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  • Started 8 years ago by ozooha
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I am trying to build a PC which I will primarily use for watching movies/email/surfing/ and some gaming ( not the hard core variety). Also I would like to keep this PC for a few years ~ 5 yrs plus. Currently I will use the Video onboard and buy a video card later so the budget is less than $800.
Here are some of the important items which I need your advice on:
Processor - AMD Phenom 9850 Black edition :
Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-DS4H :
RAM - mushkin:
PSU- Crosair:
HardDrive - Western Digital :
Case- RaidMax Smilodon :
Keyboards/mouse (combo deal with the Case above):
DVD burner - Samsung :

I want to stick with the Mobo and processor. Also I know the PSU is more than I need but would like to keep it as in the future I might want to game a bit more or overclock.

However please do feel free to criticize & advice me on first build.
Thanks so much for your inputs and I look forward to hearing from you.

Posted 8 years ago
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Welcome to The HTG Forums.

Your build looks good with the budget you have set.

However your expectations are way out of line !!

The (Cabal) will never let you keep a computer for ~5 years.

As a new Builder, you will quickly learn what I mean.

Kindest Regards,
Rick P. ♥ :)

Posted 8 years ago
Posts: 6609

@Rick, don't be silly. There is no Cabal! But I agree with you that making a new system stretch out to 5 years is difficult.

@Ozooha, hello. I would suggest that given your budget and requirements, that a build-your-own is not the optimal solution for you. For the same money -- even less money if you shop wisely -- you can get a new pre-built system with far more power. Such a system would have a 45nm quad-core CPU, fast memory, and a PCI-E x16 graphics adapter installed. You could start with a video card now.

Consider your most demanding application. If we are not talking hard core games, then it is watching movies. DVD movies are easy, but movies and TV, too, are moving to high definition (HD). Maybe you would want a Blu-ray player in this system someday. Then you will need plenty of graphics power and HDCP compliance as well. Even if Blu-ray doesn't make it, streaming HD movies will be coming from Netflix, Apple TV, and others. Already the TV networks are streaming some of their shows in HD -- ABC, Fox, and the NBC Olympics website have HD video now.

Posted 8 years ago
Posts: 8

Listed below is my updated list to the Phenom build.
Please do let me know your thoughts/insights so that I can tweak my build further.
POWER SUPPY - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

MEMORY - Patriot Extreme Performance 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model
PDC24G6400ELK - Retail

CPU - AMD Phenom 9950 BLACK EDITION 2.6GHz Socket AM2+ 140W Quad-Core Processor Model HD995ZFAGHBOX - Retail

THERMAL COMPUND - Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

CPU COOLER FAN- ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler - Retail


CASE -Antec Three Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

CASE FAN - MASSCOOL FD12025S1L3/4 120mm Case Fan - Retail

GRAPHICS CARD - SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

HARDRIVE - Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

DVD DRIVE - SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q/BEBN - OEM

MOUSE/KEYBOARD Logitech EX 110 Black USB + PS/2 Standard Cordless Desktop Keyboard & Mouse Kit - Retail

Posted 8 years ago
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do you already have a monitor that you will be using with this build? and every thing looks good so far

Posted 8 years ago
Posts: 6609

Ozooha, I'm glad to see you are going forward with the build. It was not my intention to try and talk you out of it. It does look good, but I have a few questions and comments:

* Why the black edition Phenom? Are you planning to overclock it?
* I noticed that you changed RAM from 1066 to 800. Any special reason for this? BTW, I don't see it as a problem.
* I like the Radeon HD 4850! You will not have problems with hi-def video on this puppy.
* That 790GX chipset is amazing. With the onboard graphics, you could run a Hybrid CrossFire configuration.
* I like the new hard drive, it's probably faster. For saving power, I use sleep, hibernate, or off -- not a slow hard drive.

Posted 8 years ago
Posts: 8

I actually will hook it up to my 46" Samsung...mostly for surfing, some gaming & watching movies.

Thank you, You did not dissuade infact helped to reconder and tweak it a bit. I went with the Phenom 'coz of the deal with a Antec 300 combo. I believe this mobo (review on techreport/tomshardware) will let me overclock & wanted to have that as an option - this might actually make me change my RAM from 800 to 1066.
Yeah the mobo was what got me to consider AMD..I love it i mean the features and it helps to future proof my PC a bit.
Also the ATI has drivers which are open source and I am pro Linux.

I appreciate all your inputs. If you do have a few final ones I would love to know.

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