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March 9, 2010 9:01:27 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I plan on ordering parts this week
BUDGET RANGE: $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Streaming movies - SD DVD and HD DVD and if possible HD audio (True HD....) + Encoding about 500 DVDs
No gaming and I do not plan to overclock

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, and monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

Here are the components from Newegg

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COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Computer Case
Item #:N82E16811119197
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
$109.98
$89.98

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CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820145224
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$229.99
$219.99

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LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA Model WH10LS30 LightScribe Support
Item #:N82E16827136181
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$159.99

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LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
Item #:N82E16827106335
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$31.99

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Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Item #:N82E16835100007
Return Policy: Consumable Item Standard Return Policy
-$2.00 Instant
$9.99
$7.99

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DIAMOND Radeon HD 5770 5770PE51GT Video Card
Item #:N82E16814103103
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
$164.99
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Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
Item #:N82E16832116758
Return Policy: Software Return Policy
$139.99

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CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817139006
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$139.99
$109.99

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Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822136319
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$74.99

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GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128422
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz LGA 1366 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Item #: N82E16819115225
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$584.98
$554.98
Grand Total: $1,554.88


Any feedback will be appreciated.
March 9, 2010 9:51:07 PM

Any comments?
Is this overkill? I also use Creative Suite for some graphic design
Would I be better off with an i7 860?
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March 9, 2010 10:29:36 PM

well yes the i7 930, will be of lots of help when encoding, so +1 on that.
No overcloking means you can use the stock HSF.
and no gaming involve means no super GPU is needed.

CPU: i7 930 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo & RAM: 1. GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R: $209.99
2. Corsair (XMS Series) TR3X6G1600C7 G: $199.99
Combo Discount: -$35.00
Combo Price: $374.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Notice that the dominator you selected is overprice, this is better memory as is cas 7 1600 for less.

SSD: Original Price: $299.00
You Save: $60.00
$239.00
($219.00 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card )
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Now for this rig, a strong video card isnt needed, but a strong drive the speed up read/write is a must, and it happens that there is a great increase, up to 6 times the speed of a reg HDD.

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
$89.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
this and the samsung F3 series are the only HDD that i recomend, but the F3 isnt in stock right now.

GPU: ASUS CuCore Series EAH5770 CuCore/2DI/1GD5 Radeon HD 5770
Original Price: $169.99
You Save: $10.00
$159.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I know you say no gaming, but this card will actually give you some competitive performance, and the price isnt bad, but if you decide you can go with the 512mb version or the lower 5750 for that matter, if gaming isnt an issue at all.

Case & PSU: 1. Antec Three Hundred Illusi: $69.99
2. Antec EA650: $79.99
Combo Discount: -$20.00
Combo Price: $129.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
One of the best combos in newegg, the PSU will be more than enough, as matter of fact you can drop another 5770 later on if decide to play some games. :) 

Blu-ray: LG WH10LS30K 10X Blu-ray Burner
$159.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
$19.99
$1.99 Std. Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Grand Total: $1,480.79



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March 9, 2010 10:43:58 PM

Thanks SnakeJ.
That looks great. How reliable are the SSD drives? I'm not very familiar with them.
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March 10, 2010 2:27:51 AM

there were failing when they first release due to some bad J-micron chip but it seems Intel and Ocz fix this issue with the second generation of SSD, actually Intel is up to the third generation/revision already but they do cost premium, and then is Ocz with there mainstream line up "Vertex" which is really fast at a good price, like the one I'm recommending you, whats good about SSD's is the speed time over a hard drive, its up to 6 times faster than the faster HHD out there.

Here is a review of the vertex i recommended:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhYYx9ckR4Y
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March 10, 2010 2:44:51 AM

afraid how?
remember that only the OS and some APPs will be installed in this space, then you have the Seagate with 1000gb to put what ever you want.
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March 10, 2010 2:49:56 AM

60gb seems so small but I'm on a laptop now with an 80gb drive with lots of music and pictures and I still have over 20gb free. :) 
I've read about the
SSD drives all night and they appear to make a huge difference with just a little work in the setup.
Thanks for your suggestions. I'll probably order tomorrow.
I'll keep you posted
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March 10, 2010 2:52:06 AM

well good luck, if you happen to run in any problem feel free to send me a pm, and ill be sure to help...:) 
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March 10, 2010 2:52:59 AM

Best answer selected by MikeW8169.
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