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Old 07-26-2011, 03:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey, all. I'm not looking to make a high-end gaming computer, but I would like a system that can handle a lot of general use. I've run this set-up by a few people and fleshed out the design, but I figured a few more pairs of eyes wouldn't hurt. I'd love to know if I've left something out or if I have any glaring errors here. Thanks in advance!

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply
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Motherboard: BIOSTAR A870U3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT55TFBGRBOX
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RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
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Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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Optical Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
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Wireless Adapter: D-Link DWA-556 Xtreme Desktop Adapter IEEE 802.11g/n PCI Express Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA, WPA2)
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Video Card: HIS H700H64P Radeon 7000 64MB 64-bit DDR PCI Low Profile Ready Video Card
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Monitors: HP DEBRANDED TSS-18Q5 Black 18.5" Widescreen LCD Monitor Built-in Speakers
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Keyboard/Mouse: HP KF885AT Silver/Black 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Slim Keyboard and Mouse Kit
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Operating System: Windows 7 and some form of Linux (probably Kubuntu)
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I would personally spend a little more on the graphics card $40 is pretty low. You are spending a good bit of money on this computer, just a thought. I would at least try! You could go with a quad core and then spend the savings on graphics. I don't think it is necessary to run a six core for general use.
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1) If you aren't using an SSD get a faster hard drive, 5900RPM is slow.
Check out the Western Digital Caviar Black series.

2) For "high-end gaming" you certainly want a better graphics card.
To put it in perspective that card is #197 on the GPU performance list.

3) I may be wrong, but I doubt you'll fully utilize a 6 core CPU.
PII x4 955 BE is $120 and better for your needs.

I would suggest posting your budget and letting the community offer you up some better options.
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Roark is right. About the only thing that graphics card is good for is building a pvr. You don't need a 6 core cpu to run general applications or even games. I would also consider getting a hard drive that runs at 7200rpm.
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1) If you aren't using an SSD get a faster hard drive, 5900RPM is slow.
Check out the Western Digital Caviar Black series.

2) For "high-end gaming" you certainly want a better graphics card.
To put it in perspective that card is #197 on the GPU performance list.

3) I may be wrong, but I doubt you'll fully utilize a 6 core CPU.
PII x4 955 BE is $120 and better for your needs.

I would suggest posting your budget and letting the community offer you up some better options.
Yep, that is all true. Plus, getting a high-end graphics card may require you to up your power supply just to be on the safe side. It depends on what you end up getting, though.

5900 RPM's on an HDD is inexcusable. Did you know they make 15000RPM HDD's now? 7200RPM is still the standard and it will probably be a while before the 15000RPM HDD's come down to a reasonable price, though. A good option would be the following Western Digital Caviar Black as mentioned above:

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15k RPM drives are never going to come down in price because we now have SSDs, which are several to a dozen times faster, and run much cooler, quieter and use less power, for either comparable or slightly more cost.
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