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April 8, 2010 12:24:44 AM

hey guys im building a pc for a friend, whos a dj and is going to use the pc for alot of software use and just a shyt load of multitasking, maybe gaming but probably not. Here are the parts i came up with so let me know what you think of them. And as for the sound card he will buy a seperate midi controller.

cpu - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

video card - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

ram - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

motherboard - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

psu - Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan, Lifetime Warranty

case - antec 300


and his budget is 500 to 600 dollars.

with out the case this came up to 580 and then tax which made it 625 so i might have to chip something down to fit in the case in that price.

other then that what you guys think about it , if something hit me up with some other parts that might be better or worth it, as u see i only searched it on tiger direct because i like their search set up, but i wont buy all the parts from there, ima look for where the price is the cheapest, and if they have other better deals at the store i might switch out few parts, but mostly i wanna have a good game plan for when i go to buy the parts :) 

thanks everyone
April 8, 2010 12:36:50 AM

huntsman said:
hey guys im building a pc for a friend, whos a dj and is going to use the pc for alot of software use and just a shyt load of multitasking, maybe gaming but probably not. Here are the parts i came up with so let me know what you think of them. And as for the sound card he will buy a seperate midi controller.

cpu - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

video card - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

ram - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

motherboard - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

psu - Ultra LSP750 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan, Lifetime Warranty

case - antec 300


and his budget is 500 to 600 dollars.

with out the case this came up to 580 and then tax which made it 625 so i might have to chip something down to fit in the case in that price.

other then that what you guys think about it , if something hit me up with some other parts that might be better or worth it, as u see i only searched it on tiger direct because i like their search set up, but i wont buy all the parts from there, ima look for where the price is the cheapest, and if they have other better deals at the store i might switch out few parts, but mostly i wanna have a good game plan for when i go to buy the parts :) 

thanks everyone


That 955 BE is the C2 stepping, also known as the IBOX (you can see it at the end of the part number in the description)

You need to buy him a C3 stepping, a 955 BE that ends in MBOX (It runs cooler so it has more room for OC) The C3 stepping on newegg is actually cheaper than the older 955s

That GFx card is kinda trash, if you're looking for something around the 100 dollar price point, look at a 4850 or a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The RAM looks good.

If you are close on price, honestly, get a cheaper case.

a 750W PSU is overkill, they have some nice 500W PSU for under/around 50 bucks usually by a major brand name too


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April 8, 2010 12:52:07 AM

@OP your missing a HD and DVD so add $70 more to your total :p 

Here's an excellent build for $560.



If you wanted to fully utilize $600 then.



@the post above me.

Nonsense, the 4770 is an excellent video card, beating the 4850 in a lot of situations. It can easily be overclocked to even compete with the 4870 a lot of times too!.

Agreed, 750W is overkill. Get a good brand too, like Corsair, Antec, PC power and cooling, silverstone, Seasonic and OCZ.

The propus is an excellent quad core for the price, it it just as good as the phenom II's.
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April 8, 2010 12:56:51 AM

whitefang said:
@OP your missing a HD and DVD so add $70 more to your total :p 

Here's an excellent build for $560.

http://i43.tinypic.com/5loubm.png

If you wanted to fully utilize $600 then.

http://i43.tinypic.com/2ryoj11.png

@the post above me.

Nonsense, the 4770 is an excellent video card, beating the 4850 in a lot of situations. It can easily be overclocked to even compete with the 4870 a lot of times too!.

Agreed, 750W is overkill. Get a good brand too, like Corsair, Antec, PC power and cooling, silverstone, Seasonic and OCZ.

The propus is an excellent quad core for the price, it it just as good as the phenom II's.


Good points about the 4770. I'd still take a 4850, and most definately a 5750. Especially w/ DX11 on the 5750. It's also at the same price as the 4770
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April 8, 2010 1:05:16 AM

I would never, ever buy a 5750. It's terrible performance at its price. It can't even play any DX11 games because the GPU is too lousy to pull enough FPS.

