First new system in 5 years

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.




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

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  1. 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...
  2. 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.



    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
  3. 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
  4. Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

    What is your budget?
  5. The original four components are $699.96 on 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.
  6. 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?
  7. Solid build, but missed a few combos and a couple of minor changes for better performance.

    CPU/Mobo: Combo with above CPU and board saves you $15.
    RAM: Faster sticks for the same price: Ripjaws 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7
    HDD: Seagate 7200.12 500 GB. Same price but a lot faster.
    Case/PSU: Same case with a similar PSU for $145 after rebate. Saves you $25
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. Thx MadAdmiral, the combo deals aren't my strong point.
  11. After looking at this,2514-3.html

    I think I will go with the i5-750
  12. ^Ok, but bear in mind, the i5-750 is around $200. The most expensive of the AMD is around $179....
  13. An equivalent i5 build would add $89 to the cost (i5-750 $200, Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190).
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