My head is going to explode - new Non-Gaming PC help required


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video Encoding, Photo editing, Video editing, surfing, watching movies, ripping blu rays and dvds down to ipod size, some gaming but not much as I play most graphic intensive stuff on my PS3, but do like some real time strategy games on the pc though.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Amazon with Prime option. I live in CA and Amazon with Prime has free shipping and no tax (no tax saves almost 10%) Also Newegg if its cheaper than the free shipping no tax deal amazon has.

PARTS PREFERENCES: intel and nvida (for cuda)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe some overclocking though I've never tried it


This is what I have so far. My brain is going to explode with all of the options, I want to stay low cost but keep getting caught up in the "its only XXX more for the next level up" I pride myself on building a PC that is better than the big box stores sell for less $$$ but then find myself upgrading everything. I really struggled with the Memory, HardDrive (SSD vs HD) and the PSU

Intel Core i5 Processor 2.66 GHz 8 MB LGA1156 CPU I5-750BOX

Gigabyte Intel Core i7/i5/LGA1156/4​DDR3-2200/Cross​FireX/GBE/Raid/​SATA3/USB3.0/7.​1-CH ATX Motherboard GA-P55A-UD3

Palit GTS250 E-Green 1 GB DDR3 1024MB memory Native HDMI Graphics Card NE3TS25EFHD02 [...] BVGDAREP2Q

Cooler Master CM 690 II Advance ATX Mid-Tower Case (RC-692-KKN2)

Corsair CMPSU-550VX 550-Watt VX Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible with Core i7 and Core i5

Corsair CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 XMS3 4 GB PC3-12800 Core i5 Memory Kit (TIMES 2 for 8 GIG total)


I think I want to do a SSD for Boot performance and then a good $100 drive for storage but am a little lost. Plus I think I toasted my $1000 budget if I do this setup

SSD and a fast drive?

Transcend SSD25D - Solid state drive - 60 GB - internal - 2.5" - SATA-300 - buffer: 64 MB

Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB SATA II, 32 MB Cache, 7200 RPM, 3.5-Inch Internal Hard Drive WD10000LSRTL - Retail

CPU Cooler

I want one but have no idea? help please

Fan Controller

I think this would be neat to keep fans quiet for normal use but ramp them up when I am pushing hard or encoding

UG.... so much for my budget since I

Windows 7 OS (already ordered) - $90
CPU - $200
MB - $141
Memory - $105 X 2 = $210
CASE - $101
PSU - $86
SSD - $241
HD - $99
CPU Cooler??
Fan Controller??
Extra Fans??
So far: $1168 - I think that SSD might have to go...........

Any thoughts are appreciated. I'm open to changing any of the above if I'm off track.

Should I be breaking this post up into multiple posts under each of the various HW sections.
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  1. Not to be mean, but you really didn't do much right there. First, you say you need a nVidia card for CUDA, but then you have an ATI card (and not a great one at that). Second, you completely try to blow your budget on a PC that isn't as great for you main purposes.

    Here's what I'd build:

    CPU/Mobo: Phenom II X4 955 and Asus M4A79XTD EVO Combo for $256 after rebate.
    RAM: 2x Corsair XMS3 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $220
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90
    Case: Antec 300 $60
    PSU: Corsair 550W $60 after rebate
    Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 $30
    GPU: Either GTX 260 or HD 5770. Only go with the nVidia if you ACTUALLY need CUDA.

    Total: $716 for nVidia, $686 for ATI.

    Some changes if you don't need anything else:

    CPU: i7-860 $280
    Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190

    Total with changes: $930 for nVidia, $900 for ATI
  2. I'm looking for all feedback, good or bad.

    I am definitely getting an Intel processor though. You have any feedback for an I5 build.

    My bad on the ATI card, I've had so many different lists its crazy.

    This is the one I'm looking at:

    Palit GTS250 E-Green 1 GB DDR3 1024MB memory Native HDMI Graphics Card NE3TS25EFHD02
  3. More to add, forgot dvd and blu-ray drives:

    LITE-ON 4x Blu-ray Disc SATA Internal Optical Drive iHOS104

    Samsung Internal Half Height DVD-W Supermulti SATA 22X Lightscribe (Black)

    There goes another $100....
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