New PC Build - Good Choice?

September 13, 2010 at 23:37:46
Specs: Windows XP
Hi. Sorry if this is in the wrong forum, but this site has changed a lot since I was last here and this looks like the best place for this question.

I'm planning to build a new, budget PC. Here's what I came up with:

AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Antec 75003 120mm Case Fan (x2)
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98
Scythe SCKTN-3000 92mm Sleeve "KATANA3" 3Heat Pipes CPU Cooler
ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply

What do you think? The total price is 463.00

Are these the best choices at this point?

Please advise. My last PC (still going strong) is 9 years old and I am not up on new hardware that much, but I did do some research...



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September 14, 2010 at 03:26:19
no video card? Stock heatsink is going to do the job fine. Only one system fan (rear) is enough. Post the psu specs (+3.3v, +5v, +12v). Other components are fine.

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September 14, 2010 at 09:55:47
I agree with kuwese. You don't need a cooling fan for the CPU (stock one is fine) & you don't need case cooling fans (they come with the case). You also don't need Arctic Silver (paste is pre-applied to the stock heatsink).

You should consider a different case. Cases with bottom mounted power supplies are NOT the way to go. It throws off all the cooling characteristics & unless you clean your system religiously, the PSU is going to suck up all sorts of dirt, dust, hair, or whatever you have laying around near the case. Read this:

The Problem of Bottom-Mounted Power

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