Pc build $1.8k - $2.2k

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: soon (this week maybe)

BUDGET RANGE: $1800-2200 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, photo editing, internet, complex spreadsheets (excel), movies, music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: from reading forums and price shopping it seems like newegg is pretty popular. im not necessarily picky though


OVERCLOCKING: Maybe at some point

SLI CROSSFIRE: maybe at some point too

MONITOR RESOLUTION: samsung syncmaster t220 i think its 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: performance, reliability, quality, quiet. too much to ask? I'd like games to run at max resolution without stuttering. basically, ive been reading up a lot about building a pc, and ive done some shopping around and created sample builds, but I dont know what build will work. it seems like not matter how many reviews and articles and tutorials I read, it's still a guessing game if the build will be good. anyway, i would really appreciate any help you can give me. I've put together a list of what I think are good parts at a price range in this budget based on my reading, but I'd like to hear the kinds of parts others would recommend. thanks

I think I need:

wireless adapter
hard drive
dvd drive
power source
OS: windows 7 hp
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  1. take a look at this link http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/269162-31-recommended-builds-usage Temco has some nice builds in it setup, You could always tweak them a bit to better suit your needs.

    I would say for that price and what you want to do a

    X58 mobo
    i7 920
    6 gigs of ram
    and a HD 5870 or a HD 5850 would be good also at 1680x1050 thats what i am on but the HD 5850 will not cap crysis

    I must sleep i am sure other will come along and spec you a nice build

    This one temco specs out fits your budget :)

    Enthusiast - Extreme: $2,128.83 Updated (RAM recommended by saint19)

    * CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
    * MOBO: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    * RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998691 - Retail
    * HSF: XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
    * SSD: Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - OEM
    * HDD: SAMUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
    * GPU: SAPPHIRE 100280OCSR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported ... - Retail
    * PSU: Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC "compatible with ... - Retail
    * DVD: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
    * Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
    * Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

    This build will allow you to play games at max settings at a monitor resolution of 1920x1200 or higher...
  2. I have a slightly different build, mainly because I hate that PSU. It will only work in three Antec cases because Antec made up their own size of PSU. Anything I don't change is the same.

    RAM: G.Skill Pi Series 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $180
    HDD: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $95 (or wait the Samsung Spinpoint F3 to be in stock for $5 less)
    SSD: Corsair P128 128 GB SSD $335
    PSU: Corsair 850W $120 after rebate
    Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
    HSF/Optical: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus and cheap SATA DVD burner $40
    OS: Windows 7 $105

    Total: $2,214. Basically the same, but a bigger case, more efficient PSU, slightly slower RAM but a much larger SSD.

    EDIT: Here's the links to everything else in the build:

    CPU: i7-920 $289
    Mobo: Asus P6X58D Premium $310
    (or wait the Samsung Spinpoint F3 to be in stock for $5 less)
    GPU: HD 5970 $650

    Total: $1,879
  3. +1 to MadAdmirals build also
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