Building a PC , need advise on specs



So i’am looking to make a test box to play around with Microsoft’s new hyper V , ive done my research and now down to just specs different’s trying to figure what would be the best mix and match … , HDD , Case and Memory are pretty much solid i’am going back on fourth on the mobo and cpu , whats confusing is the FSB i dont want to by a MObo that cant take advantage of a god CPU i guess you can alo throw in memory into that equation . here goes what i have picked , focus mainly on the memory , cpu and mobo as i am pretty comfortable with every thing else .

price is a issue $400.00 box is what i am looking at , prices are current and from new egg

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $84.99

LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model iHAS120-04 $23.99

Rosewill R363-M-BK Micro ATX Black Ultra High Gloss Finished Computer Case with 400W ATX 2.2 12V Power Supply $49.99

GIGABYTE GA-MA74GM-S2 AM2+/AM2 AMD 740G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $59.99

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor (w/heatsink and fan) $66.00

CORSAIR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel $86.50 plus $20.00 rebate $66.50

are the mobo , cpu and memory a good match ?


Looks fine as is. For 5 bucks I would get the Western Digital 640GB HDD. Also take a look at the 780G motherboards.

CPU and ram look good. When you configure the ram in the bios set it to run at 667Mhz. You might be able to tighten the timmings to 4-4-4-12 with a bump in the voltage, maybe 2.0V.


Thanks for the advise i went back and did more research and found another mobo , its looks promising …everything seems to fit …



With the mobo upgrade, everything looks great except for the power supply.
Hopefully you get a good one.
I would keep a very close eye on its outputs esp. under load.


The good thing about a 780G MB, when using the onboard video the whole system won’t use much more than ~130W max, so that PSU won’t be taxed. The one thing about cheap PSU’s is that most don’t have any built in surge supression, so I’d suggest getting a quality surge supressor like one from Trip Lite because they have a low clamping voltage of 150V.