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January 25, 2009 6:22:52 AM

I plan to use the mid price build in december as my new build. I have about $1300 to spend. The pc will be used for multi-tasking. Basically, listening to music and streaming videos. Does anyone have input on what improvements can be made to that build within my budget?

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January 25, 2009 5:42:19 PM

What build is that? Give us a list of parts so we know what you're talking about.

Do you need a monitor/Windows/speakers/mouse/keyboard included in the $1300?

Are those USA dollars?
January 25, 2009 6:05:23 PM

Well lets start with the case.Thermaltake V9 Black Edition ATX Computer Gaming 89$ then the PSU!:COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power 600watt. 69$ Now a mobo!:GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 134.99$ Cpu:Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 189.99$ Video card:SAPPHIRE 100245L Radeon HD 4850 512MB 144$ Hard Drives!:Western Digital Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB for os 99$ and Seagate Barracuda ES.2 ST3500320NS 500GB for storage 89$ Cpu cooler ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler 53.99$ Ram!:o CZ Reaper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 90$ Now that brings the total to 956$ but thats without tax.. with tax im guessing around 1100$ Now i wasnt sure if u wanted like keyboard, mouse, monitor, so i left a little extra keep in mind it might be a bit over 1300$ if u throw those 3 things in. But hopefully that helped a bit. That would be a pretty killer computer and youd be ready for some gaming toO!
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January 25, 2009 6:26:32 PM

Here is the components of the proposed build mid range:

Intel Core i7 920 $300
CPU Cooler
Bundled retail CPU cooler 0
Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-DS4 $245
RAM
Crucial PC3-8500 CT3KIT12864BA1067 triple-channel memory kit $79
Graphics
Sapphire Radeon 4850 X2 2 GB $330
Hard Drives
Western Digital Caviar black 640GD 32 MB cache $85
Sound
Integrated 0
Network
Integrated Gigabit Networking 0
Case
Cooler Master Centurion 534 $50
Power
Corsair 650TX $100
Optical
LG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA Model GH20NS15 $23
Total Price

$1,212

Yes US dollars. Just need some help on modifying the hardware, if any. I know how fast things change.
January 25, 2009 7:07:41 PM

There's a PC Power & Cooling 750W S75CF at Newegg for $70 after rebate.

I like the Antec 300 more in the $50 range.

If you can upgrade to HD 4870 X2 it's worth it. It's faster and better cooled.

This RAM is better and seems to work well with the GA-EX58-DS4. The Crucial has some bad user reviews at Newegg and they are related to Gigabyte MBs.
G.SKILL 3GB (3 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231229

February 12, 2009 7:28:06 PM

Newegg is not selling the motherboard GIGABYTE GA-EX58-DS4 instead they are selling GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail. Is it worth the upgrade?
February 12, 2009 7:47:23 PM

Get this Mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or this one, they are very similar:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can buy both those mobo's in a combo with the CPU and get $30 for asus, $20 for gig off at newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Do you have an OS?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd get the 6GB kit if you have some money left over to spend:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you want to OC at all, then I suggest getting a CPU cooler, Scythe mugen 2 is about $45 and cools very well, and is one of the cheapest coolers out there for LGA 1366.
http://www.jab-tech.com/Scythe-Mugen-2-CPU-Cooler-pr-43...
February 12, 2009 7:55:04 PM

You dont mention gaming at all. Theres no point building a system with an expensive , power hungry , hot and noisy, dual gpu gaming card for the usage you mention .

Use something like a 4670 and put the extra towards a better case or a blu ray drive
February 12, 2009 7:56:13 PM

I've just read a review at Extreme Tech that showed the P6T doing very well. The GA-EX58-UD4P was their second choice. eVGA X58 came third. (Of course, you can't judge properly just from a review, so do your homework, read a few reviews.)
February 12, 2009 8:05:14 PM

Outlander_04 said:
You dont mention gaming at all. Theres no point building a system with an expensive , power hungry , hot and noisy, dual gpu gaming card for the usage you mention .

Use something like a 4670 and put the extra towards a better case or a blu ray drive

I think its fairly safe to say he will be using this for gaming, looking at the build he was interested in...people don't select high end cards when they know they won't be using their rigs for gaming, especially since most of the people who are building their own systems are fairly technically savvy and know something about computers and their basic video requirements.
February 12, 2009 8:12:14 PM

xthekidx said:
I think its fairly safe to say he will be using this for gaming, looking at the build he was interested in...people don't select high end cards when they know they won't be using their rigs for gaming, especially since most of the people who are building their own systems are fairly technically savvy and know something about computers and their basic video requirements.



I think it totally safe to say he didnt mention gaming , and that if he was confident of making choices he wouldnt be asking on a forum .

Its forum members who are ASSUMING its a gaming machine because thats THEIR interest .

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