$900 non-gaming PC?


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: iTunes, internet, Runescape, Rollercoaster Tycoon

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, but I'm not picky




ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've got about 1K cds I'd like to rip and I need lots of room for digital pictures. I've built 3 PCs, but never overclocked and would like to give that a try. The kids are wanting to play some games, but nothing too intense. I can go either AMD or Intel, I like the looks of the i5 and the Phenom II X 4 955, but are they overkill? The only thing I've really decided is I like the look of is this monitor

ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 5000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail

All your help is greatly appreciated.
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  1. If you aren't gaming much (especially) you might favor the better performance and lower power consumption/heat from i5 which is only $10 more.
  2. Intel Core i5-750
    Combo Price: $294.98

    OCZ Obsidian 4GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    MSI N250GTS-2D512-OCv2 GeForce GTS 250 512MB
    Combo Price: $186.98

    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W
    SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model
    Combo Price: $82.98

    COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache

    ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen
    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit w/ free Windows 7 upgrade coupon
    Combo Price: $249.98

    Grand Total:* $899.90
    $50 Mail in Rebate
  3. One of the great advantages to AMD builds still is the ability to use DDR2 and less expensive motherboards. This enables you to put your money where it's most needed, into the HD and such.

    Asus 785G mATX board in combo with the X4 955
    G.skill DDR2 1066 4GB
    Scythe Mugen CPU cooler
    TX-2 thermal paste
    Cooler Master Elite 341 You don't need a full sized case. this one has decent cooling with an added fan in the front.
    CM blue case fan This will make the case look nicer as well as help cool.
    OCZ500SXS PSU This would be the minimum. If it's in the budget get this:
    Corsair 450VX The power from this unit will be a bit cleaner and so help with the overclock.... You said rebates were cool right? Just get the Corsair then.
    Caviar Black 1TB
    DVD burner
    HIS 4850 This is a strong video card that should keep you for a while given your lack of hardcore gaming.

    The other's builds were OK, but I notice they didn't really address your desire to OC. They also used DDR3... there is something to be said for that, but I think this build is more in line. There is no advantage to DDR3 except that your next build might use it, making for a better investment. DDR2 is going away, so you get it a bit cheaper today.
  4. Thanks for the replies! I noticed both of the AMD builds have mobos with onboard GPUs, but still recommend a video card. Are the onboard GPU's insufficient?
  5. You might be able to get away with an onboard gpu for now, but you'd be better off down the road if you got a discrete. Also, since you want to OC you don't want the added heat on the northbridge from running integrated graphics.
  6. That's what I needed to know. Thanks.
  7. Ok I'm ready to place an order. I decided to upgrade the case and hold off on ocing for a bit. I used a little from each of the AMD builds and came up with this:

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ... - Retail

    HIS H485FM512H Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    $102.99 - $10 MIR = $92.99

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
    ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
    $249.98 - $20 MIR = $229.98

    GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P Socket AM2+/ AMD 790X/ CrossFireX/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
    AMD Phenom II X4 Processor 955 AM3, Retail
    $284.99 - $15 FUN15 code = $269.99

    Samsung HD103SJ 1TB SATA2 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive

    Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE 22X SATA DVD+/-RW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk w/o Software

    $907.83 + $24.67 shipping = $932.50

    Thanks for all your help.
  8. Should work out well.
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