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Budget Core i5 build. Recommendations?

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October 16, 2010 6:46:20 PM

This is my first post (and first build), but I've been a long time reader of Tom's. I am looking to build a budget core i5 system and wanted to get some input on the system. Cost is definitely a factor and I've got the price where I want. Are these good components and will they work ok together?




Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $600-650 after rebates/ $700 before

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop/Lightroom, occasional gaming, Reason, Word, Excel, Movies (its not really fair to rank these most to least important. They are all equally important in reality)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: Intel Core i5 750
Asus P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 mobo
4GB Corsair XMS DDR3 1600 RAM 9-9-9-22
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM SATA 3.0GB/S
NZXT Gamma case
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W PSU
Sapphire Radeon HD 5750
Asus SATA DVD Burner 24x

Overclocking: Maybe in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080



I won't be doing much gaming at all. Will most likely upgrade to a BD-Rom in the future. Running a 24" 1080p screen and will likely dual screen in the future as well. I do a lot with Photoshop, Lightroom, and Reason which my current computer can't handle very well. So yeah, image editing and music with light gaming and video watching, along with the usual work related word processing, excel, etc. Any thoughts are appreciated.

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October 16, 2010 7:20:58 PM

PSU is scary, open box components are unnecessary, you don't really need a GPU.

How about:

AMD 1075T 216 after code CPUTEN1014: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x Mushkin 1333 1.5 volt 4GB kit 134-20$ MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

880G mobo 110-10$ MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-128-444^13-128-444-TS%2C13-157-191^13-157-191-TS

1TB Caviar Blue 7200RPM 58$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Litescribe OD burner 17$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Quality, low wattage PSU 45-71$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|17-341-022^17-341-022-S01%2C17-371-034^17-371-034-TS%2C17-139-005^17-139-005-TS

Antec 300 55-10$MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Assuming the 430 watt PSU, 635$ with ~40$ in rebates. Nets you a hexacore, double the ram (albeit one step down in speed, but one step down in voltage), a terabyte hard drive, non-frightening PSU, a case with more than 1 fan, non open box mobo/OD.
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October 16, 2010 7:22:07 PM

Both PS CS5 and Lightroom loves cores while not being GPU hungry so if were u consider 1055T + 880G + air cooler/OC?
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October 16, 2010 7:41:12 PM

No GPU even for a future BD-ROM upgrade?

sp12 said:
PSU is scary, open box components are unnecessary, you don't really need a GPU.

How about:

AMD 1075T 216 after code CPUTEN1014: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x Mushkin 1333 1.5 volt 4GB kit 134-20$ MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

880G mobo 110-10$ MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-128-444^13-128-444-TS%2C13-157-191^13-157-191-TS

1TB Caviar Blue 7200RPM 58$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Litescribe OD burner 17$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Quality, low wattage PSU 45-71$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|17-341-022^17-341-022-S01%2C17-371-034^17-371-034-TS%2C17-139-005^17-139-005-TS

Antec 300 55-10$MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Assuming the 430 watt PSU, 635$ with ~40$ in rebates. Nets you a hexacore, double the ram (albeit one step down in speed, but one step down in voltage), a terabyte hard drive, non-frightening PSU, a case with more than 1 fan, non open box mobo/OD.

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October 16, 2010 9:12:50 PM

Nope, 880G is more than capable of doing 1080P, not sure on 3D blurays though.
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October 16, 2010 11:49:59 PM

Does it make a difference that I kind of just want the i5? From I've read its a better all around card. I do do some gaming too. So idk. I could be wrong. That's what this post is for I imagine
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October 17, 2010 1:50:41 AM

Ah, occasional gaming, well then that's a different build, probably with the 650 watt PSU and a dedicated videocard.

If you want the i5, by all means get it. After all, this is YOUR build.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/109?vs=185 I will say that the 1075T is slower in single-threaded apps than the i5, but faster in multithreaded. The productivity apps you mentioned (only if you're using CS5/Office 2010) fall into the latter, while gaming is variable but somewhere near the single-threaded end but moving towards the multithreaded.

I don't think you'll be limited by either processor, the 1075T is probably the better bang/buck, but the i5 is just as fine.
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October 17, 2010 9:23:55 PM

Best answer selected by floridagizzi.
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October 17, 2010 9:37:25 PM

Thanks for your input. I decided to go with the 1055T instead of the 1075T based mostly on price, but the upgrade will be huge regardless. Picked up Corsair RAM and PSU 650W. The only questionable buy was my mobo: ASRock 870 Extreme 3 and I picked up the Asus 4870 as well. Thanks for the input. I probably wouldn't have gone AMD, but the low price/performance and their history of sticking with a socket type was really convincing.


sp12 said:
PSU is scary, open box components are unnecessary, you don't really need a GPU.

How about:

AMD 1075T 216 after code CPUTEN1014: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x Mushkin 1333 1.5 volt 4GB kit 134-20$ MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

880G mobo 110-10$ MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-128-444^13-128-444-TS%2C13-157-191^13-157-191-TS

1TB Caviar Blue 7200RPM 58$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Litescribe OD burner 17$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Quality, low wattage PSU 45-71$: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|17-341-022^17-341-022-S01%2C17-371-034^17-371-034-TS%2C17-139-005^17-139-005-TS

Antec 300 55-10$MIR: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Assuming the 430 watt PSU, 635$ with ~40$ in rebates. Nets you a hexacore, double the ram (albeit one step down in speed, but one step down in voltage), a terabyte hard drive, non-frightening PSU, a case with more than 1 fan, non open box mobo/OD.

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