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If I were going to build a system today, I would use:
images/bd10265.gif Joe Whinery's List of Excel Spread Sheet - PC Build Specs: (Compare Prior Build Specs).

AMD Phenom Build Specification Recommendation

Please Note: Due to the current short life cycles of Chip Sets and GPUs (from 3 to 6 months), Motherboards and Graphics cards are going obsolete quicker than I can evaluate the new crop. The same thing is happening to DVD-RW drives. Therefore, don't be surprised if your supplier suggests a different part number for some recommended device. Check the specs and it they are the same or very similar, run with it.

Item prices are for reference only and were in effect on the day of publication. 01/16/2012

    By Joe Whinery 1/01/2012 Directron NewEgg
    If I were going to build a system today, I would use:        
                 
  Change Item Brand Model   Approx    
1 x Case Rosewill Challenger-U3   $59.99 Amazon NewEgg
2   Case P/S CoolMax CU 700B   $64.00 Directron NewEgg
3 x BD Writer Pioneer BDR-206DBK   $88.99 Directron NewEgg
4   DVD+-RW ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLS/B/AS   $18.99 Directron NewEgg
5 x AMD Phenom II X6 1090 HDT90ZFBGRBOX   $179.99 Amazon NewEgg
6   Fan Included with Retail Box CPU    
7   Hard Drive Seagate ST3500413AS 6GbS   $85.99 Directron Amazon
8   Keyboard Logitech EX-100 920-000879   $24.99 Directron NewEgg
9 x Memory 8GB Corsair DDR3 1600 CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9   $39.99 Directron NewEgg
10   Monitor Monitor Personal preference, Check stores locally. Directron NewEgg
11   MotherBoard ASUS M5A97 EVO   $114.99 Directron Amazon
12   Mouse Logitech Included in Wireless Desktop    
13   Operating Sys Windows 7 x64 Home Premium OEM   $99.99 Directron NewEgg
14   Speakers Cyber Acoustics CA-3001RB   $18.95 Directron NewEgg
15 x Graphics ASUS ENGTX550-Ti DC/DI/1GD5   $129.99 Amazon NewEgg
    Total       $927.85    
                 
16 HD Mobile Rack Kingwin HD-KF-813-BK   $22.80 Directron Amazon
17 x Backup Software Easeus TODO Backup Free   Free    
    Total            
                 
    Better Keyboard          
    www4.dealtime.com/xPO-Logitech-MX3200-Cordless-Laser-Desktop for keyboard    
                 
                 

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