New Multi-Use Build, First-Time Builder

Hey guys,

I want to build a comp mostly for internet, downloading, photoshop, movies, and I'm a console gamer (if you can even call me a gamer at all) who has recently seen the light of the PC gamer world.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I will (and kind of want to) wait for deals.

BUDGET RANGE: I don't really know because there are a few minimum specs that I feel like I can't love without and the rest I can be persuaded to go cheap or buy to make it last. Ballpark is <$1,400.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: To rank 'em would be internet/DL maximization, progs like photoshop, movies, games (I know games is last but it is still there!).

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I have OS, keyboard, mouse, and monitor. (I really don’t need a DVD drive either because I can live with the external liteon DVD-DL that I’ve been facilitating my console gaming with for now).

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Preferred website is site with the cheapest price.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: My country of origin is US of A.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I don't have a brand preference in terms of AMD/Intel but this being my first build of a real PC, it will no doubt form my brand loyalty for the rest of my life so advise well.

OVERCLOCKING: I'm down but can be persuaded either way. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not on the radar at this point.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 (Dell 2407WFP)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to have a TV tuner card and on the motherboard I want USB 3.0 and HDMI, and I want a SSD for the OS (pleural [dual-boot Ubunutu/Win 7]) to minimize startup time and a main HDD of at least 750GB for media. Wireless internet connectivity is also a must and other components to increase utilization of up to 16Mbps. I'm leaning mid-tower over full tower and tower and PSU should last through a couple builds so I'll get quality over price in that dept. Thank you for your opinions and I look forward to hearing them soon.
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  1. Best builds change very rapidly, so if you're say waiting for cyber monday deals to buy, then you're much better off coming back a week before.

    If you want the best build for the money taking advantage of current deals, or just good genral components that's not too hard to do.

    Offhand, great components are

    i5-750
    ASUS P7P55D-E Pro
    G Skill Ripjaw or ECO DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24
    HAF 922/Antec 902
    Corsair 750TX
    Spinpoint F3 1tb
    2x Intel X25-V 40gb SSD in Raid 0.
    HD 5850 or 5870
    CM Hyper 212 Plus

    edit: Wow, totally made up a processor there.
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  3. P55 vs X58? What's the diff? Should I go with a card that is less feature-full and an extender card?

    Why the i7 '50 over the '60, '20?

    Any tips on the places of purchase? newegg? eBay? Refurbished? Open box?
  4. banthracis is probably thinking "i5-750", turning that into a great general recommendation.

    --Jin
  5. I second the build above it sounds fine. And yeah i5 750 :).

    Btw I've seen dvd drives run for as low as $17.99 so might as well throw one in. Alot of times you can get it as a combo with other parts. I got my asus dvd drive for $6 bucks through a newegg combo.
  6. youngmrzee said:
    Hey guys,

    I want to build a comp mostly for internet, downloading, photoshop, movies, and I'm a console gamer (if you can even call me a gamer at all) who has recently seen the light of the PC gamer world.

    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I will (and kind of want to) wait for deals.

    BUDGET RANGE: I don't really know because there are a few minimum specs that I feel like I can't love without and the rest I can be persuaded to go cheap or buy to make it last. Ballpark is <$1,400.

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: To rank 'em would be internet/DL maximization, progs like photoshop, movies, games (I know games is last but it is still there!).

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I have OS, keyboard, mouse, and monitor. (I really don’t need a DVD drive either because I can live with the external liteon DVD-DL that I’ve been facilitating my console gaming with for now).

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Preferred website is site with the cheapest price.

    COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: My country of origin is US of A.

    PARTS PREFERENCES: I don't have a brand preference in terms of AMD/Intel but this being my first build of a real PC, it will no doubt form my brand loyalty for the rest of my life so advise well.

    OVERCLOCKING: I'm down but can be persuaded either way. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not on the radar at this point.

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 (Dell 2407WFP)

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to have a TV tuner card and on the motherboard I want USB 3.0 and HDMI, and I want a SSD for the OS (pleural [dual-boot Ubunutu/Win 7]) to minimize startup time and a main HDD of at least 750GB for media. Wireless internet connectivity is also a must and other components to increase utilization of up to 16Mbps. I'm leaning mid-tower over full tower and tower and PSU should last through a couple builds so I'll get quality over price in that dept. Thank you for your opinions and I look forward to hearing them soon.


    Since gaming is your last priority, you don't really need a great cpu or graphics.
    This would serve you well :

    Processor : Intel Core i3-530 $119.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115222

    Motherboard : GIGABYTE GA-H55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 $124.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128437

    Memory : G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $102.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231253

    Graphics - POWERCOLOR AX5770 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 5770 1GB $149.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131330

    Storage :
    For OS - 2 X Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" 40GB $114.99 X 2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167025

    For Media - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

    Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP $89.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

    TV Tuner Card - Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual TV Tuner $114.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815116037

    Wireless Card - Not sure, you'l have to search yourself

    Total cost : $1112.89

    With the money saved, you can go for a better SSD, or anything else you like ...
  7. While gaming is your last priority, assuming you play modern games you would still want a decent GPU and a good CPU is always useful.

    I would stick with the i5 750, you could save on the GPU and go with 5770, but on the other hand, if you have a great system why limit its future use with games by having a weak GPU?
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