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Hello. I'm Dut and I'm looking to get into building computers. I am starting by putting a computer together for a friend of mine. I have done some research, looking for the best deals I could find. Not sure about compadability or how out-dated some parts are. Anyhow, here's the low-down.

This computer isn't going to be used for gaming(yet), so I was hoping the on-board video card might suffice. He is mainly using it for music storage and word processing for now. I need a computer, a monitor, mouse, keyboard, and if possible, a set of speakers. Must accomodate a wireless router. My ceiling is $1000. This is what I've got.

Case : X-Blade 10 bay Aluminum

Motherboard: BIOSTAR TForce TF720

AMD Phenom 9600 Agena 2.3GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Quad-Core Processor Model

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS (500gb)

PSU: SeaSonic S12 II SS-330GB 330W

RAM: OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster SB0570 Audigy SE 7.1

CD/DVD burner : LG Black 22X

Monitor: 22"

Mouse/Keyboard: Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 B2L-00047

Logitech G51 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium

Wireless Card: EDIMAX EW-7128G

This all adds up to about 1000 or so. Thank yu for your support!
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I would be careful with that Biostar board...I've had bad luck with Biostar in the past, and their website is really atrocious to try and navigate for finding drivers and such.
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Okay, thanks. The motherboard was one of the items that I was pretty skeptical about. I was also considering an Asus board over the Biostar. It's a little pricier, but I think that's okay when we're talking about the heart of the computer.
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I would go for the asus. i have used 4 diff mobos from asus, all ran perfect. not counting the one i had DOA. but its replacment has been working like a charm.
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Asus makes good products - if price allows, I would definitely go with them :)
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After careful consideration, I have decided on these products for my build. Since I am a newbie, if there is anything that I am forgetting, please let me know. Possible questions...

Will this all work together?

Will this be all that I need for the computer?

Will I need anything else to build the computer?


Case : X-Blade 10 bay Aluminum (Geeks.com) 53$

Motherboard: ASUS M3A78-EM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI 80$

Processor AMD Phenom 9600 Agena 2.3GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Quad-Core 130$ /w

Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500gb 32mb Cache 70$

Ram: CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 70$

PSU: RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-530SS 530W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V 60$

CD/DVD burner : SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe
27$

Keyboard: Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 40$

Mouse: Rosewill RM800U Black 5$

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit 100$

Wireless Card: GIGABYTE GN-WP01GS PCI 17$

After Shipping: $675

Possible additions later:

Sound Card: Creative Sound Blaster SB0570 Audigy SE 7.1 35$

Vid Card: MSI NX8500GT-TD256E OC GeForce 8500 GT 256MB 70$ - 15$ rebate
ASUS EN9500GT TOP/DI/512M GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 90$
XFX PVT84JYAJG GeForce 8600 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 SLI 90
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I would try this RAM instead. It's made by Kingston and is $55 instead of $70. I've always found Kingston to make good RAM (Not to say that Corsair doesn't) but my personal preference has always been toward Kingston.
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Oh definately, to conserve on up front costs. But after the rebate from the Corsair you end up having only paid 40$. Maybe that's a tad naive, considering the only real reason they can do that is they probably make $35.00 off selling your information to companies, who then will very likely waste at least $100 worth of your time deleting spam.

Sadly, I already purchased the Corsair, but next time I will certainly keep the Kingstons in mind. Thanks a lot!
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Np :)
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