Budget PC $800 or less video mostly

Hello, my computer is old. That 1.8ghz single core amd with 2gb DDR just isn't doing it for me anymore. That was my first build in early 2005.

My aim is to have a computer that can handle video encoding, video editing, connecting to my 46" LCD (located next to my computer) for movies and possibly some light gaming. I've never had a computer capable of gaming so I will be building a computer capable of baseline gaming with future ability to upgrade if I need (but not looking at that now).
price range around $800 or less.

I plan on purchasing after christmas around new years or just after.

What I've got so far.
I've got a logitech keyboard and mouse, speakers, monitor (and the tv right there), antec 300 case, dvd writer.


Intel i5 760
(I've seen on sale at for 180-185.)

ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 ($180)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB ($60)

Power Supply
Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W ($70)

Processor Cooler
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 ($30)

Hard Drive (probably get 2, should I get one sata 6.0 and the lesser model at 3.0?)
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 7200RPM Sata 6.0 32mb cache ($89)

I may pick up a blu ray drive at a later date.

is that enough ram? Other option is 3 x 2gb sticks
I like that mobo's options with USB 3.0, esata and coaxial audio is nice as that's open on my home theater receiver although I can use a switcher for optical if needed or just use my computer speakers.

thank you all very much.
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  1. Individual 7200 rpm hard drives are maxed out at 60-70 MB/sec sustained throughput anyway; the ability to transmit data via SATA at even 3 or 6 Ghz wont much matter either way... ; since 7200 rpm SATA drives of nice capacity are fairly cheap these days, a pair of identical drives in RAID 0 gives a noticeable speed boost.

    Your big decision will be in video cards...; if your MB is SLI capable, I'd recommend a GTX570, adding a 2nd one when feasible for effortless gaming at 1080P w/high details. if budget is of concern, a pair of GTX460s also does very well for the money
  2. wow I can't believe I forgot that.
    My buddy is offering this for 100
    EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    so should I just get the 3.0gb/s drives? the price difference is negligible like 4-5 dollars.
    Thoughts on different drives?

    is raid 0 the best setup? It would be nice to have a way to backup my drive as I have tons of music on it and some video I wouldn't want to lose. IS that best to do internal (like a raid 1) or external drive with some backup program or windows backup running?
  3. bump
    is that video card worth 100?
    also, is that hte right power supply? I don't know about 'continuous'
  4. Best answer
    the video card will handle 1080p just fine. its a great deal if its just $100 (those are usually about $150)

    the 650W PSU is just fine, and gives you room for overclocking and/or a second video card
  5. Hi ScrewySqrl,

    I believe that the 650W PSU might not be sufficient (well it is Antec so it could work) if resteasy you add a second GTX460... 700Wish would be safer, you don't want to have to change your PSU for another one 50W more powerful later on... Also if you are planning on doing large video editing and movie storage (HD movies?) you might have to add drives later on... although they consume small amounts of power it does add up...

    But ScrewySqrl might know better than me, he's probably more experienced than me... (:
  6. I see. Yeah the price difference isn't much. Any good suggestions for specific ones? I usually just search newegg and go by ratings.
    and continuous power? Is that anything different?
  7. No that psu will hand 2 460's in sli just fine.
  8. So, I just perused the article on Sandy Bridge Intel processors. Would it be wise for me to wait a bit on those?
    Thoughts on one of them being better than the i5 760 (or if the 760 would drop significently enough in price?)
    also would that still be compatible with this motherboard? Same socket.
  9. Sandy bridge will use a new socket. However, its a MONSTER at video encoding
  10. Hmmm the 2500K (which is what it looks like I'd go for) says socket LGA1155.... OH not 1156. ha thanks I didn't notice that. Good thing I didn't buy the Mobo yet.

    Next question would be do I wait on newer motherboards, or motherboard suggestions if I do get the new i5 2500k? Or if there even is a motherboard for the new socket out yet?
    Also I thought there was issue for overclocking where it needs an integrated video card? Not sure if I'll overclock it but I know I won't have onboard video running and I may see need to later.
  11. the mobos and the chip are due to hit stores on Jan 9. AS Rock, Asus, and Gigabyte already ave websites touting the feaures
  12. ooh I may as well wait for that to hit stores. I'll revisit after they do for expert opinion on which mobo to buy. Looking forward to it!

    but the question does remain about overlcocking. Did I read that wrong or does it require integrated graphics card to overclock?

    Also I'm unclear on P67 and H67
  13. the H67 will enable the integrated, on-chip GPU. P67 will NOT use the onboard GPU, discrete only.

    The P67 will allow overclocking the K-series, the H67 is locked in.
  14. I see thank you very much for that clarification.
    So with me having my own graphics card P67 is the way to go. I'll be looking forward to reviews as these are all released.
  15. Best answer selected by resteasy.
  16. So I'd like to add to this with sandybridge and all.
    so same components except
    intel i5 2500k (from either newegg, amazon or tiger)

    then I need advice on a motherboard. was going to restart a new topic since thought that'd get more hits but why not just add on.

    I've seen these. Never used this site before but HELLO2011 give you a small discount. Like the first one listed using that gets $15 off.

    Asus P8P67 DELUXE LGA1155/ Intel P67/ DDR3/ Quad CrossFireX & Quad SLI/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&2GbE/ ATX Motherboard - $218

    Asus P8P67 PRO LGA1155/ Intel P67/ DDR3/ Quad CrossFireX & Quad SLI/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard -$177

    GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4 Socket 1155/ Intel P67/ CrossFireX&SLI/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard - $187

    I guess I'm just not sure between the 2 brands or why either one would be better except an extra slot or 2. or is there more than that?
    Or other suggestions are welcome. I hear EVGA is a good brand
    I'd probably buy from newegg or amazon or tiger as well.
  17. i5-2500K will be $180 in-store at Microcenter.
  18. I don't live anywhere near a microcenter. My brother lives down the street from one... but he's on the other side of the country. So the thought of him buying one, taxes, shipping isn't an entertaining one.

    Hopefully one of the other places will have a good price as well.

    but I'm ok on that. It's the motherboard now I'm focused on and really not sure which to go with.
  19. Anandtech had a review of an ASRock P67, but also compared a Gigabyte and Asus model.

    Here's a review of a whole Sandybridge PC:
  20. The ASRock extreme4 there had some good results.

    This has come out too. EVGA released their P67 board

    Still hard for me to choose. It's all starting to blend.
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