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January 24, 2010 11:17:05 PM

I’m new here and want to build a new computer. I have been researching for a couple of months but cannot decide if what I’m looking at is overkill. I would like this machine to last least 5 years. I would appreciate any advice you can give.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 month

BUDGET RANGE: $600 - $700 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, Surfing the internet, Watching movies. I do not play computer games.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, DVD burner.
I would like to use my old Lian-Li PC-61 case. Unfortunately it uses (4) 80mm fans that are quite noisy. I have thought about ordering some quiet fans for it but they are expensive. Anyone have any recommendations? I have looked at Noctua and Nexus but they would cost about $60 to replace all the fans.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com, Amazon.com, Microcenter B&M, Any other reputable seller.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES:

Intel Core i5-750 - $199
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 - $135
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There is a mobo/cpu combo deal for these two items that is $15 less.

Corsair CMPSU-550VX - $60 after $20 rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB - $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM - $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card - ???
I have no brand preference.

Ram 4GB - ???
I have no brand preference.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: N/A

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Please let me know if you think a lower end CPU would suit my needs just fine. I’m drawn to the i5-750 because it seems to offer a lot of bang for the buck. I mainly want a machine that can multitask well and is reliable.

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