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I'm fairly new to computer building and have never started from scratch before. So when my parents' computer died a while back, I decided to try my hand at a cheap, reliable, casual computing build.

Did some research and asked for some opinions from other boards and here's what I got so far:

-note: I am reusing the optical drive. Its old school (uses an IDE; mobo has) but hopefully it'll work.

Case: Cooler Master Elitte 342 (mATX case) If someone can recommend something, please make sure its available in either Direct Canada or NCIX and ~<$40.

PSU: Corsair 430W (80+)

Mobo: ASUS M4A88TD-M (mATX board), 4250 integrated, USB3+SATA3


CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.0GHZ


RAM: GSkill 4GB

HDD: WD 500GB (WD5000AAKX)


Windows 7


If you guys could recommend any changes, please try make sure it's available at Direct Canada or NCIX.

Thanks!
Edited by EventHorizon - 6/17/11 at 2:59pm
post #2 of 16
if this computer is only going to be used for basics, I wouldn't even put 4gb of ram in it. I have a desktop with 2gb of ram, running windows7 and it plays games well, let alone just the basics.
I would also see about getting a different hard drive, maybe a WD black just because of the 5 year warranty on it. If not go for a blue.
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EDIT: I disagree with thrasherht about 2gb of RAM. I say get 4 with how cheap RAM is these days.
By the way thanks for pointing that out Evil 262 I always thought there were lineup issues with mobo standoffs. Guess I was wrong
Edited by wonka08 - 6/17/11 at 11:38am
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That case only supports ATX form factor motherboards and the motherboard you are buying is mATX. Change your case if you like the motherboard or change the board if you like the case.

EDIT: I disagree with thrasherht about 2gb of RAM. I say get 4 with how cheap RAM is these days
Yes I definitely need to rethink the case. As for the RAM, wonka is thinking exactly what I was thinking AND my parents like to multitask their computer and often just leave programs open while opening a billion other ones.

But the capacity aside, how is the actual RAM (and the parts in general)?

Can anyone suggest a case?
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Yes I definitely need to rethink the case. As for the RAM, wonka is thinking exactly what I was thinking AND my parents like to multitask their computer and often just leave programs open while opening a billion other ones.

But the capacity aside, how is the actual RAM (and the parts in general)?

Can anyone suggest a case?
The RAM is good for the price. I had a 6gb set of them in my current PC for about a year and had no problems. I gave them to a friend and nothing has gone wrong so far.

I'll look for a case and see what I find
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There aren't that many sub 40CAD mATX cases. This is on I found from a quick search

http://www.directcanada.com/products...e=COOLERMASTER
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That case only supports ATX form factor motherboards and the motherboard you are buying is mATX. Change your case if you like the motherboard or change the board if you like the case.

EDIT: I disagree with thrasherht about 2gb of RAM. I say get 4 with how cheap RAM is these days
Wow.

mATX Motherboards use the same standoffs that ATX boards do. I.E. a mATX board will fit in any case that supports ATX form factor.

But i do agree that that Coolermaster case is a better choice.
     
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post #8 of 16
http://www.directcanada.com/products...e=COOLERMASTER get this you will be happy with the extra 14 spent it has the room for great air flow and will hold that board...
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Originally Posted by wonka08 View Post
There aren't that many sub 40CAD mATX cases. This is on I found from a quick search

http://www.directcanada.com/products...e=COOLERMASTER
I was going to come here to update the thread with that exact case.

GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE

edit: This case only has one fan, and it is in the front. Will that be enough for my build? If a second rear fan is required, should it be configured in push or pull?

IF two fans are required, I was thinking front fan to pull air in and rear fan to push air out.


EDIT: Need a new HDD, way too many reviews/feedback saying the HDD failed within a year.

EDIT:Updated with this western digital HDD. What do you guys think?
Edited by EventHorizon - 6/17/11 at 3:00pm
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Hint hint: DirectCanada IS NCIX (subsidiary)

Just buy off NCIX, they have the same items. Pricematch to DirectCanada's prices if they're lower, or other Canadian stores. Also due to the newest NCIX sale, shipping is $4.99 flat rate nationwide.

There's a nice combo on NCIX (not available on DirectCan) with an Athlon II x2 and an MSI 785G motherboard that might suit you, I think it's around $105 for both
Edited by xd_1771 - 6/17/11 at 4:32pm
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