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Old 03-11-2011, 03:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ok so i haven't built a pc in while. My last build was an Athlon i x2 so yea... its been a while. So plans for my pc is video format conversion, matlab, heavy virtualization (vmware, virtualbox), matlab, photoshop, programming, media, remote administrastion (virtual network clients), and light gaming (sc2, cod mw2, fallout 3). So i have the keep the build under $900 an im looking for feedback and opinions with my needs in mind.

COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 534 RC-534-KKN2-GP Black Aluminum & Mesh bezel / SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS M4A87TD EVO
Newegg.com - ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision HDZ555WFGMBOX

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) (2 kits for a total of 8 gigs)
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Antec BP550 Plus 550W
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MSI N450GTS-M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5
Newegg.com - MSI N450GTS-M2D1GD5/OC GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor
Newegg.com - ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1

Win7 Home Premium

I was conflicted between an athlon ii x4 3.0 ghz vs the phenom ii x2 3.2 ghz, not sure if any of the above applications take advantage of the extra cores.
and the msi gts450 factory O.C. vs the saphire radeon 5770. I usually go with ati but
i heard there drivers are not mature in win7 right now, and the 2 cards seem about equal.

i plan on O.C. the cpu to 4.0 ghz and the ram to 9-9-9-28 (9ns)
is this the optimal system for $900? i cut corners wherever i could (monitor is no negotiable)
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