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# 108945 9-Sep-2012 21:42
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Righto - I have worked out a shopping list that seems to tick all the boxes. Can someone please check it over and offer their advise if everything is compatable or I have made some bad choices?
Got a revised budget again but thats it!


   LG Electronics GH24NS90 DVD Writer, DVD 16R/24W/8RW, CD 48R/48W/32RW, Internal, SATA, Black, OEM
 FREE 5 year warrantyStock Indicator$42.44 $42.44 1Silverstone Precision PS05B-USB3.0 Mid Tower Case, Black
 FREE 5 year warrantyStock Indicator$92.95$92.95  1Enermax Tomahawk II ENP500AST, 500W ATX PSU, Black
 FREE 5 year warrantyStock Indicator$66.86$66.86  1Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, for 64-bit systems, OEM
 FREE 5 year warrantyStock Indicator$147.05$147.05  1Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H Motherboard, Socket 1155, Intel Z77, 4xDDR3, 3xPCIe-16, 3xPCIe-1, VGA, DVI, HDMI, RAID, ATX
 FREE 5 year warrantyStock Indicator$269.19$269.19  1Intel Core i5-3550 3.3 GHz, Socket 1155, Retail pack with fan, Ivy Bridge
 FREE 5 year warrantyStock Indicator$330.92$330.92  1OCZ Agility 3 Solid State Drive, 60GB, SATA 6 Gb/s, 2.5", MLC
 FREE 5 year warrantyStock Indicator$112.75$112.75  1Kingston HyperX KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX, 2x4GB, DDR3-1600, PC3-12800, CL9, DIMM
 FREE 5 year warrantyStock Indicator$93.25$93.25  1Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX Hard Disk Drive, 2000GB, 5400-7200rpm, 64MB Cache, SATA 6 Gb/s
 FREE 5 year warrantyStock Indicator$167.44$167.44 Sub total$1,322.86 DeliveryFREE  Total$1,322.86  Pay by direct credit and save$19.84 

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  # 683676 10-Sep-2012 08:32
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Looks ok to me. I'd probably go for a WD Black or Seagate Baracuda instead of the slower WD Green.


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  # 683693 10-Sep-2012 09:02
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My 2 cents...

If you can afford it I would recommend bumping up your SSD to 120 gigs. Should only cost about $20 more and you wont regret having that extra bit of space, especially if you decide you ever want to run some virtual machines.

Also would think about changing drive to a WD Blue. Again a tad more $$$ but I believe that the green drives only spin at 5400 whereas blue are 7200 rpm. Power saving is probably small between the two but you would notice the speed difference.

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  # 683696 10-Sep-2012 09:19
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60GB is fine for OS and apps, but not much data. I have 60GB for OS/apps and 120GB for image caches, web browser caches, email (so my disk doesn't have to spin up all the time), that sort of thing. 120GB for that is too large for most people, I work with a lot of large photos. 120GB is plenty for most people for OS, programs, and some data.

Remember to back up the SSD to a spinning disk, and the spinning disk to offsite somewhere.

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  # 684075 10-Sep-2012 19:45
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Will that Motherboard do dual monitors without separate Graphics Card?

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