$1200 budget. need to build a performance desktop

I have 1100 to 1200 dollar budget. i want to build a performance desktop pc. i am not much of a gamer so the video card is not that important. just an ok one in the market would be fine. i do watch blu ray movies on the pc and use photoshop too. could u guys help me build one?
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  1. All prices newegg.com:

    Antec 300 case $54.99 shipped
    Corsair 750w CMPSU power supply $89.99 after rebate shipped
    gigabyte GA-MA790GP3-UD3H motherboard $108 after rebate shipped
    AMD phenom II 955 black edition $165 shipped
    Corsair xms3 1333 2x2 gb ddr3 $89.99 shipped
    powercolor ax5770-1GBD5-DH video card $162 shipped
    Western digital caviar GP 1 TB Sata 3.0 retail boxed hardrive $120 shipped
    Samsung 22x DVD burner $37 shipped
    PPA card reader $16 shipped
    Pixxo black wireless keyboard and mouse $32.55 shipped
    Microsoft windows 7 64 professional oem $140 shipped
    Logitech s-220 speaker kit 17 watts $31 shipped

    Total: about $1046 including shipping

    Whatever hardrive you get, pay extra for the retail box. It's less likely to arrive damaged, due to the extra packaging.
  2. thanks o1die, i forgot to mention. i need intel processor. would it be possiple to put something together with a i7 920? along with liquid cooling?
    dont need keyboard, mouse and speakers. i have all of those. dont need a dvd burner either.
  3. Frys has a 920 combo with msi x58m board for $279 after rebate today, but it's in stores only. Get the same combo for around $459 at newegg. I don't recommend liquid cooling if you're not overclocking. If you're not a gamer, you don't need to overclock.
  4. Newegg has the Intel 9550 and amd 965 black both open box for a few minutes, but you have to be quick. It will save you at least $200 over the i7.
  5. o1die said:
    All prices newegg.com:

    Antec 300 case $54.99 shipped
    Corsair 750w CMPSU power supply $89.99 after rebate shipped
    gigabyte GA-MA790GP3-UD3H motherboard $108 after rebate shipped
    AMD phenom II 955 black edition $165 shipped
    Corsair xms3 1333 2x2 gb ddr3 $89.99 shipped
    powercolor ax5770-1GBD5-DH video card $162 shipped
    Western digital caviar GP 1 TB Sata 3.0 retail boxed hardrive $120 shipped
    Samsung 22x DVD burner $37 shipped
    PPA card reader $16 shipped
    Pixxo black wireless keyboard and mouse $32.55 shipped
    Microsoft windows 7 64 professional oem $140 shipped
    Logitech s-220 speaker kit 17 watts $31 shipped

    Total: about $1046 including shipping

    Whatever hardrive you get, pay extra for the retail box. It's less likely to arrive damaged, due to the extra packaging.



    you are the biggest fail on toms.

    1) with a 1200 budget go intel corei7 not p2
    2) he does not need a 750 watt psu for a simple gpu + cpu solution
    3) he does not need all the other 'crap' that you put on there just to beef up the system ie: speakers, keyboard, mouse

    ignore o1die's post completely - total WASTE of money and crap build for $1200.
  6. werxen said:
    you are the biggest fail on toms.

    1) with a 1200 budget go intel corei7 not p2
    2) he does not need a 750 watt psu for a simple gpu + cpu solution
    3) he does not need all the other 'crap' that you put on there just to beef up the system ie: speakers, keyboard, mouse

    ignore o1die's post completely - total WASTE of money and crap build for $1200.


    Wow overreacting aren't we? That is not close to a crap build, its actually perfect for what he wants since it saves him some money since he can afford to use an even cheaper PSU and like you said, it already has a keyboard and mouse included.

    And since he said he watches blu ray which any quad handles easily, and uses photoshop which, again, any quad can handle. Even more so now with the GPGPU acceleration with that 5xxx series card.
  7. yannifb said:
    Wow overreacting aren't we? That is not close to a crap build, its actually perfect for what he wants since it saves him some money since he can afford to use an even cheaper PSU and like you said, it already has a keyboard and mouse included.

    And since he said he watches blu ray which any quad handles easily, and uses photoshop which, again, any quad can handle. Even more so now with the GPGPU acceleration with that 5xxx series card.



