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Old January 25, 2010, 02:59 PM
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Default New build @Feb. 15, 2010

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

// Gaming, streaming video, movies, SQL server, VB, etc.

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

// $1000-1500 --need everything except an OS (monitor, keyboard, etc.) Prefer 24-24" widescreen

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.

// U.S.

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.

// no brand preference, just want decent quality.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.

//no current parts

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.

//I have read numerous i5, i7, and AMD threads

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

// new to overclocking, but I do want to learn.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?

// Ordering parts in the middle of February.

9. What resolution do you use?

// need monitor, but probably going to be 1920 x 1080

I found this site about a week ago and have been reading threads ever since. There seems to be many intelligent and helpful members here and I am hoping you could give me some advice.

I'm not exactly sure about which direction I want to go: i5 (poss. i7) or AMD.
...I think much of my confusion comes along with building a system that can follow my budget.

I would like to be able to put together the best system that I can for the budget I have; hoping that it will last for about 1 1/2 to 2 years without the need for major upgrades.

After 2 years I will reassess my needs and go from there.

Thank you in advance for any and all advice/help!!
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Old January 25, 2010, 03:03 PM
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With regards to the monitor (which will cut a chunk in your $1500 budget), do you need colour accuracy? i.e. IPS panels and derivatives or will TN do just fine (IPS costs significantly more)?

What store(s) will you be ordering from (I just automatically assume newegg.com...)? Is there a Microcenter close to you (cheap CPUs for walk-in only)?
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Old January 25, 2010, 03:12 PM
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As far as the monitor goes, I don't need anything special- was figuring around $250 of the budget.

I will be ordering online. Where? I guess depends on price/reliability.
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Old January 25, 2010, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by curry View Post
As far as the monitor goes, I don't need anything special- was figuring around $250 of the budget.

I will be ordering online. Where? I guess depends on price/reliability.
Is there a Microcenter near you? You could get a i7 860 for $230 compared to $279 on newegg.com per say. Or even the i7 920 for the same price.

Alrighty then.
Based on this:
Gaming Computer for under $1000(USD)

Case: NZXT Tempest EVO - Your preference, choose what you want. Assuming it'll be $120.
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D -add $10 for E version with USB3.0 and SATA6
CPU: Intel Core i5 750-add $80 if you want i7 860 (2.8GHz i7) or $40 for a Xeon x3440 (2.53GHz i7)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3-1600 (Item #: N82E16820231277) -Pretty good deal
Video Card: XFX 5770 (Item #: N82E16814150447) - add $120 for a 5850
PSU: Corsair HX750W Modular (Item #: N82E16817139010) -I'd keep this
HDD: Western Digital Black Caviar 500GB (Item #: N82E16822136320) -add $30 for 1TB
DVD/CD: Just buy something local for $30

Total: $953.93
Your total: Assuming you buy the Xeon - $1153.93

I'd think you need a cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 - $30
Monitor : Asus VK246 (or get the VH246 if you don't want a built-in webcam for the same price) - $229.99

Kind of leaves you with $86 for mouse and keyboard. If you want to cut costs, and reallocate money elsewhere (going to an i7 860 instead of the Xeon).
i.e. Save $20 by going with the Lian Li K62 case and probably save another $30 by going with a HX650,
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Old January 26, 2010, 04:08 PM
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Nice build. I'd make a couple changes though;
Case is alright, but I'd take the 690 II Advanced and add a couple of fans to it. The case itself is generally better, it's just got fewer fans. There's a number of good cases in that price range though, OP should just look around for a bit and see what he likes.
There's not really any reason to get the 500GB Caviar Black since the 640GB one is almost always less than $5-10 more.
I don't feel the 750HX is worth it over the 750TX. Take my advice for what it's worth.

Also, side-none, it's nice to see people who understand you can't build a computer and have it last 5-6 years without incremental upgrades. 2 years is a great target, as that's probably about when you'll feel your video card aging and be itching for a new one. You could probably hang on to the core system for 4 years or so.
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