4850 > 5750
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April 8, 2010 1:15:45 AM

whitefang said:
I would never, ever buy a 5750. It's terrible performance at its price. It can't even play any DX11 games because the GPU is too lousy to pull enough FPS.

4850 > 5750


According to the heirarchy on tomshardware the 5750 and the 4850 are on the same tier. Both of which are better than the 4770. One offers DX11. Answer seems simple enough to me
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April 8, 2010 1:15:49 AM

Especially considering they all cost 85-100 dollars.
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April 8, 2010 1:25:58 AM

Only 500gig HDD for lots of music and programs?
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April 8, 2010 1:52:07 AM

iokau said:
Only 500gig HDD for lots of music and programs?


500 gig is plenty imo.

Now if he was recording video, especially high def video he would need alot more.

But HDDs are so easy to add to, 500 gig is fine for any starter PC
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April 8, 2010 2:27:59 AM

thanks n dvd drives and hdd he got so just move that over to the new pc, but yes the 750watt psu is an over kill i was thinking of getting him a 550 watt corsair but later if he decides to put more shyt in the pc and all the dj components i thought it might need more power.

as for the graphic card i did looked at the xfx 5670 and the 4770, and also i was thinking bout the 4850 as last time i checked it was around 100 bucks, but which one of these would give the best performance in case he does want to hit up some games?

and for the cpu whats wrong with the c2 stepping? as the asus motherboard the reviews said it had some trouble with c3 or use to.

thanks n waiting for some more replys
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April 8, 2010 2:31:01 AM

oh also he wants dual monitor set up just to add that in
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April 8, 2010 2:36:03 AM

oh man i rather get him a phenom x4 quad instead of the athlon u mentioned.
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April 8, 2010 2:37:30 AM

huntsman said:
oh also he wants dual monitor set up just to add that in


I personally used a 4850 it played WoW at pretty great FPS.

I think for him, a 4770, a 4850 or a 5750 will all be good.

I can personally speak for the 4850, it was a good card. The 5750 has DX11. Both of these cards can support 2 monitors (usually, before you buy check the specs)

I can't speak for the 4770, never owned one.
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April 8, 2010 3:08:22 AM

Well then if you don't need a HD or DVD. Then voila!

X4 Quad you wanted, + a much better mobo with USB 3.0 Sata 6GB's. And a better PSU =)

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April 8, 2010 4:11:04 AM

alrite guys well just spoke to my friend and he wants to spend 550 max so then wen tax comes it its around 600.

now would the amd phenom x3 720 2.8ghz be good for him also cuz thats only 100 bucks so seems like a good deal, and all he wants the pc for is software, internet, youtube, and just basic shyt like that, some multitasking, how would the tri core handle that?

and i have a 4850 xfx 1gb in my pc and its a good card, but he wants a cheaper one as he also needs to buy the case and some fans for cooling, So whats the next best card after the 4770, he said no gaming just dual monitors and thats it, would the 4670 or 4650 be good enough?

and ima look everything up now that i know what he s aming for and try to find the best parts for a good price , cuz he said the cheaper the better but he still wants a good pc for multitasking and music. So like an average pc these days.
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April 8, 2010 5:02:58 AM

huntsman said:
alrite guys well just spoke to my friend and he wants to spend 550 max so then wen tax comes it its around 600.

now would the amd phenom x3 720 2.8ghz be good for him also cuz thats only 100 bucks so seems like a good deal, and all he wants the pc for is software, internet, youtube, and just basic shyt like that, some multitasking, how would the tri core handle that?

and i have a 4850 xfx 1gb in my pc and its a good card, but he wants a cheaper one as he also needs to buy the case and some fans for cooling, So whats the next best card after the 4770, he said no gaming just dual monitors and thats it, would the 4670 or 4650 be good enough?

and ima look everything up now that i know what he s aming for and try to find the best parts for a good price , cuz he said the cheaper the better but he still wants a good pc for multitasking and music. So like an average pc these days.


