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November 3, 2010 4:20:49 AM

So I am trying to piece together a build for myself.

Requirements are:
Motherboard - USB3.0, Upgradeability, 1156 socket..I am thinking the board I picked is a little bit overkill
CPU - I have kind of fallen head over heals for the I5 760
Video - dual dvi out as well as a HDMI out. Other then that, I am just looking for something that will handle my 52 inch flatscreen without dying on me.
Memory - whatever is relevant but shooting in the 4gb range
Noise - I was aiming for a case with big fans to minimize sound...ATX board but would like a mid sized tower/Media center unit
Gaming - NONE
OC'ing - NONE
Parts - I like Intel
Websites - whatever makes sense
Price Range - I'd really like to drop down to the mid to low 800s... So i need to cut about $75-100 off.

Usage - combination of work/play. Work consists of LARGE virtual machines. Play is video and music to a large screen TV.

Thanks to anyone in advance who can add their thoughts on places I can trim down on any excess fat..and I know nothing about PSUs so help their would be appreciated...And any thoughts on a case that doesn't look like a "gamer" case......actually any thoughts in general would be more than welcome!


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November 3, 2010 5:19:27 AM

You can't get triple channel ram, 2 2gig sticks....(imma on my phone, i'll explain later. Or another forumer will.) G.skill preferably....
Get spinpoint f3 instead of wd....( do you need 2tb?)
Maybe a cheaper case?(I'll find a "non gamer" case later)
Cheaper gpu, if you aren't gaming or doing anything intensive you don't need a 460
If you are looking at upgradability stay with 700ish Psu
November 3, 2010 5:26:15 AM

CPU - You say you've fallen for the 760, yet you've got the 650 in your link! Get the 760 :) 

Mobo - That is indeed overkill. Depending on your budget, get the $149 ASUS P7P55D-E or the $105 ASUS P7H55/USB3 if you're not looking to SLI.

RAM - I can't really comment on allcomponents RAM. I'll go with $85 Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600

HDD - Lose the Cavier Green. If you really want WDC, go with Cavier Black or even Blue. Else get a $109 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 2TB

GPU - It is a no brainer. Faster GPU for lesser - $220 EVGA GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) FTW 1GB

Case - Keep your case.

PSU - You won't need any more than 550 as long as you don't wanna SLI. Even then, I'll prolly go with a 80-90 dollar CM/Corsair etc. For now, $50 OCZ Fatal1ty 550W

ODD - I don't see one in your build. If you don't already have one, get a $20 LG SATA 22X DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support

EDIT - Why would you choose a discrete GPU - any discrete GPU - if you're a total non gamer?

Get the H55 board that I linked earlier in this post and that will cut out the need for any discrete GPU. The on-chip i5 Video is plenty good even for casual light gaming especially at <1080p.

If you really badly need one get anything ranging from a 4650/4670 to a GT430-GTS 450 on the absolute high end.
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November 3, 2010 5:26:42 AM

I guess you want a PC for normal usage, which also should double up as HTPC right ?
This is what you will need...
i3 540 - IMO the i5 650 just offers a better onboard graphics, which will not be important as you will be using a discrete card...

Mobo - This would suffice

RAM - Again here dont go overboard, stick with 4GB

CASE - Why not a HTPC case ?

Need to buy PSU if going with these -
PSU for the above -

Video card - This would suffice
HD 5750 or GTS 450
(Actually an overkill if you ask me)
November 3, 2010 12:05:56 PM

Thanks all. For some reason that link went COMPLETELY haywire. Its not my build at all. I ll repost the link with a few corrections to it and see what ppl think...

The main purpose of the Video/GPU is driving dual monitors via DVI AND have hdmi to my flatscreen..and that video card had some good reviews. I ll repost the link as soon as I get to a PC...

Thanks again!