Help building a fast non-gaming system


BUDGET RANGE: No hard cap, but ideally the components will be at the price points for performance per dollar, but still able to meet my needs.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: A machine capable of doing pretty much anything but games: internet, video streaming, picture/music/video editing, HD movie watching. Also would like to accommodate 2x24" monitors. To reiterate, this will not be a gaming machine so I will not necessarily need a high power gaming GPU.

Essentially I want a rig that can do things quickly, with significant multi-tasking and minimal latency.
For example, watching an HD movie will video editing on the other monitor without the movie being slow or jumpy.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg has been good to me


PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference...not an imac



MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920/1200 on 2x24" monitors (monitor dimensions are ballparked, still need to buy)


AMD/Intel - I don't care
Case size - I don't care, won't need to be very mobile
OS - likely windows 7, unless given a reason otherwise.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you in advance!
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    Here ya go:
    CPU - $190 w/EMCMNPM42 promo code!!
    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

    Mobo - $143 shipped!! Supports upcoming USB 3.0 and SATA 3!!!
    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    GPU - $80 shipped! You might need this much, but for this price you can't go wrong. It'll help out when/if you get bigger resolutions and/or if you get more monitors!! NO PCI-e Power connections either!! It also expels out the hot air out of the back of the case!!
    HIS H467QS1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

    Case/PSU combo - $100 shipped!! Solid quality 500w PSU and comes in a nice case too!!
    Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail

    1st HD - $55 shipped! This will be your main OS and applications HD.
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    2nd HD - $100 shipped!! This will be used for a scratch drive (mainly for manipulating images, etc.) or for a data drive.
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    RAM - $93 shipped!! Some of the better sets to get that run on stock voltages (1.5v)!!
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail

    Blu Ray ROM/DVD Burner - $120 shipped! This will allow you to run Blu Ray Discs and still be able to burn regular DVD's too!!
    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

    OS - $140 shipped! You could also go with the Home Premium for $105 too!
    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

    Total ~$1,021 shipped!! Obviously you can change a lot of these parts, but this makes up a pretty nice setup for around $1,000 w/no rebates!! All you need to do is figure out what monitors you want and your good to go!!

    ** I'd substitute the "1st HD" with an SSD to get maximum HD speed! I'm not going to recommend one, just yet, because I haven't had the time to research them, but Intel has been pretty hard to beat. They are just quite expensive, just so you know.
  2. What can I say? Thanks!

    Pretty good looking system.
  3. Your very welcome!! I try my best to fit the build to the persons requests (including the budget)!!
  4. Damn luny, you're going crazy playing catch up.
    Nice to see you back around.
  5. Well I have been busy for the last year (work and life in general). I also haven't been happy with how BoMG has handled the website, but there aren't any shows to watch at work and so I get bored and start surfing :) Always trying to help out others, when I can :)

    Edit: Can you tell it has been a pretty slow day at work for me?? Lol!
  6. nice build although I've would have recommended and AMD based build.
  7. daggs said:
    nice build although I've would have recommended and AMD based build.

    Why would you recommend AMD? What components did you have in mind?
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    Why would you recommend AMD? What components did you have in mind?

    If performance is your priority, you'd lean toward going Intel.
    If price/performance is your priority (but not a high-end system), you'd lean toward AMD.
    And if you were going Linux, you'd use Nvidia.
    Your build falls in between two of those rules of thumb.
    You will be happy with an i5.
    The components luny has spec'ed are all reasonable given your wide set of requirements.
  9. piratepete7 said:
    Why would you recommend AMD? What components did you have in mind?

    sorry for the later answer.
    when building a computer, I believe in future proof, right budget handling and need matching.
    your needs definitely doesn't require an i5.
    you're not a gamer, hd editor or photoshop user or even number cruncher, thus getting an i5 is pointless imho.
    most of your cores will be mildly used, with today's gpu, one can watch FHD with a sampron cpu given he has a decent gpu.
    I've would recommended to get a e8400 which is the best cpu I've owned to date but the 775 socket is dead.
    imho, an x2 or x3 AM3 based amd system would have provided you all your needs while matching my beliefs. an amd am3 will give you backward comparability even when bulldozer will arrive.
    the 1156 is a good socket indeed but afaik, intel will invest more in the 1366 socket, also afaik, the 1156 socket has limitation.

    anyway, I've guess you have bought the i5, so enjoy your new computer.
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