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If I were going to build a system today, I would use:
images/bd10265.gif Joe Whinery's List of Excel Spread Sheet - PC Build Specs: (Compare Prior Build Specs).

Component changes as Noted.

Please Note: Due to the current short life cycles of Chip Sets and GPUs (from 3 to 6 months), Motherboards and Graphics cards are going obsolete quicker than I can evaluate the new crop. The same thing is happening to DVD and DVD-RW drives. Therefore, don't be surprised if your supplier suggests a different part number for some recommended device. Check the specs and it they are the same or very similar run with it.

Item prices are for reference only and were in effect on the day of publication.

      By Joe Whinery 1/22/2011  
    If I were going to build a system today, I would use:      
  Change Item Brand Model   Approx Notes
1   Case In Win Fanqua SECC   $70.98  
2 x Case P/S CoolMax PSU-CL-500B   $34.99 After Rebate
3   At least 500 Watts        
5   DVD Sony DDU1681S   $18.58 Not Required
6   DVD+-RW ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLS/B/AS   $20.99  
7   CPU Phenom II 955 HDZ955FBGMBOX   $149.99  
8   Fan Included with Retail Box Phenom  
9 x Hard Drive WD Black 6Gb/s WD5002AALX   $57.99  
10 x Hard Drive Seagate Baracuda ST3500418AS   $39.99  
11 x Keyboard Logitech Wireless Wave MK550   $61.99  
12 X Memory 4GB Corsair XMS3 1.65v CMX4GX3M2A1333C8   $46.99  
13   Memory 8GB Corsair XMS3 1.5v CMX8GX3M2A1333C9 $96.99    
14   Monitor Monitor Personal preference, Check the stores locally.  
15   MotherBoard Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H   $132.99 Less at NewEgg
16   Mouse Logitech Included in Wireless Desktop  
17   Operating Sys Windows 7 x64 Bit Professional   $138.99  
18 x Speakers Cyber Acoustics CA-2100WB   $15.99  
    Video Card is optional, good Windows 7 compatible video is on board the motherboard.  
    Total       $790.46  
19 HD_ Mobile Rack Kingwin KF-91-BK $17.99    
20   Backup Software TODO Easeus     Free Get Online Only
    Total       $790.46  
21   MotherBoard Gigabyte GA-MA785GT-UD3H   $90.00  
           for keyboard  

Additional PC Build Considerations & Information:
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