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$1000 to $1500 PC Surfing, Applications and Gaming

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September 20, 2010 6:14:19 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: $1000 to $1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing Internet, Video Editing, Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: I would like to use an Intel i7 with a 24" LCD

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: i would like to buy 24" lcd it is going to be dependent to the new monitor


I build this system below but i am not sure about the parts yet, i am waiting for the suggestions for the all parts , basically i am going to use for web surfing and general usage, mostly i use the multiple applications at the same time thats why i give more importance to memory and cpu.thanks for any advice

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Processor: $199 Core i7-930 Processor Boxed (MicroCenter)

Case: $119.95 Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (Newegg)

Memory: $169.99 CORSAIR XMS 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3A2000C9 (Newegg)


Motherboard: $199.99 GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (Newegg)

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

Video Card: $329.99 MSI N470GTX-M2D12-B GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (Newegg)

SSD: (For Boot) $259.99 Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Newegg)

SATA HD: (For Storage) $109.99 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (Newegg)

DVD RW: $18.99 ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM (Newegg)

Total : $1498
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September 20, 2010 6:27:17 PM

You'll need to either switch your processor for an i7-870, or else switch your motherboard to an X58 type one. Your processor will not fit into your motherboard at the moment...

If you want the 930, I personally went with the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R motherboard, and I'd definitely recommend it.
September 20, 2010 7:08:57 PM

If you go with an x58 motherboard, you also want to switch to 6GB (3x2GB) RAM as it uses triple channel memory.

If you stick with a p55 motherboard you should stick with 4GB RAM unless you are sure your application will use more than that. There isnt any benefit to powering 4GB of RAM that you never actually use.

Instead of that old model caviar black, get the Samsung F3 1TB for the same price. Its larger and faster. If you do want a WD black, look at the 1TB "FAEX" model (not the "FALS" model) since it is also a new, fast design.
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September 21, 2010 6:01:07 AM

Thanks for the good suggestions jason and dndhatcher. I changed the motherboard to x85a-udr , memory to 3x 2gb corsair and also added 2 samsung f3 1tb for raid 0 , do you have any advice on those parts? do you think the case and other parts are good?
September 21, 2010 5:09:11 PM

To answer your question above. Almost any SSD will give you drastically better performance when compared to a traditional hard drive, at the cost of storage space. You might consider using an SSD as your boot drive (Keep your OS, and other applications, like games and what not, installed on there) and then using a regular hard drive(s) for data storage as needed.

To critique your build, everything looks good. There are only 2 suggestions I have. First, you haven't listed a CPU heat sink. You can use the stock cooler that Intel ships with the processor but you probably won't be able to get much overclocking in, if that even matters to you. The second suggestion is getting a higher rated PSU. Something in the 750W+ range. If you decide down the road that you want to add a second graphics card that 650W PSU is not going to cut it. A single GTX 470 consumes 350W+ under heavy gaming. And if you do decide to get a different PSU make sure it is a quality one and is 80+ certified. Skimping on a PSU is a good way to fry your other, more expensive, components.

Just my thoughts!
September 21, 2010 8:11:39 PM

You linked an older Vertex 1 SSD model with an outdated controller. You would want an Agility 2 or Vertex 2.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

The optimum choice, if your budget fits would be and SSD for boot and primary applications, HDD for storage.

You do NOT want to RAID0 a pair of 1TB HDDs as your only storage. In RAID0, if either HDD has a problem you loose everything on both. Not good for data storage unless you back up constantly.

o me, the performance increase of RAID0 isnt worth the hassle of configuring it for boot. An SSD and an HDD make alot more sense and are easier (trivial) to set up.
September 23, 2010 5:55:27 AM

Thank you for your suggestions, i changed the my build to , one ssd for the boot and one sata disk for the storage ,the reason i select the crusial ssd 128gb is " its the only ssd that supports 6gb transfer as far as my motherboard supports it i thought it should be good to pick a ssd with 6gb transfer rate and i picked the lowest priced 1.5 tb 7200 rpm hd as western digital caviar the comments says its not that bad i guess its okay.with every suggestion the price is going up :)  but every good thing has a price isnt it?

Now i am thinking about my case is bad for this build , do you think i should change the psu and the case? Can you recommend me good case and psu combination with a fair price?

September 23, 2010 4:28:00 PM

felisportus said:
the reason i select the crusial ssd 128gb is " its the only ssd that supports 6gb transfer
If the crucial is about the same price its the best available, and a few GB larger. The "supports SATA 6GB is basically a marketing ploy. They got it up to like 3.1GB so they could say it exceeds SATA2; the other good SSDs only hit like 2.9GB. Its not worth alot of money for the small difference.

If you are going to get a 300, I would get a 300 Illusion. I have two of my 3 gaming machines in 300 illusions, I really like them. The illusion has two front 120mm LED fans pre-installed, the black just has empty slots for you to put fans in.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you want a larger case to hold more HDDs/SSDs then the Antec 902 is the next step up in size.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 24, 2010 8:39:49 AM

Changed case to antec nine hundred two , increased psu to 750 watt, thanks for the suggestions dndhatcher.
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