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January 12, 2010 3:35:38 PM

My Gateway system crapped out, so I need a new one. There is a local system integrator that will build me a system. I want to tell them what to put in it, and not let them lead me, because I don't know squat.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week
BUDGET RANGE: $1000 including O/S
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Research/web surfing,business applications (Office etc) email, digital photograpy, some on-line gaming (nothing too involved)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED:: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS using local intergrator
OVERCLOCKING: No / SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 I'm somewhat flexible on price but my main goal is to keep this thing running for years. I generally don't upgrade for 6 or so years.

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January 12, 2010 3:43:45 PM

CPU: i5-750 $195

Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7 $100

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB $55

PSU: Corsair 550W $74 after rebate

Case: Antec 300 $60

GPU: HD 5770 $155 after rebate

Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner $25

OS: Windows 7 $100

Total: $954. The video card might be a bit overkill, depending on your definition of "on-line gaming"...
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January 12, 2010 5:47:53 PM

Thanks!

I have always believed in you can never have too much memory or too good a GPU. On line gaming is something I do rarely but often enough that i don't need to be frustrated when I do play.

I can live with almost anything, but the Photoshopping is what really has me concerned. Every system i have ever used always wound up crashing durning a session of massaging a file until it was ready to be sent to the printer.
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January 12, 2010 10:12:06 PM

You could add an additional hard drive or two if you want additional storage or backups or something. MadAdmiral's build is very good, nothing further to recommend.
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January 12, 2010 10:14:35 PM

Well then I guess that's what I will get! thanks
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January 21, 2010 2:37:19 PM

Best answer selected by bertmor.
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January 21, 2010 3:00:27 PM

Hi,
Sorry to intrude on your thread but madadmiral I really like your build.
Could you recommend an aftermarket cpu cooler that would fit on that motherboard?
I am trying to build a system for the first time and want to do some like oc. I kno the risks, but that's all part of the fun right?
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