Build optimized for office applications

artio

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I'd be grateful for some help with my planned non-gaming but nonetheless high-performing system.

As a social science researcher, my most typical computer use is to have at least a dozen Openoffice.org docs open and another dozen Acrobat files, along with a dozen or so firefox tabs. From time to time I also do photo editing and may get into the basics of video editing. In typical "research mode," I would like additional documents to open instantaneously, clip board contents to transfer between applications without delay, etc. In short, I'm not out for fast fps but want no sluggish system either - hence the thread title "optimized for office apps." I'm just not sure what component combination is best for that, seeing that most mid- to high-end systems are aimed at (and built by) gamers.

I currently have an Athlon X2 BE-2350 with a Zerotherm BF80 cooler on a Gigabyte M61P-S3 motherboard with 2Gb Corsair XMS2 PC-800 RAM. I have three hard drives (one Barracuda 7200.10 320GB and two WD Caviar Green 500GB) but neither video nor sound card. The machine is powered by a Seasonic S12-II 330W, sits in an Antec P180 and is run on Linux Ubuntu 8.10 (sson to be upgraded). The objective of this build was to have a quiet, energy-efficient system for everyday use and that objective was mostly met. Mostly, because I'm anxious to get something, er, less sluggish.

To make a long story short, here's what I'm considering (only CPU, MoBo and RAM, the rest I'll keep) - my budget for these three components is about 500 Euro (components to be bought in Switzerland, mostly from digitec.ch), my brand preference is toward AMD, and I'd still like to have a reasonably "green" computing portfolio:

CPU: Phenom II X3 720 (AM3)
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P (AM3)
Ram: 4GB Kingston KHX13000D3LLK2 (DDR3-1600)

Does this make sense? Would my PSU take it? Any recommendations?

Thanks a bunch!
 

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Multitasking? get 4 core, get AMD Phenom II X4 920 2.8GHz AM2+, Kingston HyperX 2x2GB DDR2-1066 Cl5, and Gigabyte GA-MA790X-UD4 AMD 790X, Socket AM2+/AM3

Instead ddr3 memory get dd2, dd3 memory still too expensive nowdays, maybe later if you really need it, but for office need ddr2 is more than enough.

You better get new PSU since old PSU have tendency to fail, better save then sorry right? i have lose data because my old PSU fail on me , get Corsair VX450 or VX550 just to make it safe build since you use 3 hardisk. check out this thread to choose better PSU
 

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A hard disk only uses about 10W.
 

Silluete

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Yeah u right, my bad :( but still for safe build i recommend a new PSU...
 

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Seasonic is a very high quality PSU brand, and this model was only released 2 years ago. No need to replace it.
 

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Thanks for the advice, the GA-MA790X-UD4 looks like an interesting choice, but I haven't found it for sale anywhere in my vicinity (only the GA-MA790X-UD4P, which requires true AM3 CPUs (hence not the PII X4 920 AM2+).

What about the PII X4 2.6?
 

Silluete

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Yeah pII x4 2.6 is good ,by the way if GA-MA790X-UD4 not available why don't try Asus M4A78-E AMD 790FX AM2+/AM3 CF X Express Gate, anyway it's you decision to use DDR2 or DDR3,DDR3 too expensive for now but futureproof and DDR2 offer more value with almost no difference in performance

whichever build you choose still gonna offer great performance for your work,anyway good luck with your research.
 

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Thanks for the advice so far, but nobody's noticed that I forgot to add a graphics card (don't have one now) since the Gigabyte board's 790X chipset doesnt' deliver integrated graphics.

My question is therefore what quiet low-power graphics card I could get that will still go with my 330W PSU. Would a Sapphire HD 4670 Ultimate work?
 

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Yes.
 

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According to Gigabyte the 790X-UD4P supports all AM2, AM2+, and AM3 CPUs:

Source: GIGABYTE - Support&Download - Motherboard - CPU Support List - GA-MA790X-UD4P (rev. 1.0)
Address : <http://www.gigabyte.us/Support/Motherboard/CPUSupport_Model.aspx?ProductID=3031#anchor_os>Supports AMD Phenom II/ Phenom/ Athlon series processors

The UD4P also has an extra 2 SATA ports for a total of 8. Where did you see the UD4P for sale? Newegg only has the UD4

Len
 

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I live and have ordered it in Switzerland (http://www.toppreise.ch/prod_159946.html) but am still waiting for it...
 

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Thanks, that link goes to a 790XT-UD4P board, which is DDR3 and AM3 chips only. The 790X-UD4P works with DDR2 and all AM2, AM2+, and AM3 chips. The "T" after 790X makes a big difference in compatibility. The site has both models though.

I like the hard drive configuration options available with it. You can configure the HDs in even combinations of AHCI, SATA RAID, or IDE. This is useful if you want your HDs in AHCI mode, but need IDE SATA for a DVD burner. You can also dis/enable either SATA controller separately if you want to "hide" a disk(s) on one controller from the others.

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That's the one I ordered (see very first post). It's now listed "not available" (as is the GA-MA790FXT-UD5P) with no delivery date set. I wish there was newegg in Europe. sigh.