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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
ive been wanting a desktop for awhile im upgrading from using a core 2 duo laptop (asus listed in sig) i need more power than that and i love to tweak and overclock


motherboard: ASUS M5A87 AM3+ AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131734
($86)

memory: AMD Entertainment Edition 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600)
link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820103001

cpu: AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz
link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996

gpu: Geforce GTX 260 core 216 superclocked edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130433
(bought for $80)

psu: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus 500W
link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171031
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AMD 16GB DDR3 1333 (4x4gb)@1866 10-11-10-32 OCZ RevoDrive 110GB PCI-E x4 WD 1.5tb WD 2tb 
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WD 2tb WD 3TB green WD 3TB red WD 3TB red 
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WD 3TB green external DVD burner CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 Liquid Cooler windows 7 x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
24in asus vh238h 42in plasma razer lycosa CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W 
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rosewill challenger logitech 5.1 channel 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
core 2 duo p7450 g60vx GTX 260M 1GB ✞R.I.P.✞ 4GB DDR2 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT30N windows 7 64BIT 16" 1366x768  19.5V 6.3A laptop power supply 
Case
G60VX-RBBX05 
CPURAMHard DriveOS
core 2 duo t8300 4GB ddr2  Samsung 640gb Backtrack 5 r1 KDE 
OSPower
windows 7 ultimate battery 6 cell lasts roughly 3 hours  
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AMD FX-4100@4.6ghz ASUS M5A97 EVO @2.6ghz NB 2.4ghz HT sapphire R9 290x asus 7970 directcu II 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
AMD 16GB DDR3 1333 (4x4gb)@1866 10-11-10-32 OCZ RevoDrive 110GB PCI-E x4 WD 1.5tb WD 2tb 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
WD 2tb WD 3TB green WD 3TB red WD 3TB red 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD 3TB green external DVD burner CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 Liquid Cooler windows 7 x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
24in asus vh238h 42in plasma razer lycosa CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W 
CaseAudio
rosewill challenger logitech 5.1 channel 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
core 2 duo p7450 g60vx GTX 260M 1GB ✞R.I.P.✞ 4GB DDR2 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT30N windows 7 64BIT 16" 1366x768  19.5V 6.3A laptop power supply 
Case
G60VX-RBBX05 
CPURAMHard DriveOS
core 2 duo t8300 4GB ddr2  Samsung 640gb Backtrack 5 r1 KDE 
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post #2 of 17
Hm.... interesting choices, may I ask what you're using it for?
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core 2 Extreme @ 2.8GHz (upgrade) Intel GMA 950 2 x 2 DDR2 667MHz (upgrade) 120GB Mushkin ECO2 
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Replaced with 42 W/hr aux battery Mint 17.3 1280x800 Dell 65w Dell Adapter 
CaseOther
Latitude D630 Chassis Intel 7260-802.11ac 2x2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Not telling AsRock something Pixel Pusher 2 x 8 GB AMD Radeon RAM @ 1600mhz (All the VM's) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial M4 128GB (8 second boot) Western Digital RE4 1TB Western Digital RE4 2TB Pioneer Blu-Ray Reader/Writer 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Dell U2713HM IBM Model M (CLICKY!!) 
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Antec HCG-900 NZXT Source 210 (it was cheap) Logitech G502 Schiit Modi 
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Sennheiser HD 598 M-Audio AV40's 
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Intel Core i5-4200U Microsoft BGA1168 Intel HD 4400 8 GB LPDDR3 Dual Channel @ 1600mhz 
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core 2 Extreme @ 2.8GHz (upgrade) Intel GMA 950 2 x 2 DDR2 667MHz (upgrade) 120GB Mushkin ECO2 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
Replaced with 42 W/hr aux battery Mint 17.3 1280x800 Dell 65w Dell Adapter 
CaseOther
Latitude D630 Chassis Intel 7260-802.11ac 2x2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Not telling AsRock something Pixel Pusher 2 x 8 GB AMD Radeon RAM @ 1600mhz (All the VM's) 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Crucial M4 128GB (8 second boot) Western Digital RE4 1TB Western Digital RE4 2TB Pioneer Blu-Ray Reader/Writer 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Dell U2713HM IBM Model M (CLICKY!!) 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Antec HCG-900 NZXT Source 210 (it was cheap) Logitech G502 Schiit Modi 
AudioAudio
Sennheiser HD 598 M-Audio AV40's 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-4200U Microsoft BGA1168 Intel HD 4400 8 GB LPDDR3 Dual Channel @ 1600mhz 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
SK Hynix 256GB SSD Windows 8.1 Professional 1920 x 1080p IPS Display Microsoft Touch Cover 2 
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48w PSU 
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post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
just a little of everything software , play around with programming , web browsing , little gaming , watching movies , overclocking and tweaking with it and stuff like that

