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Old 11-20-2009, 07:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I dont know THAT much about hardware, ive built computers before but I always get multiple opinions before I buy so thats what im doin here again. My moms getting her masters soon so im building her a new comp for a present because the one she has now sucks. She mainly uses it for web surfing, some video games but nothing demanding, pretty much general usage although that might change after this. This is what I want to build her not including the peripherals.
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-Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136358

-G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK – Retail
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Desktop Memory

-BIOSTAR TP43ECombo LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Newegg.com - BIOSTAR TP43ECombo LGA 775 Intel P43 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

-GIGABYTE Setto 1020 GZ-AX2CBS- SNB Silver / Black Aluminum + ABS/SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
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-CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply – Retail Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

-SAPPHIRE 100296HDMI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
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-SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM
Newegg.com - SONY Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - CD / DVD Drives

-Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 Yorkfield 2.66GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor – Retail Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 Yorkfield 2.66GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

I have a copy of windows 7 x64 to install on a USB flashdrive, im pretty positive that board will allow it but if not I can get it burned onto a DVD. __________________________________________________ _____________________

Any input or reccommendations would be greatly appreciated because as I said before I dont really know that much about hardware.
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It looks like you have some good parts there. I don't recommend you go for socket 775, its old and its nearing its end. I recommend you go with either AMD , or intel i5.
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I would swap out that case for the Antec 300. Much better imo and only a couple bucks more:

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Old 11-21-2009, 04:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I dont think my mom would really like that case. What if I were to swap out the CPU & Mobo with

BIOSTAR TForce TA790GX A3+ AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX - Retail
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes that would work.

I was going to suggest this CPU, its the same price as the intel, but if you want to save money and go for the 620 propus thats fine, its good too.

Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

You can pair it with whichever AM3 board you like. Also, make sure to change your ram to DDR3 ram (same price as DDR2).. But be sure to tell us which board you're gonna go with so we know for sure whether the ram is compatible or not (give links to board and ram).
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I was looking at that as well, then I realized what she'll be using it for and it's already passed over kill lol. Sorry I thought I posted the links as well, heres the board and new RAM. Any recommendations are still appreciated. Thanks for callin out the DDR3 too I totally overlooked that.

BIOSTAR TA790GXB3 AM3 AMD 790GX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
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G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK - Retail
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Yea that'll work fine. It is a little brave of you to choose a board that no one has rated yet... but i don't forsee a problem, lol

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Old 11-22-2009, 12:44 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Maybe I can be the first lol, I've never had any problems with Biostar yet....we shall see.Thanks for your help!
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