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Joeym11235

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Hello, first time post so hello to everyone! (and sorry the post is long)

I am planning to build a computer, for the first time, and I need some help and opinions.

Use: I plan to use the computer for HD movies, gaming, some video editing, photo editing, and internet and school work. Although I don’t play to many games, I do play some and would like to have a good graphics card. One of the main things I want to do is to be able to hook my computer up to my HD TV and use my computer to play blu-ray movies. I also want to keep in mind upgradeability, so I can add new and better parts.

Budget: $800.00 to $1,000.00.

With that, here is a list of the part I am considering:

Processor: I would like the 955 but it may be more than I need and its expensive, the 945 is my second choose.

AMD Phenom II x4 955: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103674
AMD Phenom II x4 945: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103675
AMD Phenom II x3 720: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103649

Motherboard: which is better, are than any others I should consider.
MSI 790FX-GD70: http://www.newegg.co.....SI 790FX-GD70
Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P http://www.newegg.co...Tpk=ga-ma790xt-

Video Card: Is this a good card for HD video
http://www.newegg.co...x...eon HD 4850

RAM: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231189

Hard Drive: Will upgrade or add another in the future as I need more space.
http://www.newegg.co.....200AAJS 320GB

Optical Drive: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827106277

Power supply: Are these the right type and is it enough watts, right power connectors? unsure here suggestion please
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139002
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139001

Case: have no clue, suggestion welcome

Thanks you for any and all help.

Edited by Joeym11235, 28 May 2009 - 10:11 PM.

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Troy

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Hey there, and welcome :)



The 955 is only a few dollars more, and I'm not really sure about the performance difference between the two, so I'd throw it down to your budget. If you can squeeze the extra few $$$ for the 955 then go for it, but ultimately, both are good processors.

For your choice of motherboard, the Gigabyte looks pretty nice, and cheaper to boot.

The 4850 is way overkill for bluray, but right on the money for a good gaming card. Seems like a perfect choice to fit your own description. :)

For the PSU, both are the same price after rebates, and either one should be enough for this build. Take the 620 and make sure to get those rebates!

Overall a nice build, and for a case, you could go with something like the Antec 300 is very nice for the price.

Cheers

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Like Troy said, the difference between the 945 and 955 is fairly minimal, the 955 just has a faster clock speed. This website has a brief comparison of the two. If you have the extra $20, then go for it. If not, the difference won't be mind blowing so settling for the 945 won't be much of a disappointment.

Everything else you chose looks great. The case that Troy recommended will do just fine, assuming you don't need something extremely cool looking with flashy lights all over :)
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Hey, kinda similar to the computer I'm building myself.

OS: Linux (Ubuntu 9.04)
1 Hard Drive 320 GB 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache (Western Digital)
1 CD/DVD combo
AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor
GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard
Corsair 4 GB RAM
NVIDIA 8800 graphics card
Apevia X-Cruiser ATX Mid Tower Case with Temp Gauge, Fan Speed Gauge, & Volume Gauge
2 80mm LED fans
Air Duct & filter on side window (Thermally Advantaged Chassis)

However, I'm stuck on the PSU and not sure how many watts I would need? I'm thinking 500W or 600W would be enough but then someone had told me 430W would do, so I don't know.
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I guess it depends exactly which 430W PSU is going to be used... Something like the Seasonic 430W would do nicely, as it's high quality and a solid unit. A cheapo 430W would not be recommended.
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Joeym11235

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Thanks for the help. These forums are great, and have answered a lot of my questions.

Thanks!
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