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Old 01-20-2010, 08:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everybody, I'm building a simple box for mostly productivity apps, watching movies, and some occasional light gaming such as with World of Warcraft. I want to make sure that my prospective build is ok. I welcome any other comments or suggestions.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This month
BUDGET RANGE: $450 - $550 including tax and shipping
SYSTEM USAGE: MS Office, Internet, playing movies, light gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com or tigerdirect.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: It is a design goal that when not playing games, the computer should be inaudible.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 925 2.8 GHz
Mobo: Biostar A785GE AM2+/AM3 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Memory:PQI POWER Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
GPU:Zotac ZT-20401-10L GeForce GT 240 512MB 128-bit GDDR5
HDD:Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA
Optical: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model
Wireless: GIGABYTE GN-WP01GS PCI Wireless Adapter
Power:Rosewill RV350 350W ATX 1.3
Case:Apex TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower

These items total $528 on Newegg, including shipping. Price is a major concern, but I'll spring for more if it's really worth it. There are a couple things I want to make sure of:

1) The power supply (350W) is enough.
2) All of this fits into the case, which is a largish microATX case.
3) There will be little to no noise when watching movies.

Thanks for any suggestions!
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Old 01-21-2010, 01:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I found some deals on Newegg and upgraded some of the components to more reputable manufacturers. My prospective build now looks like:

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 925 2.8 GHz
Mobo: ASUS M4N68T-M
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 2x2GB DDR3 1600
GPU: [GIGABYTE GV-R467ZL-1GI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3
HDD : Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA
Optical: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model
Wireless: GIGABYTE GN-WP01GS PCI Wireless Adapter
Power:OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W
Case: Apex TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower

This is $531 shipped on Newegg. Does this look ok?
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Your revised build looks pretty nice.

Since you're only doing light gaming the 4670 is pretty good for that, but if you see you have some surplus in funds try to get a 4850 in case you do some more serious gaming.
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