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BEST BUILD EVER! care to disagree? 1500 Budget

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July 18, 2010 4:43:28 AM

My computer will be used for: in order from MOST to LEAST importance... Everyday use(ITunes, web browsing, Microsoft office etc) I want my apps to open quickly. Next.. Programming, AutoCAD,
NOTE: I don’t game at all. games will never be played on this PC. Also I don’t need anything TOO extreme. I am just a college student. imp not running my business off this machine but I would like to have this machine last 4-5 years
I already have: a 2TB WD external drive. and windows 7 ultimate 64 bit


Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $209.99
Alternative: due to reviews… ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $309.99

Processor: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930 $289.99

RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI $169.99
Or CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3C1600C7 $159.99

CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler $49.99

GPU: XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity $294.99

Optical: LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support - OEM $22.99

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $109.99

Hard drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $74.99
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July 18, 2010 4:54:35 AM

Ouch why the HD 5850 when 0% of the time no gaming? Just add HDD and it's all good below @ a far lower price hehe
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July 18, 2010 5:40:59 AM

Sorry to inform but every single component You've selected is overkill for your quoted purpose.. May be you should be considering a laptop over a desktop.. It'll add style and mobility to your purpose also..
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July 18, 2010 5:44:46 AM

Yeah no gaming = no 5850. Drop that to something like a HD 5450 and drop the power supply to about 450w and get a good SSD with the savings. Keep the F3 for storage/backup.
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July 18, 2010 5:31:29 PM

^+1. For motherboard, I recommend the P6T SE and the RAMPAGE II over the UD3R, I'v used all three boards and I prefer the ASUS boards.

Also, for CAD work, consider an nVidia card due to the fact that there were a few issues with 2D work with the ATI drivers (not sure if this is fixed yet; some one check this).
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