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Need help to build Core i5 system under $1,200

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November 1, 2009 6:27:52 PM

Hey, I’m building this PC for my general work.
I’m not a gamer and don’t really play that much, just need the PC to be really fast for office related work. When something is working slow it really gets me angry.
I generally run multiple programs at the same time, and do some photo editing or video conversion.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (by the end of this month)

BUDGET RANGE: (Around $1200) After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Office Work, Multitasking, Surfing the Internet, Photo Editing, Watching Movies, Video Conversion)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (Monitor, Speakers, Mouse, OS)

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

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (USA)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Core i5, Asus MoBo, SSD

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (CPU only, around 3.6GHz)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1080) I’ve got LG W2486L

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I need PC to be as quiet as possible. I don’t really know about the CPU heatsink and cooler, but want it to be quiet as well.

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Parts I’ve currently selected:

Case:
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

Power Supply:
CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

Processor:
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

Motherboard:
ASUS P7P55D LE LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

RAM:
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail

Hard Drive:
OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Retail

Graphics Card:
Palit NE3TS25NFHD52 GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

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November 1, 2009 7:20:50 PM

Hello.

Just get this graphics card since you don't game:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get this hard drive, SSD is too expensive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM (cheaper solution) 1333mhz CL7:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM(more expensive) 1600mhz CL7:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

heatsink it's cheap and decent:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The rest of the parts you picked are fine so stick with them.
November 1, 2009 7:36:31 PM

xrtili said:
Thanks for suggestions.

I really aim for SSD, definately want to get it. Though I'm not sure in my case whether Intel one would be better or not:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And one more question will the lower CAS latency make a big difference?


The lower latency will not make a BIG difference, but the one you picked which is CL9 is bad for 1600mhz. Need at least CL8 for 1600mhz. For 2000mhz it's CL9. I suggest going with either one of my RAM.

Why are you wanting SSD so bad? For your uses it's WAY too expensive and not relevant I would say.
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