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June 12, 2010 7:32:45 PM

Been checking the forum out for a few days now and after reading tons of information, I would like some opinions on what I am thinking for my first build.

I am not a gamer, but would like a system that could do some basic gaming if I decided to get into it in the near future.

This build will be a general use machine for web surfing, light video and photo editing and some MS Office work.

I need something that will be robust and give me at least 5 years.

Here goes:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 Weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1,000 - $1,200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: light video and photo editing, MS Office, Web Surfing, Research Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect, amazon

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe as I learn a little more

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, if necessary down the road.


Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

MSI NF980-G65 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Thermaltake TR2 TRX-750M 750W ATX 12V v2.3/EPS 12V v2.91 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Model HDZ965FBGMBOX

Scythe Big Shuriken SCBSK-1000 120mm CPU Cooler

OCZ AMB Black Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive

(2) Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive RAID 0

Lite-on 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support

Lite-on Black 4X Bluray Reader SATA Model iHOS104-06 - OEM

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


What says you? Am I overbuilt for my needs?

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June 12, 2010 7:49:19 PM

Stay away from Roswell.

Get a better motherboard and get a cheap graphics card.

I would reallly go with an i5 750 build instead. The only reason I would go AMD is if I was going to get a 1055T or 1090T.

Get a better known psu, and you only need 400-500w.

The cpu heatsink you selected isn't that good. The CM hyper 212+ performs well and only costs $30 shipped.

+1 for that Intel SSD
June 12, 2010 8:49:47 PM

Whoa some strange calls u made:
1. Non gaming build and 3-way SLI board :p  Get the 880G with SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0
2. Understand u want to have some room in case discrete but 750W a bit over hehe
3. I'd rather go with the new Sandforce based SSD
4. For about $938 AR
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June 12, 2010 9:08:46 PM

I forgot to mention that I need the case to fit in a smaller opening in a desk that I just bought. 17.5" H x 10"W x 18" D MAXIMUM
June 16, 2010 3:18:36 PM

Thanks for the suggestions and help.

Do you guys think that I should consider a 1055T over the 955BE?
June 21, 2010 4:08:10 AM

Just thought of something that I forgot that may change some earlier suggestions.

In our new apartment, our 42" Plasma TV is about 8 feet away from the computer desk and I would like the ability to play movies from the computer to the plasma via HDMI.
While we are watching movies on the plasma, I would still like to have the ability to use the computer.
A friend suggested that I need a video card with "dual" cababilities.

Can someone comment on this?

Thanks.
June 21, 2010 8:32:28 PM

Decided to go in a completely different direction with this...

After HP pissing me off and telling me that they will not sell to the Bahamas from their website, I decided to go the i5 route based off what I had spec'd out from them.

I need suggestions on Memory. I'm thinking 8GB.

Tell me what you think...

COOLER MASTER Gladiator 600 RC-600-KKN1-GP Black SECC Body ; Mesh Front bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P7H55-M PRO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100293L Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black 4X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Internal 4X Blu-ray Reader Model iHOS104-06 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill RCR-IC002 74-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I think that covers it all, except for RAM. Help a brother out, by recommending some memory. :D 
June 23, 2010 11:18:29 AM

Anyone?
June 23, 2010 1:26:52 PM

You don't need the i5 for "light video and photo editing, MS Office, Web Surfing, Research Gaming", you should get a cheaper CPU and a better video card.

You don't need the CD/DVD-ROM if you buy a CD/DVD burner.

GIGABYTE GA-785GMT-USB3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II X4 945 + Antec Mini P180 White Steel MicroATX Mini Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100284VXL Radeon HD 5750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm Shuriken Rev. B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SeaSonic S12II 430B 430W ATX12V V2.3/EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

$854.90
June 23, 2010 4:56:18 PM

I forgot to put in my last post that I added to my needs for this system.

Seeing that my entertainment center with 42" plasma is less than 6 feet away from my computer desk, I decided that I would also use the new build as a media PC and send HD content to the Plasma as a seperate monitor, thus the need for a GPU that could handle both at the same time.

Does that change any of your recommendations?
June 24, 2010 10:18:25 PM

Looking for critiques on my final decision...

COOLER MASTER Gladiator 600 RC-600-KKN1-GP Black SECC Body ; Mesh Front bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119206

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139003

SAPPHIRE 100293L Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102874

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152185

LITE-ON Black 4X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Internal 4X Blu-ray Reader Model iHOS104-06 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827106325

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827106289

Rosewill RCR-IC002 74-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820223109

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116758


I am planning on pulling the trigger in about an hour or so.

Think that this will last me the long haul?
!