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Windows 7: Needs advice regarding pc parts

09 Dec 2009   #1
sergiogarcia9

 
Needs advice regarding pc parts

Hello Sf.
I am building a desktop next year, which will be my first build

So i need some advice with the parts
I really want this pc to stay within 700-800 USD.
This is the parts i've decided on getting so far:


Case: NZXT Tempest Midi Tower Black
Ram: 6 or 8 gb of ddr2 memory (Not decided which manufacturer yet )
CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 705e 2.5GHz 65W Box AM3/2+


Thanks in advance


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09 Dec 2009   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

First things first:

What will be your primary tasks with this PC, in as much detail as possible???

No need to spend 200 on a video card if you don't game

No need to get 4 TB of storage if you don't have a lot of video and music files

No need to get expensive RAM if you won't overclock.

No need to get large amounts of RAM for most users.

No need to get a mid tower case if you have only a couple of HDs and 1 DVD drive.

Good advice: stay with major brands on critical components (mobo, RAM, PSU)

Will you use onboard sound--more than adequate for most users.

No need to get a motherboard with a lot of features if you won't overclock.

Will you need to buy additional programs as part of your budget?

Does your budget include a new monitor/KB/mouse?

Give us more detail.
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09 Dec 2009   #3
sergiogarcia9

 

Mostly graphics editing with Photoshop etc. Maybe also video editing, and i would like it to be able to play some nice games on it (Like GTA IV, Grid etc).
I really would like a lot of storage so there is room for video, music, documents, apps and pictures/graphics
The budget doesnt include keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS or apps
As i already got a mouse, keyboard and a 32" Monitor i can use
Also i doubt i will be overclocking
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09 Dec 2009   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I am not in the AMD loop, so I will defer to others there.

How much storage--do you anticipate 2 HDs or one?

Good mobo brands: Asus, Gigabyte, MSI; no need to get fancy if you won't overclock

Good HD brands: Western Digital, Samsung, Seagate

Good PSUs: Corsair, Seasonic. some from Antec; most likely 500 to 550 watts max.

Good RAM: Crucial, Corsair, Kingston; standard speed is fine if you won't overclock.

Will you overclock?

Do you need a soundcard?

Do you anticipate using 2 video cards for gaming?
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09 Dec 2009   #5
sergiogarcia9

 

No i wont overclock.

Only planning on a single GFX card

2 HHD's min.

I would like to at least got 2 tb total
Onboard sound will do
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09 Dec 2009   #6
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I would go with DDR3 memory. It's nearing the same price as DDR2 and is a little better and uses lower voltage.

You would not gain much but enough to do it with DDR3. IMO

Good luck
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09 Dec 2009   #7
sergiogarcia9

 

Isnt DDR3 more expensive than DDR2? And most motherboards are DDR2 only?
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09 Dec 2009   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Sergio:

I'm not AMD qualified, but in all likelihood, your mobo takes either DDR2 or DDR3--not both. You have to find out which. Choose your mobo first. It likely will not boot with the wrong type, so be sure.

Drives: are you thinking smallish for boot drive and largish for secondary--or identical drives of the same size? You can get 1 TB for under 100. I just bought a 1.5 green WD for 100.

Try to find a supported RAM document for whatever mobo you decide on. You have to build your parts around the chosen mobo and they can be very cranky about RAM, particularly regarding voltage.

I don't think you will have any problems with your budget, particularly since you will not overclock and will use onboard sound.

What is the total for the case and processor you have chosen?
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09 Dec 2009   #9
sergiogarcia9

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Sergio:

I'm not AMD qualified, but in all likelihood, your mobo takes either DDR2 or DDR3--not both. You have to find out which. Choose your mobo first. It likely will not boot with the wrong type, so be sure.

Drives: are you thinking smallish for boot drive and largish for secondary--or identical drives of the same size? You can get 1 TB for under 100. I just bought a 1.5 green WD for 100.

Try to find a supported RAM document for whatever mobo you decide on. You have to build your parts around the chosen mobo and they can be very cranky about RAM, particularly regarding voltage.

I don't think you will have any problems with your budget, particularly since you will not overclock and will use onboard sound.

What is the total for the case and processor you have chosen?
Around 300 USD. (1530 DKK)

I am thinking of a 500 gb for the OS, and then a 1 tb for graphics, movies etc.

Can you reccoment any motherboards that will work nicely with the procressor and will work with either 6 or 8 GB ram installed?
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09 Dec 2009   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I am very weak on AMD processors and mobos. I can help you out in any other respect.

Suggest you pound google with your processor name and see what comes up.

Lots of AMD geeks here:

AMD Processors Forums

Figure 50 or 60 for a 500 gig drive and 90 or so for a 1 TB. That puts you at 450, and you need PSU, mobo, and RAM from that.

I think that is a pretty high-powered AMD processor, so figure 100 for PSU, that's 550.

6 gigs regular DDR 3 about 160?

8 gigs regular DDR 2 maybe 200?

Might be a tight fit for your budget. You still need a mobo and wild guess there is 160.

You could also read reviews for your processor at New Egg and see what mobo and RAM those guys are using. Take those reviews as a broad indicator---some of the buyers are neophytes.
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