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First Build (non-gaming) - Your Suggestions Please!

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October 19, 2010 5:19:19 PM

Hi,
I'm considering building a desktop since it sounds kinda fun and I've enjoyed taking apart my laptop many times (and successfully putting it back together). I'm definitely not a hardware expert but not a total idiot either.
I'm also just not thrilled with any of the mainstream computer companies and don't feel the need to pay for their customer "support".

here's "the form":

• Approximate Purchase Date: By Jan 2011

• Budget Range: $600-$1000 (after rebates) but I could be convinced to revise this.

• System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web browsing, website development, office apps, audio recording and editing, streaming video content, basic photo editing

• Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse

• Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com seems to be the most popular here

• Country of Origin: USA

• Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I'm interested in trying AMD, hdmi out, good sound quality, wireless networking. I have an audio input interface that connects via firewire that I'd like to set up as well. I'd like a big hard drive just cause.

• Overclocking: Maybe

• SLI or Crossfire: ?

• Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200 - I would like to have this wired to my hdtv (42") for video playback as well as a modestly sized monitor for everything else.

• Additional Comments: I know I'm not planning on doing any hardcore gaming or video editing but I still want something fast.

Thanks!
October 19, 2010 5:51:43 PM

I ignored the other stuff you said and went by this: "I know I'm not planning on doing any hardcore gaming or video editing but I still want something fast." This is overkill for surfing the web and media duties but you said $700-$1000 and FAST so here it is. You could get a way with a lot less for what you plan to do with it vs. what you want it to do.

The choice of case here is arbitrary -- it's a highly rated case that I know well but you might pick something more to your taste/style if it's too ordinary.

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$21.99

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$59.95

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 ...
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$147.98 after $10 rebate

ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$309.98

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VX-2L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$139.99 after $20 rebate

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$79.99

$759.88 + tax & shipping
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October 19, 2010 9:07:35 PM

If it's not going to be for gaming you generally just want to focus on processor, ram, and storage and then add a nice multimedia card such as a 5450 or 5550. The cpu should just either get the 965 dougie says or an i5-750 both will overclock nicely and be very fast. If you do some serious photo editing you might think about getting 6 or 8 gb of ram so you have plenty of room to play around with. Then get as much storage as you need/want for your budget.
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October 22, 2010 6:10:28 PM

Thanks for the replies. Here's what I put together from your suggestions.



errors? what do you think?
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October 22, 2010 8:56:54 PM

Where's the motherboard?

ASUS M4A89TD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$309.98

No combos on any of those parts with Win7 x64? Usually there's a ton of $10 off combos with Win7 x64.

IMHO, this would be a better quality case/PSU choice:

Antec 300 Illusion / Antec 650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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October 22, 2010 9:25:47 PM

Good call dougie - too much switching things in and out and the motherboard slipped out I guess.

I updated the post above with a new image

Should I go for a less expensive graphics card? I'd like the option to play games but I'm don't play a lot. Other places I should cut back? add?
thanks.
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October 23, 2010 3:15:42 AM

890GXes in general are over priced IMO - if u want 8/8 CF capability abd using discrete anyway i would say the Asrock 870Extrme3 is a winner ^^ If u not sure gaming on the table 785G/790GX or if u want USB/SATA 3.0 880G/SB850 would suffice and hold off discrete GPU till u start gaming
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