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March 14, 2010 12:42:55 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week BUDGET RANGE: $1000 or less After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: website editing with Expression Web 3, Photoshop, Word, Excel, Quickbooks Pro, surfing the internet, email, burn DVDs and CDs.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com,

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, Gigabyte MB

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I know I don't "Need" a super fast PC for what I will use it for. I want to try SSD for fist time. I'll use it for my boot drive and a 500GB drive for my stuff. Suggestions on cheaper but good parts? Anything wrong with these choices? Will more memory make a noticeable improvement if I went with 8 GB? In January I built a PC for my wife with almost the same parts list except for SSD and was very happy with the way it turned out. Thanks for any suggestions.

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Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts.

Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply - Retail $114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HIS H467QS1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail $84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $55.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support - Retail $31.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 Licensed for 3 PCs - Retail $119.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total including shipping $1,087.85
March 14, 2010 1:08:36 AM

You'll want a larger SSD to house all your programs. None of them take up too much space, but at least 60GB.


Caviar Green should run cooler and last longer:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would recommend this Kingston V+ 64GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4670 is major overkill for a non-gaming rig. 4650 would be fine. This XFX has a great price, service, and warranty:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your memory selection is just a tad slow. 1333 CL7 would be faster, if you can get it at the same price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There, I saved you a little bit here and there, but spent it on the SSD.
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March 14, 2010 9:37:42 AM

For a non gaming PC ? ditch the SSD and buy a Samsung Spin Point F3 HDD (1TB) - SSD's are great and have excellent read / write speeds, but are of very limited capacity. Your chouce of the WD Caviar series HDD is not a bad one, but the spin points from Samsung are much quicker
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March 14, 2010 4:50:37 PM

I suggest you look at a 32nm clarkdale cpu like the i3-530@2.93 or the i5-650@3.2 and H55 motherboard. It has integrated graphics.

You want a good SSD that has enough capacity to hold all your programs and a bit more. 64gb, or 80gb.
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