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  2. images/bd10265.gif If I were Building a System Today... (2/26/2009) by Joe Whinery
  3. images/bd10265.gif Joe Whinery's List of Excel Spread Sheet - PC Build Specs: (Compare Prior Build Specs).
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Only 3 component changes.  CPU, Memory and Motherboard.

For proper Display (1024x768). When Printing, change your Printer Driver properties from Portrait to Landscape mode. Otherwise, you may not be able to print this worksheet with all Part Numbers viewed. Enjoy! GB

    DDR3 By Joe Whinery

3/06/2010

   
     

Quad Core - AM3 & DDR3

Directron

NewEgg

  Item Brand Model Est. Price

 

Part Numbers

 

1.) Case CoolerMaster Elite 330 - RC-330

$39.99

 

CS-RC-330-KKN1

NewEgg

1a.) Case PSU CoolMax COOLMAX CU-500B

$44.99

 

PSU-CU-500B

CU-500B

1b.)     COOLMAX NW-650B     PSU-NW-650B NW-650B
2.) DVD-ROM Sony DVD-ROM DDU1678A PATA (OEM)

$17.99

 

DDU1678A

NewEgg
3a.) DVD+-RW Lite-On iHAS424 - 24x SATA Burner     iHAS424 iHAS424
3c.)   Lite-On iHAP422 PATA Burner (Retail) $29.99  

iHAP422

iHAP222

3d.)   LG Commercial WH08LS20 SATA Blu-Ray 8X BD-R Burner  

WH08LS20 (OEM)

WH08LS20 (Retail)
4.) CPU AMD Phenom Phenom II X4 955 (125W)

$169.99

 

mWave

Phenom II X4 955

5.) Fan Included with Retail Box - Phenom     ^  
6a.) SATA II HD Seagate ST3320613AS - 320GB $46.99  

ST3320613AS

ST3320613AS

6b)   Seagate ST3320613AS - 320GB $46.99  

For Backup / Imaging <$0.20 per GB

7.) SATA III 6Gb WD Caviar Black WD1002FAEX - 1TB     ZipZoomfly WD1002FAEX
8a.) Keyboard Logitech Wireless MX 3200 $78.98  

Wireless MX 3200

Wireless MX 3200
8b.)   Microsoft PS2 / USB Business Hardware Pack     Amazon A4B-00007 TechForLess
9a.) Memory Crucial x2 - 1333 CT25664BA1 (2GB) $100.00   RM25664BA1339 CT25664BA1339
9b.)   Mushkin 4GB -1333 996585 (2x2GB) 4GB    

996585

996585
10a.) LCD Monitor Viewsonic VA2223wm 21.5"     B&H Photo-Video-Audio VA2223wm
11a.) MotherBoard Gigabyte DDR3 GA-890GPA-UD3H SATA 6Gb $140.00   Provantage GA-890GPA-UD3H
11b.)   Gigabyte DDR3 GA-MA790GPT-UD3H - DDR3     ZipZoomfly GA-MA790GPT-UD3H
12.) Mouse Logitech Included in Wireless Desktop        
13.) OS Windows 7 Windows 7 Pro 64bit OEM $140.00  

Win 7 Pro 64 OEM

NewEgg
14.) Speakers Altec Lansing BXR1121 (2.1) $24.99  

BXR1121

BXR1121
15.) BackUp Soft Casper Casper 6.0 $50.00  

Get Online - Direct Only!

    Acronis Acronis True Image Home 2010   Special Offer - UGR Code: UGTIH2010
16.) Video Card

Video Card is optional, Vista compatible + HDCP Compliant video on motherboard.

 
   

 

  Total ...

=

$930.90

     
  Something else to consider below!!        
    The Hanns G 28" monitor is the best I have seen yet.  

 

 

18a.) Monitor Samsung Samsung T240HD $299.29   Provantage T240HD Amazon T240HD
18b.)   Hanns G HG281DPB    

mwave HH-281HPB

HH-281HPB

18c.)   ViewSonic VX2835wm    

VX2835wm

VX2835wm
19a.) Router LinkSys (10/100) WRT54GL Wireless-G $59.99  

WRT54GL

WRT54GL

    Look for this Router above on sale locally for <$50.00  

 

 

19b.)   D-Link DIR-655 Gigabit Router     ZipZoomfly DIR-655
20.) Mobile Rack

Kingwin

HD-KF-91 - BK (SATA) $17.99  

HD-KF-91-BK

Mwave.com

21.) I/O Card Cables Unlimited 2 Serial & 1 Parallel Port PCIe $52.12  

Buy.com

Amazon

      IOC-2750 - Google        
Additional PC Build Considerations & Information:
  1. Note: Our DVD+-RW Burner Options Listed will work with SATA AHCI. Use either PATA Optical Devices and OR SATA Optical Devices. In the beginning, we were instructed to use ONLY PATA Optical Drives. Why? AHCI Configuration did NOT like SATA Optical Devices! Why enable AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface ) in the first place - Provides ability to Hot Swap SATA HD Drives other than O/S Drive. Note: AHCI support should be installed at time of O/S installation to make certain correct Drivers are installed. Following this link to enable AHCI after the fact!
  2. images/bullet2.gifBuild Check List
  3. images/bullet2.gifAssembling your PC by Joe Whinery

     

  4. Windows Migration Step-by-Step Guide - Courtesy George Walker! (10-14-09)
  5. AMD 2009 Desktop Processor Chart
  6. AMD Processor Pricing
  7. http://products.amd.com/en-us/DesktopCPUResult.aspx
  8. AMD Desktop Comparison Chart
  9. www.AMD.com/phenom
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  11. Virtualization - Windows PC Virtualization - Allows us to run Win7 Pro Host O/S & WinXP apps in WinXP Mode.
  12. Casper Disk Cloning by Joe Whinery
  13. www.CoolDrives.com - SATA and IDE Hard Drive & Optical Drive USB Adapter Kit COMBO - USB SATA Adapter
  14. Other Component Options:
  15. Vista Comparison Chart: Vista Home Basic & Premium, Business, Enterprise & Ultimate.
    1. www.Windows7.com - Compare Versions!
    2. www.WindowsVista.com
    3. Windows Application Compatibility
    4. images/bullet2.gifWindows Vista Upgrade Advisor images/bullet2.gif
  16. images/bullet2.gifPC Pitstop's Vista Readiness Test Center images/bullet2.gif
  17. Vendor List - Quick Search

 

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