Main Home/Work system - $2000 minimum

Approximate Purchase Date: within next few weeks


Budget Range: $2000 to be expensed to work, I can put in $200-$300 my own too if needed but at least $2000 (I'd like to take advantage of all the free money)


System Usage from Most to Least Important: dual monitor set up with a 65" lcd as a 3rd monitor. So movies being one of the higher priorities but I also do a lot of work from home (remote IT support) meaning I usually have a lot going on ie several remote windows, multiple internet pages, and a variety of support tools. Light gaming.


Parts Not Required: monitor(s), speakers, keyboard/mouse


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: Intel, blu-ray drive, I have an older receiver for surround so optical out would be nice, ssd for main drive and 2nd sata drive as storage, hdmi out to lcd tv


Overclocking: no


SLI or Crossfire: no


Monitor Resolution: at least 1920x1080 if not higher


Additional Comments: will be my main home and work system and I would like it to be reliable and relevant for as long as possible because i plan on sticking with it for a while and upgrading parts when needed.
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  1. I don't think a 65" LCD is possible with that budget, but a high end PC with three monitors is possible.

    Definately something along the lines of i7-950 and 12GB ram, a high end mobo and PSU, couple high capacity HDDs and 24"+ monitors in a single card eyefinity setup.
  2. Thanks for the quick reply.

    Sorry, I guess I wasn't clear, I already have 2 24 inch monitors and the 65 inch lcd. All I need is some help with the box.
  3. here's a system that would work as a start for $1822.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.513000

    Add Windows for $99

    and then just a bit overbudget for an SSD.

    thats a pretty good system.
  4. RAM
    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145236
    $134.99
    (Note: the mobo has 6 slots so you can always add more RAM later if you need 12GB)

    Blu-ray
    LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136181
    Free gifts:
    -Verbatim 25GB 2X BD-R LTH Single Jewel Case Disc
    -Red/cyan 3D Glasses For 3D Viewing On 3D Ready Television
    -CyberLink PowerDVD 9, 3D edition
    $99.99

    Motherboard/Case
    ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    LIAN LI PC-X1000 Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.539847
    Combo price: $534.98

    Storage drive/Card reader
    Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Nippon Labs Internal Card Reader 3.5" Internal All In One Card Reader/Writer with USB2.0 & ESATA
    Free gift: TOSHIBA Canvio 500GB Satin Silver Portable Hard Drive E05A050CAU2XY
    Combo Price: $209.98

    PSU/CPU
    CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular
    Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
    Free gift: i-shop USB pen drive
    Combo Price: $413.98 before $10 MIR

    Boot SSD/Operating System
    OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Combo Price: $394.98 before $30 MIR

    GIGABYTE GV-R685D5-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125348
    $179.99
    (Note: question here is if you can use the 2 x DVI-D + HDMI at the same time for the 3 monitors for Eyefinity)

    Total: $1,968.89 + tax & shipping before $40 MIR

    Total overkill for a home office but you wanted to spend $2000 :-)
  5. Hey man, I appreciate the response. You think I could fit that into a smaller case? I don't think I have room for a 26 inch high box.


    Dougie Fresh said:
    RAM
    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145236
    $134.99
    (Note: the mobo has 6 slots so you can always add more RAM later if you need 12GB)

    Blu-ray
    LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136181
    Free gifts:
    -Verbatim 25GB 2X BD-R LTH Single Jewel Case Disc
    -Red/cyan 3D Glasses For 3D Viewing On 3D Ready Television
    -CyberLink PowerDVD 9, 3D edition
    $99.99

    Motherboard/Case
    ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    LIAN LI PC-X1000 Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.539847
    Combo price: $534.98

    Storage drive/Card reader
    Seagate Barracuda XT ST32000641AS 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Nippon Labs Internal Card Reader 3.5" Internal All In One Card Reader/Writer with USB2.0 & ESATA
    Free gift: TOSHIBA Canvio 500GB Satin Silver Portable Hard Drive E05A050CAU2XY
    Combo Price: $209.98

    PSU/CPU
    CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular
    Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
    Free gift: i-shop USB pen drive
    Combo Price: $413.98 before $10 MIR

    Boot SSD/Operating System
    OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Combo Price: $394.98 before $30 MIR

    GIGABYTE GV-R685D5-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125348
    $179.99
    (Note: question here is if you can use the 2 x DVI-D + HDMI at the same time for the 3 monitors for Eyefinity)

    Total: $1,968.89 + tax & shipping before $40 MIR

    Total overkill for a home office but you wanted to spend $2000 :-)
  6. Thank you all for your help.
  7. Try this. Let me know if the link doesn't work. I added a random HSF you probably don't need if you're not overclocking but just in case you decide to later on.

    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=10388469

    Should come about around $2,334.88 before rebates/combo deals etc.

    I probably ripped you off by not searching combo deals which could have saved you some money. I'm feeling too lazy to do it but this should give you a starting point. If you go through the combo deals, you could probably save around 200 or so and grab another GPU for CF or another couple storage HDDs.

    That or save yourself some money to put towards an internet upgrade which you should worry more about than a supercomputer since your work is mostly remote.
  8. Hmmm, that looks good too.

    Will that one gpu run all 3 monitors?

    also just got new internet installed yesterday, 40x5 :)
  9. That gpu can run 5 monitors. It has 2 dvi, 1 hdmi, and 2 mini display ports which if you want, you can get the displayport -> hdmi or displayport -> dvi adapters for two more monitors.

    Nice internet! How much does it cost?
  10. A few tweaks here and there I think I may have it. How do you find out about combo deals?

