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October 18, 2010 6:36:59 PM

Hey everyone!

I've got another computer build in the progress. The last one I asked for help on here was a Media PC, which works great! My desktop computer of 8 years AND laptop of 7 years hit the dust a few months ago, so I need a replacement to put in my office. I've been trying to plan this one out for some time, and in a month I plan on making the purchase. Thought I'd run the list by you all to get some opinion.

Thanks for any advice!

Approximate Purchase Date:
November 19, 2010

Budget Range:
$1500 - $2000

System Usage:
Software development, some graphical work, gaming, media storage, internet usage

Parts Not Required:
I need everything but the case (I have a Lian Li mid tower, can't remember the model right now)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
www.newegg.com

Country of Origin:
USA

Parts Preferences:
None

Overclocking:
No

SLI or Crossfire:
Maybe

Monitor Resolution:
The larger the better

Additional Comments:
Dual monitors required, would like the machine to be as quiet as possible, and the most power for the money. Considering a SSD if it would be beneficial and would help performance.

Current part list:

Motherboard:
ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU:
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80569Q9550

Memory:
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK

Graphics Card:
SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Hard drives:
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Optical Drive:
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support

Power Supply:
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active ...

OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Keyboard:
Logitech G15 2-Tone USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard

Mouse:
Logitech G9x Black Two modes scroll USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse

Monitors:
(2) ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor

Total for above is $1,876.19
October 18, 2010 7:18:40 PM

Your processor is not compatible with your Mobo, you want a processor like this C2Q is old and out dated http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also I'd recommend a samsung spinpoint f3 HDD instead of the blue( faster).
Gskill ripjaws ram is also usually a better choice OCZ has been said to be flaky lately.
The graphics card is a bit low for a balanced gaming, look at stepping up to a 5870.
October 18, 2010 7:33:05 PM

My first comment, is that by November 19th there's a good chance that a lot of the recommendation you'll get right now will change, of coarse it couldn't hurt to get some input at any point.

Second, I think an LGA 1336 system should be w/in your price range. Here's some suggestions.

Keep the keyboard and mouse.

Motherboard/OS combo: Good Mobo for the price, same OS

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU/GPU Combo: Much better CPU and GPU than you're original list

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HDD/PSU: Great PSU, same HDD I also added another one of the same HDDs as well.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Ram: Better, cheaper

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

DVD burner: Not much difference

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

Monitor: 2 of These.

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

That comes out to 1955$ including shipping on newegg. So 80$ more. For a very very solid system. But like I said, if you're not buying it til Nov. 19th, the combo deals will change, and there's a good chance that at your price range the Radeon 6000 series GPUs could be a nice choice.
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October 19, 2010 12:23:19 AM

Id agree with the date, the 6xxx series will force a price drop in the 5xxx series. So grab them than.
October 19, 2010 7:19:09 PM

sonic-boom said:
Your processor is not compatible with your Mobo, you want a processor like this C2Q is old and out dated http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also I'd recommend a samsung spinpoint f3 HDD instead of the blue( faster).
Gskill ripjaws ram is also usually a better choice OCZ has been said to be flaky lately.
The graphics card is a bit low for a balanced gaming, look at stepping up to a 5870.


Good catch on the cpu/motherboard. I definitely want to go with a 1366. I will also check out those other component recommendations!
October 19, 2010 7:21:30 PM

mgrzTX said:
My first comment, is that by November 19th there's a good chance that a lot of the recommendation you'll get right now will change, of coarse it couldn't hurt to get some input at any point.

Second, I think an LGA 1336 system should be w/in your price range. Here's some suggestions.

Keep the keyboard and mouse.

Motherboard/OS combo: Good Mobo for the price, same OS

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU/GPU Combo: Much better CPU and GPU than you're original list

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

HDD/PSU: Great PSU, same HDD I also added another one of the same HDDs as well.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Ram: Better, cheaper

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

DVD burner: Not much difference

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

Monitor: 2 of These.

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

That comes out to 1955$ including shipping on newegg. So 80$ more. For a very very solid system. But like I said, if you're not buying it til Nov. 19th, the combo deals will change, and there's a good chance that at your price range the Radeon 6000 series GPUs could be a nice choice.


Thanks for that list! I really like that configuration, and its right within my budget.

So the 6000 series will be released before or around that date? If that's the case, then I should definitely wait till then. A 5000 series would fit my needs.
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