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Nongaming i7 build....Help badly needed

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August 12, 2009 9:00:05 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: around $1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: DVD and eventually Bluray ripping, torrent downloading, HD playback and streaming to Popcorn hours, internet browsing and general multitasking

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: 27" Dell Ultrasharp Monitor, Case (Antec 900), 750gb HD, Keyboard and Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg and Superbiiz

PARTS PREFERENCES: intel i7 CPU

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not sure I need this

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

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I have been doing alot of research and I think I am ready to build my computer. I really don't know which graphic card to choose however. Please give me suggestions or comments on my picks

Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=i7-920BOX
combo deal with
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CrossFireX/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
$433.98

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$124.99 ($114.99 after rebate)

GIGABYTE GV-R485MC-1GI Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$129.99 ($1099.99 after rebate)

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$29.99

I will eventually get a hp mediasmart server to store all my media on, but in the meantime I will be using this computer. Do I need any addition parts, like a CPU cooler or is the stock going to be sufficient. Will a standalone network card be worthwhile or not. Is 6gb ram sufficient for ripping DVDs and Blurays or will I benefit for increasing RAM.
August 12, 2009 9:40:37 AM

You wont need a gfx card as powerful as the 4850 .

Its really designed for 3d gaming and your use doesnt require that much power .

A 4670 is more appropriate , or equivalent nVidia card

You could even scale back the power supply to 500 - 550 watt since you wont have the heavy draw of a gaming card .
The i7 is the best choice for your use . The stock cooler works but an aftermarket cooler might run quieter [ depending on what you buy ]
Make sure you have a 64 bit version of windows or it wont be able to use all of your ram .
$110 for vista 64 with an upgrade to the new version of windows thats being released in a few weeks

Oh yeah , microcenter sell the were/are selling the i7 920 for $199.99 . That might save you some money to
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August 12, 2009 1:12:16 PM

^+1. A 4670 or even 4650. Since you won't be gaming, consider a fanless model for quiet, but do make sure you have good airflow through your case. Without a gaming card, an Antec Earthwatts 380 would be enough to power your rig, although you might want a 430 or even a 500 for more headroom.
You will not need a separate network card, unless you need wireless.
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August 12, 2009 1:37:53 PM

You might want to scale back the PSU and GPU (possibly RAM also) and use that money for more storage, like the WD Caviar Green 1TB (i think they're $80 each right now on newegg).

Blu-rays will fill up that 750GB HDD really fast.
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January 4, 2010 12:23:04 AM

Onus said:
^+1. A 4670 or even 4650. Since you won't be gaming, consider a fanless model for quiet, but do make sure you have good airflow through your case. Without a gaming card, an Antec Earthwatts 380 would be enough to power your rig, although you might want a 430 or even a 500 for more headroom.
You will not need a separate network card, unless you need wireless.

Wow. 200? I usually find them at 300. but i u cant find it at 200 then maybe get a i5 750 or i7 860. i hear they're very close in performance.
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