    It's brighthouse wideband / road runner lightning - docsis 3.0 - internet, phone, hd cable (no special channels) is about $160 a month
  11. Click the items individually and scroll down in the overview tab to the second [ADD TO CART] button. There should be a "Browse more Combos" link below that. Some of them have combos, others do not.
  12. Here's my take on your situation.

    SSD/OS: Win 7 Ultimate OEM and OCZ Vertex 2. Great drive and obviously Win 7.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.526188

    CPU/Mobo: Best CPU under 800$ and great mobo w/o spending too much. More expensive mobos mostly feature OCing features.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.523542

    HDD/PSU: Great PSU, Corsair is extremely reliable, and it's modular so easy to work with. Western Digital HDD is extremely reliable and can use the SATA III ports (won't make much of a difference, great performance for a HDD).

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514423

    HDD/Card Reader: Basic reader, same HDD.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.409038

    Blu-Ray Burner: Not much to say

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136181

    Ram: Great performance for the price. GSkill rocks.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231335

    HDD: Lots of Space, WD once again is reliable

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136514

    GPU: Radeon 6870, latest and greatest. XFX has great warranty and is very reliable

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150506

    Sound Card: I assumed you wanted a nice sound card since your hooking it up to your reciever and I'm assuming watching movies. Has optical out.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102019

    Cooler: One of the best, and not much to worry about once installed. I figure if your dropping 2 grand you might as well keep it nice and safe.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181013

    Case/DVD Burner: Solid Case, DVD burner because once again, if your dropping 2 grand on a rig you might as well have 2 optical drives. Ok, ok it's probably unnecessary.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514339


    Comments: Tried to stick w/ the most reliable brands since your using this for work.

    I think that Sound Card is what you were looking for

    I believe w/ the GPU you should be able to hook up the HDMI to your TV and your monitors using the other outputs.

    SSD for Windows + frequently used programs/apps. 2 Caviar Blacks in Raid mirrored, for important data etc. 2 TB Caviar Green for media.

    Total = 2158$ including shipping.
  13. If you like the chris1025 build, there's some things you can do to save a few bucks and take advantage of some combos.

    For instance, there is this combo with the excellent Antec 300 Illusion case and Antec 650W PSU (850W seems overkill to me):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514534

    For the money, I'd also think about what the real difference is between 180GB SSD and 120GB SSD besides $200 when you are adding a 2nd storage drive. There is a Shell Shocker deal on this 120GB SSD for $194:

    G.SKILL Phoenix Pro Series FM-25S2S-120GBP2 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231378

    There is also a combo on the suggested CPU and Motherboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.519714

    I have the 2TB SATA3 drive I proposed and it's been running 24x7 for over a year now without a hiccup. If that's too rich, here's another highly rated 2TB drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245.

    Definitely hunt around for more combos. With these parts there seems to be quite a few.
  14. If your receiver has HDMI inputs and can decode HD audio bitstreams I don't see the need for an audio card -- certainly not for Blu-ray when you have an ATI HD5xxx or 6xxx series video card. They support bitstreaming of HD audio (Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio). Besides, optical doesn't have the bandwidth to support those Blu-ray 7.1 digital formats.

    Leave the decoding to your receiver. If you don't have one, then leave room in your budget for a nice Onkyo :D.
  15. Heh. I guess no one liked my i7-975 hexcore suggestion, though it was more game pc than game/hdtv :)
  16. I do have a blu-ray player... so no since playing movies from my pc. Blu-ray drive for a $100 is just future proofing precaution, incase I decide to burn data or something. Receiver is an older one, is has optical in but no hdmi. Currently I have hdmi to the tv for video (from the blu-ray) and optical to receiver for sound. One of the mother boards someone suggested already has optical out, so you're right, no use for a audio card. Just looking to move sound is all. It will be good enough.


    Appreciate all the input guys.

    Do I need a drive converter to mount ssd..... this is the list so far.....

    Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811129058
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy

    $109.95

    Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822136514
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    $109.99

    XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

    XFX HD-687A-ZNFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
    Item #: N82E16814150506
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy


    $259.99


    CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

    CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817139009
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


    $129.99

    Nippon Labs Delux Internal Card Reader with Floppy Drive 3.5" Internal All In One Card Reader/Writer with USB2.0 & FDD1.44" & 3.5" FLOPPY DRIVE Model ICR-EE

    Nippon Labs Delux Internal Card Reader with Floppy Drive 3.5" Internal All In One Card Reader/Writer with USB2.0 & FDD1.44" ...
    Item #: N82E16820816002
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    $24.99

    CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory with Airflow Fan Model CMT12GX3M6A1866C9

    CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory with Airflow Fan Model CMT12GX3M6A1866C9
    Item #: N82E16820145311
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy

    $379.99


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

    ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813131614
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy

    $284.99


    Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

    Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
    Item #: N82E16819115211
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy

    $294.99

    CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler

    CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
    Item #: N82E16835181013
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    $109.99

    LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support

    LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827136181
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

    $99.99


    Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

    Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Item #: N82E16820148348
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy

    $269.99

    Subtotal: $2,074.85

    How's it look?
  17. Save $40 combo'ing up your motherboard/case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514470

    Save $36 going with your CPU and this 120GB SSD + $30 MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.532977

    Save $5 combo'ing up your HDD and card reader/FDD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.409611

    Or, go with the WD20EADS instead of the WD20EARS and save $10 combo'ing up with your PSU (becomes a wash)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.524404
  18. Personally I'm w/ Dougie Fresh about the OCZ Vertex 2 SSD.
  19. alternately, Mushkin Enhanced Callisto or G.Skill Phoenix Pro, which also use the Sandforce 1200
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