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Old November 30, 2009, 06:57 PM
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Hi there. This is my first build and I was told you folks tend to give good advice when it comes to these things so I'm gonna post some info here.

Case: Lian-Li Lancool PC-K56WB ATX Advanced Mid Tower Case

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AMD785G mATX AM3 PCI-E DDR3 Video Sound GLAN CrossFireX HDMI

Processor: AMD Athlon II X2 250 Dual Core Processor Socket AM3 3.0GHZ 2MB Cache 60W

Power Supply: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W ATX 20/24PIN

Memory: G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 240PIN Dual Channel

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Hard Drive OEM

DVD Drive: Samsung SH-S223L/BEBS 22X SATA DVD Writer Lightscribe OEM

This PC will be replacing my Shuttle XPC which I've had to painfully endure until now. I'm also on a pretty tight budget as I'm in college at the moment. I'm planning on spending $500-$600. I didn't include a video card because I won't be doing a lot of gaming right now but if I ever get more money I'll be able to put a good one in there. I think the on-board will be good for now. I got this parts list from NCIX Canada which is probably where I'll be buying from.

Suggestions? Opinions?
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Old November 30, 2009, 07:43 PM
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For a budget rig that won't be doing much gaming I'm sure it will be fine. The psu seems lil overkill, but if you're adding a beefy gpu later it will prove handy.
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Old December 1, 2009, 08:30 AM
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Nice build!

This is about the same as my htpc.

The processor is very energy efficient.
Your psu is probably over kill as said above. I am using a good Seasonic 400W.
I would consider Western Digital Green (energy efficient) or black (great performer) caviar as hard disk.
Lian-Li Lancool PC-K56WB case is larger than you shuttle XPC, if you want good small case, you can look at nmedia as they are cheaper than Lian-li/silverstone and do very well!

Edit: Your ram doesnt match any qualfied motherboards from g.skill website G.SKILL-Products

I would suggest you;
Gigabyte GA-MA785GT-UD3H AMD785G ATX AM3 2PCI-E DDR3 Video Sound GLAN CrossFireX HDMI Motherboard
Why using a mATX board when your case is actually ATX? This is not much price difference with your current board and this one support your ram!

Note: The Ati HD 4200 integrated video card in these motherboards is really good. You will be able to play many titles. Maybe not all maxed but, it work quite good!

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