Great Multitasking PC for ~$1000

BUDGET RANGE: Approx. $1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multitasking, Development, Surfing the Web, Video/Photo Editing, NO Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, OS, Software



OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. Never done it before but hope to give it a try


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first build. Thoughts on this setup? Especially interested in your thoughts on the GPU, PSU, and memory. Also any other parts that I would need? I would prefer it to be as quiet as possible.


Combo CPU + MOBO - $364.98
CPU - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
MOBO - GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s - Retail

CASE - Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $99.99

PSU - OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail

GPU - SAPPHIRE 100284L Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

Combo - GPU + PSU - $239.98
PSU - OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
GPU - XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

RAM- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH - Retail

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail - $114.99

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $89.99

Optical Drive - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

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 - OEM - $25.99

Total is currently $906.62 $935.92 after changes. Would like to stay within $100-200 of this.

Thanks for the help!

*Replaced RAM and Optical Drive
**Replaced GPU and PSU and added combo deals
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  1. Case: The 902 is really expensive. I highly recommend the HAF 922 at $100 (or in a combo mentioned below). It's one of the best cases out there.

    GPU: At least the HD 5770. It's only marginally more, and massively better.

    RAM: These G.Skills are the same price, have the same timings, and are faster. They're just better.

    PSU: I like the OCZ StealthXStream 700W. It's in a combo with the HAF 922 for $130 (after rebate), so you be saving on it. Having a bottom mounted case also elimintes the benefits of a modular PSU, as the cords are already out of the way at the bottom of the case.

    Optical: That's an IDE drive. Here's the same drive, just a SATA version for $1 more.
  2. Thanks for the advice MadAdmiral!

    Case: Without the combo, the 902 is priced the same as the HAF 922. Just comparing the two, would you still go with the HAF 922? If so, what would be your reasoning. As far as the case styling and appearance, I'm a much bigger fan of the 902.

    GPU: Is there a specific HD 5770 GPU you recommend? I see they range from $150-200 on newegg but are the major differences between them? A specific brand you recommend?

    RAM: Thanks for the advice here. I'll go with them instead. I was also, considering bumping this up to 8GBs (will probably be running a virtual machine(s) on it). If so, should I just go with two sets of the G.Skills? Is there a big advantage of waiting for this?

    PSU: Any reason why I would need a 700W power supply for my uses? Any other PSUs you recommend if I stick with the 902 case?

    Optical: Will be switching to the one you recommended.

    Wireless: Any recommendations for a good wireless card? Would like it to be as fast as possible. Below is the wireless router I have.

    D-Link DIR-655 IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE802.11n Draft 2 Xtreme N Gigabit Wireless Router - Retail
  3. Case: It's been a while since I looked at it. Last time I saw it, it was $120. To be honest, I probably would still go with the HAF (looks aside). The HAF has excellent cooling, and is quite a bit larger, allowing for bigger GPUs, easier Crossfire/SLI, and more components.

    GPU: There isn't a real difference among brands. A lot of people like the XFX one because it offers a double lifetime warranty (when you sell it, the warranty is still with it).

    RAM: You should get the same RAM when you increase it. The only advantage of waiting would be the lower prices. Eventually, you should be able to get 4 GB sticks for the same price as 2 GB sticks, but I'm not holding my breath. The only disadvantage is that it's possible to wait too long, and the sticks won't be available anymore. This won't be a problem for many, many years.

    PSU: No, but it's a cheap and quality PSU. I would keep it in even if you go with the Antec. The PSU is big enough for Crossfiring in the future.

    Wireless: I'm not that knowledgeable here. You might want to check in the Wireless section of the forum.
  4. Added some combo deals and replaced the GPU and PSU.

    Anyone have any comments on the GPU I selected? Any other ones you recommend?

    Also I'm look for a good wireless adapter and perhaps a good keyboard/mouse deal. Open to both wired and wireless.
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