the PSU's you suggested, I didn't do a huge amount of looking at this point.
I really like that case you linked to, I like the black interior and the dust filters (I'm surprised that more towers don't have filters) I think I might switch to this one.
TigerDirect has an OEM Windows 7 Professional 64bit DVD for $139 so I'll go with that


I reckon you should change the harddrive because it is green power which is slower, get one that isn't green power and one that has 7200 rpm.


Thanks, I'll look into changing that.


Does anyone have advice of SSD's? Do they make one that takes advantage of the SATA 6?

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 09:04 AM

Looks like a decent build, my only hesitation, and that is all it is, is the PSU-Ive never used or really heard of that brand or how reliable it is. It may be a great PSU I just dont know, thats why its a hesitation, not a show stopper, for that price and the reviews I would say it should be worth the money. Other options that I have used and can recomend are Coolermaster and Antec PSUs, those have always treated me well. that looks like a good case, but another option is this for roughly the same price, which I think is a better case (that case you have isnt bad I just think this ones better) and if you want the side panel you can order it extra I use this case myself and love it. Just a couple suggestions. keep in mind, no matter which way you go, unless you have a retail copy of windows 7 the cost of the OS will raise your price limit over 700.


Thanks for the input. I'll look into the PSU's you suggested, I didn't do a huge amount of looking at this point.
I really like that case you linked to, I like the black interior and the dust filters (I'm surprised that more towers don't have filters) I think I might switch to this one.
TigerDirect has an OEM Windows 7 Professional 64bit DVD for $139 so I'll go with that


I reckon you should change the harddrive because it is green power which is slower, get one that isn't green power and one that has 7200 rpm.


Thanks, I'll look into changing that.


Does anyone have advice of SSD's? Do they make one that takes advantage of the SATA 6?

Wait till they get cheaper :thumbsup:

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 09:58 PM

I say hold off on SSD's until the price per gigabyte goes down. Unless you need something like EFS or location aware printing, you can probably go with Windows 7 Home Premium. Here is a handy graph comparing all editions to see what they have. Ultra seems to be hit-or-miss in the reviews department when it comes to power supplies, at least, over at HardOCP. Finally, cases with windows or side vents are usually louder, aluminum cases are often higher-class products, look at Lian-Li cases for an example, and, if you're not careful, shipping can be very expensive with cases.

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