First build help. (Non-gamer)

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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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. This is a good combo deal for your build:

    OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W ATX Modular Power Supply + Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD Burner: $35

    http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=2074646
  5. Thanks for the suggestions and help.

    Do you guys think that I should consider a 1055T over the 955BE?
  6. 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.
  7. 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=N82E16811119206

    ASUS P7H55-M PRO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131623

    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215

    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=N82E16817139003

    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=N82E16814102874

    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=N82E16822152185

    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=N82E16827106325

    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=N82E16827106289

    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=N82E16820223109

    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116758

    I think that covers it all, except for RAM. Help a brother out, by recommending some memory. :D
  8. Anyone?
  9. 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=N82E16813128432
    AMD Phenom II X4 945 + Antec Mini P180 White Steel MicroATX Mini Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.410669
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231189
    SAMSUNG 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151216
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100284VXL Radeon HD 5750
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102865
    Scythe SCSK-1100 100mm Shuriken Rev. B
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185097
    SeaSonic S12II 430B 430W ATX12V V2.3/EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151074
    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

    $854.90
  10. 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?
  11. 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=N82E16813131621

    Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115214

    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?
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