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July 25, 2010 5:26:51 PM

ive wanted a computer for a while now because my brother uses sony vegas, Photoshop, and id like to play games but my computer is too slow for that. im running a pentium d at the moment. i want to stay in the $800-$900 range. i am looking forward to building this. i am only using a 19" monitor btw.

specs:
motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu: i5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR i7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
btw whats the difference between the 870 and 860 besides the ghz.

gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

dvd drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
could i read stuff with that drive not just burning?

so what should i do with the processers? is it worth is to spend a extra $90 and get the i7? how much difference would it boost for gaming?
thanks
July 26, 2010 1:00:50 AM

ehhh.. i dont like it.. your getting a micro atx motherboard? why? get you a full size MB.. and considering your price range why not just go amd? im just saying.. if it were me.. id get a beefier power supply.. a full size atx mobo.. and go amd so that way i can get the best performance out of my price.. with a $800-900 budget.. no way i would go intel.. i have photoshop cs4, cs5, sai paint tool.. an intuos4 and my amd rig has treated me very well.. sony vegas is cool.. but i myself use camtasia.. makes no diff tho.. but might wanna consider an amd build for your budget..
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July 26, 2010 1:02:38 AM

o ya.. your gonna want to add a operating system in there with your build too.. Win 7 baby!!!
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July 26, 2010 2:27:50 AM

jesman1985 said:
ehhh.. i dont like it.. your getting a micro atx motherboard? why? get you a full size MB.. and considering your price range why not just go amd? im just saying.. if it were me.. id get a beefier power supply.. a full size atx mobo.. and go amd so that way i can get the best performance out of my price.. with a $800-900 budget.. no way i would go intel.. i have photoshop cs4, cs5, sai paint tool.. an intuos4 and my amd rig has treated me very well.. sony vegas is cool.. but i myself use camtasia.. makes no diff tho.. but might wanna consider an amd build for your budget..


wow i didint notice it was a atx. can u find me a amd mobo and processer since i dont know anything about amd.
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July 26, 2010 6:02:04 AM

death_rage4lf said:
wow i didint notice it was a atx. can u find me a amd mobo and processer since i dont know anything about amd.


Hi death_rage, that's the point...it aint an ATX. It's just a micro atx. You can get a full atx mobo for your budget.
You also did'nt say whether you'd wanna keep your old monitor (I'm guessing "yes"), & also whether that budget includes the OS (I'm guessing "no")

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July 26, 2010 6:43:21 AM

death_rage4lf said:
ive wanted a computer for a while now because my brother uses sony vegas, Photoshop, and id like to play games but my computer is too slow for that. im running a pentium d at the moment. i want to stay in the $800-$900 range. i am looking forward to building this. i am only using a 19" monitor btw.

specs:
motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu: i5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR i7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
btw whats the difference between the 870 and 860 besides the ghz.

gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

dvd drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
could i read stuff with that drive not just burning?

so what should i do with the processers? is it worth is to spend a extra $90 and get the i7? how much difference would it boost for gaming?
thanks

If i were you get a better PSU if your planning to crossfire that 460 . Extra voltage is always good :D 
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July 26, 2010 6:45:02 AM

death_rage4lf said:
ive wanted a computer for a while now because my brother uses sony vegas, Photoshop, and id like to play games but my computer is too slow for that. im running a pentium d at the moment. i want to stay in the $800-$900 range. i am looking forward to building this. i am only using a 19" monitor btw.

specs:
motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu: i5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR i7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
btw whats the difference between the 870 and 860 besides the ghz.

gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

dvd drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
could i read stuff with that drive not just burning?

so what should i do with the processers? is it worth is to spend a extra $90 and get the i7? how much difference would it boost for gaming?
thanks

Also if you want to keep this computer as upgradeable as it can , I would go for a AMD processor. I love intel too , but their sockets expire almost every year ! You dont want to buy a brand new mobo just to get the new upcoming sandy intel processor !
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July 26, 2010 8:09:18 AM

@ death rage---depending on whether you choose to go with AMD or Intel, you may look @ the following specs:-
Look @ newegg/tigerdirect etc depending on where you're at.

CPU: Phenom II x4 955 Deneb BE (3.2 Ghz) --- $160 OR Core i5 650 (3.2 ghz, 4 Mb L3) --- $180/Core i5 750 (8 MB L3)--- 190$. (Which one you choose depends on your pocket) ;)  Also, you probably won't even need the L3 cache.
So if you want Intel, go with the 650

Mobo: AM3 socket/890GX chipset (asus/gigabyte) --- $150 OR P55 Chipset/1156 socket --- $150. Go with H55 if for some reason, you wanna test IGP/Intel GMA.

Suggestion: ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3 OR ASUS P7P55D-E Pro

RAM: 2 X 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM @ 1600 Mhz (240 pin) (Corsair Dominator/Gskill Ripjaws) --- $100

HDD: 500 GB SATA (3.5" bare int.) @ 7200 RPM, 16 MB Cache, 3.0 GB/s (Seagate Barracuda/Western Digital Caviar Black) --- $50

PSU: Corsair 650TX (SLI/Crossfire ready) --- $70

HSF: 120 mm fan. Don't go with 92. With your budget, you can definitely afford a 120. Also, it's gonna be fairly quite.
Go with coolermaster/sunbeam etc. --- ~$40

Suggestion: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" CPU Cooler (model: RR-B10-212P-G1) --- $ 50

GPU: Radeon HD 5770 (1 GB) ---$170 OR GeForce GTX 460 (1 GB) --- $230

CASE: Look @ a mid Atx case---one with at least 3x120 mm fans if not 140. <$50 dollars if you don't want fancy LED's

DVD: DVD +- RW, multi layer, multi format, (plus lightscribe)---$22 (Samsung/LG/Sony)

MONITOR (if you need): 22" (Samsung/LG etc). Minimum reqs:2 ms, 50,000:1, 1920x1080, TN panel for gaming, IPS otherwise

Suggestion: SAMSUNG P2250 Rose Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor --- $180

Overall, this system is <$900 (excluding monitor/OS), and is a really good one.

