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Old March 22, 2009, 06:45 PM
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Default When In Doubt, Ask HWC.

I really do love this place.

Anyway, I apologize in advance for anything that I may say that sounds extremely random, but I believe I've had a bit too much caffeine, and I'm one of those people with an incredibly low tolerance for the stuff.

I recently had a thread here about a build I was doing for myself once I get back to the states. A couple of my buddies over here saw that, and decided that they would ask me to build them each a computer.

Here's what I've got so far.

Rig #1 (USD, Price range $1500-$2000):

Case: Aerocool Aeroracer Pro $ 90.00
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 $ 210.00
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 $ 280.00
Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper N 520 $ 50.00
Thermal Paste: InnovationCooling IC "7 carat"diamond, 1.5g $ 7.00
RAM: OCZ OCZ3X1333LV6GK (3x2GB) $ 97.00
Graphics: EVGA GTX 285 SC $ 360.00
Hard Drives: WD Caviar Black, 640GB $ 80.00
Power Supply: CorsairCMPSU-TX 750W $ 110.00
Monitor: Acer X223Wbd 22" 1680x1050 $ 170.00
Keyboard: Logitech UltraX Silver/Black, Wired $ 19.00
Mouse: Logitech G-5 $ 44.00
Speakers: Logitech Z-2300, 2.1 $ 116.00

Approx. total: $1,633 USD

This rig is for a person who is extremely unlikely to modify his computer in any way. The reason these two buddies of mine are not building their own computers is that they don't have a clue how. Buddy #1 is married, and I am trying to keep the price as low as possible for this guy, to allow for some budget headroom. Rig #2 is nearly identical, only with the HAF 932 and a V-8 heatsink instead. Buddy #2 is my roommate, though, so I'm continuing to modify his (he has less "high-price" fear, too ).

I'm particularly uncomfortable with the M/B choice, and I'm thinking I could downgrade the PSU a bit and still be fine, regardless of EVGA's card asking for at least "a 750W."

I can't help but try and give these guys the best I can. I put this together with an "I'm building this for me, what would I want?" kind of mindset. Anything you guys know about that I could improve on? I trust you all, after the help you all threw into my rig's thread.
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