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
with those $300 I would bump that graphic card to a 5870 or 5850 and if I were you I would sign up with amazon and pay for a prime membership for $80 which would get you free 2 day shipping on most if not all orders for a year
those $80 would be less than the taxes you be paying for that on new egg and faster shipping
That's a $50 savings with the i7 + UD3R + PSU + F3 + Scythe cooler which you can use towards your GTX 460, and still be at the same exact same price you are at now.
Side Note: Newegg ships FAST - usually within a couple days - make sure you order everything at once, so it gets sent under 1 shipping order. Will save you lots on shipping costs. There's no need to pay $80 for Amazon's faster shipping, when Newegg's shipping is pretty fast.
Also, here's a tip, to speed up how fast your order gets processed, after you have made your purchase, go on their live chat, select the order status department, give them your order # and simply ask the support reps if everything went through ok, and to please expedite the order to right department, this will get your order approved and charged faster, and shipped out same or next day.
The only thing that I would consider changing is your SSD drive - the OS will take about 20 GB, and you want to have at least 10-20% free, so that doesn't leave you much room to play with. You'll want to have some apps that you most often load from the SSD drive. ( My photoshop loads in 2 seconds, and Premiere Pro loads in about 3-4 seconds ) to give you an idea.
Consider the 80GB version instead as part of the $300 you have to play with
Hey thanks so much for all the advice. I built the same rig as before on ibuypower and for $200 more they will build it and test it. It also has free shipping and 3 yr warranty with lifetime technical support. Some things I wish I could get. (samsong spinpoint) aren't there. It would be really helpful if you quickly rigged together the closest machine to what you think is best as possible. 1700$ budget give or take. If I need to cut costs where can I downgrade with the least effect on performance. Also on ibuypower the p6x58 is only 10$ more I believe. I noticed that's the board you have so idk if u suggest it over the ud3r. Thank you so much I really appreciate it
I chose my board over the UD3R due to the issues with the Gigabyte, though, with the right PSU, they seem to go away.
I was in your predicament 2 weeks ago - choosing between the UD3R and P6X58D-E, and this is why I chose the Asus.
Go to Google and type the following:
ga-x58a-ud3r hissing sound
Look at the top 20 results for each of those searches, and then make a decision.
Yes, the UD3R was given the recommended best buy due its price and overall performance. I really wanted to like it, I really did, but didn't feel like putting up with the potential "baggage" that it comes with.
UD3R has no issues depending on PSU I have ocz stealth xtreme 700W and no hissing. Also I am partial to the mushkin redlines 6-8-6-24 which I guarentee fit under then D-14 ( I have the same cpu, board, and sink)