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$1000 productivity pc (non gaming)

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May 28, 2010 1:55:31 PM


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: multitasking, learning software eg language programs,surfing,dual monitor set up

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, micro center, tiger direct

PARTS PREFERENCES: what ever makes it fast and responsive


just want a fast pc guys nothing flashy but really responsive , im talking 1 click program opens and running smooth . some learning programs have 2d sometimes 3d graphics
May 28, 2010 2:36:50 PM

You definetally want a SSD then, give me a few minutes to throw a build together for you. Question, how good of a graphics card you need?
May 28, 2010 2:49:34 PM

from research a 5770 would work just fine
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May 28, 2010 2:56:34 PM
May 28, 2010 3:00:19 PM

Err you could play games on 1680 x 1050 AA/AF with a HD 5770 so i would say the latest IGP solutions would suffice and save a wee bit on power consumption too ^^ Latest Sandforce based SSDs very very close saturating SATA 3GB/s so hit a chipset with SATA 6GB/s ^^
May 28, 2010 3:16:48 PM

thanks alot bdbeall...any more comments on this build ??? seems to be exactly what i'm looking for
May 28, 2010 3:56:31 PM

YES... i made one tiny mistake but it saves you 20 bucks so,

that is the psu memory you want, i sent the wrong link. The mobo you have is a dual channel kit, and i sent you a trpile channel at first. Sorry for the mistake. this psu and memory is ust as goo though.

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May 28, 2010 4:56:09 PM

CPU/Mobo: i7-930 and Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R $474
RAM: G.Skill Pi 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $190
GPU: HD 5450 $34
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $80
Case/PSU: Antec VSK-2000 and Earthwatts 380W $70
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20

Total: $868

If you need an OS, Windows 7 will cost $100. If you don't, add in this Kingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2BD/64GB for $115 after rebate.
May 28, 2010 8:52:51 PM

MadAdmiral's build looks good, assuming there will be no gaming, since that wasn't mentioned. Getting an i7-920 is only $9 cheaper.
I have to laugh though, at bdbeall's suggestion that you need a 1000W PSU, although his build is otherwise acceptable. You could combine elements of both of them if you want to save money; bdbeall's CPU/Mobo and RAM (the dual channel kit), and everything else from MadAdmiral's buiild. If you decide you want to play games after all, a 380W Antec Earthwatts PSU will support a HD5770, although I'd probably prefer the 500W version for a little more headroom and longevity.
May 28, 2010 9:15:07 PM

Best answer selected by jamla60.
May 28, 2010 9:43:27 PM

CPU/Mobo: i7-930 and Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R

RAM: G.Skill Pi 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7

Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W

Antec Twelve Hundred


Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB

total 1043

what about this was recommended by local dealer ????
May 28, 2010 9:57:17 PM

Besides not having a video device (onboard or discrete)? It's not bad. My only complaints are that the case is way bigger than you need and the PSU is complete overkill. You could easily drop that down and get a cheaper case, allowing you to afford the GPU.
May 28, 2010 10:18:27 PM

I think MadAdmiral's build is perfect for your needs.

Heck even if you decide you want to do gaming, all you need to do is buy a good graphics card, everything else is top-notch ,even for high-end gaming
May 29, 2010 3:37:51 AM

Its not that he needed the 1000 wwatt psu, just happened to be the combo i saw at the time