Any advices on this AMD system?


Jul 19, 2009

I'm trying to decide on components form my new PC, and would really appreciate any advice.

I'm on pretty tight budget here. $700 tops ($600 would be nice), besides, I live in Latvia and everything costs a

bit more here.

This PC would be used for some gaming ( I really would like to be able to play all games in enjoyable settings now

and for some time ahead too. My LCD resolution is 1280x1024. I guess I will have to stick to it for some time) and

various work of paralel fashion ( like Opera with some 50 tabs, smt from OpenOffice, EditPluss, Dev-C, some DB stuff

and couple other programs running simultaneously) and I really would like not to experience any lags.

I wont be able to fully upgrade for a couple years, so it would be nice, if this rig had some futureproofnes and

ability to have some bottleneck changed ( like the CPU or added RAM) when prices are down.

If this is too much to ask, how close can I get?

So far the plan is like this:

CPU: Phenom II x2 550 (Phenom x3 710 costs about the same here, maybe I should get it instead? Or does higher

clock speed of 550 and the lack of ability for programs to use more than two cores ( will this change soon? ) mean

that 550 is a better choice? I also like the BE thing for 550, I hope that it can bring some futureproof - in form

of OC when the system is getting to slow for new stuff.)

RAM: 2x 2GB of DDR2 800MHZ ram (Or should I go for 1066? I guess there isn't a big difference in price. Or may be DDR3

is a must now? But socket A3 mobo's are expensive, and I can not afford 4 GB of DDR3 with high enough clock rates

to overcome latency problems. But maybe socket A3 mobo + 4GB of 1066MHz DDR3 is a good choice, so I can improve

latter? )

VGA: HD 4850 512MB ( ~$140) (Or can I get away with smt cheaper? Maybe this card is too much for my LCD, rest of the

rig,smt else ? Could hd4830(~$115 or even hd4670 (~$70!) be enough? )

Mobo: I am rather clueless here. If I go for ddr2, then smt with 780G NB because I would like the integrated video

so that I can delay buying real VGA, when they are cheaper :) (or is this silly? )

case: As cooling can have a impact on component's life span, I think some good case is a must. Antec Three Hundred?

PSU: Some 400 W for this one? Which manufacturer should I prefer? Smt else to take into account?

Hdd: 500 or 640 Gb WD or Seagate. I have no idea,really..

So, is there smt obviously stupid here, or any place for improvements?

I will appreciate any advice, comments or personal experience on this.

Thank you, in advance.

EDIT: sorry for the typo in the title ( and other ones, that I have not noticed).
AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz + ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX combo $190 [ after MIR ]

OCZ Reaper HPC 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $68

antec 300 $70 { did I see someone say $50 at Frys? ]

WD 640 gig black $75

HIS H485QT512P Radeon HD 4850 512M $80 [ after MIR ]

OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W $50 [ after MIR ]

Total is $533

You could add a cpu cooler

you could even add a second 4850 and have a system that rocks ... but you wont need to do that at your monitors resolution

its all the latest AM3/ DDR3 technology

EDIT : shipping to Latvia is going to be harsh


Feb 9, 2009
^ I wouldn't, shipping from the U.S.A. to other countries is very costly, and VAT exclusion usually makes parts from the UK cheaper than from the US, even when you exclude shipping.
I ship [ well I used to b4 the recession ] to the US for under $50 US a cubic meter .

Im in New Zealand and currency fluctuations recently made our prices a little weird . We are such a small county that if an importer buys a single large order at the wrong time then retail prices can stay high for months , even after they have dropped every where else