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October 20, 2009 1:04:08 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $900-1100 (including monitor) After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: watching, ripping, editing movies/video files; gaming; Blu-ray playback; surfing the net; Photoshop,

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse & keyboard, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com preferrably

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: no real preference to brand; Blu-ray reader

OVERCLOCKING: Probably

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: need to purchase - 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking at building my first PC since high school (been limited to my 3 year old laptop I got in college). I'd been looking at an all-in-one desktop since I have limited desk space, but figured I get more for my money by building my own PC. Plan on buying a new monitor, somewhere around 24" - suggestions welcome.

a b C Monitor
October 20, 2009 1:31:46 AM

Maybe something like this - you could upgrade to a 5850, but it put you over budget, so I left it out

Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH5770/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Mini P180 Black Steel MicroATX Mini Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DELL S2309W Full HD Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c...

Blu-Ray Burner of your choice

One note, this build is micro-ATX, which I decided on because of your space concerns, you could always switch over to standard ATX if you wanted to.
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October 21, 2009 12:43:43 AM

Thanks. I was looking at an i5 build before posting. Using your suggestions (plus BD drive), here's my preliminary list:


Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core
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ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard [COMBO]
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.273250

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279

ASUS EAH5770/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121350

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136162

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

I like that Dell monitor (plus I can probably use the EPP discount for Dell). Anyone familiar with either of these monitors?

ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236049

SAMSUNG SYNCMASTER 2333SW High Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 20000:1 (1000:1) w/ HPCP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001314

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a b C Monitor
October 21, 2009 12:50:04 AM

Looks great! All three monitors seem very nice, but I haven't owned any of them so I'll leave that to someone else.
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October 23, 2009 11:20:43 PM

Final build list; decided to move up to the 5850 (whenever I can find it in stock). Also planning on the ASUS 24" monitor, though other suggestions are welcome...



Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
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Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.266014

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Retail
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ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.273255

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.275634.22-152-185

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231279

SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102857

LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136162

ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236049
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