Jam - Advice on another build please.

Gigabyte / P35-ds3p
June 4, 2009 at 09:32:24
Specs: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, 3 GHz / 3581 MB
Hi Jam,

Can I ask you to review another PC build please? this time for a work colleague.

Again I have been asked to build a PC. The budget I was given is $600.

I think I have the backbone, brains and short term memory sorted. The rest is kind of peripheral but if you are happy to oblige I would appreciate your input.

This is for an upgradeable (hardware - future memory or gpu?) non gaming system, with no desire to overclock.

I have done a bit of research and kind of decided on the best? motherboard, CPU and RAM combo.

These are the only parts selected at this point because stripping out the existing 4 yr old PC and using the tower, HDD and PSU (is this wise? I don't know the PSU specs but it is a shop bought computer) is an option at the moment.

These are what I'm considering:


Gigabyte GA-MA78GPM-DS2H - $159

or Foxconn A7GM-S but the integrated graphics aren't as good, although cheaper by around $60. Not going to be implementing RAID.


AMD Phenom II X4 940 - $234



2 x 2GB DDR2 1066 name brand $100 - $130

This works out to $490 - $520.

This is what I have drawn up so far, but obviously not much room for movement (dollar wise) if it needs to be a complete build.

As always I fully respect your input, so this time I have posted links to the hardware and source(s). Unfortunately I have limited options. I have three suppliers here that I can choose from.

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June 4, 2009 at 09:46:44
Those boards don't support the Phenom II. You're either gonna have to go with a different CPU or different board.

I know you're not from the US, but here's all the boards at newegg that support the Phenom II:


If you get a board based on an AMD chipset, try to get one with the newer/better southbridge chip...either the SB710 or SB750. And notice that many of the AM2+/AM3 Phenom II boards require DDR3 memory.

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June 4, 2009 at 09:51:12
Edit Processor:

AMD Phenom 9950 Quad-Core Black Edition AM2+ $225


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June 4, 2009 at 09:57:21
See if you can find this board - ASRock A780GMH/128M:


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June 4, 2009 at 10:00:17
I made a blunder in my original post.

I don't think the finances will cover DDR3, so going older tech.

*shrugs* I feel I'm on the right track, but unsure.

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June 4, 2009 at 10:03:59
Here's the board in Response # 3 from an Aussie site. Don't know if it's a reputable site or not.


ASRock is a subsidiary of ASUS & that board supports ALL current AMD CPUs, has the SB710 southbridge & uses DDR2 rather than DDR3...plus it's cheaper than the Gigabyte you posted. All the reviews I've seen on this board have been excellent.

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June 4, 2009 at 10:23:46
Gamedude have it! $115


Thanks Jam.

Can I ask why the recommended southbridge chip?

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June 4, 2009 at 10:49:05
Thankyou Jam,

The Asrock board is feature packed,,, and alot cheaper.

I don't know how you know so much about hardware & hardware configuration... I would like to say that I really appreciate that you share.

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June 4, 2009 at 11:23:41
"Can I ask why the recommended southbridge chip?"

Just like all computer hardware, southbridges are always improving. The SB700 corrected some issues with the SB600, but the SB750 has been AMD's best SB for a while & is (was) the only SB to support ACC (Advanced Clock Calibration). The SB750 is used more for higher end boards based on the 790 (NB) series though. AMD recently introduced the SB710 which is basically the SB750 minus RAID 5 support, so they basically created a cheaper/better performing SB w/ACC for boards based on "lower end" NB's.


The only possible minus with this board is the VIA VT1708S sound chip. Most boards use Realtek chips & I've read a few remarks about the VIA having a noticable background noise (hissing). It's possible the problem was addressed with a driver update though. Driver v6.50 was mentioned in most of the comments but I just checked the VIA site & v6.50a was posted in March.


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June 4, 2009 at 11:46:50
"I don't know how you know so much about hardware & hardware configuration..."

Did you ever see the movie xXx with Vin Diesel? I'll answer your question with a line from the movie:

" I live for this sh!t!" ;-)


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June 4, 2009 at 12:57:33
Hey jam, don't let it go to your head, LOL. Those occasional complements are what keep us going, despite the negative comments that sometimes come along.

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