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I know how much you all love these little "critique my build threads," but I am way out of practice. I havent built a computer for a couple of years. If you would take a look at my plans so far and tell me what you think and what I could do to improve it in the same general price range I would appreciate it. I am only going to post the main components to keep the clutter down.

Processor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103873

Video Card- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814161334

Memory(x2)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144461

Motherboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131647

PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139017

Going to build this for my wife who will be using it to play an online game called second life. The game itself is not super graphics intensive, but she does a lot of building and animating in the game which I think this system shoul be able handle easily.
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You could save some $$ by buying some parts off here. Take a look in the FS section.
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Appreciate the sentiment, but I would like to stay new. I have not had the best of experiences with used.

EDIT: I just noticed that the vid card recommends a 400w psu. Is that the recommended safe zone or will the 430w psu be a problem?
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1. Upgrade to either M4A87TD EVO + Phenom II x2 555 or go Athlon II x2 250 for $11 less (both C3 revision still)
2. Go with this video card + this power supply (both much better) instead
3. If you don't mind OCZ quality, go with the 8-8-8 rated Special Ops for $45/2x2GB kit
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Lol, those RAM sticks look sweet.
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Thannks for the advice. I already had that motherboard on the list so I'm glad that it is a good choice. I also went with the Phenom II X2 255 that xd 1771 suggested ( I was on the edge of getting it anyway.) I Upped the power supply to a 500w Thermaltake just to be on the safer side. I know that the OCZ RAM would probably perform better if I got a good operating set, but there are almost as many bad reviews of them on the egg as there are good ones. Some of the good ones even say that they cant get them to operate in the advertised timings. So thanks for the help I'll let ya know how things work out.
    
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Hay all, just thought I would give you an update. I started final assembly this morning and after the initial bios setup it unlocked all four cores on the P555BE! Currently installing win7. This is my wifes computer so I'm not gona OC it too far, but I'll see what the stock cooler will do

UPDATE: Got everything up and did a little benching. Everything ids running great! All four cores unlocked and it OC's without a hiccup, but as expected the stock cooler is pretty limiting. What is the max operating temp that you all like to stay under? Right now my "bottleneck" is the HD tranfer speed. Overall very happy so far.
Edited by redwolf_92 - 1/15/11 at 11:24am
    
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post #8 of 8
The thought of my suggestion causing something really good for you makes me really warm inside you lucky duck! That's absolutely great!
62C is the absolute maximum on AMD, but we like to stay at 55 or under.
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