$800 non gamer. Multitasking and virtualisation

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week)) BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: $800) Before / After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Multitasking, Non gamer, multitasking,virtaulisation)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: ( keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (e.g.: newegg.com, microcenter.com. If you can find me good combos that would be awesome)

PARTS PREFERENCES: i7 920,6-12gb ram.

Whatever you guys suggest :)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1080, 1920x1200)


I dont see the need for graphics card for a person like me. Do you think I am wrong?

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  1. well you never know what you need a graphics card for. mabey you will find a game you want later on. also it makes it more future proof. On newegg you can get a 5670 for 120. plus i don't think many intel motherboards come with integrated graphics.

    also you should think about i5 750 with your budget.but if you are fine with i7 920 (budget wise) than why not get i7 930 only 30 $ more at microcenter
  2. I am not going to play games any more :)

    Well if its only $30 higher and if the i7930 is better then it works too.
  3. well than make sure what ever board you get has integrated graphics

    so far i haven't found any 1366 boards with onboard graphics but i haven't worked that hard.
  4. If open to non i7 solution: 955BE/8GB DDR3/SSD featuring native USB/SATA 3.0 support?
  5. I prefer i7 :)
  6. well the problem with that build other than not being i7 is that the psu is not good quality.
  7. This is going to be my first build.

    I would really appreciate detailed replies and configuration lists.

    Thank you.
  8. How about this

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0302727 $200 (Core i7 p20)

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0327331 $220 ( GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 X58 ATX Motherboard) (gigabyte)

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0322203 $170 (6GB DDR3-1600 (PC3-12800) Obsidian Triple Channel Memory Kit (Three 2GB Memory Modules) (ocz)

    and this


    ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366
    Chipset: Intel X58 Express

    Crucial 6GB (3x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3-1333
    Triple-Channel Desktop Memory Kit


    core in 720
  9. My needs are similar too. Can someone give few pointers.
  10. I'm not up on what your needs will require because I don't mess with such things. If your doing a lot of multitasking and using VT, I'd stick with the i7 from what I know. If you'll be running two OS's a lot of the time and both have pressing needs, then I'd spring for 6x2GBs for the ram. This way each OS has 6GBs at its disposal. Other then that I'm not sure what else you'd need because I don't use VT.
  11. Thank you 4745454b. I really appreciate the help.

    Is the motherboard Overkill or is that necessary.


    I hear that the 930 is superior to 920. Is that true?
  12. +1 for the i7 and more RAM for VT...
    Though the i5s also do a good job, but as you are a non-gamer, better to go with the i7 as you wont have to spend much for the graphics card...

    As for the graphics card, you will need 1 if you are going for a LGA 1366 mobo as they dont have onboard graphics...But a cheap ~$40 card will do...

    Here is a list of components...

    CPU - Yes the 930 is better than the 920 as it has a higher multiplier and would be better binned as they are newer...

    Mobo - That Gigabyte X58A-UD3R is a veyr good option

    RAM -
    rucial 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066
    Dont be skeptical about the speeds at which that one works...It is a very high quality one and has a lot of overclocking potential...You can easily set the RAM to run at 1333MHz with CAS 7 or with a higher CAS at higher speeds...Just check the reviews...And also it is better to get low speed tight timings RAM if you will be populating all the 6 slots as those speeds are easier to set then...

    CASE + PSU -
    A no frills case with a high quality 380W PSU - This PSU can even run HD 5750...So that PSU is fine...
    Antec NSK 4482B Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Antec EA 380W

    IF you want other options...
    CASE -

    Corsair 400CX

    HDD - Samsung F3 1TB

    Video card - HD 5450 - You wont need anything more powerful...This can decode even 1080p just incase you want to watch a HD movie...

    This should come around $800...If you could spend more, then get 6GB more RAM...
    Hope these help...
  13. Thank you Jkay09. First detailed reply in this thread :)

    I will get the i930 and crucial ram and gigabyte motherboard. I will get 12 gb ram.

    My monitor resolution is 1920*1080. Will this graphic card do fine.
  14. Is your budget really $800? Gkay's build looks good for what you want to do, but there is at least one caveat.

    Without a microcenter nearby, it's going to be rough fitting an i7-930 and 12 GB RAM on that budget. The microcenter price is in-store only, I believe. If you have one near you, you're set...but a lot of people don't have that option.

    I do, however, agree that an i7 with at least 12 GB of RAM would be ideal for a virtualization sandbox.

    The 5450 Gkay suggests will be fine for your resolution (unless you decide to start gaming).
  15. Correct on the card. It might be 1080, but if you're not doing anything "big" then no worries. Even the 9800pro from years ago should be able to display 2D images at 1080 resolution. Its only if your trying to play games at that resolution would the 9800pro/5450 have problems. If you'll be doing any gaming on it then you'll need a better card. If gaming for you means breaking out spider or freecell then the 5450 is fine.
  16. ^+1 that 5450 is a pretty powerful card for a non-gamer...So it should be fine...And Like I said, it can even encode/ decode 1080p videos too...
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