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Help finishing my first build - Nongaming pc. What MoBo?

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June 5, 2010 7:22:01 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 to 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $900 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing the net, BOINC (ie. SETI etc.), managing/converting mp3s, watching movies, encoding video (rarely), word processing.

RTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, external DVD burner, monitor(i have an old dell 4700 era, not great but can make due if new monitor is too costly while planning this build.), speakers (i use headphones), external hard drive, wireless card(worked on my old dell don't know if it will work on new system).

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: I live in the United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel Nvidia

Here's what I have so far, I like MSI MoBo for there easy (noob/mild) OC ability but am open to what will fit the case and will serve my purposes best.

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX GT240XZHFC GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, I like the idea of having the room to use SLI even though I probably won't in this build unless it's within price and makes sense, I like the idea of future upgrades.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: If a new monitor fits in this build I would like a 22" and up HD LCD

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want W7 x64, Quiet and COOL, don't need any flashy LED's for the case, plenty of PSU with 80+, did I mention plenty of cooling?
My previous system was a dell 4700, I think I'll be Wow'd by just about anything new but want to be smart and choose products that have some capacity for future upgrades. And Quality is super important to me while also keeping my budget in mind.
June 7, 2010 9:47:18 AM

You might be better off with a build using an athlon x3 (with discrete graphics) or an i3 530 (with cpu graphics) if you're not gaming or doing anything very taxing.

650W is also more than you should need. 550W or so should be enough including upgrades.
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