Computer Build ?

By mnr4evr ·
What would be a good price for this system?

AMD Athlon X2 240 Socket AM3 @ 3.5ghz
MSI 785GTM-E45 Socket AM2+/AM3 Motherboard
4GB G.Skill DDR2 1000mhz Ram
Zotac 8800GTX PCI-E 768mb 384-BIT Video Card
Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB SATA2 Hard Drive
HiPro True 400w Power Supply

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seeing the trend

by SystemCheck In reply to Computer Build ?

sense the new stuff has come out (like the i7) prices have dropped dramatically, either sell for pennies on the dollor for what you paid for or personally keep it and give it to your kid, a better system can be built for around $600

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by mnr4evr In reply to seeing the trend

What components would you recommend for around $600?

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Is this a price for building or selling ?

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Computer Build ?

You didn't elucidate on that point.

*However, for the level of this machine's spec, I'd have thought it prudent to have installed a DVD+/-RW rather than a DVD-ROM which will severely limit the scope of use.

Also the 400W PSU seems a bit teeny - 550W (or greater) would be a better bet.

Edit for *

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by mnr4evr In reply to Is this a price for build ...

Possibly looking to buy.

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Depends on what you want to do here

by OH Smeg In reply to Computer Build ?

I personally have gone right off AMD CPU's because of the poor Chip Sets available for the M'Boards. The Intel CPU on a Intel Chip Set M'Board just work much better.

That's just my opinion though and I may be completely wrong but the Intel's that I build last a lot longer than the AMD's from my previous experience.

Your Choice of CPU fitted to a suitable Gigabyte M'Board without On Board Video and then a reasonable PCI Express Video Card. Ranging from 512 MEG for Workstation use up to a Gig for Games or higher depending on the required Frame Rates and just how Video Intensive the game's will be. Personally I prefer ATI Video Cards because of all of the failing NVidia Chip Sets that have been occurring recently but if you need a NVidia Chip Set Video Card make sure that it is well cooled with a Big Heat Sink and a decent Sized Fan.

As for RAM Corsair Value Select RAM suitable for the M'Board that you chose it's cheap and ultra Reliable. But more importantly it just works with the M'Boards without issues.

Nothing other than a Antec Case & Power Supply they are just better, and a 350 W Antec PS will give as much power and filter it better than a 600 W No Name Brand. So I would say an Antec Sonata Case with a 350 W PS included and finally a DVD Burner.

These Days those Old Combo Drives are more expensive than a decent DVD Burner and the Sony IDE or SATA ones can be picked up for around the $40.00 mark.

Depending on which OS you plan to install there 4 GIG of RAM may be a waste of money as all 32 Bit Operating Systems can not use more than about 3.2 GIG and that includes the Video RAM. So if you have 4 Gigs of System RAM and 1 GIG of Video RAM that is a lot that isn't getting used and sitting there ideally eating electricity and your money.

Then depending on where you live a couple of extra Case Fans the Sonata Series Case uses 80 MM Fans and I would be fitting at least one int he front behind the Front Panel blowing air into the case and one in the back blowing air out of the case. Make sure that the Trumpet for the CPU is down all of the way covering the CPU and Ideally fit a Filter to stop it sucking in too much dust & other crud.

That's my 2 cents worth.


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Gotta agree there

by Jacky Howe In reply to Depends on what you want ...

but for a DVD burner I prefer Pioneer.

Putting together a Gigabyte based System is a breeze when your on their site. You can get detailed information on the CPU and RAM that is supported by the Motherboard and download the User Manual for perusal. Their user support is pretty good as well.

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As regards OH Smeg's judiciously named Trumpet ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Depends on what you want ...

If you happen to go for a PC Case that doesn't include one, but that does have a set of air holes for a side-mounted fan - you could do what I did.

I used a bit of the conduit that came with my TumbleDryer and simply attached one end to the side-mounted case fan and attached the other end to the CPU fan.

Because it is flexible (like a plastic covered Slinky) you can use enough of the conduit that it will fit inside the closed case but expand if you ever want to remove the case panel to get inside.

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Good Info

by mnr4evr In reply to Depends on what you want ...

Thanks for your help.

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Your Welcome EOM

by OH Smeg In reply to Good Info
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