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post #1 of 18
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I am working on a new build but im aiming to spend roughly about 400 - 500 dollars. Im not much of a gamer, just a heavy photoshop user. This is what i have so far, please feel free to throw in comments and suggestions. Thank you! biggrin.gif

Case - IN WIN Griffin Black ATX Mid Tower -

Motherboard - MSI 870A-G46

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition

PSU - CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W

Video Card - XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4EG HD155UI 1.5TB

Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)

CDD - SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L

Wireless Adapter - TP-LINK TL-WN861N

Price + Shipping, after promo codes and mail-in rebates = roughly about $575
Edited by dny1son - 5/15/11 at 3:43pm
    
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post #2 of 18
get a f3 instead of f4eg.
or get it at amazon.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061
nicer case with cable management

that wireless adaptor....

i would rather go wired, because the one you listed is mini pci

but if you have to http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320048
Edited by lilraver018 - 5/15/11 at 3:56pm
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Looks all good to me.I have always liked In Win cases.smile.gif
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post #4 of 18
Spinpoint F3 and your good to go!
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post #5 of 18
if you can, wait for the am3+ cpu's to come out (2-3 weeks)

for photoshop, get a 2nd hard drive for scratch/page files

avoid msi am3 boards (without mosfet/vrm heatsinks)
they use cheap mosfet's/vrm's and will not take 125+w cpu's very well

much better board slightly more, but cheaper after rebate
GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128443

the 430w psu will be too weak for that setup imo

the wireless adapter you picked is for notebooks
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
Alrighty, changed to Spinpoint F3, and Gigabyte mobo. does anyone have any suggestions on wireless adapters that arent too expensive? thank you in advance!! biggrin.gif
    
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Samsung Spinpoint F3 1Tb Samsung SH-S223L Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung BX2231HD 
PowerCase
Corsair Builder Series CX600 In Win Griffin Black ATX 
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Samsung Spinpoint F3 1Tb Samsung SH-S223L Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung BX2231HD 
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Corsair Builder Series CX600 In Win Griffin Black ATX 
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post #7 of 18
most pci/pci-e ones have poor range, since the case shields its antenna
find one with an antenna extension, or get a usb adapter and use it with an usb extension cable


the V4 is on sale for $39 fs and $10mir = $29
great deal for a nice case
Thermaltake V4 Black Edition Gaming Chassis Mid Tower Steel Computer Case Fully Black Powdered Interior VM30001W2Z
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133179

no massive side fan, but they can get in the way when you add a tower cooler on the cpu
post #8 of 18
I really don't recommend using that mobo. It has a really high asking price point for VRMs that will be dangerous to run on high TDP processor. Give me a minute to get some suggestions down...

AMD Phenom II x4 955
- $100 (TigerDirect deal - see link)
ASRock 890GX PRO3 - $105 (AM3+ CPU compatible, 8x-8x Crossfire)
G.Skill Ripjaws 2x4 1600 - $76 after promo (see link)
Sapphire HD 5830 - $110 (best video card for price, found it recently)
Rosewill Green 530W PSU - $45 after promo (see link) - actually a very good unit despite Rosewill name
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002UDK9U6/"]NZXT GAMMA[/ame] - $36 shipped (best low budget case)
Samsung F3 1TB - $40 (Microcenter - in store pickup only, so you must have one near you)
LG 22X DVD - $20 shipped
Encore USB Wi-Fi Adapter w/2 antennas - $15 (the one you selected is for laptops, not desktops)
$547 + shipping on some items

In case you don't have a Microcenter near you, plenty of room for a slightly more expensive hard drive smile.gif
Edited by xd_1771 - 5/15/11 at 4:41pm
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See updated post above smile.gif
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