EDIT: also i only barely had enough to buy that i already had the vid card and i just needed the motherboard , cpu , memory , psu
Edited by Think_alien - 3/5/12 at 6:19pm
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AMD FX-4100@4.6ghz ASUS M5A97 EVO @2.6ghz NB 2.4ghz HT sapphire R9 290x asus 7970 directcu II 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
AMD 16GB DDR3 1333 (4x4gb)@1866 10-11-10-32 OCZ RevoDrive 110GB PCI-E x4 WD 1.5tb WD 2tb 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
WD 2tb WD 3TB green WD 3TB red WD 3TB red 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD 3TB green external DVD burner CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 Liquid Cooler windows 7 x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
24in asus vh238h 42in plasma razer lycosa CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W 
CaseAudio
rosewill challenger logitech 5.1 channel 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
core 2 duo p7450 g60vx GTX 260M 1GB ✞R.I.P.✞ 4GB DDR2 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT30N windows 7 64BIT 16" 1366x768  19.5V 6.3A laptop power supply 
Case
G60VX-RBBX05 
CPURAMHard DriveOS
core 2 duo t8300 4GB ddr2  Samsung 640gb Backtrack 5 r1 KDE 
OSPower
windows 7 ultimate battery 6 cell lasts roughly 3 hours  
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AMD FX-4100@4.6ghz ASUS M5A97 EVO @2.6ghz NB 2.4ghz HT sapphire R9 290x asus 7970 directcu II 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
AMD 16GB DDR3 1333 (4x4gb)@1866 10-11-10-32 OCZ RevoDrive 110GB PCI-E x4 WD 1.5tb WD 2tb 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
WD 2tb WD 3TB green WD 3TB red WD 3TB red 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD 3TB green external DVD burner CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 Liquid Cooler windows 7 x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
24in asus vh238h 42in plasma razer lycosa CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W 
CaseAudio
rosewill challenger logitech 5.1 channel 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
core 2 duo p7450 g60vx GTX 260M 1GB ✞R.I.P.✞ 4GB DDR2 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT30N windows 7 64BIT 16" 1366x768  19.5V 6.3A laptop power supply 
Case
G60VX-RBBX05 
CPURAMHard DriveOS
core 2 duo t8300 4GB ddr2  Samsung 640gb Backtrack 5 r1 KDE 
OSPower
windows 7 ultimate battery 6 cell lasts roughly 3 hours  
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post #4 of 17
1.that gpu isnt dx11. A gtx 550 or a radeon 6770/7770 are better options
2. Why get an 870 board when there 970s about the same price?
3.if your cpu budget is around $110 to $130 the 960t may be a better option.
4.go for 8gb memory and domt bother with the amd stuff (good but overpriced) i got my 8gig kit for $40 and ive seen other as low as $30
post #5 of 17
It's not great but not terrible either consdering the budget. I think you'll find yourself upgrading some stuff sooner than later though.
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 
well ya i planned on upgrading the memory to 16gb as soon as i can and later getting the fx 6 or 8 "core" cpu for it but its alot easier to upgrade a part here and there then it is to go out and buy a new system i only had about $280 total so i think i did pretty good
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AMD FX-4100@4.6ghz ASUS M5A97 EVO @2.6ghz NB 2.4ghz HT sapphire R9 290x asus 7970 directcu II 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
AMD 16GB DDR3 1333 (4x4gb)@1866 10-11-10-32 OCZ RevoDrive 110GB PCI-E x4 WD 1.5tb WD 2tb 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
WD 2tb WD 3TB green WD 3TB red WD 3TB red 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD 3TB green external DVD burner CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 Liquid Cooler windows 7 x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
24in asus vh238h 42in plasma razer lycosa CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W 
CaseAudio
rosewill challenger logitech 5.1 channel 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
core 2 duo p7450 g60vx GTX 260M 1GB ✞R.I.P.✞ 4GB DDR2 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT30N windows 7 64BIT 16" 1366x768  19.5V 6.3A laptop power supply 
Case
G60VX-RBBX05 
CPURAMHard DriveOS
core 2 duo t8300 4GB ddr2  Samsung 640gb Backtrack 5 r1 KDE 
OSPower
windows 7 ultimate battery 6 cell lasts roughly 3 hours  
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AMD FX-4100@4.6ghz ASUS M5A97 EVO @2.6ghz NB 2.4ghz HT sapphire R9 290x asus 7970 directcu II 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
AMD 16GB DDR3 1333 (4x4gb)@1866 10-11-10-32 OCZ RevoDrive 110GB PCI-E x4 WD 1.5tb WD 2tb 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
WD 2tb WD 3TB green WD 3TB red WD 3TB red 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD 3TB green external DVD burner CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 Liquid Cooler windows 7 x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
24in asus vh238h 42in plasma razer lycosa CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W 
CaseAudio
rosewill challenger logitech 5.1 channel 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
core 2 duo p7450 g60vx GTX 260M 1GB ✞R.I.P.✞ 4GB DDR2 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT30N windows 7 64BIT 16" 1366x768  19.5V 6.3A laptop power supply 
Case
G60VX-RBBX05 
CPURAMHard DriveOS
core 2 duo t8300 4GB ddr2  Samsung 640gb Backtrack 5 r1 KDE 
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post #7 of 17

