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Old 09-26-2010, 05:03 PM   #1
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Default Building my first PC

Hello I might be new here but I have used computers for about 10 years now and well maybe its time I built my own computer as opposed to buying one from HP or Dell.
I plan to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7 as I have used Linux as my main OS for time now and am only adding in windows 7 for netflix/blu ray support.
I am not a gamer so I dont need any fancy GPU's but I am building a media center type computer here.
I already have chosen my case:
my DVD drive:
and my PSU:

But I am still considering my motherboard.
Now as for my CPU I am going to go AMD, considering they are cheaper and in some cases better then their intel counterparts.
I am not interested in the i7, I am not interested in heavy gaming, I just want a system that will give me the most bang for my buck as this is a budget build.
So for budget computing intel is out, the i3 falls short of many of the AMD's I can buy and most of the lower end Intels are really just wimpy but more expensive versions of their AMD counterparts.
Unless I spend $130 for the lower end intels I am not getting much out of them and for about that kind of money I can get a Phenom II x4 that would perform much better anyhow.
So for me AMD is a winner concerning the lower end budget market.
But I am having issues with what motherboard I should buy, I am on a budget here so most motherboards over $110 are out of the question.
Now I have decided to go with DDR3 for my memory now that its mostly affordable, but I also need a mobo with onboard video as most video cards out there are over $30 and that will go over my budget if someone suggested a $110 motherboard without on board video.
I am considering the Athelon II quad core CPU, it seems to be good for the price I can get it for and I am really not interested in overclocking...
I just need a fast CPU as this is a computer that will be used for multimedia playback and recording.
so there you have it, I just need motherboard suggestions as most of the hardware I can get I know is in good shape but motherboards are a market I am not that sure of.

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Old 09-26-2010, 07:50 PM   #2
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Default Re: Building my first PC

Athlon II's are actually a little on the slow side, you might consider this good pair:

AMD Phenom II x2 555 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103846

ASUS M4A785G-M: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131609

Mobo has a good onboard chipset, and both are under $100.

Hope this helps, and good luck.

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Old 09-27-2010, 01:28 AM   #3
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Yeh, I am still thinking on the build so any advice helps.
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