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September 25, 2009 11:53:04 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in 2 weeks to a month

BUDGET RANGE: $400-$600 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT
: Just general usage mostly (web surfing, MS Office, downloading), I watch a lot of movies (in HD), not much gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, HDD

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, although wouldn't mind another place

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet and cool running


Basically the last system I built was almost a year ago, I've been so busy and out of touch with the IT world that I don't know what's good anymore so I am open to all suggestions. I know the price range is not kinda wide, but as cheap as possible is good, won't cheap out too much though if it affects the performance a lot.

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September 26, 2009 1:02:56 AM




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September 26, 2009 3:04:19 AM

you have a fry's or microcenter nearby?
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September 26, 2009 4:16:20 PM

@niklas_13: Should I really go with an onboard GPU? I mean I don't game much, but I do check out new games that interest me. Also no HDD is needed as per 1st post.

proro1974: Don't think so. I just moved to NYC and I checked the websites and seems like neither fry's nor microcenter are around.
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September 26, 2009 6:18:20 PM

I've been reading a bit about processors and I have a question:
Should I stretch my budget some and aim for i5 instead? How much of a stretch would it be?
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September 26, 2009 9:50:13 PM

You could buy this como http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Sub... for 420

It would set you back another 100 bucks

Remember you can always spend more or less but the key is to get the best you can for your budget. The i5 setup would be better but do you need it or is it going to sit there unused and wasted.
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September 27, 2009 3:17:06 AM

Niklas_13 said:
You could buy this como http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Sub... for 420

It would set you back another 100 bucks

Remember you can always spend more or less but the key is to get the best you can for your budget. The i5 setup would be better but do you need it or is it going to sit there unused and wasted.


Yeah I understand the point. It's just the more I read about the new stuff that's come out and that is to come out the more I want to get the better parts for my build.
Although I listed my use to be on the rather light side this will be my main and only computer.
Another thing is that it seems to me that going with Intel is a better choice considering what they have in stock for the future. Anyway thanks for the suggestions but I'll have to think through a bit before I decide.
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September 27, 2009 3:40:36 AM

NP If you do go with the i5 and that HD4870 you will want to upgrade that PSU to a 550W
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