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I'm looking to build a cheap system to put in the office for scientific computing purposes. It will run a Linux OS and perform computationally intensive calculations. I'm on a very tight budget, so price is very important. I've put together an preliminary build for feedback/suggestions. What are your thoughts? Where do you see areas for improvement? My budget is $350.

Motherboard
Biostar A880G+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138283

Processor
AMD Phenom II X4 925
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103916

Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 4GB (2x2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231275

Hard Drive
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136073

Optical Drive
LG DVD+RW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136216

Case
COOLER MASTER ELITE 335
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119161

Power Supply
COOLER MASTER Elite 460
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16817171046]

$40 Combo Savings -> Total Price (minus tax): $314.93
-$20 Mail-in rebates -> $294.93
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AMD Phenom II 955BE ASUS M4A78T-E HIS Radeon HD4870 2x2GB Crucial DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Black 500GB Samsung 22X DVD Burner Windows 7 x64 Acer 22" P224Wbd 
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Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 Cooler Master 700W Cooler Master HAF 922 Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000 
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AMD Phenom II 955BE ASUS M4A78T-E HIS Radeon HD4870 2x2GB Crucial DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Black 500GB Samsung 22X DVD Burner Windows 7 x64 Acer 22" P224Wbd 
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Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 Cooler Master 700W Cooler Master HAF 922 Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000 
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I don't know what kinds of calculations you are doing, but GPU processing can be a LOT more powerful depending on the kind of work you need doing. After all, the world's most powerful supercomputer runs on nvidia Teslas
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2500K MSI P67A-C43 AMD 6950 (shader unlocked) x2 8 Gig GSKILL DDR3 1600 Mhz 
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Samsung F3R 1 Tb Windows 7 Home Premium Compaq MX-11800 (Brown Cherry) Seasonic X Series 750w 
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Originally Posted by Panther Modern View Post
I don't know what kinds of calculations you are doing, but GPU processing can be a LOT more powerful depending on the kind of work you need doing. After all, the world's most powerful supercomputer runs on nvidia Teslas
Point well taken, I'm aware of this. My work will not be needing GPU processing, however.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II 955BE ASUS M4A78T-E HIS Radeon HD4870 2x2GB Crucial DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Black 500GB Samsung 22X DVD Burner Windows 7 x64 Acer 22" P224Wbd 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 Cooler Master 700W Cooler Master HAF 922 Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II 955BE ASUS M4A78T-E HIS Radeon HD4870 2x2GB Crucial DDR3-1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Black 500GB Samsung 22X DVD Burner Windows 7 x64 Acer 22" P224Wbd 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 Cooler Master 700W Cooler Master HAF 922 Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000 
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I've moved this to AMD Build logs, it belongs there as with all "build help request"/"build list" threads.
Get the 925 + Seagate 1TB hard drive in this combo, better for price
This RAM deal is significantly better for less
I've owned that case and not been satisfied, low overall quality and better for price. Take an

for $36 shipped instead, much better for much lower price.
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