Oh for no gaming? Yeah just find a card with 2 ports, if it has 2 ports it will most likely support 2 monitors.

Tricore Phenom is overkill for what he wants, hes better off getting the Athlonx3 435 for like 90 bucks I think?

If he really doesnt need it for gaming he can EASILY get under 550 bucks. Good luck!
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April 8, 2010 5:08:16 AM

This processor in the below build would perform much better then the phenom II 720 2.8 ghz.

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April 8, 2010 9:09:52 PM

yes i have read that the athlons 2 are pretty much the same thing as the phenoms just with out the l3 cache, so maybe a quad athlon 2 like you posted would be a good deal
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April 9, 2010 12:47:55 AM

alright guys heres the recent update of the build and think ima stick with it, took some suggestions and read alot of reviews and just about the products and they seem good.

so here we go

cpu - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... = 100

video card - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... = 70

ram - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... = 109

motherboard - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... = 104

psu - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... = 70 overkill yes but good price on it and alot of good reviews so y not lol. incase in the long run he wants to add a better graphics card and stuff.

case - http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... = 65 man i really like this one wish i would of got that one for myself.

hd - http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... = 55 this is a maybe depends if he wants it or not.

total = 573 wooot!! what you think of this built? oh and a few fans for cooling,

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April 9, 2010 1:10:49 AM

Is it just me or does 45A on 1 12v Rail seem weird. especially on a 750W
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April 9, 2010 1:13:50 AM

Not a very good build.

This would be a much better build.

a 750W PSU could run 6 4670 video cards. No need for anything above 600W unless your running dual 5870's or a single 5970. 600W is even enough for dual 5850's. Ultra LSP isn't a recommended brand any way.

The case you chose is crappy too, poor cooling. Get the antec 300, looks similar but is WAY better at just about every thing.



However if for some weird reason you want that extra bit of wattage switch PSU and HD to this for $15 more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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April 9, 2010 2:22:20 AM

hmm so tell me why its not a good build instead of just posting up ur parts, to me it seems like a good build, cpu, graphic card, are the same, case antec 300 or the one i posted, i dont see how it doesnt have good cooling and flow??? explain so i learn, corsair ram is good, unless u think other wise then tell me why, psu yeah ultra aint to good, i rather go for corsair or silverstone or pc power n cooling, asus motherboard seems good to me, so enlighten me , only thing i would change is the psu, but i havent looked at bundles or barebone kits,
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April 9, 2010 2:37:53 AM

huntsman said:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... or actualy i like this one better what u think man


Antec is a good brand, so just looking at that makes me approve it. Also it has 3 12v rails with 66A. Thats pretty good.

The OCZ has 2 12v Rails with 50A.

Both are good manufacturers. So its w/e you want man.
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April 9, 2010 2:38:48 AM

yes but ima be buying it in stores not online, so thats why what i try to find things that my stores carry, and i do like that destroyer case hopefully they will have it in the store
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April 9, 2010 2:39:59 AM

huntsman said:
yes but ima be buying it in stores not online, so thats why what i try to find things that my stores carry, and i do like that destroyer case hopefully they will have it in the store


Whats preventing you from buying online? Just curious.

And yeah if it's stores you're looking to buy at, I dont know how much help I can be except to kinda show you what I look for in specs.

Like alot of people don't even know to look at the amount of 12V Rails in a PSU. Alot of people look at the Watts and thats it.
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April 9, 2010 2:42:34 AM

well the guy needs a pc this weekend, and he wants to go to the store and actually look at the parts and see, and if somethings wrong i hate shipping in back and waiting for it to arrive, the ultra i posted it because it sounded to good, but so many reviews on it so i was suprised
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April 9, 2010 2:47:02 AM

huntsman said:
well the guy needs a pc this weekend, and he wants to go to the store and actually look at the parts and see, and if somethings wrong i hate shipping in back and waiting for it to arrive, the ultra i posted it because it sounded to good, but so many reviews on it so i was suprised


