Re: Building Desktop, Help Needed
I agree on the Hard Drive front, never use a reconditioned one.
I'd recommend that you spend a tiny bit extra and get a 900 series AMD chipset motherboard, purely for future proofing and the higher HT bus speeds, SATA3 etc etc. The 700 series is getting on a bit. And, I'd imagine you'd need a 900 series to use the latest AMD CPU's.
Video card: Get the cheapest Radeon 7850 2GB version. These things can overclock to 1050MHz without a problem and pack a fantastic punch for the price.
DVD-RW - any make, they're all roughly the same price now anyway, and you'll probably hardly ever use it. Samsung or Sony.
Get a slightly beefier power supply - 550W ideally. To choose a PSU, add up the wattage of all your componenets then add a half and that's the absolute minimum you should aim for in a PSU. (Gfx, 125W; CPU, 125W; MoBo & Ram, 50W; HDD & CDRW, 20W; misc, 50W: total roughly 370W, x1.5 = 555W.)
What CPU are you thinking of choosing?
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