    You make no sense. How does it 'save him money' if he needs a smaller psu yet you consider this the 'perfect build'.

    It is not the perfect build - if you have 800+ go i7 build not p2. This is ridiculous. I would post you a system that would kick the crap out of that one but I am too lazy to swing by theegg and get the pricing. Trust me - 1200 you get the exact same stuff except a better processor and a more efficient power supply that will last you longer.
  8. werxen said:
    You make no sense. How does it 'save him money' if he needs a smaller psu yet you consider this the 'perfect build'.

    It is not the perfect build - if you have 800+ go i7 build not p2. This is ridiculous. I would post you a system that would kick the crap out of that one but I am too lazy to swing by theegg and get the pricing. Trust me - 1200 you get the exact same stuff except a better processor and a more efficient power supply that will last you longer.


    Two things:

    If you are too lazy then you shouldn't even be here, since he asked for build suggestions, not complaining.


    And secondly for his uses who in their right mind would get an i7, or even a PII for that matter. I mean $1200 for a blu ray and photoshop PC is too much.

    EDIT: Oh yeah and that corsair PSU he suggested is top notch.
  9. yannifb said:
    Two things:

    If you are too lazy then you shouldn't even be here, since he asked for build suggestions, not complaining.

    And secondly for his uses who in their right mind would get an i7, or even a PII for that matter. I mean $1200 for a blu ray and photoshop PC is too much.


    If it is too much then why are you supporting a, quote, "Total: about $1046 including shipping" system as perfect? You make absolutely no sense. If I had my way I would tell his dude to get an athlon x4 with a 4850 and call it a night but he said his budget was $1200. We are not playing 'save the money' we are playing what system can you build to maximize performance with the budget given. i7 destroys p2 in EVERY category hands down. And btw, you may think that I have not noticed but in every one of your threads you support an AMD build - stop being a fanboi because you are stinking up threads left and right. i7 > p2.
  10. werxen said:
    you are the biggest fail on toms.

    1) with a 1200 budget go intel corei7 not p2
    2) he does not need a 750 watt psu for a simple gpu + cpu solution
    3) he does not need all the other 'crap' that you put on there just to beef up the system ie: speakers, keyboard, mouse

    ignore o1die's post completely - total WASTE of money and crap build for $1200.


    1) That would depend on what the price difference could buy. At $1200, you get a Phenom II or LGA 1156 build, period. An LGA 1366, or the triple channel memory to be more specific, will never show more performance in his intended uses, however he could get an X3440 for an LGA 1156 board and save a good $100+.
    2) A great quality 750w PSU for a decent price is never bad. I always recommend spending 10-15% of your budget on a PSU which gives him about $120 to work with.
    3) This depends on what he currently has. If he has some crappy speakers then he should really invest some money into some decent ones since he is an avid Blu-Ray viewer.

    Regardless I recommend this:

    Intel X3440, has Hyperthreading and overclocks as well as an i7 860:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117225&cm_re=x3440-_-19-117-225-_-Product

    Biostar T5 XE:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138162&cm_re=p55-_-13-138-162-_-Product

    Great G.Skill RAM (2 of these):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

    Beautiful Lian-Li case:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112239

    Great Power Supply, Silver 80+ rating:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151084

    All the Video card you need:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125300&cm_re=5850-_-14-125-300-_-Product

    Cooler:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233023
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233039

    Hard drive:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145276

    Great system for about $1200
  11. AMW1011 said:
    1) That would depend on what the price difference could buy. At $1200, you get a Phenom II or LGA 1156 build, period. An LGA 1366, or the triple channel memory to be more specific, will never show more performance in his intended uses, however he could get an X3440 for an LGA 1156 board and save a good $100+.
    2) A great quality 750w PSU for a decent price is never bad. I always recommend spending 10-15% of your budget on a PSU which gives him about $120 to work with.
    3) This depends on what he currently has. If he has some crappy speakers then he should really invest some money into some decent ones since he is an avid Blu-Ray viewer.

