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December 27, 2010 4:38:39 PM

Hey guys, new member here.. but not new to the site :p 

im looking for some advice on a possible new rig, im gonna be building a pc basically for general use

mostly net browsing, heavy downloading, music/media center/server, occasional photo/video editing...

i dont really do too much pc gaming so not really concerned about that. however, i would like to be able to upgrade if needed

im on a moderate budget about $850 this is what i have so far

Mobo: ASUS P6X58D-E - (229.99)
CPU: Intel i7-950 - (289.99)
RAM: Kingston 6gb (3x2gb) 1600MHz CL8 - (154.xx)
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W - (89.99)
GFX: will using onboard graphics (for time being)

the case, HDD and DVD drives i will take from my old rig..

if anyone has any advice or can recommend some better hardware for around the same price i would greatly apprecaite it!

thanks again
DJRCB

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December 27, 2010 6:15:37 PM

if your gonna game, and just doing a net browsing,downloading. i7 would be to much for your use.

December 27, 2010 7:19:45 PM

I disagree that it would be 'too much' for general use....; but, agree he could easily get 90% of the same performance with a socket 1156 mainboard and i5 processor, for a few hundred dollars less in cpu/mainboard/mem costs (only need 2 sticks vs. 3)...

Unless this build is in 'must have tomorrow' status, I'd wait for the few weeks for SandyBridge socket 1155 cpus/mainboards, a nice 10-12% performance jump at simlar to 'older' i5 prices
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December 27, 2010 8:11:27 PM

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December 28, 2010 10:30:49 AM

well after some internal debate i agree that i prolly wouldnt use the full potential of the system...

here is my revision

MOBO + CPU combo - (294.00)

AMD Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz
ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI

RAM - (66.49)

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600


PSU - (69.99)

OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply


after taxes and shipping works out to 497.73

is that amd cpu worth the money or should i spend a $50 more to get the x6 1090T BE? ive never really bought amd before so a little nervous about that..

and also would i actually notice any difference over CL8 or CL7 ram for 10 bucks more?

my new budget is $500 so if anyone can help with a better build would greatly apprecaite it..


cheers
DJRCB

December 28, 2010 1:30:24 PM

no the 1090T be is only good if your going to overclock.

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