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A Complete $1000 Sandy Bridge Desktop Built Over A Month and Half

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December 1, 2010 6:20:07 PM

Hi guys,

I am trying to do a new build on a desktop. This is what I have in mind. Could you please tell me if there is anything wrong, or anything that can be improved. Thank you.

Budget Range: ~$1000 including the Monitor
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (newest games), Numerical Simulations, Videos
Parts Not Required: None. Although I have a keyboard and several mouse atm, I will want to eventually upgrade on those.
Preferred Website for Parts: newegg, amazon
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: - NONE
Overclocking: Yes
SLI or Crossfire: If the budget allows. But probably not ATM


01/10/2011 Update:
Thanks for the help. I pretty much finished the build. Here are some updates. I think it is a pretty decent build at this point for the price.

All listed prices are AT, AR and shipping included. Basically, what I will pay.

CPU + MOBO: i5-2500K + Asus P8P67 Pro from Microcenter at $361 including tax.

i5-750 or i5-760 Don't think my budge allows a decent i7 ~ $185

ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
~$120 after rebate. It has SATA 6gb/s and USB 3.0 but no crossfire/sli

Or MSI P55-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
~$150 with crossfire for future updates


RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
~$90 already bought. This one goes as low as $75 I think.

GFX: XFX Radeon 6870 + Microsoft headset/microphone + 16GB USB stick $220
I am going to wait a year or so for another 6870 to crossfire
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Radeon HD 5850 for around ~$200

HDD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB $51
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I forgot which website I bought it from
~$60 anything between 1TB and 2TB works. I am just going to wait for a good deal on it.

PSU:CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Bought it for $70

CASE: Cooler Master Sniper $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Bought it for $90. It's big and good enough for any future updates I may do. It's a little too expensive for a $1000 build.

MONITOR AOC 2436Vw 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor $125
http://www.staples.com/AOC-2436Vw-24-Widescreen-LCD-Mon...
Bought it for $125

COOLER: stock cooler
Since 2500K runs cool and I can get ~4.2Ghz out of that. I'm still waiting for a good deal on that.
COOLER Some Sort of CPU Cooler. I haven't done enough search on this. Approximate price is $30

KEYBOARD: Microsoft® Natural® Ergonomic Keyboard 4000, Black $ 15
http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/283736/Microsoft-...

MOUSE: TBD
I like Logitech g700, too expensive at this point.

DVD DRIVE: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R ... OEM $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Card Reader: Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader $8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total is $1047 with the all the peripherals.

Thank you in advance for your help.
December 1, 2010 6:22:22 PM

looks like a decent build
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December 1, 2010 6:37:58 PM

MB + CPU => In two months or so... Things will change with with pricing and availability with Sandy Bridge coming. Wait until then and take another look when you are ready to pull the purchase trigger.

Memory => 8GB DDR3 already purchased... Good!

Power Supply => You could benefit from something larger than 650w down the road, but the one you already have should suffice.

Hard Drive => 2TB for $80 seems to be the good deal recently. 1TB for under $50. Keep your eye out!

Video Card => No main difference between branded cards other than cooling and maybe the manufacturer overclocked it a little (nothing you can't do yourself with a reference card). Consider the Radeon HD 6870 over the 5850 if one gets into your price range between now and your purchase date.
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December 2, 2010 5:25:43 AM

Is it really worth it to use crossfire/sli with my budget. I can see that i would be cheaper to upgrade since all I need to do is buy an additional GPU in couple years.

However, I need to pay a lot more on Mobo for 2.0X16X2 PCI, given similar other specs(6gb/s sata, usb 3.0, etc.).
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December 2, 2010 11:00:49 AM

Probably not. Either of the two cards mentioned above, and many more in their class, perform very well as a single.
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January 10, 2011 9:20:49 PM

Well, I took the advice and finally finished the build. I figure this could be a decent example of what you can do if you buy your computer over the period of 1-2 months instead of in one day. I think the examples in the build marathon are all over priced since they use market full price, and most of us don't build our computers in one afternoon.

Also, I just want to document this and see how much this exact build will cost in 1 year, 2 years and 3 years.

Again, I appreciated the help from you guys.
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January 10, 2011 9:27:52 PM

Best answer selected by polandspring.
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January 11, 2011 6:33:54 AM

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