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December 4, 2010 8:18:00 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP - Preferably before Christmas

Budget Range: $500-700 ($600-ish being where I'd like to end)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Picture/Video Editing, Web Surfing/E-mail, light gaming

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Only real preference on parts is Gigabyte or ASUS for the Mobo

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, but not a deciding factor

Additional Comments: I'm actually putting together a build for my father, who has been trying to find a prebuilt desktop (had been looking at Dells, but to no avail) for a few months. I have built a few of my own PCs, but am finding it hard to adjust to his budget and usage. Was hoping to find a nice mix and would like find a high-value PC that's not skewed towards gaming. Also, he'd like a more professional looking build, so something like the Antec 300 cases would be preferred to anything with a few hundred neon lights and overstated plastic.

I am stuck in a pattern of starting a reasonable build and deciding to upgrade here and there, ending up with a build for gaming (and an extra $200-300 of where we would like to be) and am hoping we can find the right mix of CPU/GPU/etc. Ultimately would like the best bang-for-buck build at the $600 price range for an overall unit.

Thanks in advance for any and all input!

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December 4, 2010 9:02:26 PM

I'm sure you can get this down if you wanted a cheaper GPU and an AMD processor. There were also 25 in rebates that I didnt add


Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750

ASUS P7P55D-E LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

-$20.00 Instant
-$14.99 Combo
$314.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory
$54.99


LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20 - OEM
$17.99


Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$49.99


SAPPHIRE 100287L Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ...
$79.99


Antec Basiq BP500U 500W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.01 Active PFC Power Supply
$49.99


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811147023
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
-$10.00 Combo
$149.98
$129.98
Subtotal: $697.92
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December 4, 2010 9:19:26 PM



ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case



Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard


HIS H467QR1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W ATX12V v2.01 SLI Ready Power Supply

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop


AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor

COOLER MASTER RR-H101-22FK-RA 80mm Long life sleeve bearing CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

comes to 580$ + tax and shipping :) 
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December 4, 2010 9:30:45 PM

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[COOLER MASTER RR-H101-22FK-RA 80mm Long life sleeve bearing CPU Cooler

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM


Why do you need this if you're not over clocking?

And it would go up to $680 if he needs Windows OS
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December 4, 2010 9:48:45 PM

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $252.99 - $10.00 MIR (CPU + motherboard combo)

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $47.99

SAPPHIRE 100287VGAL Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $42.99

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $149.94 (Case + OS combo)

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 CMPSU-430CX 430W ATX12V Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44.99 - $10.00 MIR

LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $17.99

Total - $636.88 - $20 MIRs = $616.88
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December 4, 2010 9:51:26 PM

Depending on your definition of "light gaming", you may want to upgrade the GPU. If you added this one to my build it would make the total $676.88 - $20 MIRs.

SAPPHIRE 100284L Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99
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December 5, 2010 4:58:21 AM

Take shortstuff's build, but replace the PSU with a 380W Antec Earthwatts. Corsair PSUs are generally very good, but the new "Builder" series isn't even 80+, whereas the Earthwatts is 80+ bronze.
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December 5, 2010 5:30:11 AM

Hmm elaborate on app/software of choice so we could determine if the vid/photo editing could leverage on GPU acceleration as well
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December 5, 2010 8:57:00 PM

First, thank you all for the advice thus far. I apologize for the delayed response in getting back to the thread.

To answer the last question, the Adobe Photoshop suite (Photoshop, Lightroom, etc.) and Premiere Element for video. Its used primarily for photography, as my father dabbles in professional photography (semi-professional would probably be more apt) and does it as a hobby.

I put together a build with the advice of the group, interested in responses:

- AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX

- ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

- G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

- HIS H467QR1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready

- Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

- ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

- Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply

- Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

Total comes to $643.91 with a $10 MIR.

Have been toying with the Intel i5, but think this build offers the best value for the purposes it will be used for.

Thanks again.
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December 5, 2010 9:42:18 PM

The 430W Antec Basiq may be one of the few Antec PSUs I wouldn't buy; HardwareSecrets found it to be mediocre.
In early 2009, that GPU choice would not have been a bad choice, but as 2010 winds down, the stronger HD5670 is only another $10 or so, and this GTS250 which offers PhysX is only $65 if you play the rebate game and win: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 5, 2010 10:56:48 PM

Thanks for the info on the PSU being..."meh" with the 300 Bundle I had been looking at. I got excited that the price was so good for the case and power supply, but I guess there's always a reason behind it.

I'm stuck on the 4670 and the 5670. I like that the 4670 has more memory, but the more I read, you'll never really tap into it given the limitations of the card (comparatively to the 5670). Not married to the ATI cards, just looking for the best sub-$100 gpu.

Thanks again.
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December 6, 2010 2:21:27 AM

Well, as Batuchka pointed out, if your video apps can use CUDA processing, you would be better served by the GTS250 (the deal on the one I linked appears to expire today, but there may be another). A GTS240 can handle CUDA too, but is sufficiently weaker in anything else than the HD5670 that I suspect it wouldn't be worth it.
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