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$1000 I5 Workstation PC

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February 8, 2010 8:35:27 PM

Looking to do my first build and I think I'm finally ready to buy after a couple months of researching what I want. I'm looking to stay right around the $1000 mark but am flexible in either direction. I'm looking to do some web development (.NET) and other software development (Java, eclipse). Also will be doing some video and photo editing but not to a huge extent. I won't be doing any gaming but would like to be able to have 3 different monitors at once (2 monitors and a tv) I am also likely going to be running virtual machines (hence the need for lots of memory) and am going to give OCing a try.

Take a look to see if there are any parts I can improve on and also to make sure everything is compatible.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tonight or tomorrow

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: development, surfing the internet, watching movies, video/photo editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse, OS (Windows 7 64bit)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: U.S.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i5

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet workstation PC that can handle lots of multitasking.

CPU - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail - $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

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 - 184.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128409

CASE - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

MEMORY - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail x 2 - $229.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

HEATSINK - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail - $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

PSU - OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail - $74.99 - $25 MIR = $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022

OPTICAL - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM - $23.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151192

HDD - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

GPU - SAPPHIRE 100284L Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail - $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102859

Total - $1063.90

Anything I can improve or maybe lower the price. Would like to get this ordered so I can put it together this weekend.

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February 9, 2010 2:10:08 AM

That is an awesome build, I can't really find much to complain about. I own many of those parts and highly recommend them.

The PSU, while not one of the traditional best, should be plenty for this build and is a great value (I do have a couple OCZ PSUs and they work great).

If you have any questions about specific parts (that I have) I'd be glad to answer them. I think that you will definitely meet your goals of quiet (mine is nearly silent in my opinion) and powerful.
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February 9, 2010 2:13:16 AM

Well, I guess one other thing to ponder. If not gaming (and don't have any need to dual GPU at any time) you may want to consider the UD3 version of that board. Or not, but if you need to lower the price that would be the place I'd do it. There, or perhaps the case (Antec 300 will save you a little), though I'd probably keep the 900 if possible.
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February 9, 2010 12:31:15 PM

Thanks for the reply!

I just ordered everything. Hopefully it shows up this weekend so I can put it together.
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February 15, 2010 11:10:22 PM

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