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Hello fellow forum members! Well my first pc build will be complete next week and I just wanted some insight as to whether this is a good budget build .The following have already been purchased:

Purchased at Micro Center
AMD Phenom II X2 560 Black Edition-$87.99
Asus M5A78L-MLX Motherboard-Bundled FREE with the X2 560
Thermaltake V3-$40 with $10 MIR
Antec Tricool Black Fan/w blue led's-$3.99

All that's left to get is the power supply,DVD drive/burner,hard drive and ram.The following are what I will be purchasing within the next two weeks from Micro Center and Newegg.

Micro Center:
Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply-$38 http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0295037

Micro Center
4GB DDR3-1333 (PC3-10666) CL9 Desktop Memory Kit (Two 2GB Memory Modules) $28 http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0353218

Two more Antec Tricool fans-$8 http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0365890

Newegg:
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB-$42 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136769

ASUS 24X DVD Burner- $20 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135204

Now including my two coupons for 20% off All Ram/10% off all power supplies at Micro Center/$10 MIR and my $10 discount off my first purchase on Newegg the total is $256.55. I basically want to use this pc as a HTPC plus web browsing and maybe a little gaming. Is this a good build for the money I'm spending? Is the ram and power supply good? I believe I got a steal with the motherboard and processor.
Edited by Jus2cold - 7/20/11 at 3:46pm
post #2 of 11
Sounds like a good deal to me, will play a few games at medium to low, don't expect alot, maybe look at a dedicated Graphics Card.
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Seagate Barracuda LG DVD+/-RW SATA Drive EK Supreme LXT EK 240 Rad 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
EK big res and 2.2 pump Windows 7 Ultimate x64 HP 2159v  Razer Arctosa 
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Corsair CX600 Xigmatek Midgard Razer Abyssus Steelseries cheapo one 
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post #3 of 11
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Yeah maybe after I purchase a copy of Windows 7 I will get a graphics card. This build will be running Ubuntu 11.04,so I really wont be gaming too much.Plus I have a Xbox 360 for that. My big question is if this Micro Center brand ram will perform well or if I should get another brand?
post #4 of 11
dont get ram from microcenter

newegg has a few 2x2g 1600 kits for around $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104221
post #5 of 11
you could get a samsung spinpoint f3 1tb for about 6 dollars more if you look around and it would be a much better performer than the caviar blue
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post #6 of 11
Whats the difference from getting RAM at microcenter or newegg? Everything so far looks fine except for the power supply. The cooler master PSU's arent very good. Go for antec, corsair, seasonic..etc. A 400watt Antec or Corsair would probably be more efficient then a 500w CM PSU. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817154026 Consider buying this instead. This one is decent/good. Good for the money.You shouldnt cheap out on the PSU, but I guess this is the best you can do.

If your on a budget I dont see the point in wasting your money on lighted fans. Every dollar counts when your on a major budget like yours.

If you want to game even a little, you should go ahead and buy a GPU, even if it is low-end. Any Dedicated GPU will beat any top performing integrated graphics, just because its solely for graphics. Consider buying a cheap one used, on OCN or something of the sort. You could probably find an 8800GT being sold for 40-50 dollars. For HTPC integrated is fine, but your PC will be lifted from a huge burden if you get a dedicated GPU.
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post #7 of 11
most microcenter ram is 1333 cl9 1.65v (generic ram)
and can hold back any overclocking

newegg often has 1600 cl8 or better ram for the same price as mc
post #8 of 11
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I'm not really on a budget. It's just that I don't want to have these parts sitting around for too long before I'm able to completely build this pc. I will upgrade to a dedicated graphics card. My current pc is a Athlon 3200+ single core 2.1gz with 512mb ram! So you can see why I'm so ready to build and move on to a better pc lol. I just hate that the APEX AL-D500EXP 500W ATX12V is grey
post #9 of 11
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What about this XIGMATEK NRP-PC Series ACXTNRP-PC402 400W ATX12V Ver.2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817815007 The wires on this power supply are shielded but they're not on the Apex-D500EXP. Is that a huge concern?
post #10 of 11
I think Microcenter's memory kit is based on the OCZ Gold DDR3-1333 9-9-9-20 1.65V kit, a kit that I have seen people have nothing but problems with, in my 1 1/2 years on this site. Of all RAM it has one of the highest DOA rates.

$33 shipped on Newegg can get you a higher quality Kingston HyperX Blu kit rated DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9 1.65V and with plenty of headroom to OC at 1.65V.
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