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I am currently getting up an order for a new system. Not a gamer nor do I need a blazing fast system, just do Photoshop, Illustrator, a little CAD/CAM programming and design, internet, email, etc. I'm thinking of going with a Newegg bundle of Gigabyte GA-870 MB and an AMD Phenom II X2 555 CPU, 500W power supply and 4GB of G-Skill DDR3 memory.
First question. Never used G-Skill memory. Good or bad?
2nd question. I currently have the 32 bit version of Win7. To go to 64 bit requires me to purchase new, as there is no upgrade option from 32 bit to 64 bit. What will I be losing by running the 32 bit OS on this system versus purchasing the 64 bit version.

Not an overclocker, but has always wanted to be. Just not brave enough to start messing around with voltages and frequencies. Maybe if I spend enough time on this forum and ask enough dumb questions, my time will come.
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You might want to look at a 4 or 6 core phenom if you're going to be doing what you'd said. Gaming only uses 4 cores, but you'd probably benefit from more.

Since you said you've *wanted* to OC, you could get a 3-core model CPU and a mobo that supports core unlocking. From there, you have a decent shot at unlocking that 4th core.

As far as overclocking, the black edition phenoms would be good, as their multipliers are unlocked not only downward, but up as well.

Nothing wrong with G-Skill, to me, anyway.
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Don't buy that Newegg bundle, there are always better items for the price than Newegg DIY combo bundles. What is your budget & primary need?

EDIT: Found that combo.... my equivalent suggestion for $317:
Phenom II x4 925 [95W] + Biostar A880G+ - $150
G.Skill Ripjaws 2x4GB DDR3-1333 CL7 (for what you are doing I recommend 8GB of RAM) $84 after promo [see link]
Rosewill Green 630W - $50 after promo [see link]

- $35 shipped
$320 shipped

Because the Antec 100 case in that combo has expensive $12 shipping this combo I have put together costs significantly less!
Edited by xd_1771 - 5/8/11 at 8:10pm
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A smart person posted above me, I will only add/agree that for your useage the more cores the better as well as 8gb of ram.

On top of that if you are not gaming then you dont need a beastly gpu, but something like a 5670 1gb would fit the bill nicely.
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I'd get this power supply. More reputable than Rosewill, modular, and $45 after promo.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371016
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Quote:
Originally Posted by stolid View Post
I'd get this power supply. More reputable than Rosewill, modular, and $45 after promo.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371016
...That's a good deal for an Antec. I approve.
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The Rosewill PSU is actually one of the better Rosewill ones to come out - it's recommended by members around OCN. It's also recommended significantly more than BP 550 - even by me; for $5 more you are getting a still decent quality power supply with significant more wattage on the 12V rail compared to the BP550's 424W or so (not that the BP 550 Plus is a bad deal but there is better for price).
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