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Old 08-13-2009, 06:05 PM   #1
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Default Who doesn't love a good "Is this build good" thread?

So I'm looking to replace my old socket 939 and AGP based computer with a well, newer one. It's not going to be a power house and in fact I'm shooting for low energy consumption. My brother will mostly be using it for light image and video editing as well as playing media things, songs, movies etc.

I'm trying to keep it low cost but upgradable too and so far this is what I've come up with.

CPU: AMD Sempron 140 Sargas 2.7GHz 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 45W Single-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103698

Mobo has a few choices, but I want a southbridge chipset of a SB710 or SB750 because I can use that to unlock the second core on the Sempron. On a side note I'm way biased towards ASUS, I love their motherboards.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131398
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131402
maybe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128387

If I go for the DDR3 boards I'm thinkin this RAM would be nice.
Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148261

Good ol big hard drive with 32mb cache.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148445

Haven't dug into the PSU department yet but I'm considering this Rosewill 550W guy.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182030

Case of course can be w/e and I'm not certain on what series Graphics card to go with yet. I just want to keep it in the 100 monies range.

I want to keep it cheap but I also want that upgrade-ability. I'm open to suggestions. My estimated cost is under 600 after tax and shipping.
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:20 PM   #2
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Default Re: Who doesn't love a good "Is this build good" thread?

I do!
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CPU: AMD Sempron 140 Sargas 2.7GHz 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 45W Single-Core Processor
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Mobo has a few choices, but I want a southbridge chipset of a SB710 or SB750 because I can use that to unlock the second core on the Sempron.
Yes! That's exactly what I was thinking when I saw the Sempron 140.
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Mobo has a few choices, but I want a southbridge chipset of a SB710 or SB750 because I can use that to unlock the second core on the Sempron. On a side note I'm way biased towards ASUS, I love their motherboards.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131398
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131402
maybe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128387
If you're looking for a good value board, try this. It was distributed to review sites alongside the Phenom II X2 550 and Athlon II X2 250 parts and got sparkling reviews from everyone. http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=740
It supports DDR3 and has 8+2 phase power, that's amazing for a $85 board.

Looks like the memory's out of stock. I'd probably wait for it to come back as it's a great deal.

And here's a better quality and modular PSU.

For the GPU, the best deal at $100 is the HD 4850 @ $97
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heres the 97$ card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102824
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the "non quad coreness" of this rig is gonna really cripple the video editing, also, I think I just made up a word...
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the "non quad coreness" of this rig is gonna really cripple the video editing, also, I think I just made up a word...
He said light image and video editing

I think he meant the light applies to the video editing too
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I'm diggin the PSU and GPU recommendations.

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the "non quad coreness" of this rig is gonna really cripple the video editing, also, I think I just made up a word...
I love the new word there. But he's not dealing with fancy feature length videos or anything so I don't think quad core or no would matter much.
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