View Full Version : [other] Computer build help

December 1st, 2010, 09:24 AM
I am building a computer for my friend. Unfortunately, he is on a tight budget, but wanted something reasonable. I was going to go i3 3.2GHz, until I found the AMD phenom II x4 925 (2.8 GHz), which would save $80 off the motherboard. I wanted to know, however if the cooling would be sufficient and how much the PSU should be. I checked the antec PSU calculator, and it says 331w. I'm wondering how accurate this would be, given that we were planning to have a high end CPU. The specs are:

coolermaster elite 334 (1 120mm rear, 1 120mm front)
AMD phenom X2 925 2.8Ghz, using stock heatsink
AMD Phenom (http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/processors/phenom-ii/Pages/phenom-ii-model-number-comparison.aspx)

Gigabyte MA78LMT-S2
GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket AM3 - GA-MA78LMT-S2 (rev. 3.x) (http://gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3583#sp)

Antec BP430 (is it enough?)

Seagate barracuda 500GB 7200RPM HDD
wireless is a TP-link (not sure exactly what yet, probably N)
RAM - Elixier 1333MHz (I think generic)
samsung DVD drive
microsoft wireless keyboard + mouse
no graphics card (intergrated into motherboard)

December 1st, 2010, 10:31 AM
I wanted to know, however if the cooling would be sufficient :

Stock cooling you receive with the porcessor is sufficient unelss you plan to overclock. if you are worried you can add aditional cheap fan to the casing.

Antec BP430 (is it enough?)

Can't see which one you mean but i think everyhting with 450W+ will be OK.

RAM - Elixier 1333MHz (I think generic)

I don't know this brand. i use Patriot in a couple of computers. how much ram do you plan to get? sometimes they offer two sticks much cheaper. you probably should go for that.

samsung DVD drive

I didn't have issues with samsung, but some epeople have. i guess it depends on the model?!

microsoft wireless keyboard + mouse
why wireless? and why microsoft? :-) is it going to be logitech? anyway some poeple again had issues with these wireless devices, for others it wokrs just fine.

no graphics card (intergrated into motherboard)

somehow i can't see which chip is for GPU here. to my experience it's always better to get a dedicated card. but it depends on what you plan to do with computer.

December 1st, 2010, 10:44 AM
Don't really plan to overclock, so should be fine in that aspect. It wouldn't be used heavily, anyway.
I plan to get 4GB (2x2GB. And they were dirt cheap (29/stick), plus I've heard of elixier.
Samsung works fine for me. Also, the plan for the DVD drive was cheap as possible, because it will rarely get used.
I have issues with wireless, too. When I sent out that copy it was in the stage where I wasn't too sure. I now have it as a gigabyte USB set (which I have had no problems with when I used it, and again, dirt cheap, $16.
And I would get a dedicated chip. I'll check, but he doesn't do any gaming (mainly programs related to sound editing). Also, the low budget strikes again here, although we might get a cheap $50 graphics card or something.

February 10th, 2011, 11:59 AM
You said you were going to get a Gigabyte MA78LMT-S2 motherboard
I have this and I can not get the sound to work. I am a newbie to Linux.
Did you get the sound to work? If so, how?

February 10th, 2011, 01:05 PM
At a guess (didn't have problems) you could try outputting to the right place (HDMI vs 3.5mm)