Good all around future proof build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 months

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: general use, internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, keyboard/mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: none

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: not sure

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: this will be for a friend of mine - he wants a fast, future-proof computer. Doesn't plan on playing games. Budget is $700-800 but if we can widdle that down that would be great.

Here's what I have picked out so far. He was about to spend $800 for a Dell.


Case and PSU Combo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.345155&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID= $115

MoBo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128397 $90

CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103808 $160

Memory - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231276&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID= $105

HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID= $90

LG Optical Drive SATA - $25

Windows 7 OEM - $100

Total: $685
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  1. What exactly is he using it for? If we know that, we can provide much better advice. If he doesn't play any games, you could easily go with an i3-530/H55 build and have the ability to use 1080p with integrate graphics.

    Here's some changes:

    HDD: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $90. Saves you the shipping cost. It's just as fast.
    CPU/Mobo: X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-770TA-UD3 $228 after rebate. A more future proof board with USB 3/SATA III support. Thought you had a GPU up there.
    Case/PSU: Antec 300 Illusion and Neo Eco 520W $120. Smaller PSU, but good enough to handle non-gaming, non-Crossfire builds. You'll need to find a power cord, but you can get them really cheap.
  2. Here is a RAM that is faster and lower voltage requirements for a little less... G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 Cas7

    Since the build isn't for gaming or using a dedicated GPU, I would drop down to the Antec EA-430D combo... http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.345155

    You could look at this combo for SATA 6 Gb/s and USB 3.0 support and come in a little cheaper... AMD Phenom II X4 955 BE and GIGABYTE GA-770TA-UD3
  3. He will just use it for general use, internet, his wife is a teacher so word and email, all that good stuff. No games or video editing. Uploading pictures and music storage I'm sure.

    He doesn't want to buy another computer for a long time so he wants it to be fast.

    I picked that Mobo b/c it has integrated graphics. I had that case/psu combo picked out but I have a bad case of the "it's only $10 more" syndrome.
  4. OK i changed some stuff that you guys recommended and took it from $710 to $685. Not bad!
  5. shaw24 said:
    but I have a bad case of the "it's only $10 more" syndrome.
    I understand what you mean... there have been a few times I wish I spend the extra $10 to $20 on a component to keep from limiting myself on what can be done with the build, without buying different components.
  6. Tecmo I just noticed that the RAM you had picked out is 1333 mhz compared to the 1600 mhz that I originally picked out - but the timings on yours were lower and its CL7 compared to CL8 that mine is. Is higher mHz better or lower Cas latency?
  7. Lower CAS is better. 1333 mhz/CL 7 is the sweet spot right now, but if you bought higher speed RAM, it's possible to run them at the slower speed and tighter timings.
  8. Lower Cas is more important than Mhz.
  9. Nevermind. Re-read tecmo and madadmiral's posts and realized they weren't advocating what I thought they were.

    I went with some a.data because I've had success with them before and the price was right. It was 1600 @ 9-9-9-24 timings, but like Admiral said, you can lower that to 1333 and tighten the timings down for more performance. But, after reading what it's for, I doubt any of that matters to you.
  10. jbranum said:
    Nevermind. Re-read tecmo and madadmiral's posts and realized they weren't advocating what I thought they were.

    I went with some a.data because I've had success with them before and the price was right. It was 1600 @ 9-9-9-24 timings, but like Admiral said, you can lower that to 1333 and tighten the timings down for more performance. But, after reading what it's for, I doubt any of that matters to you.



    Well it matters to me for my own build :) I'm building my own PC at the moment and I am getting ready to order my memory ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID= ) so I want to make sure I get the right stuff.
  11. The blue ones. They're 1600 mhz and CL 7 for only $5 more.
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