First build



First time build: What do you think?
I have a 10 yr old + Compaq & it just can’t take it any more.
I’m looking for something like light gamming, HEAVY multitasking.
I want a full system tray with lots of anti virus etc running in the back ground copy a dvd & never see a flash light or hour glass again.
May try a bit of video editing, a little Photoshop, maybe some video capturing, coping old family VHS to DVD & I use windows office.
Just want to be able to do a bit of everything I can’t do now. Bang for the buck!!
I will be using my old CRT monitor, mouse, keyboard, webcam & speakers for now. Will upgrade these later when funds are available.
This looks like it can be up graded to quad when prices drop & going 64 bit should not be a problem when I go from 32.
I am NOT a teckie so please go easy on any technical issues.
Will all these things work together & fit with no problems.
Want Quality products for reliability, durability.
Suggestions welcome:

AMD Athlon X2 7850 Black Edition Processor AD785ZWCGHBOX - 2.80GHz, Socket AM2+, 2MB L3 Cache, 3600 MT/s FSB, Kuma, Unlocked Multiplier $75
At this time will not OC till I learn more about it. Reliability & Dependability is more important. Heat sink for this ok?
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Processor ADV6000IAA5DO - 3.10GHz, 1MB Cache, 2000MHz FSB, Brisbane, Dual-Core, OEM. Socket AM2, Processor
Cpu $80.00
Heat sink:

Mb Gigabyte MA770-UD3 Motherboard - AMD 770, Socket AM2+, ATX, PCI-Express 2.0,2 Gigabit, S/PDIF, Firewire, USB 2.0, RAID $80.00
On board sound should be fine for now.

Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X 4096MB PC8500 Memory - DDR2 1066MHz Dual Channel (2x2048) CL7 $52.00
Will the 1066mhz be recognized by mb & cpu? I know xp will only recognize 3 gig.

LG GH22LS30 Super Multi DVD Rewriter with Lightscribe OEM - 22x, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 12x DVD-RAM, 22x DVD-R, 48x CD-R, 32x CD-RW, Lightscribe, Black, SATA $35.00

Ultra LSP650 650-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan $70.00
I don’t think I need SLI since I’m only going to use 1 vid graphics’ card

vid cards EVGA GeForce 9500 GT Video Card - 512MB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Support, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, VGA Support $69.

Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP3 OEM Version $150.00
Will use this till the new Windows 7 arrives.

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM $80.00
tiger direct doesn’t seem to carry this.

Apevia X-Jupiter Jr.G Type ATX Mid-Tower Case - Black, Clear Side, Front USB and Firewire Ports 3 120mm ports 2 included. $80.00
I plan on adding the 3rd fan. Is the fan controller a good idea? Clear side would be nice with fan air flow directed to The cpu.

Misc: silver & antistatic.

Am I forgetting anything? Hardware, ram Or hard drive coolers (heat sinks) cables etc.

This comes in at a little over $700.00 retail thru Comp USA (tiger direct)
I’m using them because Comp usa is local & I will have a person to deal with in case of problems.
I of course would like to see the price lowered but I don’t want to upgrade for a long time.

Thanks in advance:



Jan 27, 2008
Overall, it looks pretty good. For the price difference, I would go withthe 7850 BE. I would also consider a different PSU...perhaps an Antec, Seasonic or Corsair. All are more reliable than an Ultra.


Oct 3, 2008
I figure if u want a multitasking system for all these apps, you would look into quad cores, but if you're on a particular budget, i suppose a dual is fine. If you consider a quad core, perhaps you can go with a phenom II 920/940, they have slightly better values than the core 2 quad lines at the moment.

If you want to stick with a dual, then i would really recommend core 2 duo or pentium dual core, perhaps an e7400 or an e5200.

I know you said light gaming, but that video card is horrible, u might as well go with onboard graphics rather than that. I would recommend the radeon 4770 for about $100. I know you said light gaming, but with this you can game lightly for years, and it is very efficient in both power consumption and price.

You could consider these instead:

e5200 - $70
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3L - $100
Radeon 4770 - $100

The other components seem ok, although that psu seems iffy, i dont really trust ultra. If you have any particular preferences, let me know, maybe i can recommend a better setup.


Feb 9, 2008
Don't buy windows XP. Windows 7 will be out soon, so use the Windows 7 release candidate until it is released. That way you don't spend $150 on XP that will be used for only a few months.