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Planning New Build

By wesran
Jan 7, 2009
  1. Want to build a new machine with a gigabyte motherboard and an amd dual core processor.
    Am have a problem matching them up, need some suggestions please. Retail and no more than $100 each.
     
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +42

  3. wesran

    wesran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    So would you recommend for a general use machine, no gaming.
    And what do you see as short comings to the ones you listed?
     
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +25

    Those are excellent selections, but you could go with an X2 5000+ to save some money. But either will do the job for a general-use PC.
     
  5. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +42

    Good selection, as I came back this morning to check on the tread, glad he mentioned no gaming, although he could fair well with most games with a decent card.
     
  6. wesran

    wesran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    I think I will try this MB as it has onboard video;
    GIGABYTE GA-MA78G-DS3HP AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    Will still use the processor listed above. Does this sound OK? Am looking at an Antec case and will probably get one of their power supplies 5-600 watt, that may be a little more than I need but better more than not enough. If any issues with any of this let me know as I need all the help I can get.
     
  7. ebrider13

    ebrider13 TS Rookie Posts: 16

    any luck yet?
     
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +25

    Yep, sounds good. For a case and PSU, I recommend getting the Antec Three Hundred, and throw in a Corsair 400CX.
     
  9. wesran

    wesran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Here is where I am right now(not ordered):


    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000 Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO5000DOBOX - Retail
    Model #:ADO5000DOBOX
    Item #:N82E16819103211
    Return Policy:processors (CPUs) Return Policy
    In Stock

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    $58.99 $58.99


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    AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition Processor Model AD775ZWCGHBOX

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition Processor Model AD775ZWCGHBOX - Retail
    Model #:AD775ZWCGHBOX
    Item #:N82E16819103300
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    $79.99 $79.99


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    GIGABYTE GA-MA78G-DS3HP AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

    GIGABYTE GA-MA78G-DS3HP AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    Model #:GA-MA78G-DS3HP
    Item #:N82E16813128373
    Return Policy:Limited 30-Day Return Policy
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    $89.99 -$4.00 Instant $85.99


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    Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply

    Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail
    Model #:Sonata III 500
    Item #:N82E16811129024
    Return Policy:Limited 30-Day Return Policy
    In Stock
    I have a 200Gb Maxtor SATA hard drive and a 19" Samsung LCD flat screen monitor. Will have to look for a DVD drive and need to find what memory it takes.Any comments or advice?
     
  10. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +25

    Why did you put both CPUs in your cart?

    The Sonata case is an excellent choice BTW. And for RAM, I recommend this kit.
     
  11. wesran

    wesran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Thanks for the lead on memory.
    I was still undecided about the CPU and was waiting to see if some had a preference.
     
     
  12. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +25

    Choose either CPU, since both will be more than adequate. The 7750 is obviously faster.
     
  13. wesran

    wesran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Thanks, will start gathering the components this next week.
     
  14. wesran

    wesran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Operating System

    Can I or am I allowed to buy and install a builders or OEM copy on the system above? Newegg has both but quite a difference in price.
     
  15. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +25

    Yes, an OEM copy can be used. The only limitation is that it can only be used on that system, and if you want to use it on another system, you'll have to uninstall it from the system where it's currently installed.
     
  16. wesran

    wesran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    What about this warning:
    Please note: Installing 4GB onto PCs with 32-bit operating systems is not advised since 32-bit operating systems do not support 4GB of system memory

    Is it possible to use it anyway? At that price seems good if only half is used. Can you install only one stick?
     
  17. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +25

    You can install all the RAM into the motherboard, but a 32-bit OS will only detect 3-3.5GB. If you're using XP, you don't need more than 2GB of RAM. I found this dirt-cheap (after rebate), good-quality 2GB kit, so if you're using XP, you may want to go with it.
     
  18. wesran

    wesran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    OK have taken all advice and ordered all components this weekend from Newegg and Zipzoomfly so now will wait for all to arrive and check out then the fun will start. Am wondering should I start a new thread with the progress and and all new questions if any on the build?
    Thanks for all the help and comments.
     
  19. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +25

    I don't think that'd be a good idea. Continue using this thread IMO.
     
  20. wesran

    wesran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Received MB, CPU and OS still waiting on the rest. Almost to get over anxious.
     
  21. wesran

    wesran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Received the Sonata III 500 case yesterday but had a rather unusual experience, it has a lock on the side panel and there was no key any where and upon examining the case for the bag of screws and etc noticed a small cardboard box wedged under the drive trays was finally able to use a coat hanger (after removing the I/O panel) to partially open the box and finally got my wife(small hand) to reach in through the external drive bays and retrieve the bag of goodies and sure enough the keys were in it.
    So now am waiting for the memory and DVD drive.
     
  22. Row1

    Row1 TS Maniac Posts: 360   +10

    wow that's security

    wow that's security - they lock the key inside.
    i have done that with my car a few times.
     
  23. xerras

    xerras TS Rookie

    Check these out
    Asus M3A78-EM....audio, video, HDMI,VGA, DVI, 5 Sata, +1 eSata copper SB and NB View attachment 41837
    AMD 4850e 45watt
    For your requirements get a 500 watt PSU
    1.8volt memory if you do not plan to overclocl
    Make sure your choice of HDD is Sata 3.0gb View attachment 41837
     
  24. wesran

    wesran TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Power Supply problem I think

    Got everything put together but when I tried to power up get no response. No indication of power any where, The case fan hooks directly to a ATA power connector and it does not come on. Is there an easy way to check the PSU? I have checked the power cord and have 120v coming to the PSU.
     
  25. xerras

    xerras TS Rookie

    Might be a dumb question, but is the PSU s/w turned on , and set to 110v ?
    Also if the PSU is located in the front of your case, sometimes the s/w arrives s from the mfgr in the off position. If that's so, you will have to remove the case's front panel to check it.
     
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