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Suggestions for $800 light gaming/work system?

Last response: in Systems
November 12, 2009 1:07:39 AM

I've been reading through the threads here, and the advice here seems phenomenal. I haven't built a home system in several years (at work we purchase Dell's), so was hoping to get some up to date hardware recommendations. Everyone seems to have really got the price points worked out well here. So without any more chit-chat:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before the end of the year (targeting Black Friday purchases would work if that helps much)

BUDGET RANGE: $800 before rebates preferably. That's not a hard and fast limit, if there's a good argument to go as high as even $1000.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet, photos and documents, mid-size databases, light modeling (GIS), Casual gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (22" Dell Ultrasharp), speakers, OS (Windows 7 Enterprise/Ultimate 64 bit)



PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel based-system (I'm just more familiar with them)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (but unlikely unless it would be stupid not to)



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I need RAID 1, for me the peace of mind is worth the $50-$100 required for the extra hard drive (I know it's not a sub for backups). I assume almost any MB will do it on-board these days. I'd like a minimum of 4 GB of RAM, maybe 6 GB if anyone can squeeze a triple channel system in. I get the OS for virtually free (legally) through work, so no worries there. On-board audio is fine with me as well.

Thanks for any advice given!
November 12, 2009 2:04:31 AM

Here is what I was thinking for my build. We have a similar budget and interests so it might work for you too.

case: Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply

Motherboard+memory combo:

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

GPU: EVGA GTX 260 896MB PCI-Express 2.0 Video Card

HDD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive

Heatsink + Fan: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler

total price: ~$821

another note... I know you said you wanted to buy from newegg but amazon has the same processor for the same price but it includes a free copy of resident evil 5 from steam.
November 12, 2009 1:42:13 PM

Thanks, that's a good starting point! I'm assuming a triple channel X58 MOBO would be outside my price range, and probably not worth the cost?

Are there any other good builds you might suggest I compare this too?