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If I were going to build a system today, I would use:
  1. images/bd10265.gif If I were Building a System Today... (2/26/2009) by Joe Whinery
  2. images/bd10265.gif Joe Whinery's List of Excel Spread Sheet - PC Build Specs: (Compare Prior Build Specs).

Component changes include CPU, Memory and Motherboard.

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 and 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.

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

9/21/2010

   
     

Quad Core - AM3 & DDR3

Directron

NewEgg

  Item Brand Model Est. Price

 

Part Numbers

 

1.) Case In Win Fanqua SECC

$59.99

 

In WIN Fanqua

NewEgg

1a.) Case PSU OCZ PSU-OCZ550FTY

$49.99

 

OCZ550FTY

OCZ550FTY

1b.)   CoolMax COOLMAX NW-650B     PSU-NW-650B NW-650B
2.) DVD-ROM Sony DVD-ROM DDU1681S IDE (OEM)

$18.58

 

DDU1681S

DDU1681S
3a.)   ASUS DRW-24B1ST SATA (OEM) $20.99   DRW-24B1ST DRW-24B1ST
3b.) DVD+-RW Lite-On iHAS424 - 24x SATA Burner     iHAS424 iHAS424
3c.)   Lite-On iHAP422 IDE Burner (Retail)    

iHAP222

iHAP222

3d.) Blu-Ray LG Commercial WH10LS30 SATA Blu-Ray 10X BD-R Burner  

WH10LS30 (OEM)

WH10LS30 (OEM)
4.) CPU AMD Phenom Phenom II X4 955 (125W)

$149.99

 

HDZ955FBGMBOX

HDZ955FBGMBOX

5.) Fan Included with Retail Box - Phenom     ^  
6a.) SATA II HD WD Black WD5001AALS - 500GB, 3Gb/s $53.99  

WD5001AALS

WD5001AALS

6b.)   WD Blue WD5000AAKS - 500GB, 3Gb/s $43.99   WD5000AAKS WD5000AAKS
           

2nd Drive For Backup / Imaging & Cloning

7.) SATA III 6Gb WD Caviar Black WD1002FAEX - 1TB, 6Gb/s     WD1002FAEX WD1002FAEX
8a.) Keyboard Logitech Wireless MX 3200 $78.89  

Wireless MX 3200

Wireless MX 3200
8b.)   Microsoft PS2/USB Business Hardware Pack     Amazon A4B-00007 TechForLess
9a.) Memory 4GB Kingston (2x2GB) KHX1333C9D3B1K2/4G $87.99   KHX1333C9D3B1K2 KHX1333C9D3B1K2
9b.) Memory 8GB Mushkin (2x4GB) 996770 $159.99     996770 996770
10.) MotherBoard Gigabyte DDR3  GA-890GPA-UD3H $129.99   GA-890GPA-UD3H GA-890GPA-UD3H
               
11.) Mouse Logitech Included in Wireless Desktop        
12.) OS Windows 7 Windows 7 64bit Pro (OEM) $138.99  

Win 7 64 Pro - OEM

NewEgg
13.) Speakers Cyber Acoustics CA-3001RB (2.1) $17.99  

CA-3001RB

Amazon
14.) Video Card

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

 
   

 

  Total ...

=

$851.37

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

 

 

               
15.) Mobile Rack

Kingwin

HD-KF-91 - BK (SATA) $23.99  

HD-KF-91-BK

Mwave.com

16.) LCD Monitor Hanns G Hi221DPB 22" $159.99   Amazon Hi-221DPB
17.) BackUp / Clone Casper Casper 6.0 $50.00  

Get Online - Direct Only!

    Acronis Acronis True Image Home 2011   Special Offer - UGR Code: UGTI2011
               
               
18a.) Monitor Samsung P2570HD $294.88   Amazon P2570HD
18b.) Monitor Samsung BX2450 $329.99   Amazon  BX2450
18c.) Monitor Hanns G HG281DPB    

mwave HH-281HPB

HH-281HPB

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

WRT54GL

WRT54GL

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

 

 

20.)   D-Link DIR-655 Gigabit Router     DIR-655 DIR-655
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:

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!

  1. images/bullet2.gifEnabling AHCI the easy way by Joe Whinery!
  2. images/bullet2.gifAMD 2009 Desktop Processor Chart
  3. images/bullet2.gifBuild Check List
  4. images/bullet2.gifAssembling your PC by Joe Whinery

     

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

 

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