    Regardless I recommend this:

    Intel X3440, has Hyperthreading and overclocks as well as an i7 860:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117225&cm_re=x3440-_-19-117-225-_-Product

    Biostar T5 XE:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138162&cm_re=p55-_-13-138-162-_-Product

    Great G.Skill RAM (2 of these):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

    Beautiful Lian-Li case:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112239

    Great Power Supply, Silver 80+ rating:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151084

    All the Video card you need:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125300&cm_re=5850-_-14-125-300-_-Product

    Cooler:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233023
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233039

    Hard drive:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145276

    Great system for about $1200


    Thats a cool build but for his uses are you sure he needs the server cpu?

    And holy crap now that i look again that seems way to good for 1200
  12. He does not need a 5850 that's for sure. *smashes head into wall*

    get a core i7 920, aftermarket heatsink, 6 gigs ddr3, 620 wat psu, 4850 or 4870. call it a night already.
  13. Sorry but did you miss the "im not a gamer" part of the OPs post?
  14. yannifb said:
    Thats a cool build but for his uses are you sure he needs the server cpu?

    And holy crap now that i look again that seems way to good for 1200


    The X3440 allows great overclocking and hyperthreading for much less than the i7 860

    werxen said:
    He does not need a 5850 that's for sure. *smashes head into wall*

    get a core i7 920, aftermarket heatsink, 6 gigs ddr3, 620 wat psu, 4850 or 4870. call it a night already.


    Again, there is no use for him to get the 920 as triple channel RAM is useless to him. Refer below for the GPU

    yannifb said:
    Sorry but did you miss the "im not a gamer" part of the OPs post?


    Agreed a 5850 is not required in the slightest, but will do great in games and apps today and will hold up for years to come. Remember, time is not stationary and games and apps will require much more in the future. A 5770 will fit his needs great, but I wouldn't put that money towards any other part in the system since it is basically maxed out.

    Having money does not mean it must be spent. Out of curiosity, what monitor and speaker set up do you have droopydog?
  15. AMW1011 said:


    Agreed a 5850 is not required in the slightest, but will do great in games and apps today and will hold up for years to come. Remember, time is not stationary and games and apps will require much more in the future. A 5770 will fit his needs great, but I wouldn't put that money towards any other part in the system since it is basically maxed out.



    Yeah thats what I was getting at. Oh and sorry if I sounded a bit hostile, didn't mean too :)
  16. Why is werxen bent on fitting a i7 920 in everything? I admit the CPU is sick, very powerful, very pricey.

    I think due to OP's style of posting he is new to the Built-it-yourself world. He will probable expect everything that comes with retail PC's for $1200, meaning monitor, windows, mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc.
  17. You guys are suggesting spending way to much money on the GPU.

    Even a card like this more than enough. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102854. Basically any video card that you would put in a HTPC is worth considering.

    Get a high quality PSU not over 500w. There is no need to have PSU that can deliver almost the twice the wattage that you machine will ever need. Like the 750w model suggested.

    Look at getting a SSD drive as. Any current build that is built for performance should include a fast SSD drive.
  18. radeon 4600 can do picture in picture with all post processing turned up for any format 1080p . the 4670 is around 65-70 , it is all that the OP needs for bluray .

    if ure gaming lightly , get a 5750/5770 and use the rest of money elsewhere . 5850 = waste .

    use that money to get 8gb for photoshop .

    550vx corsair is going to be more than enough even if u overclock the cpu with air cooling and your 5700 video card .

    go for a simple $55 case like antec 300 , you would do fine with it . $99 cases like antec 900 or lian li mentioned above are useless .

    and lastly , whatever one's usage , there is no need to spend the entire amount if you can get the performance you want . you have 1200 , why spend all of it ? im sure everyone of us can use money elsewhere in other important things . and 1200 is a good budget for even gaming heavily in most cases , so you should end up saving some beans !!
  19. for a more direct list-like suggestion :-

    ram : uses only 1.35 volts , less heat when using 4 modules , u should get 8gb .