If you want something slightly more inexpensive, go with an Athlon II X4 635 propus ($100) instead of Phenom II x4
The price/performance trade-off ain't half-bad. Keep the mobo though, gr8 upgrade-ability. However, if you must reduce the price even further (to accommodate OS/Monitor, etc), you can go down to the 870 chipset.

At those prices though, Intel will stop making sense.

Research these products, & I'm sure, you're gonna have a kick-ass system once you do decide to go with either the AMD or Intel build that I am suggesting.

Hopefully, I've been of some help :) 
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July 26, 2010 9:22:59 PM

death_rage4lf said:
wow i didint notice it was a atx. can u find me a amd mobo and processer since i dont know anything about amd.


i would get a asus 785g motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and a phenom x4 955 cpu..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

its a full atx motherboard.. and since this motherboard can handle 2 video cards at full 16x id consider an ati video card.. so that way in the future you can crossfire and have 2 if wanted.. id suggest a 5850 or a 5830.. both are powerhouses.. more a 5850.. :) 
also i have to throw in there that the 785g motherboard will support 6 core cpus also if you want to upgrade in the future.. AND this boards only $100 very upgradeable.. and killer performance.. also do you already have your own monitor.. and do you need an operating system?
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July 27, 2010 2:46:38 AM

jesman1985 said:
i would get a asus 785g motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and a phenom x4 955 cpu..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

its a full atx motherboard.. and since this motherboard can handle 2 video cards at full 16x id consider an ati video card.. so that way in the future you can crossfire and have 2 if wanted.. id suggest a 5850 or a 5830.. both are powerhouses.. more a 5850.. :) 
also i have to throw in there that the 785g motherboard will support 6 core cpus also if you want to upgrade in the future.. AND this boards only $100 very upgradeable.. and killer performance.. also do you already have your own monitor.. and do you need an operating system?

i currently selected the i5 760..would that be better than that amd? if it is then i would stay. i also upgraded my mobo to a standard atx gigabyte p55a ud3. my powersupply is a 600w ocz modxstream. are those good? or should i go for amd still?
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July 27, 2010 3:27:35 AM

death_rage4lf said:
i currently selected the i5 760..would that be better than that amd? if it is then i would stay. i also upgraded my mobo to a standard atx gigabyte p55a ud3. my powersupply is a 600w ocz modxstream. are those good? or should i go for amd still?


dont get me wrong.. the i5 is good.. but i gotta go with amd... just because the am3 chipset will be here longer.. if you go with the i5 your going to have to upgrade within 2 years anyways..well you wont have to but you wont be able to upgrade on that platform.. both honestly are about the same as far as performance.. BUT.. with amd your able to upgrade for much cheaper and longer than if you were to choose intel.. and not to mention if you go amd you can crossfire with ati cards.. ati's much cheaper.. and MUCH stronger than nvidia.. id go amd.. but either way you go your going to have an awesome rig from the looks of it. :) 
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July 27, 2010 11:15:13 AM

@ death_rage4lf

dude, go with the i5, if you wanna.

I did give you a kickass AMD config, (with the quad core 955/890 GX AM3) but if you've got your heart set on an i5 rig, go for it, 'coz it's gonna be well within your budget, and what's more, it's gonna be awesome.

You're gonna be hard-pressed to build a better rig on your budget. Trust me on this one.

As far as upgardeability goes, Intel's not gonna withdraw 1156 in a hurry. Sure, they are gonna introduce newer sockets after 1366, but they're not gonna withdraw support for a recently launched product (i5/i3 --- not LGA 1156) within the next decade or so. They are still continuing on with LGA 775, innit?

P.S. : - As far as DVD+-RW goes, go with my suggestion in my original post (LG/SS/SONY). Forget 'bout that LIGHTON thingy now, will ya?
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July 28, 2010 12:00:31 AM

calguyhunk said:
@ death_rage4lf

dude, go with the i5, if you wanna.

I did give you a kickass AMD config, (with the quad core 955/890 GX AM3) but if you've got your heart set on an i5 rig, go for it, 'coz it's gonna be well within your budget, and what's more, it's gonna be awesome.

You're gonna be hard-pressed to build a better rig on your budget. Trust me on this one.

As far as upgardeability goes, Intel's not gonna withdraw 1156 in a hurry. Sure, they are gonna introduce newer sockets after 1366, but they're not gonna withdraw support for a recently launched product (i5/i3 --- not LGA 1156) within the next decade or so. They are still continuing on with LGA 775, innit?

P.S. : - As far as DVD+-RW goes, go with my suggestion in my original post (LG/SS/SONY). Forget 'bout that LIGHTON thingy now, will ya?


alright
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July 28, 2010 12:11:34 AM

ipenguins said:
If i were you get a better PSU if your planning to crossfire that 460 . Extra voltage is always good :D 

Just a small correction, gtx 460 goes sli not crossfire.
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