High performance, cost effective, quad core desktop PC

Unless one's computing need is commonly shared so he can buy a computer from one of many major vendors (e.g. Dell, HP, Gateway, etc.) at very reasonable price, building his own computer is the best way to exactly meet the need without excessive features that wastes money. The following is a very cost effective configuration of a high performance computer without excessive video performance that is usually needed by gamers.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
Brand AMD
Processors Type Desktop
Series Phenom II X4
CPU Socket Type Socket AM3
Core Deneb
Multi-Core Quad-Core
Name Phenom II X4 945
Operating Frequency 3.0GHz
Hyper Transports 4000MHz
L2 Cache 4 x 512KB
L3 Cache 6MB
Manufacturing Tech 45 nm
64 bit Support Yes
Hyper-Transport Support Yes
Virtualization Technology Support Yes
Voltage 0.85V - 1.425V
Thermal Design Power 95W
Cooling Device Heatsink and Fan included
Motherboard: ASUS M4A78 Plus AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Brand ASUS
Model M4A78 Plus
CPU Socket Type AM3/AM2+/AM2
CPU Type Phenom II / Athlon X4 / Athlon X3 / Athlon X2 / Phenom X4 / Phenom X3 / Athlon / Sempron
FSB 2600MHz Hyper Transport (5200 MT/s)
North Bridge AMD 770
South Bridge AMD SB700
Number of Memory Slots 4×240pin
Memory Standard DDR2 1066*/800/667

* Due to AMD CPU limitation, DDR2 1066 is supported by AM2+/AM3 CPU for one DIMM per channel only.
Maximum Memory Supported 16GB
Channel Supported Dual Channel
PCI Express 2.0 x16 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16
(1x PCIe x16, 1x PCIe x4 or x1)
PCI Express x1 1
PCI Slots 3
PATA 1 x ATA100 2 Dev. Max
SATA 3Gb/s 5
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC887
Audio Channels 8 Channels
PS/2 2
USB 1.1/2.0 9 x USB 2.0
eSATA 1 x eSATA 3Gb/s
S/PDIF Out 1 x Optical
Audio Ports 6 Ports
Onboard USB 3 x USB connectors supports additional 6 USB 2.0 ports
Form Factor ATX
Dimensions 12" x 8.8"
Power Pin 24 Pin
Case: NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Brand NZXT
Model M59 - 001BK
Type ATX Mid Tower
Color Black
Case Material Steel
With Power Supply No
Power Supply Mounted Bottom
Motherboard Compatibility ATX, MICRO-ATX, BABY AT
External 5.25" Drive Bays 4
Internal 3.5" Drive Bays 7
Expansion Slots 7
Front Ports USB / Audio / e-SATA
120mm Fans 1 x 120mm Side Fan
1 x 120mm Rear Fan
Dimensions(L x W x H) 20.00" x 7.48" x 17.68"
Weight 14.33 lbs.
Features Immense Performance: 5 fan capability (side 120mm LED and rear 120mm exhaust included) Included 9 fin NZXT fans rated at 42CFM and 23db
Night light: A ambient light sits over the 5.25" drives to give visibility in dark rooms or at LAN parties
Black on Black: Smoked clear window and a black interior gives the best combination of black on black
Meshed front panel allows for more airflow
5.25" stealth bay to keep a clean look
NZXT solid state bracket allows for two SSD drives to be installed
Wire routing: motherboard punched holes allows for quick CPU bracket removable and optimal wire routing, turned HDD also helps with managing cables
Pre-drilled water cooling holes on the back plate
Support for external dual radiator at the top of the chassis
High end graphics card support, the M59 features space that is especially designed to fit longer 10." cards
Power Supply: Rosewill RV350 350W ATX 1.3 Power Supply
Brand Rosewill
Model RV350
Type ATX 1.3
Maximum Power 350W
Fans 80mm Cooling Fan
Main Connector 20Pin
+12V Rails Single
PCI-Express Connector No
SATA Power Connector 2
CrossFire No
Modular No
Efficiency 60% min. under max. range load
Input Voltage 115/ 230 V
Input Frequency Range 50/60 Hz
Input Current 8/4A
Output +3.3V@28A, +5V@35A, +12V@15A,
-5V@0.5A, -12V@0.8A, +5VSB@2.5A
MTBF 100k hours at max. load, normal line and 25°C
Approvals CSA, CB, TUV, FCC, UL
Dimensions 9.1" x 8.7" x 3.9"
Weight 1.81 lbs.
Connectors 1 x Main connector (20Pin)
1 x AUX Power
1 x 12V (P4)
6 x peripheral
2 x SATA
2 x Floppy
Features Built-in inrush current
Over temperature
Over current and over voltage protection circuits
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
Brand Western Digital
Series Caviar Black
Model WD5001AALS
Packaging Bare Drive
Interface SATA 3.0Gb/s
Capacity 500GB
RPM 7200 RPM
Cache 32MB
Form Factor 3.5"
DVD/CD RW Drive: LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner
Brand LG
Type DVD Burner
Model GH22NS50
Cache 2MB
READ Speed
Form Factor 5.25"
Panel Color Black
Load Type Tray
Interface SATA
Memory: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ
Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ
Type 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM
Capacity 4GB (2 x 2GB)
Speed DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Cas Latency 5
Timing 5-5-5-15
Voltage 1.8V - 1.9V
Multi-channel Kit Dual Channel Kit
Heat Spreader Yes
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Brand Microsoft
Model GLC-00736
Name Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
Version Ultimate
System Requirements 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Additional requirements to use certain features:
Internet access (fees may apply)
Depending on resolution, video playback may require additional memory and advanced graphics hardware
For some Windows Media Center functionality a TV tuner and additional hardware may be required
Windows Touch and Tablet PCs require specific hardware
HomeGroup requires a network and PCs running Windows 7
DVD/CD authoring requires a compatible optical drive
BitLocker requires Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2
BitLocker To Go requires a USB flash drive
Windows XP Mode requires an additional 1 GB of RAM, an additional 15 GB of available hard disk space, and a processor capable of hardware virtualization with Intel VT or AMD-V turned on
Music and sound require audio output
Product functionality and graphics may vary based on your system configuration. Some features may require advanced or additional hardware.
Features Easier to use
Simplify your PC with new navigation features like Aero Shake, Jump Lists, and Snap.
Customize Windows to look and feel the way you like by changing themes and taskbar programs.
Easy to network (with or without a server).
Back up your complete system over a network.
Help protect data on your PC or portable storage device against loss or theft with BitLocker.
Faster and more flexible
Designed to make your PC sleep and resume quicker.
Takes full advantage of 64-bit PC hardware and memory.
Windows XP Mode gives you the business flexibility you need.
Switch between any of 35 languages.
Best PC entertainment experience
Watch, pause, rewind, and record TV with Windows Media Center.
Watch your favorite DVD movies.
Includes integrated video and Dolby audio codecs.


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