A dual channel kit can be had for the same price...

post #8 of 17
You don't need 16GB of RAM on a system like that. Spend some money on an aftermarket CPU cooler like a Hyper 212+/EVO so you can OC.
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
i didnt have that extra $10 for the cheaper brand stuff and i wont buy memory without heat spreaders and i read a few reviews saying it was good for overclocking so i wanted to try it

i planned on getting an aftermarket cooler my list is actually
aftermarket liquid cooler
better case
more memory
possibly a better gpu or cpu
Edited by Think_alien - 3/5/12 at 7:01pm
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AMD FX-4100@4.6ghz ASUS M5A97 EVO @2.6ghz NB 2.4ghz HT sapphire R9 290x asus 7970 directcu II 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
AMD 16GB DDR3 1333 (4x4gb)@1866 10-11-10-32 OCZ RevoDrive 110GB PCI-E x4 WD 1.5tb WD 2tb 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
WD 2tb WD 3TB green WD 3TB red WD 3TB red 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD 3TB green external DVD burner CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 Liquid Cooler windows 7 x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
24in asus vh238h 42in plasma razer lycosa CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W 
CaseAudio
rosewill challenger logitech 5.1 channel 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
core 2 duo p7450 g60vx GTX 260M 1GB ✞R.I.P.✞ 4GB DDR2 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT30N windows 7 64BIT 16" 1366x768  19.5V 6.3A laptop power supply 
Case
G60VX-RBBX05 
CPURAMHard DriveOS
core 2 duo t8300 4GB ddr2  Samsung 640gb Backtrack 5 r1 KDE 
OSPower
windows 7 ultimate battery 6 cell lasts roughly 3 hours  
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AMD FX-4100@4.6ghz ASUS M5A97 EVO @2.6ghz NB 2.4ghz HT sapphire R9 290x asus 7970 directcu II 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
AMD 16GB DDR3 1333 (4x4gb)@1866 10-11-10-32 OCZ RevoDrive 110GB PCI-E x4 WD 1.5tb WD 2tb 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
WD 2tb WD 3TB green WD 3TB red WD 3TB red 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD 3TB green external DVD burner CORSAIR Hydro Series H60 Liquid Cooler windows 7 x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
24in asus vh238h 42in plasma razer lycosa CORSAIR Gaming Series GS700 700W 
CaseAudio
rosewill challenger logitech 5.1 channel 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
core 2 duo p7450 g60vx GTX 260M 1GB ✞R.I.P.✞ 4GB DDR2 
Optical DriveOSMonitorPower
HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT30N windows 7 64BIT 16" 1366x768  19.5V 6.3A laptop power supply 
Case
G60VX-RBBX05 
CPURAMHard DriveOS
core 2 duo t8300 4GB ddr2  Samsung 640gb Backtrack 5 r1 KDE 
OSPower
windows 7 ultimate battery 6 cell lasts roughly 3 hours  
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post #10 of 17
I also built mine resintly, aimming to be fairly upgradeable and cheap. Used old dell psu case and hard drive, peared with amd athlon ii x3 455 biostar a880gz and 8gb ram. (i dont game much so igpu it is) like you i have a list of upgrades planned out. Heres mine.

1.replace psu (dont trust dell) maybe corsair builder series 460watt or rosewell hive 550watt
2.new hard drive, thinking seagate barracuda latest revison (1tb per platter)
3.case, cooler master haf 912
4.cpu and mofsat (had to get a sub-par board on a budget, good for the money) cooling for oc

After that maybe get a gpu if i get more into gaming or a cpu upgrade if piledriver turns out good.

I think its good to have an upgrade list and slowly upgrade, gives you something to look forward to.

Oh and btw my 8gb dual channal kit cost me $40 and has decent heat spreaders. Look it up, patriot sector 5 1600mhz
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