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November 6, 2010 10:08:41 AM

Hello,

I'm new here, and am considering ordering this... despite building my own stuff decades ago, I just don't have time now, and can afford to spend a bit more. I mainly wanted a future-proof machine in terms of processor and memory, not so much GPU. As a non-gamer, I mainly use Linux, so saved some cash there (I can self-install Windows 7 Ultimate if I need or want to - less bloatware and my own partitioning choices that way). And the 2 DVD drives are because a friend needs a new one lol.

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Code: HOWIESZ $984.00 x 1 $984.00
Howies 2010 Dream PC (NO MONITOR)
http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Howies_2010_Dream_PC...

*BASE_PRICE: [+815]
BLUETOOTH: None
BUNDLE: None
CAS: * Apevia X-Dreamer 3 Mid-Tower Gaming Case w/ Side-Panel Window & Temperature Display (Black Color with Red Ring & Red LED Fan)
CASUPGRADE: None
CD: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CD2: 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)
CPU: Intel(R) Coreā„¢ i7-875K 2.93 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA 1156 [+144]
CS_FAN: Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case [+9]
FA_HDD: None
FAN: Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA)
FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
FLOPPY: None
FREEBIE_CU1: Star Trek Online Digital Deluxe Game
FREEBIE_CU2: FREE Game - Napoleon: Total War
GLASSES: None
HDD: 500GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)
HDD2: None
IEEE_CARD: None
KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
LANSURGE: None
MB_ADDON: None
MEMORY: 4GB (2GBx2) DDR3/1600MHz Dual Channel Memory Module (Corsair or Major Brand)
MONITOR: None
MONITOR2: None
MONITOR3: None
MOTHERBOARD: [CrossFireX] Asus P7P55 LX Intel P55 Chipset DDR3 LGA1156 ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB2.0, SATA-II, RAID, 2 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1, & 3 PCI
MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
MULTIVIEW: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
NOISEREDUCE1: Power Supply Gasket [+5]
OS: None - FORMAT HARD DRIVE ONLY [-83]
OVERCLOCK: Ultimate OC (Ultimate Overclock 30% or more) [+99]
POWERSUPPLY: 600 Watts - XtremeGear Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready
PRINTER: None
PRINTER_CABLE: None
RUSH: NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS
SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
SOUND: 3D WAVE ON-BOARD 5.1 SOUND CARD
SPEAKERS: None [-5]
TEMP: None
TVRC: None
USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
USBFLASH: None
USBHD: None
USBX: None
VC_PHYSX: None
VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 1GB 16X PCI Express (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)
VIDEO2: None
VIDEO3: None
WNC: None
_PRICE: (+984)
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SUBTOTAL $984.00
Sales Tax (N/A) $0.00
Shipping: UPS Ground $65.00
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GRAND TOTAL $1,049.00

I have a Samsung monitor that does 2048x1152, plus several older external USB hds, as well as a real nice set of Eagle Arion speakers, reasonably good kb/mouse. Planning on installing the 500gb hd (caviar black) from my current pc as sda1, so hd speed is not a concern until I start pricing SSDs.

Any thoughts? Tomatoes aimed in my direction? You folks I'm sure will aim me to better choices at least somewhere... looking forward to it!

claudecat

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November 6, 2010 10:38:25 AM

Wow... 20 read right away. No advice yet, but I'm impressed by the sheer size of this community. I fear, however, that nearly all of you won't care about my situation as a non-gamer, non-Windows kinda guy. I do hold out hope though, and will refrain from ordering until I get at least a bit of input from all you young techies worldwide. I'm hoping that many will aim me towards better psu mb at least, and perhaps the best bang for the buck for ssd. Thanks in advance to all 1.4 gazillion of you nice folks :-}
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November 6, 2010 6:07:36 PM

meh, im a hardware snob of sorts i s'pose. i dont see the point in spending that kind of cash on an LGA1156 processor. decent mobo. probably a piece of junk no-name PSU. id prefer a HD with 32mb of cache but the difference in cache size in relation to speed is typically negligible, with all other factors being equal.
in a nutshell, i wouldnt plop down that much cash on a machine like that. i mean..1k $ for an lga 1156 machine thats hardly capable of HD gaming seems a bit excessive, though i understand you arent a gamer.
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