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First new system in 5 years

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February 17, 2010 6:39:17 PM

I already have a nice case, power supply, and optical drives. Looking for something I can edit video with, run Windows 7, and serve video files over the network. I have no interest in running SLI or CrossFireX right now but it would be nice to have the capability. I thought it would be neat to have v3 USB and SATA too. I doubt I'll ever do any desktop gaming either.

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Looking for ways to save money, get more bang for my buck, better quality/performing components, general recommendations.

Thanks,
Casey

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February 17, 2010 7:04:55 PM

RAM: Get two of these: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $230. They'll be a lot faster for not much more.

GPU: You can save a lot if you're not gaming. Or get something with more performance for the same price. Look into the 9800 GT or really any GPU at or below that price...
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February 17, 2010 7:06:07 PM

GPU is ok as you don't do any gaming.

if you what you want is best bang for the buck, AMD is the way to go.

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

you'd be getting a better system for significantly less.


and, if you just wanna stick with intel, then it's ridiculous to spend $199 for a i5 661, which is a dual core, when you can get the much superior i5 750 for $195, which is a quadcore.

memory will penform equal on both platforms, i'd recommend the AMD system myself but they're both a good bang for the buck
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February 17, 2010 7:09:59 PM

I totally saw that price and thought it was the i5-750. Don't touch the dual cores...

A better board (with USB 3/SATA III) for the AMD build: Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 for $140
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February 17, 2010 7:17:05 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

What is your budget?
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February 17, 2010 7:31:14 PM

The original four components are $699.96 on Newegg.com righ now. I am going to buy a copy of Win7 64bit Pro from Digital River for $65. I have $800 total, so after Win7 my budget is $735.

I use to be hardcore AMD. Then a friend bought a bunch of components for a customer and the customer backed out. I bought all the components cheap, which had a P4 HT CPU in it. I was really happy with it so I was just going to stick with Intel. But I'm not such a fan of all the anti competitive talk that is going on. Anyone have benchmark tests they can point me to?

I have always been a fan of Asus motherboards, eventually became a fan of Gigabyte motherboards too. But I had a string of Gigabyte motherboards die on me. I got them replaced under warranty but it kind of turned me off, so I would like to stick with Asus if possible.
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February 17, 2010 7:35:23 PM

Well, this is a configuration with AMD.

CPU $ 99,00 Here
MOBO $ 139,99 Here
RAM $ 114,99 Here
GPU $ 169,99 Here
HDD $ 54,99 Here
PSU $ 89,99 Here
CASE $ 61,99 Here

Total: $ 730,94 + MIR + SHIPPING.

What do you think MadAdmiral?
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February 17, 2010 7:47:20 PM

I already have a case, power supply, hard drive, and optical drives. Only looking for CPU, Mobo, RAM, and GPU.

How does the i5-750 benchmark against the i5-661?
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February 17, 2010 7:53:17 PM

that's a good gaming config, but it's overkill for video editing.

it'd be better off getting a 5670 for $90, which still has a decent gaming penformance, and get a better cpu like the 955.

the bad on the 620 is that it doesn't have l3 cache, though is still a good cpu.
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February 17, 2010 7:53:37 PM

Thx MadAdmiral, the combo deals aren't my strong point.
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February 17, 2010 8:06:03 PM

^Ok, but bear in mind, the i5-750 is around $200. The most expensive of the AMD is around $179....
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February 17, 2010 8:12:01 PM

An equivalent i5 build would add $89 to the cost (i5-750 $200, Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190).
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