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Pls advise $700 budget build(have GTX260+600W PSU)

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February 25, 2010 2:01:54 AM

greetings all..newbie here.I did some reading before I decided to post my story ..
Thanks in advance

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before March 15th 2010
BUDGET RANGE: $600-700 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse,DVD/CD Drive; Graphics card(have an EVGA GTX260 869MB), speakers, OS ,Have a Thermaltake TR2 600W PSU)**

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, ncix.com,tigerdirect,amazon,buy.com,Mwave.com,Microcenter.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an Intel CPU & with any mobo with a 22" LCD and prefer a mid tower case)

OVERCLOCKING: maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: First time building a computer previously had a HP multimedia computer with Athlon 5000X2/4gig/400W/Evga8600Gt which I got rid of. Cooling/overclocking maybe in future .I dont want to upgrade my computer for next 2 years(maybe gfx card).
I dont need a 1 TB HDD 640 will do. Wanna stay below 800$$$.


Also just curious if this combo for MOBO+quadcore+RAM worth the money or overkill?(scroll down on Amazons page for combo)
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-DP45SG-Extreme-1333MHz-Desk...

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February 25, 2010 4:38:26 AM

For your budget, you would get a bit more out of and AMD build, which I am sure someone else will post, but you did ask for an Intel build, so here goes (do not buy that combo you have listed, it is building on LGA775)

Option 1 with USB3 and SATA 6 support

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail - 195

ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - 160

or

Option 2 with SLI and Crossfire support

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail + ASUS P7P55D Deluxe LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - 350 (including mail-in rebate)



CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C7 - Retail - 115

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 55


Cases are a personal choice, here are two that would serve you well

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - 55

LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58 Black CECC Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - 70


If you are considering a new more efficient PSU as well, something like this would work out well

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail + Antec EarthWatts EA650 - 125


For a monitor I suggest you go browsing the local computer shops and find one you like, possibly check it out in the shop for dead pixels and backlight bleeding.


If your old CD/DVD drive is IDE buy a new SATA drive (~$20) to make cable routing easier and improve air flow in the case.
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February 25, 2010 4:35:25 PM

Thanks for the quick response " Lothdk"..I appreciate your efforts for the links

Also I dont mind getting suggestions for the AMD build as you said it may work out well..Its just that i don't know enough about the AMD processors out there for this range and I am confused with them..

If it is definitely going to change the performance a lot by using an AMD build for this budget(with upgradability options) I am up for it.


Also I want to know if the 16 MB cache on the SAMSUNG spinpoint is good enough for smooth gaming??

Suggestion welcome

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February 25, 2010 4:39:24 PM

desidude said:
greetings all..newbie here.I did some reading before I decided to post my story ..
Thanks in advance

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before March 15th 2010
BUDGET RANGE: $600-700 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse,DVD/CD Drive; Graphics card(have an EVGA GTX260 869MB), speakers, OS ,Have a Thermaltake TR2 600W PSU)**

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, ncix.com,tigerdirect,amazon,buy.com,Mwave.com,Microcenter.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an Intel or AMD & with any mobo with a 22" LCD and prefer a mid tower case)

OVERCLOCKING: maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: First time building a computer previously had a HP multimedia computer with Athlon 5000X2/4gig/400W/Evga8600Gt which I got rid of. Cooling/overclocking maybe in future .I dont want to upgrade my computer for next 2 years(maybe gfx card).
I dont need a 1 TB HDD 640 will do. Wanna stay below 800$$$.


Also just curious if this combo for MOBO+quadcore+RAM worth the money or overkill?(scroll down on Amazons page for combo)
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-DP45SG-Extreme-1333MHz-Desk...

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March 4, 2010 11:13:04 AM

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