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February 20, 2009 9:26:25 PM

alright, so, i intend on building a new system for the first time in years. it's been a while since i've built one, so i need a little guidance on this. i want a system that'll be strong in multitasking, have lots of storage, and whose most power-hungry activities will probably be encoding/transcoding and watching high-quality rips and perhaps some light gaming (but nothing too heavy, i'm more of a console gamer than a pc gamer). the main components i need some feedback are on the processor, motherboard, video card, power supply, and i guess memory. the rest i can figure out on my own. i'm looking to make a complete build that totals 1200 or so max, but if i could keep everything down to around 1000, that'd be ideal.

thanks in advance everyone.

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February 20, 2009 9:50:17 PM

just to kick this off a little, would the amd phenom ii x4 920 be more of a value pick than the similarly priced intel core 2 quad q6600 due to the better power consumption?
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February 20, 2009 9:52:00 PM

yeah, i don't mind overclocking. i would like a cheap i7 build to be sure, but from my browsing, i don't think it seems all that possible to build a cheap i7 system given the premium on ddr3 ram, the processor, and the motherboard, but maybe i'm mistaken.
February 20, 2009 10:01:31 PM

What all do you need? Monitor? keyboard? mouse?
February 20, 2009 10:05:10 PM

well, i already know what i'll be getting as far as a case, keyboard, mouse, etc., so i left that out. but if you need me to list that stuff, i'll be happy to oblige.
February 20, 2009 10:13:20 PM

But was that included in the 1K?

February 20, 2009 10:23:33 PM

i guess so, haha. alright, i'll just include the pieces i've picked out so far:


antec p182, 124.99


logitech mx1100, 74.99


das keyboard professional, 129.00


western digital caviar black, 1 tb, 129.99

(i might possibly get two, undecided about that)
February 20, 2009 10:37:54 PM

ah, the wishlist won't come up, it's asking me to log in and i don't have an account currently. make one, i guess?
February 20, 2009 10:45:25 PM

It looks to me like you can have an i7 build and still get everything you want.
February 20, 2009 10:52:51 PM

so, is 500 watts enough power for everything? 600-750 safer?