Well I can say Ive spent over 4000 dollars at newegg since 2007 and have never had a bad part ever. But you're right, you never know
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April 9, 2010 2:50:26 AM

i mean newegg is awesome just personally i hate ordering stuff online, i rather go to the store and pick it up. but yeah man so idk what do u think of the build, i got one more day to look stuff up but i think thats the best i can do pretty much what i found already, i mean his pc is from year 2000
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April 9, 2010 2:56:01 AM

huntsman said:
i mean newegg is awesome just personally i hate ordering stuff online, i rather go to the store and pick it up. but yeah man so idk what do u think of the build, i got one more day to look stuff up but i think thats the best i can do pretty much what i found already, i mean his pc is from year 2000


Go with that Antec PSU. Other than that I think you're fine for a non-gaming build that uses 2 monitors.

You did a good job of coming here for your friend and finding the right build for his needs. He owes you one ;) 
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April 9, 2010 3:02:21 AM

yes he does, but i like doing it cuz i get to find out whats new in the market, and id really would like a corsair 550 watt psu for him, thats the one i have currently n its great. Ill see if the store has it cuz it dont show up online. thanks by the way, and now ima go look at some bundles that the stores might offer :) 
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April 9, 2010 3:05:43 AM

huntsman said:
yes he does, but i like doing it cuz i get to find out whats new in the market, and id really would like a corsair 550 watt psu for him, thats the one i have currently n its great. Ill see if the store has it cuz it dont show up online. thanks by the way, and now ima go look at some bundles that the stores might offer :) 


Ha I know the feeling. Im still waiting for my broke friend to get together some cash so we can build him a new rig.

Ive even offered to cover some costs if we can build it faster.

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April 9, 2010 3:07:06 AM

wow thats a good friend u are to cover some cost, but thanks and if i have any more questions ill post back
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April 9, 2010 3:40:28 AM

Go with the build you suggested, get the BP550. and get the spinpoint F3 500GB. the others are much slower.

The propus quad core is really not necessary, I mean this guy isn't going to be decoding a ton of stuff right? He's just a DJ. a single dual core would work fine, he probably would never notice the difference. I would get the rana 435 2.9 ghz triple core. It's a solid CPU and performs better in games then most quad cores (4th core is not used in games at all, and can slow down games)


The case you selected is made by xion which usually means its crap. I bought a xion case and the air flow was so bad I had to buy a new case because my video card continued to overheat. The new case took the temp down a good 10-20C.

I didn't know you were buying in stores, you should have told me that. I suggested those parts because they were similar to what you had but slightly better and cheaper. however, I didn't know you were buying in stores. The main things I saw in your build that weren't as good as what I suggested was the case, the HD, the PSU, and the motherboard. the one you selected and the one I selected is similar, yet gigabyte is a better brand then Asus. The hard drive you selected is much slower. The power supply is way overkill and isn't a good brand. The case, as I already explained, is made by a bad brand and has bad cooling for it's price.
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April 9, 2010 12:22:07 PM

alrite thanks, ima go with the antec 300 then, and a diff hd, also the asus i like that mobo seems solid, and psu yah ill get a diff one for sure, quad core cuz he will be running alot of shyt like 4 internet windows, and dj software, also a converting software, and music players, but thanks again, and if the stores have something else thats better then ima pick that up instead of some of these parts.
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April 15, 2010 1:04:27 AM

well this is wat i ended up getting for him

mobo - gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H

cpu - amd athlon 2 x4 630 2.8ghz

ram - ddr3 4gb of 1600mhz kingston

case - antec 300

psu - antec basiq 500w

hard drive - seagate 1tb for 77bucks 7200rpms and 32mb buffer

ended up being really nice built, onboard graphics are nice np with them, plays 1080p , thats perfect as he doesnt game and 1080p is a solid bonus for him. over all really nice built wish i could or ran 3dmark on it but i only got 2 days to work with it and being at school most of my day i didnt have time.

total was 545 and with tax ended up at 582.


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