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Need Advice on Multi-tasking build for under $800

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January 30, 2010 7:06:05 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP, next day or 2
BUDGET RANGE: $700-$800 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multi-tasking (I typically will have 10-15 windows open at once), web surfing, some video, some gaming)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Monitor: Samsung LCD SyncMaster 226bw
Keyboard
Mouse
Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Amazon, Tiger Direct, open to others
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel I5 750

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Most likely no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently running 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking for a multi-purpose system with good performance that can last a few years that is energy efficient and quiet

Parts List

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


PSU: Antec earthwatts EA500 500W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.2 80 PLUS - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASUS P7P55D LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard & Intel Core i5 750 Quad Core
CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 - Combo deal $335
(Open to other suggestions on the Mobo)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HD: Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Green SATA Intellipower 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD10EADS - $87
http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Intellipower-WD10...

Sub-total: $552 so far

RAM: Looking for suggestions DDR3 4GB or 8GB?

Graphics: Looking for suggestions

DVD Player – Looking for suggestions

DVD RW – Looking for suggestions

Thanks in advance for the help.
January 30, 2010 7:27:16 PM

Good so far.

Alright here are my suggestions:
-You might benefit more from the core i7 due to its multi-threading
-get 4GB (or 6GB if you go i7). It will be enough for now. Down the road, upgrade to 8GB (i5) or 9GB (i7)
-Don't cheap out on the hard drive for your build. Get a WD Black 1TB. If you are willing to spend more, start looking at Solid state drives. The solid state drives would be expensive but would satisfy your speed needs and your energy efficient side.
-forget a "dvd player". a DVD-RW drive will play your DVDs. In today's market, the tech for dvd drives has been for so long that anything will do. Get a sata drive though to save on cable space

As for the graphics card:
-Get a radeon 5670. Good all round, low power, DX11, future features.
-However it also depends on which games and what resolution and quality you intend to play them on.

Other notes:
-I like the antec three hundred. It is fairly quiet on low fan speed and on that speed, will give enough airflow. However, it gets louder if you turn up the fans.
-The top may occasionally vibrate. a simple solution is to put a book on top of it in front of the top case fan (not on the fan)
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