Hey everyone, hope all is well. I have been throwing around the idea of building a new desktop for myself which will primarily be used for email, web browsing, photo editing, and web design. I am not new to building systems and have built about 5 in the past 6 months; however, now that it is my turn, I am unsure and would like to see some input about my build.
My goal is to keep the cost below $750 after rebates, and I plan to use this system for 3+ years. All the texts are embedded with links to the parts on Newegg.com. Any input, suggestions, comments are welcome! Thank You!
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By 9/13/2009 BUDGET RANGE: $650-$750
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surf the net, watch HD video/content, Graphics & Web Design, Gaming.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, Operating System
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com or anywhere else.
PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use only an Intel CPU, with either an ASUS or Gigabyte motherboard, and Antec case.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1440x900 on 19 inch widescreen LCD (primary), 1360x768 on 22 inch widescreen LCD TV (secondary)
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't care much about the noise level.
If you live close to a MicroCenter, an i5 750 can be had for $180 ($210 at Newegg), and a mobo at the same price as yours. The E8400 is good - got a couple running myself - but why not consider a much better all around processor? (You'd change memory as well, same price or a few dollars more).
I can't find a review for your psu that actually does a thorough test, and the OCZ brand on psus is spotty enough to get concerned about "bargains". I'd suggest a 550W Seasonic, $79.99 free shipping at Newegg in either case.
thanks for all the recommendations guys. I have looked at Why_Me's build and I really like it, so I will look more into the i5s.
If anyone has any more suggestions on i5 builds, please feel free to share them. Thank You!!
Definitely agree, go with the i5. If you can wait though, the price should be lower in a couple months. Especially with the holiday season coming up, there are bound to be great deals. But if you need one now, the build above is a pretty good value.