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November 12, 2010 6:44:53 PM

First of all, just wanna say that I'm new to building pcs and this is gonna be my first. There's just a lot to choose from and I'm just really lost so I need some suggestions on where to start.

Based on my research and price/performance considerations, I'm leaning towards an Intel i5 750 or i5 760 build, although I'm completely lost on all other components.


Here's some more info..


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of the Nov to early Dec (trying to leverage holiday sales)

BUDGET RANGE: $600 preferably (probably impossible), about $800 max

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Music and movie playback, internet surfing, document processors, some image editing. No gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, disk drive, gpu

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com or other sites if you guys have suggestions

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: reliable and cost efficient

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 X 1200

OS: Ubuntu


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't play games on the pc (I'm more of a console gamer) so high-end components aren't necessary. But I do still like my eye-candy, specially when I run Compiz on Ubuntu. It'll be used mostly for everyday use, but I do also like to be able to watch movies and online content (hulu) at full screen without any stutters (assuming internet connection is not an issue). I'm gonna be bombed with expenses especially during the holidays, so I'll skip the components that I can skip for now.



Some thoughts on components:

CPU: i5 750 or 760

MOBO: cheap and reliable. good for the future (usb 3.0, sata 6gps, expandable). I also probably want something with onboard graphics

GPU: skipping for now to save cost, unless if a cheap $50 GPU would be better than onboard graphics. Also planning on going with NVidia line since they usually have better linux support

RAM: around 4gb, not really sure what brand/type/model

HDD: thinking about SSD since I do have an external HDD for storage, around 64gb should be fine

Case: Smaller is prefered, space for adding a GPU, sound card, tv tuner when budget permits

DVD Drive: also skipping for now to save cost, although I've seen a lot of $30 ones which would probably be good enough



Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

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November 12, 2010 6:53:40 PM

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CPU: i5 750 or 760

MOBO: cheap and reliable. good for the future (usb 3.0, sata 6gps, expandable). I also probably want something with onboard graphics



A few things u should know about SATA/USB 3.0 tech and mobos as shown by our very own forums here
USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, Motherboards, And Overcoming Bottlenecks
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/usb-3.0-sata-6gb,25...
Not All USB 3.0 Implementations Are Created Equal
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/nec-controller-usb-...
Also note that LGA 1156 shall be usurped by LGA 1155 as soon as end of this year/possible Q1 next year if u intending to sink a wee bit on chip + board FYI.. with no backwards/forwards compatibility
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/cpus/2010/04/21/intel-...



Lastly only the Clarkdales i.e i3 5xx and i5 6xx would output IGP when paired with a H55/57 mobo not Lynnfields
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November 12, 2010 8:06:11 PM

@batuchka: thanks for the info. I'm getting ready to go home so I haven't had the chance to read them yet.

But I did skim through the 3rd article, something about the 1156s not being compatible with the processors coming out Q1 next year? For now, I'm more concerned with current price/performance than future compatibility. This new build should last me about 4 years or so. And when it's time for an upgrade, I'm probably gonna want to upgrade both the MOBO and the CPU again. So if 1156s aren't compatible in a few years, I can probably live with this :D  (this is comming from a noob's perpective)

But if you could suggest something better than an 1156 and an i5, I would definitely consider it. As long as it fits my budget and also be able to buy them in the next few week (which means that I'm probably not gonna wait for the new intels)




as for the i5 setup I was thinking of, I did a quick search and found the following:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...
http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/guides/2010/09/the-ars-s...


Any of them good? Or of course if you guys have other suggestions, I'm open for them. thanks
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November 12, 2010 11:06:38 PM

I know you said you want Intel, but with what you're doing switching to a cheaper AMD Quad Core would not show that much of a difference in performance and would allow you to stay toward the bottom of your budget.