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231326

    mobo : p7p55d-e , great single gpu with 7 atx expansion lots , sata 6gb/sec , usb3.0

    case : antec 300 steel black , 54$ shipped .

    psu : corsair 550vx .

    video card :-

    for everything blue ray and light gaming : radeon 4670
    for mid range gaming (your limit) : 5750 or a faster 5770 , your call depending on what games u really play if at all .

    now , if u use photoshop professionally , get the xeon or 860 .
    otherwise , get i5 750 at microcenter/newegg for 160/200 dollars . at has impressive performance .

    an i7 920/x58 platform is really usefull for extreme overclocking and best performance with dual gpu's in sli/cf , but you dont need that AT ALL , so dont waste your money .

    also , get 4gb ram first , you can always get another 4gb if you feel the need to do so after trying it out . installing more ram is easy and hassle free .

    i would suggest $30 cooler master hyper 212+ , good enough for even 3.6-3.8 ghz with antec 300's sound airflow .
  20. Quote:
    top being a fanboi because you are stinking up threads left and right. i7 > p2.


    pot. kettle. black.
  21. I read his first post carefully; my suggestions were pretty well spot on for his budget, especially since he wants an i7 (which puts him right at $1200), but he didn't mention it until later. I've been building systems for 19 years, and shop frys and newegg frequently, so I know who has the best price between the two. I don't take criticisms personally, so let em fly.
  22. AMW1011 said:
    The X3440 allows great overclocking and hyperthreading for much less than the i7 860


    Again, there is no use for him to get the 920 as triple channel RAM is useless to him. Refer below for the GPU


    Agreed a 5850 is not required in the slightest, but will do great in games and apps today and will hold up for years to come. Remember, time is not stationary and games and apps will require much more in the future. A 5770 will fit his needs great, but I wouldn't put that money towards any other part in the system since it is basically maxed out.

    Having money does not mean it must be spent. Out of curiosity, what monitor and speaker set up do you have droopydog?


    I ha
    ve 240 watts logitech 5.1 speakers. I am at work right now. But i will definitely check out the links everyone gave so far. i am planning on buying the pc right after new years.

    I am not sure if i will overclock. Somepeople here said i dont need to if i am not a gamer. I do play games on my pc occasionally. not everyday though. maybe two three times a month.
  23. my monitor is this one.

    http://www.shoplet.com/Samsung-Electronics-America-Inc-Widescreen-LCD-Monitor-22-1680x1050-20-x3-2-5-x16-2-5-BK/SAS2220WMHAS/spdv

    sometimes i do hook up the pc to my plasma in the living room. i dont know the model number for it from the top of my head but its a 42 inch samsung plasma 720p
  24. welshmousepk said:
    Quote:
    top being a fanboi because you are stinking up threads left and right. i7 > p2.


    pot. kettle. black.


    Hilarious especially since I started the thread "Why all the AMD hate" and considering I do not have either the p2 or the i7 and you clearly do.

    pot. kettle. black indeed sir.
  25. so because i own a P2 that makes me a fanboy?

    in most threads, i recomend people purchase an intel processor. unless of course they are on a tight budget.

    but comments like 'i7 > p2' are neither fair nor accurate, and make you sound like a fanboy.
    neither architecture is 'better', they both have pros and cons.

    but you;ve derailed the topic enough with your flames, so how about leaving the OP to get answered now?
  26. welshmousepk said:
    so because i own a P2 that makes me a fanboy?

    in most threads, i recomend people purchase an intel processor. unless of course they are on a tight budget.

    but comments like 'i7 > p2' are neither fair nor accurate, and make you sound like a fanboy.
    neither architecture is 'better', they both have pros and cons.

    but you;ve derailed the topic enough with your flames, so how about leaving the OP to get answered now?


    If you honestly think the p2 is 'better' then maybe you need to look up some benchmarks. Nobody in their right mind would take a p2 over an i7 if they had the money - that is nonsense. Yes the Intel architecture is better because it takes less cycles for an i7 to calculate something than a p2 does, therefore, it is better due to architecture.
  27. again, im not sure if you're high or what....

    i didnt say phenom ii is better. where did you get that from?

    i said neither is better, since they both come out on top in different benchmarks. yes, intel i7 is usually the winner but it is also more expensive. which is one of its cons, and why it cant be called 'better'

    if i7 was cheaper, then it would be 'better', but money is always a factor.

    so seriously, how about less fanboyism?
  28. the OP wants a 'performance system' , but from his usage , even a phenom x3@120 would rock ... he can go for the 955@165.

    in spite of using an i5 myself , i dont think he needs an i5/i7(forget 1366 i7's) system . as video is not that important , he can also go for an 80gb ssd and perhaps even 8gb ram to make booting/shutdown and any applications lightning fast if he's bent on spending 1200$ .
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