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July 8, 2010 12:03:32 AM

Hi guys,

Im about to build my first PC since 2000. I know a lot has changed. I did some research and came up with the following(below). I would like to get some comments on what you guys would do different and why. Recommendations are appreciated. I try to stay on budget. I will mainly use my PC for applications like Dreamweaver, watching movies, and burning DVDs. Im not a gamer.

I decided to go with the following:

CPU: Intel I7 860 $250 at Micorocenter
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E PRO $ 160 at newegg
RAM: 2 x 2 GB Corsair DDR3 1333 $100 at newegg
Video: Don't know yet (budget $100)
Sound: Onboard
HDD: WD 1 TB SATA II $ 80 at ebay
Optical: DVD-rw BLU Ray player $50 at ebay
Power: Antec Truepower 750 W $100 at newegg
Case: Don't know yet (Budget $50)

My budget is $900 by the way. Already have monitor, keyboard, mouse and OS. Try to run on 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Prefer Newegg over MC since they do not charge taxes

Im trying to buy the parts within the next 10 days.

Thanks

Thank you in advance

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July 8, 2010 12:17:57 AM

Couple of quick recommendations... Go with either a Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 1TB drive instead (faster and cheaper)... I would look at the ATI 5570 or 5670 for your needs.

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July 8, 2010 12:21:56 AM

Thanks tecmo34, do you think the MOBO is ok in this configuration?
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July 8, 2010 12:24:22 AM

without giving you a build, as you havent quite given me all the info, heres some quick advice.

CPU: for intel, the only real options for you are the 750, 860, and 930. if you can go to microcenter, then get the i7 930 for 200$.

MOBO: obviously get an i7, socket 1366 mobo.

RAM: you will need a 3x2 gig kit.

GPU: id say 5670, maybe 4850.

HDD: Samsung F3 1 TB

CASE+PSI: some combo at newegg.

now, given your budget, and some more info, i can give you a good working build.
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July 8, 2010 12:34:02 AM

Thanks ares1214,

I have a Microcenter close to where I live. The reason I stuck with an 1566 Mobo and 860 instead of 1366 and 930 was because after doing some research it showed that the 1366 mobo's and parts (such as ram (triple channel)) are more expensive. Isnt that true?

So i should go with 6gb. My budget is $900. I have microcenter around prefer newegg since no taxes are charged.
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July 8, 2010 12:37:00 AM

neckprotector said:
Thanks tecmo34, do you think the MOBO is ok in this configuration?

First... The P7P55D-E Pro is the best overall LGA 1156 MOBO... IMO

Second... It is more than you need for a non-gamer. I would go with a good H55 motherboard or a single PCIe 2.0 x16 P55 MOBO.
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July 8, 2010 12:41:15 AM

tecmo34 said:
First... The P7P55D-E Pro is the best overall LGA 1156 MOBO... IMO

Second... It is more than you need for a non-gamer. I would go with a good H55 motherboard or a single PCIe 2.0 x16 P55 MOBO.


whats the difference between the P55 and H55 chip set?
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July 8, 2010 12:42:17 AM

neckprotector said:
Thanks ares1214,

I have a Microcenter close to where I live. The reason I stuck with an 1566 Mobo and 860 instead of 1366 and 930 was because after doing some research it showed that the 1366 mobo's and parts (such as ram (triple channel)) are more expensive. Isnt that true?

So i should go with 6gb. My budget is $900. I have microcenter around prefer newegg since no taxes are charged.


if you are getting your 860 for 250, then it shouldnt be much more expensive. yes 6 gigs is more expensive than 4 gigs, but thats a given. considering you save 50$ on the cpu, that should cover most of it. if this isnt for gaming, you can also get a lesse 1366 board, so it really shouldnt cost much, or any more. here, ill get a build started.
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July 8, 2010 12:46:51 AM
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July 8, 2010 1:05:57 AM

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July 8, 2010 1:29:49 AM

neckprotector said:
Thank you ares1214, you were a big help

Before you hit the buy button, I recommend going with this Case/PSU combo and pick up the DVD drive & hard drive seperate. You will never need 750W fir a GT 240.

Antec 300 Illusion & Antec EartWatts Green EA-430D.

As for your earlier question, basically the H55 has intergrated graphics for the supported i3/i5 CPU's.
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