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<$750 Everyday PC. Got my choices, need help reviewing them please

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May 25, 2010 5:41:01 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week or next week

BUDGET RANGE: below @$750 including rebates, tax (CA), and s/h. The less the better.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: streaming video (youtube, netflix, etc. like watching in full screen, some “high def”), downloading music as well as streaming it, ripping music from many CDs(100+), lots of internet browsing with multiple tabs (10-20), run multiple programs at once (Google Chrome, MS Word, Windows Media Player, varies day by day), photoshop once in a while but nothing serious. The only gaming I do is freecell and online games (addictinggames etc.), once in a while I'll play Rollercoaster Tycoon or Starcraft.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (going to run Win XP)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, frys.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: No real preference. I've been looking at Intel CPU, WD hard drives, don't know much else

OVERCLOCKING: doubt it. maybe in a year or so

CROSSFIRE: no I don't game very much

MONITOR RESOLUTION: don't know. Not much.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Need wireless internet. Just want a basic computer that is relatively inexpensive and will last me for 5-7 years. Needs to be able to handle basic functions such as streaming "high def" video and live internet radio as well as downloading large files such as torrents. I like the idea of USB 3.0 & 6 GB/s SATA.

Items and prices are from Newegg except the case. After comparing to zipzoomfly it was cheaper:

CPU
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66Ghz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750 $199.00
MOBO
Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel -55 USD 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $115.99
RAM
G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH $109.99
HD
Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB SATA2 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive $79.99
PSU
CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $49.99
CASE
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Value-Performance Mid Tower Gaming Chassis ATX Computer Case $49.99
frys.com
DVDRW
SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM $21.99
FAN
Scythe S-FLEX SFF21F 120mm Case Fan $19.99
GRAPHICS CARD
SAPPHIRE 100253HDMI Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card $54.99
WIRELESS CARD
GIGABYTE GN-WP01GS IEEE 802.11b/g PCI Wireless Adapter Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128 bit WEP, WPA, 802.1x, AES $16.99
^Is this a good choice? It is very hard to find reviews of wireless cards, almost each I've seen has a lot of high and low scores. Is 54Mbps good?

total: @$680 before tax, and s/h
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Questions: Is this a good setup? Have I made any mistakes in compatibility? Should I upgrade or downgrade anything? Is there a difference between USB 3.0 and "True USB 3.0"? Will the motherboard I chose (8 channel audio) be able to play my 2.1 speaker system?

Many thanks to those who review this!
May 25, 2010 5:53:22 AM

^ That is a good setup, even though you wont need the i5 750, but will last you for many years without the need to upgrade...
And you are missing the graphics card...The P55 boards dont come with any onboard graphics...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you want onboard graphics, then you have to buy the i5 6xx or i3 5xx CPUs that have graphics inbuilt and get a H55 or H57 boards to get video output...but these all are Dual-cores and not Quad...

And a very good PSU - Cheaper and good enough for your setup...
Corsair 400CX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Those green drives are more of backup drives than boot drives...
Get the Samsung F3 1TB...these are fast and efficient...
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=HD-HD103SJ&title=Sa...

Memory - Good one for less...
GSKillz 4GB DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 26, 2010 12:25:34 AM

Thank you for the review. Changed a few items. Is the wireless card I chose any good?
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May 26, 2010 1:52:42 AM

whynottoday said:

^This uses 128-bit memory and GDDR2 memory type. Is this compatible with my DDR3 motherboard memory type?


Yes. Graphics RAM is not the same as system RAM. You're fine as long as your mobo has a slot type that's the same as the video card (which it does).
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May 26, 2010 10:46:12 AM

whynottoday said:

Just want a basic computer that is relatively inexpensive and will last me for 5-7 years. Needs to be able to handle basic functions such as streaming "high def" video and live internet radio as well as downloading large files such as torrents. I like the idea of USB 3.0 & 6 GB/s SATA.


Two articles that u just have to know (or anyone planning long term DIY for that matter):

Intel 6 Series Chipsets - Naming Unveiled
http://vr-zone.com/articles/intel-6-series-chipsets--na...
Quote:
The P67 and H67 will take over the "Premium and Mainstream" market segment currently dominated by the P55 and H57 chipsets. This is necessary given that the future Sandy Bridge processors will be rolled-out on LGA1155 sockets, as opposed to the existing LGA1156 socket used for the Lynnfield and Clarkdale Core i3 and i5 (and also i7-8xx) processors.


USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, Motherboards, And Overcoming Bottlenecks
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-sata-6gb,25...

For me if $$ no object go X58/Nahalem else AM3 with native SATA 6GB/s (800 series mobos) and full bandwidth/speed next gen SATA/USB connectivity at a really nice price ^^ The 880G mobos with HD 4250 IGP are already good to go for non gamers
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May 26, 2010 12:31:07 PM

For your use I would go with AMD I don't see a reason to go with Intel. Your use is 100% similar to my and I still use AMD 2 that performce very well.
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May 27, 2010 12:16:59 AM

I think I am going to stick with the Intel and p55 board. I have spent a lot or hours researching and picking parts. Everyone I have talked to at various electronics stores prefers Intel over AMD. I have heard that Intel is more stable over time (3+ years) and that AMD processors progressively lose performance.

I am still curious about thoughts on the wi fi card.

Thanks
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May 28, 2010 5:44:44 AM

Does anyone have a better choice for wireless pcie card?
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