CPU/Mobo/RAM/HDD Combo

Case

PSU

Win 7

Total: $604.97
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November 13, 2010 1:50:14 AM

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I don't play games on the pc (I'm more of a console gamer) so high-end components aren't necessary. But I do still like my eye-candy, specially when I run Compiz on Ubuntu. It'll be used mostly for everyday use, but I do also like to be able to watch movies and online content (hulu) at full screen without any stutters (assuming internet connection is not an issue)


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I'm more concerned with current price/performance than future compatibility.


Frankly strcitly performance to needs i dun even see the need for an entry level quad @@
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November 13, 2010 7:10:38 PM

HeyImGodly said:
I know you said you want Intel, but with what you're doing switching to a cheaper AMD Quad Core would not show that much of a difference in performance and would allow you to stay toward the bottom of your budget.

CPU/Mobo/RAM/HDD Combo

Case

PSU

Win 7

Total: $604.97



looks cool, but I'm thinking I still wanna stick with Intel. :D 

I'm actually planning on also trying out a hackintosh with this new machine. And since macs now uses intel, I would guess that a hackintosh on an intel would have a lot less complications compared to one on an amd.


@batuchka: I know it may be somewhat of an overkill. I just like having it just in case I decide to do something processor-heavy :D 
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November 16, 2010 5:59:04 PM

Newegg had a great deal for a cpu/mobo combo so I went ahead and bought one. Also found a nice deal for a f3 spinpoint so I also bought one :D 

CPU: Intel I5 760

MOBO: MSI P55-GD65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint 1TB



Total so far minus the rebates is about $335. I'm still trying to shoot for the $600-$700 limit


So I'm guessing I'm only missing the ram, psu, gpu, and case?



RAM: I'm hearing G.Skills or Mushkins are good. Not really sure exactly what I need (latency and speeds and stuff). Need heavy advice on this

GPU: I'm thinking cheap $50 gpu, NVidia, HDMI/DVI if possible, I'll look around newegg or something

PSU: Not sure how much I need, although I've been reading that 550 to 650 for a non-gaming machine is pretty good?

Case: I'll probably just look around for a good case+psu combo



Any other suggestions for those parts? Thanks
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November 16, 2010 6:11:33 PM
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November 17, 2010 11:42:10 AM

vindictive said:
Ram : muskin enhanced blackline 4Gb (2x2gb) DDR3 1600 Cas 7 - $80 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226103&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID= (probably overkill on speed and timing for yours needs but oh well.)
Case: Antec 300 Illusion - $70 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&cm_re=antec_300-_-11-129-066-_-Product
PSU: Antec BP550 550W PSU modular - $65 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016&cm_re=antec_550w-_-17-371-016-_-Product
leaves you with $120 for a GPU



sounds great :D 

newegg actually has a combo for that same exact case+psu which saves another $30

I might go with these but I'm still gonna wait till black friday just to make sure I don't miss out on nice deals



how about the gpu? and also I forgot to ask about a cpu fan/heatsink?


gpu I'm thinking about spending more or less around $60ish. I'm looking for an NVidia card, as close to the latest releases as possible. HDMI/DVI would also be nice. Any suggestions?

as for the cpu cooler, I'm thinking about spending around $25ish. looking through newegg I'm seeing cheap $15 Rosewills with nice reviews. Any particular suggestions for this? If possible also, I would want one with the thermal compound already "built-in" because I don't have any experience applying artic silver


thanks
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November 17, 2010 12:38:08 PM

I have no experience with GPU's under $200 haha

But getting one with the TIM already applied isn't a very good idea.. Its very easy to do. Just google "applying thermal paste" there's even youtube vids.

And get the Hyper 212+ for $30 best cooler by far for its price range.
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November 17, 2010 7:01:23 PM

Best answer selected by kitkat12012.
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November 17, 2010 9:50:15 PM

Except for the GPU, my buid looks pretty complete now. Thanks to vindictive, batuchka, and HeyImGodly

Thanks
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