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May 17, 2010 3:27:46 PM

So I am setting up a new rig for my roommate. He does not wish this rig for gaming. He wants fast and responsive for general use. Key note, the rig needs to be upgradeable.

parts not needed: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, O/S

We both like Intel and Ati so this is what I have come up with so far.

case: rosewill challenger black gaming atx......
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

motherboard: MSI h55m-ed55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

intel core i5-650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

memory: g.skill ripjaws 1333 2x2g
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: samsung f3 hd103sj
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

so all that is lacking is a power supply and a graphics card. I don't really know what to recommend on the graphics card cause he doesn't use it to watch movies or play games or do anything advanced or technical. With that said he's not completely tight on money so a tad extra power in the right places would be ok.

Ultimately the price range goes from 600 - 1000 but since he really doesn't need a heavy duty machine as close to 600 without any sacrificing.

All recommendations welcome be they upgrading or downgrading what I have posted already.

Monitor resolution unknown but i could get it if really necessary.

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May 17, 2010 4:52:10 PM

first of all an upgradable rig isn't easy to build now since that both am3,1166 and 1366 or said to dissapear next year and people ussually add a gpu for power but thats for gamers. So as for upgradebility its going to be close to 0.

here is what I would build:

case: personal preference really

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

mobo: You'll have to ask someone else I don't really know about 1166 mobos

ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... super fast with cooler or the cheaper choice http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: the one you mentioned

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... should do great for a non-gamer its quiet too

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

cpu hsf: if you want to OC http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 17, 2010 4:55:24 PM

thats about 750 btw and if you want better performance you can upgrade the 750 to a 860 for 80dollars and that ram with the cooler is amazing btw
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May 17, 2010 5:02:36 PM

The i5-650 has a graphics processor on the package, so you could just use that instead of buying a discrete graphics card. It will only work with the correct chipset: H55, H57 & Q57 (I think). People usually recommend getting the i5-750 which is a quad core, so might be more futureproof and better for general system usage, altho it doesn't have integrated video, so if you chose that then you would need a graphics card.
If you want upgradeability in terms of being able to add a powerful gaming graphics card then the minimum I'd recommend would be a good 650W, otherwise even something with as little power as this would be fine: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D $40
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May 17, 2010 5:09:57 PM

yeah true but he isn't a gamer lol so adding a gaming card is kind a pointless :p 
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May 17, 2010 5:19:04 PM

1) I would go an AMD route and use on-board video, which means switching your CPU and Motherboard to this combo, you can keep everything else the same!

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition & GIGABYTE GA-890GPA-UD3H AM3 AMD 890GX

2) As for your PSU, I would make this change to your Case and pick up this power supply in a combo. It is overkill but gives your friend room to grow and make this system a gaming system down the road.

Antec 300 Illusion and Antec EarthWatts EA-650

3) If your friend really wants a GPU, I would go with XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB
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