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July 1, 2010 7:37:48 PM

Hi,

Just looking for some input here as this is my first DIY build.


PURCHASE DATE: within 1 week
BUDGET: $1000 (before any rebates)
USAGE: media (general, including encoding), surfing, occasional gaming, work from home (ArcGIS Desktop)
NOT NEEDED: monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse
PREFERRED SUPPLIER: newegg.com
ORIGIN: USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: none, just reliable and reasonably priced
OVERCLOCK: possibly in the future (never done it)
CROSSFIRE/SLI: no
COMMENTS: Does not have to be super quiet. Looking to add one or two more 5.25" drives and possibly one SSD in the future. Would like to dual-boot with Ubuntu 10.04 as well.


Build details (subtotal $980):

CPU - $200 - AMD Phenom II X6 1055T

Motherboard - $110 - Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H ATX (seems like a good fit, don't know how well it is for OC'ing - open to suggestions here. Onboard video for backup)

Memory - $99 - G.SKILL DDR3 1333 PC10666 2x2GB F3-10666CL8D-4GBHK

GPU - $160 - Sapphire ATI Radeon 5770 100283-3L (may substitute with XFX Juniper 5770 - open to suggestions here)

HDD - $95 - Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA 6.0Gb/s WD1002FAEX

Optical - $26 - Lite-On 24X DVD-RW IHAS424-98

Case - $60 - Antec Three Hundred mid tower (may substitute with Cooler Master RC-690-KKN1-GP mid tower)

PSU - $90 - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V (open to suggestions - is a 550W or 600W 80Plus PSU good enough with one or two future drive additions in mind?)

OS - $140 - Windows 7 Pro 64bit OEM
July 1, 2010 8:02:25 PM

1. RAM change
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

couple bucks more, but better timings, higher speed and lower voltage.

2. Anything you do utilize CUDA? If so, you'll need to go nvidia.

3. Switch to a Spinpoint F3, saves you a bunch of money, no real performance diff.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4. Antec 300 Illusion is better at same price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
5. 650TX is more than enough. HD's use pretty much negligible power.
6. Why do you need pro? Unless you actually need the networking or XP box features, it's not worth the money.
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July 2, 2010 4:15:49 AM

banthracis said:
1. RAM change
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

couple bucks more, but better timings, higher speed and lower voltage.

2. Anything you do utilize CUDA? If so, you'll need to go nvidia.

3. Switch to a Spinpoint F3, saves you a bunch of money, no real performance diff.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4. Antec 300 Illusion is better at same price.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
5. 650TX is more than enough. HD's use pretty much negligible power.
6. Why do you need pro? Unless you actually need the networking or XP box features, it's not worth the money.




I may need Pro for the XP mode. Pro will be supported much longer than Home as well if I remember correctly. Thanks for the substitution suggestions, I'll check them out.
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July 2, 2010 4:43:42 AM

^ Good suggestions by banthracis...
Some suggestions from my side...
CPU + Graphics card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

IMO the 870A would suffice...It is the same as that 880 board sans the opnboard graphics...and also this has 2x eSATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU + RAM - Yes a Quality 500-550W would suffice for such a setup...
Antec TP 550 + GSKillz 4GB DDR3 1600MHz CAS 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CASE - Get this instead - CM 690 Black...Free shipping and all black interiors...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WIN 7 PRO for about $125
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MSFQC00765&title=Mi...

HDD - +1 for the F3...Cheaper here...
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=HD-HD103SJ&title=Sa...

And CPU Cooler -
Sunbeam CCTF 120 with TX-2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 13, 2010 7:54:41 PM

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