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Need Advice on Budget System Build i3-530

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April 10, 2010 8:19:26 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
BUDGET RANGE:500 to 750

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Business(multitask, Dual monitors, using applications that use and edit large raster files (GIS programs)) Personal - media capable of watching movies on HDTV and editing videos in the future. no gaming


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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, or others
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: ANY

PARTS PREFERENCES:
Here is my current build parts list. Any help with compatability and performace would be appreciated
I am planning on utilizing the onboard video if it can handle what I would like to do.
Choose the i3-530 from a budget perspective. Not sure if the i5-750 with quad cores would be worth the price increase.
• CPU: Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80616I3530 - Retail
• MOBO: ASUS P7H55-M PRO LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
• RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBECO - Retail
• HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
• DVD: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support - Retail
• Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
• Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail


OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Dual HD monitors
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Reliable and upgradeable while being cost effective are most important
April 10, 2010 8:37:28 PM

Looks good to me. Don't change a thing.
April 10, 2010 9:46:07 PM

for your budget i'd look into an amd build
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April 10, 2010 10:06:55 PM

obsidian86 said:
for your budget i'd look into an amd build


what amd cpu and motherboard should I look into? I imagine I might be able to get a quad core if I go the AMD route.

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April 10, 2010 10:34:25 PM
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April 11, 2010 12:53:43 AM
April 11, 2010 6:06:51 AM

the amd 955 build will dance around an i3 in multitasking and the am3 platform will be getting the phenom x6,6 core beast,but socket 1156's future is uncertain and seems to be confined to quad cores

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X 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 CD/DVD Burner - Bulk
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
Antec BP550 Plus 550W+antec 300
i5 and a board
cheap grapics card

$688.88
April 11, 2010 10:09:50 PM

Best answer selected by mtracker3006.
April 11, 2010 10:11:58 PM

obsidian86 said:
the amd 955 build will dance around an i3 in multitasking and the am3 platform will be getting the phenom x6,6 core beast,but socket 1156's future is uncertain and seems to be confined to quad cores

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X 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 CD/DVD Burner - Bulk
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
Antec BP550 Plus 550W+antec 300
i5 and a board
cheap grapics card

$688.88


I ordered the AMD build. Thanks for your help.
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