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November 11, 2010 5:45:31 PM

I've put together a sub $1000 build, that I'll use mostly for school, running CAD, MATLAB, etc, and occasionally for games, although these games will most likely not be the most demanding on the GPU. I already have the monitor, and I need to stay right around the total I'm at now, which is $915 + shipping.

The build is:

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master HAF 922 Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 Home Premium

i-Rocks (backlit)Keyboard and mouse ($40 total)

LITE-ON CD/DVD drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD 1TB Caviar Blue Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

OCZ 700W Power Supply (80 Plus Certified)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL DDR3 (4GB, CAS latency 8)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA GTS 250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I know the GPU isn't the best, but like I said, I need to keep the price about where it is, and gaming isn't my first priority. Even if it was, I can add another card later, or even replace this one.

That being said, if anyone knows of a much better component, including the video card, that's pretty much the same price, I'd appreciate some advice.

Just need to know in general if the individual parts are good choices or not.

Thanks in advance.

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November 11, 2010 6:16:46 PM

First things first. Ditch that WD drive. The Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB will be faster and the same price. Second, OCZ's PSUs are pretty terrible. I'd get a good 650W (or lower, see below) from Corsair, Antec, SeaSonic, Silverstone, or XFX. Third, that GPU is not worth $150. Get an HD 5770 or GTX 460 instead.

Here's what I'd look at:

Mobo: While great, the ASRock 870 isn't the best choice. You don't need the option for a second card in Crossfire/SLI. You don't play GPU intense games (or so you say...) and with the CAD work you'll almost require a nVidia GPU. AMD doesn't do SLI well, so why spend more on a board that will allow it. Grab the ASRock 770 Extreme 3 instead.

CPU/GPU: Here's a great combo for your uses: X6 1055T and GTX 460 for $339 after rebate. Only $5 more, yet a lot more power.

Case/PSU: The HAF is a great case, but you don't need something that big (i.e. expensive). Here's another great combo: Antec 300 Illusion and BP 550W $105. While not the best of Antec's PSUs, that's a decent one. Another option is a combo with the Illusion and Windows 7, if you haven't bought Windows yet. Pair that with a 550W PSU from Antec's Earthwatts series, or any of the brands mentioned above.
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November 11, 2010 7:11:24 PM

MadAdmiral said:
First things first. Ditch that WD drive. The Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB will be faster and the same price. Second, OCZ's PSUs are pretty terrible. I'd get a good 650W (or lower, see below) from Corsair, Antec, SeaSonic, Silverstone, or XFX. Third, that GPU is not worth $150. Get an HD 5770 or GTX 460 instead.

Here's what I'd look at:

Mobo: While great, the ASRock 870 isn't the best choice. You don't need the option for a second card in Crossfire/SLI. You don't play GPU intense games (or so you say...) and with the CAD work you'll almost require a nVidia GPU. AMD doesn't do SLI well, so why spend more on a board that will allow it. Grab the ASRock 770 Extreme 3 instead.

CPU/GPU: Here's a great combo for your uses: X6 1055T and GTX 460 for $339 after rebate. Only $5 more, yet a lot more power.

Case/PSU: The HAF is a great case, but you don't need something that big (i.e. expensive). Here's another great combo: Antec 300 Illusion and BP 550W $105. While not the best of Antec's PSUs, that's a decent one. Another option is a combo with the Illusion and Windows 7, if you haven't bought Windows yet. Pair that with a 550W PSU from Antec's Earthwatts series, or any of the brands mentioned above.


^ +1 for the Antec 300 Illusion case combo. Great little case.
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November 11, 2010 7:28:39 PM

^+1 @MadAdmiral, although Antec doesn't have a 550W Earthwatts; either 500W or 650W. The BP550 was favorably reviewed at HardwareSecrets though, so it's a safe choice if that particular combo works out best. The 550W Truepower New has a decent rebate on it now too, if you play that game and win.
Don't forget to check out a possible student discount on your Windows license.
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