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February 17, 2010 9:37:25 PM

Hello, Everyone

So I have never built a computer before in my life but I use to know something about these things when the x486 was hot! Now I am trying to get back into them and am in need of your help. I would like to build a PC that will be able to do the following:

- provide a great video feed to my 42" LCD HD TV (1080p capable and HDMI ready)
- play some of the best video games on the market
- play Blue Ray DVDs
- and of course stream Netflix HD.


Essentially, a kick ass machine.

Here, of course, is the kicker. I am looking at spending around $1,000 (some leeway here).

So maybe the best question is, can I build a bad ass machine that will maximize my TV's capabilities while not blowing away my budget? If so, please give me your best build!!!

(The only component that I don't need for this build is the Monitor. I have no preferred parts manufacturer or preferred website.)

THANKS A LOT EVERYONE!

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February 17, 2010 9:49:56 PM

I don't know exactly how flexible your budget is, but here's a very nice build for about $1,100.

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3P LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $339.98 (CPU + Motherboard combo)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99

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

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $119.98 (Case + PSU combo)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.99

VisionTek 900297 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $289.00

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $104.99

LITE-ON Black 4X BD-ROM SATA Internal 4X Blu-ray Disc Reader Model iHOS104-08 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99

Total - $1,093.92
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February 17, 2010 10:13:44 PM

nice build up there, i'd get AMD myself though, it'll penform on par and, in cases better than the i5 setup, you'd save quite some cash too.

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

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

total $280.

AND get a better brand for the GPU than visiontek, from my personal experience i say they're no good, their custommer support is the worst, the little fan is weak, and mostly poorly constructed. that one seems like the reference design though, but i'd spend a little more and go for the trusted brands, either XFX, Sapphire or HIS will be good

get this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


leaving every other component like it is, there's a total of $1038


if you wanna stick to intel the i5 rig will be good too for an extra $57, but definitely change the gpu, NEVER buy either diamond or visiontek just cause they're a bit cheaper, there's a reason why they're so cheap...

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February 17, 2010 11:35:18 PM

The build posted by shortstuff should serve you very well, and the changes to motherboard and CPU by wiinippongamer would in my oppinion not give you better performance, in all benchmarks I have seen, the i5 750 is superior to the AMD.

By the sound of it, this will be used in a living room? If so, is noise a consideration? or looks, more av equipment like?
I have an Antec 300 myself for my office PC, but ended up changing the stock fans as I found them too noisy.

Another tower case for you could be the LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58 Black.
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February 18, 2010 2:18:19 AM

Hey Guys,

Thanks a lot for looking into this for me. I really appreciate it. Any more thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Yes this is intended for the living room but never thought much of the sound it might make.

I am not terribly concerned with the look of the machine so a tower would work just fine.

If necessary I can push the budget a bit if necessary. Dont think the wife would mind as long as I get her a new laptop! HA!
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February 18, 2010 6:28:56 PM

That's a pretty weak argument. What's to keep you from overclocking the Intel chip?

Also, who said anything about an LGA 1366 setup? We're talking LGA 1156 here, which costs about the same as AMD.
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