900-1100 HTPC/Developer

Hello everyone,

I won't spend much time introducing myself. In a nutshell, I need a computer for general or a little advanced at times usage. I like to game, but nothing too crazy(WoW/Warcraft fan). I'm going to college this fall and taking on a double major - Computer Science + Computer Security. Based of the ample info that I gave you, you have a pretty decent understanding of what my needs are. I want a nice PC. Nothing crappy. I also want to keep that PC for the next 4 years, since I don't plan on moving. I want to be able to upgrade this PC if I eventually have to. I also want this PC to be fast enough, so I can develop applications, multi-task, and edit photos and videos in CS4 without much trouble. I've always wanted to go through the thrill of building a new PC. However, it always seemed as it was too experimental and out of the ordinary person that I am. So I was looking for something in the range of 900 - 1100. I love all the websites that list all the current deals and so I looked at some and found a nice Dell Studio XPS for 1050.


I really prefer buying from a well established manufacturer since they give you a warranty and everything + you still get a decent deal. Nevertheless, I wanted to look for some help and see if I could come up with a better solution for my needs. That is in fact the reason I'm here today. So today, I woke up, and I said to myself, "I can do this! I can build my own PC and not screw up." Let me shut myself up before I go on for too long and just use your template and show you what it should look like.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible. Dell Deal is over April 8th. BUDGET RANGE: 900-1100

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Developing, Multitasking, Editing Video + Photos, Gaming,

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: No such thing. Currently have a laptop, which will become my parents' gift.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, although I'm not a pro at finding great prices, since the built I made was over $1200.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Looking for I7 860 or 920(very close in performance.)good video card.. not a crappy mobo.. and at least 6gb ddr3 ram(1333). Monitor not included. That I can find on my own.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, if it is easy and not risky. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, if could be afforded in the price range.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Anything that would stand out, 1680:1050 wouldn't be bad, although Full HD fit my needs best.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Nothing too special. I'm not an enthusiast, even though I can spent a lot of money on it. Just so it can cover my needs. Take in consideration that I've never done this before, although I'm sure there's plenty of information/tutorials out there (words or videos), so I should be Ok for the most part.

Thank you all for just viewing my post.
Tremendous appreciation to those who actually contribute.
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  1. On the lower end of that budget spectrum we have @ $938 w/o LCD, Kb, Mouse, Speakers ^^

    just thought i'd share wat looks like a good deal for a Full HD 23 incher hehe
  2. Thanks for sharing this. This is newegg, correct? I will look into it.
  3. Why the 925 it's only c2 why not the c3 945?
  4. At $900 to $100, it's going to be difficult to get an i7 (of any variety) and a good gaming card. Especially if you need keyboard, monitor, OS, etc.

    You're a lot more likely to get a build that fits your needs by going with AMD, and conveniently, AMD builds are a little more future-proof, as the AM3 boards with the 890 chipset will support 6-core processors. Only Intel's 1366 boards will do that, and there's no guarantee that they'll stick with that socket for very long.

    Batuchka's build is a very good starting point. You could get a bigger processor and/or a newer motherboard if you want to move to the higher end of your price range.
  5. aLiskov said:
    Thanks for sharing this. This is newegg, correct? I will look into it.

    Yep and luckily after yesterday the juicy combos started cropping up again :bounce:
  6. batuchka said:
    Yep and luckily after yesterday the juicy combos started cropping up again :bounce:

    For some reason, on pretty much any of the current combos(unless of course you pick the $1250, high-end one), there's a single component that I strongly dislike. Weird, but you can't buy the combo unless you buy all of them...
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