First Computer Build Specs

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chunky975
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Hey everyone, i think this is my first post here so hi :)

I am going to be building a computer soon which will be my first one so it i am just wanting good specs but nothing that is terrible and nothing that is amazing. 

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PSU - OCZ Stealth Xtream 500W PSU - 1x PCI-E 6/8pin, 2x SATA 12cm Fan

ODD - Pioneer DVR S18LBK 22x DVD±RW DL & RAM SATA - Retail Box Black with Software

CPU Cooler - Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev 2 Socket 775, 1156, 1366, AM2, AM3 Heatpipe CPU Cooler

Processor - AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition 3.1GHz 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 Retail Boxed Processor

RAM - Crucial 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz/PC3-10600 Memory Kit CL9 1.5V

HDD - Western Digital WD5001AALS 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM Caviar Black

Motherboard - Asus M4A87TD EVO 870 Socket AM3 8 Channel Audio ATX Motherboard

Case - Coolermaster CM690 II Advanced Mid Tower Case

Graphics Card - Sapphire HD 4670 1GB DDR3 DVI VGA HDMI PCI-E Graphics Card

Please note that i pretty much just copy and pasted that so sorry if it is a bit messy.

I would just like to know if these specs would be good for a decent computer for a guy on a budget. As i said, this is my first build i am a complete noob and would like a bit of guidance please :) and i want to keep costs low and the build nice and easy.

Also i would like to get a good case because i hopefully can just keep getting new components and upgrading this instead of building entirely new computers. 

So thanks for reading this and any advice is appreciated :)

undeadkingpr
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1. Why ddr2? DDR3 is less expensive now so I would change that and the motherboard to accommodate for the upgrade.

2. Switch to am AM3 motherboard not only for the ram but find one that supports Sata 6 and USB 3. Las I checked I found a good one for $80 that did all that.

3. SSD is a bit small. I wold get a 32gb so I could also put on your favorite games and most used things. Also a good dea to change to a SATA/USB SSG-agility series- as those peformbetter and are more portable/do not take a MB slow.

 Have fun!

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chunky975
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Thanks for your input :)

 

i got DDR3 RAM now instead (1600MHz or something like that) and i was also looking at this motherboard:

http://www.awd-it.co.uk/scripts/prodview.asp?idproduct=7718

It has SATA 6GB/s and has USB 3.0 but it is Gigabyte and i've heard that DDR3 RAM and Gigabyte don't go too well.

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Check out the ASUS M4A87TD EVO good board nice features.. (and btw be sure to check the recommended memory vendor list with the motherboard you wanna buy)

undeadkingpr
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There should not be any problem with Giga and DDR3-that is just rumors.

Looks like a nice board with a good warranty-don't be too afraid to nail down your components.

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ATX wrote:

Check out the ASUS M4A87TD EVO good board nice features.. (and btw be sure to check the recommended memory vendor list with the motherboard you wanna buy)

I SAW WHAT YOU DID THERE!

undeadkingpr
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The updated build induces a few problems

1. The psu will be fine for one graphics but you will not be able to ever get a 2nd gpu.

2. The graphics card is very weak. A gts 250 1gb can be had for a reasonable $90 and significantly outperform it.

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Well I guess I like that board.. it's probably one of the best AMD-based budget board on the market

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I would change to case to either HAF 922, CM690 or Antec 902. And upgrade the video card to an HD 5670, because the current one isn't really good for anything.

If i was you, I would downgrade the CPU and upgrade the motherboard. 

The rest, which is the RAM ,HDD ,ODD and the power supply I would keep. Good luck, first build is always the most nerve racking and hard. 

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chunky975
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@Elmex8

OK, i really just picked this case because it has 6 fans with it pre-installed so it has excellent cooling which i thought would be pretty vital. I dont really need a quad core cause im not doing anything very intensive.

And yea it's quite scary, i just want good components and not break them when installing them :L the rest seems pretty easy.

@undeadkingpr

im not sure if i will get a second GPU so for now i am fine and will upgrade the PSU if necessary. Also I have actually already changed my graphics card and forgot to update it here, I chose this.

Also what do you guys think about this case? It's one Elmex8 recommended

undeadkingpr
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Just for the future chunky remember to put Edit: so people can quickly find what u've changed in a pervious post.

That case is fine but it is overpriced in the U.K. Try to find a haf 922 for like 60-70 quid and I'd get that

chunky975
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Yea sorry, i don't edit often and when i do it is usually a VB forum so it comes up saying that i edited when etc.

Yea i did see it cheaper somewhere but can't find it :(

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Everything looks great now. I would go with it.