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January 1, 2011 5:43:30 PM

Hey. I'm looking to build a new desktop computer for around 1000$ and was wondering if anyone could help me choose parts.

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week or two

Budget Range: (e.g.: 600-800) 1000$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Word Processing, Laptop Backup, photo management


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg but im not too picky

County of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: unimportant

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: unimportant

Additional Comments: Should be able to run elusiva terminal server pro (though thats not particularly heavy software)

This computer is going to be used mainly for work so it will be used primarily for browsing the internet, backing up my laptop, word processing, and photo management. There will be no gaming. I was also wondering if you would recommend XP pro or 7. Thanks.

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January 1, 2011 8:00:23 PM

I'd get a socket 1156 mainboard and Intel i5 cpu combo, darn near any PCI-e video card will do if not gaming, a pair of 2 GB DDR3 sticks, Samsung F1 1 TB Hard drive, Corsair or OCZ 600 watt PSU, and some sort of DVD burner.

Win7 64 bit Pro cost about $150 OEM.....
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January 1, 2011 9:35:58 PM

Would the following be good choices in your opinion:

Intel i5-650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte ga-h57m-usb3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ocz 4gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate barracuda st31500341as
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

corsair 600w psu
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

asus dvdr
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

still looking for a video card, a case, and i need a wireless card also.
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January 1, 2011 11:11:36 PM

First off, you should know that you can build pretty much any $300 machine and satisfy your modest needs. I would recommend getting some upgrades above that floor price to future proof your PC, and then spend the rest on a second monitor.

For your processor, Sandybridge is the new Intel line of CPUs expected to hit the street on Wednesday. One of the touted improvements is integrated graphics. You may be able to just buy the brand new technology here, and be able to skip a dedicated video card altogether. I suggest waiting a week and see what the reviews have to say for the Sandybridge graphics. This decision will impact your choice of CPU and motherboard. Prices are expected to be similar to the current prices for mid range chips today.

In any case, make sure you get a quad core processor. The i5-650 is a dual core chip, and for a few dollars more you can get 4 cores with the i5-760. If you live near a MicroCenter, you can get the i5-760 for less than the Newegg i5-650 price. As for a motherboard, make sure you get SATA 6Gbs and USB 3.0, which are the latest standards.

For storage, I love my solid state drive. Consider one for your boot drive and primary programs, possibly this OCZ Vertex 2 60GB model - it is about the fastest consumer SSD on the market for $120.

The power supply and dvd are fine. If you have to run Windows, Win 7 Home Premium is the way to go for $100.

COOLER MASTER makes really nice cases that will last through multiple builds. Here are two that are highly rated:

RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II for $90

HAF 922 for $110.

I use a USB wireless adapter instead of a dedicated card. Here is a Rosewill for $12 that runs b, g or n at up to 150 mbs.

That leaves you with a monitor to select - this is one item that will show a big difference in the way you appreciate your computer. Here is an ASUS 23.6 inch model on sale for $140 after rebate.




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January 3, 2011 8:07:28 PM

When the sandybridge processors are released and the reviews are up, could you suggest one fore me? Thanks!
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January 5, 2011 4:44:35 PM

Ok, so time has just become an issue, and I absolutely cannot wait for the sandybridge processors. If i go with the i5-760, could someone recommend a motherboard and videocard to go along with it?
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January 6, 2011 11:35:11 AM

Sandybridge is on sale this Sunday. Micro Center is offering discounts right out of the gate. You do not need a video card when you get the integrated graphics included with the H67 motherboards.

For $295 plus tax you can buy your CPU and mobo in three days. I recommend the i5 2400 processor and Gigabyte GA-H67A-UD3H board.

If you have a store within driving distance, you could conceivably have a machine built before business opens on Monday.

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