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Hey everyone,

Just a little brief on what I am working with. I have very little computer knowledge and am looking to build a computer for the first time. I went on the internet searching for a build with around an $800 budget and found a list at hardware-revolution.com. This is what I am thinking of as a starting point, please let me know what you think!

CPU/Processor AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Quad-Core AM3 95W
Motherboard ASUS M4A785TD-V EVO AM3 785G
RAM A-DATA 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 1.65-1.85V
Video Card GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 w/ dual fans
Hard Drive Western Digital 640GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
Optical Drive ASUS SATA 24X DVD Burner
Power Supply SILVERSTONE ST50F-ES 500W 80 PLUS Certified
Case Antec Three Hundred Illusion

= $760

This is pretty much a direct copy of the list from the website. Do you guys like his picks or are there things you would change? Thanks a million for the help!

Ted
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It's good, the case, GPU, PSU, and ODD are good. Only thing I would change would to look into the new Phenom 11 cpu's and get a 800 series northbridge motherboard to future proof yourself.
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Good Build.

CPU/Processor AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Quad-Core AM3 95W

get a Phenom II x4 920BE 2.8ghz 6mb l3 cache instead. they are priced very close.
 
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@ Decimate - What on your list makes it superior to the original? Thanks for the list, I am definitely going to look at those parts. Hope to order the computer near the end of this month. I really need to read up on how to put it together and everything.

Thanks for the advice guys! On another note, how do i recognize if all the parts will be compatible together? I would check under specifications on newegg right?
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@ Decimate - What on your list makes it superior to the original? Thanks for the list, I am definitely going to look at those parts. Hope to order the computer near the end of this month. I really need to read up on how to put it together and everything.

Thanks for the advice guys! On another note, how do i recognize if all the parts will be compatible together? I would check under specifications on newegg right?
Well, the build I put together is a more overclocking-friendly build.

The 955 C3 CPU is a quad-core just like the Athlon II X4, but the Athlon II has no L3 cache. The L3 cache that the 955 has will boost performance.

The motherboard I chose is newer, has a newer, higher-end chipset, and has more features. It has SATA 3 capability and you can run dual GPU's in Crossfire at x16/x16 should you want to. On top of that, it has proven to be a very good overclocking board.

I went with a lesser GPU in my build than yours. The 5770 offers great performance for the price. I'm not sure what the price of the 5830 in your build is, but I'm pretty the 5770 offers a better price-to-performance ratio.

As for compatibility, all the components in both builds are compatible. What you have to look for is the CPU socket type (AM3 in this case) and RAM support (240-pin DDR3 in this case). GPU's are pretty straightforward because everything is PCI Express now. Same with HDD's and optical drives (both use SATA nowadays).
post #7 of 17
If you are going to end up ordering form newegg, there are a few promo codes you should be aware of:

$15 Promo gift card with 955 - no code required.

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $64.99 after $5 promo code EMCYTNN25

The A DATA set you've selected - $95.99 after $10 promo code EMCYTNN42

Antec 300 - $49.99 after $10 promo code EMCYTNN22

Happy shopping =)
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Do you think that build would smoke most of the current video games out? I really want the computer for Guild Wars 2 coming out in 2011 and StarCraft 2. I really don't know much and really appreciate all your help; you guys are great!
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Do you think that build would smoke most of the current video games out? I really want the computer for Guild Wars 2 coming out in 2011 and StarCraft 2. I really don't know much and really appreciate all your help; you guys are great!
Yes, it should. The 5770 might struggle at really high resolutions, but you've got room to upgrade in the future with the build I put together for you. You could add a 2nd 5770 for Crossfire later on and the mobo I chose will let you run AMD's next generation of CPU's, codenamed Bulldozer, with a BIOS update when they come out in 2011.
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If you are going to end up ordering form newegg, there are a few promo codes you should be aware of:

$15 Promo gift card with 955 - no code required.

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB - $64.99 after $5 promo code EMCYTNN25

The A DATA set you've selected - $95.99 after $10 promo code EMCYTNN42

Antec 300 - $49.99 after $10 promo code EMCYTNN22

Happy shopping =)
Nice, Velathawen . Promo codes are always good . In that case, switch out the Western Digital Caviar Black HDD in my build with that Samsung Spinpoint F3.
Edited by decimator - 6/22/10 at 6:59pm
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What do you think would be the first upgrades?
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