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May 9, 2010 5:19:39 AM

hello all, here are my copy and pasted answers, with details after...

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 5/10/10

BUDGET RANGE: 900 but would like to keep it around 700...

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: audio production, that's it.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitors, soundcard

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: u.s.

PARTS PREFERENCES: intel, but will go with AMD too

OVERCLOCKING: no

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: no

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024X768

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: stable and 24/7 work horse..

up to this point i've settled on an i5. but after reading one of the stickies of this forum, and many posts...perhaps i may go with AMD...i am hoping this forum can provide some direction...

so first... here is my build:

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD (x2): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

FAN & HS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

so this build comes out to around 800$... im curious to know if there are some parts i could replace to lower the cost? i just need stability and decent processing power for audio editing. not so much recording, but some.

also, can anyone guide me on a comprable AMD build ? would that be cheaper? is AMD for audio tasks a good idea? any help and insight is really appreciated. thank you.
May 9, 2010 5:49:51 AM

Hmm the fact is top dog is definitely the Gulftown 980X for this kind of work....if budget is not an issue LOL For the AMD option i would hit a 1055T, IGP chipset (880G/890GX) and possible lightly clock it on stock ...or higher with after market HSF ^^ $604 AR


Hmm the gains on SATA III SSDs are massive but not so much for mechanical drives so i'd hit a pair of Samsung F3 500s hehe

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May 9, 2010 6:11:05 AM

Case and PSU combo $105.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Motherboard and CPU combo $260.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Hard Drive $75.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM 2 x 2GB's $109.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner $20.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card $215.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total is only $784.00

This is a really fast computer I built you and I could even knock about $100.00 off of that 784 and make it only 684. I gave the computer a really nice graphics card and if you don't need that I can get rid of it and just get you a okay one. This computer can do audio or what ever you need easy trust me.

Well if you have any questions just ask me and I can answer them thanx!

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May 9, 2010 9:43:35 AM

thanks so far guys for those builds, i will probably go AMD with one of those builds...@shanemarines...GPU is not important to me at all...the less intensive it is the better, onboard is fine even..the only thing i want tho is dual monitor capability.

any other suggestions?
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May 9, 2010 12:11:23 PM

don't even consider the gpu shanemarines suggested if gaming isn't on your mind.
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May 9, 2010 10:36:06 PM

lfphunk said:
thanks so far guys for those builds, i will probably go AMD with one of those builds...@shanemarines...GPU is not important to me at all...the less intensive it is the better, onboard is fine even..the only thing i want tho is dual monitor capability.

any other suggestions?


I would get you a 9800GT for dual monitor and for only $100.00 which would make the total only $684.00. I hope you liked my build for you.
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May 9, 2010 10:40:01 PM

SHANEMARINES said:
I would get you a 9800GT for dual monitor and for only $100.00 which would make the total only $684.00. I hope you liked my build for you.


shane marines, yes i like that build but why do you choose a hitachi hd over wd? just because it's cheaper? i dont mind spending a few extra on 2 WD 500g drives..

also, can i get away with the video card i chose instead of the one for 100$?
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May 9, 2010 10:45:13 PM

Ya you can, but really I mean for the bang for your buck you might want to tell me how much you would like to spend on a graphics card so I can find you a better deal. I just picked the 1TB because two 500GB's might get easy fragmentation on the files, but its up to you to mix and match.
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May 9, 2010 10:47:21 PM

for gpu i want to keep it as cheap as possible...around 30-50$? does that seem reasonable?
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May 9, 2010 10:54:16 PM

shanemarines thank you so far, i have another question... if i wanted to swap out your proc for the amd 6 core, could i keep everything the same? if not, what do suggest? do you think the amd 6 core is worth it over the quad you suggest?
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May 10, 2010 12:09:43 AM

you might want the six core and I can find you a great budle for it.
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May 10, 2010 12:13:16 AM

okay I going to restart for you!
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May 10, 2010 12:32:31 AM
May 10, 2010 7:52:42 AM

lfphunk said:
thanks so far guys for those builds, i will probably go AMD with one of those builds...@shanemarines...GPU is not important to me at all...the less intensive it is the better, onboard is fine even..the only thing i want tho is dual monitor capability.

any other suggestions?


Here is a specifications table for the 880G chipset offerings by Biostar

Ever since 780G chipset (2008) dual display is available via
1 x Analogue (DVI)
1 X Digital (HDMI or DVI)
so 880G would be good to go ^^
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