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Old March 6, 2013, 09:45 PM
lowerstreet lowerstreet is offline
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Default Hoping to build a desktop

I was going to get a NCIX desktop but a friend suggested I get the parts individually. I had no idea where to start so I am beginning with what was suggested in the PC Builder for an i7 desktop which is $1800-ish. I was hoping more for $1500 but I do plan to use this desktop for a few years so I'm thinking maybe I should invest more for a better machine.

Any help would be greatly appreciated since I'm sort of doing this blind.

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.

I want a computer that has quick start-up. I tend to multi-task so speed is important to me... I sometimes watch a video while working on Photoshop for photo-editing with a few internet browsers open for images with some website uploading and file backup in the background. I don't play games too often. Some of my friends who visit play games, so it would be nice to have that option but it's not too important to me.

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
Around $1800+tax

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
Canada. I'm probably going to price-match and order/build from NCIX since there are stores near me.

4. IF YOU have a brand preference.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
I will just use my old monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers.

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
I've read some, but I don't know enough about the components to know how they would relate.

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
I haven't bought any parts yet. I'm hoping to build it once I have the necessary info.

9. What resolution and settings do you use?

10. Are there any specific technologies you want?

- I would like an SSD to faster boot-up, and to put all my programs on, so the computer runs faster.
- USB 3.0 for sure, but also some USB 2.0 slots.
- In addition, I'm hoping for two 7200rpm hard drives, maybe 1 TB each (or one 1TB and one 2TB).
- A DVD Drive. I'm undecided on adding a Blu-ray drive too... I guess it could be good for storing data on discs, and watching movies.

- I'm looking for a case that is not too gigantic since I'm putting it on my desk. But I don't want the system to overheat or anything, plus I'll need at least 4 slots for SSD, two HDD and one DVD drive. It might be good to have a slot free in case I want to add something in the future. I've never done that before, but maybe I could save money by just buying one HDD now and then waiting for a sale and putting the second one in later.

I'm also hoping for case which is traditional/simple looking. My roommate hosts some out of towners sometimes and I don't want it to be too obvious that there are expensive components inside.


So this was the list that NCIX's PC Builder gave, so I'm using it as a starting point.

Intel Core i7 3770K Unlocked Quad Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.5GHZ Ivy Bridge 8MB Retail ($369.98)

Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H40 High Performance CPU Cooler System LGA1366 1155 AM3
120mm Fan ($69.99)

ASUS Sabertooth Z77 ATX LGA1155 DDR3 SLI 3PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 SATA3 HDMI DisplayPort USB3.0 Motherboard (249.99)

Corsair Vengeance Black CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10 16GB 2X8GB DDR3-1600 CL10 1.5V Dual Channel Memory Kit ($110.80)

GeForce GTX 670 2GB GDDR5 2xDVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E 3.0 ($429.98)

No power supply

Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM SATA3 64MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive ($109.98)

Intel 520 Series 120GB 2.5IN SSD MLC 25nm SATA3 Solid State Disk Drive Retail W/ Mounting Bracket (159.99)

ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black ($24.98)

Last edited by lowerstreet; March 6, 2013 at 09:52 PM.
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