$650-750 Does Everything Computer!

Approximate Purchase Date: Now - 2 weeks

Budget Range: 650-750

System Usage from Most to Least Important: multitasking, video editing, photo editing, some gaming (Diablo 3), and general use

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: I am very interested in purchasing Sandy Bridge. I can get the i5 - 2500K for $180 and want to take advantage of that. This is my first build however I see myself as relatively tech savvy. The biggest question I have is which motherboard to purchase if I go with Sandy Bridge.

CPU - Intel i5 - 2500K

MOBO - Asus Sandy Bridge mobo (TBD)

Video Card - Sapphire Radeon HD 5770 1 GB DDR5 2DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card 100283-3L


HDD - HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

Power Supply - Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified

Case - COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Case Fans - Rosewill RFA-120-BL 120mm 4 Blue LEDs LED Case Fan
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  1. joelmartinez said:

    Thank you for the advice! yes i actually already bought my case at amazon because of the free shipping - great minds think alike. I would appreciate anyone else's opinion on my build. I especially need help deciding what motherboard to get.
  2. For the motherboard I suspect the best bang for the buck will be the Asus P8P67 Pro http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=HMMvTCuBcZLfu2YL&templete=2 I suspect it to retail for 190

    If you prefer Gigabyte (I don't they seem to have a higher failure rate than Asus) get this one: http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3648#ov
  3. Please don't double post....would have been fine to continue with your original thread.

    Budget - Expect a decent SB Mobo to run $150-200 .... that kinda kills ya budget with a $210 ish estimated CPU price.

    GPU - 5770 can't cut 1920 x 1200 on today's DX11 games at high settings. If you're doing video editing, CUDA will provide a huge speed bump and ATI cards don't have CUDA....suggest a 460 at the least....or better yet a 470 ... if ya drop the video editing / graphics stuff, look at the 6xxx series from ATI

    MoBo - Suggest Asus P67 Sabertooth

    Case / PSU - The case again pales to the rest of the components. I'd suggest at the very least an Antec 300 / EA-650 combo for a singe GFX card; if you thing you'll want to do a 2nd 470 GFX card for future upgrade ability and extension of system usefulness, Id get a HAF-922 w/ XFX Black Edition 850 if overclocking .... a Corsair TX850 if not.

  4. you know Jack that boiler has 2 470s and is overclocking his cpu and running fine on an ea650 although it isn't advised it is possible also I believe the OP already has the case
  5. You're at ~$410 already. If you also need an OS, that's $500. Even if you get the CPU for $180, you're not gonna find a $70 Mobo.

    In addition, as already mentioned, your GPU is insufficient for both gaming and workstation usage.

    For your budget you're not gonna be able to pull off a very good SB build. Better off just going the Phenom II x6 + 1gb GTX 460 route.
  6. SOme of the Phenom X4s are much less expensive, and, sometimes outframe the X6 models when at equal clocks due to small amount of overhead involved servicing 6 cores....
  7. You don't need 8gigs of ram. You just don't. D3 and small video editing does not justify 8 gigs of ram.

    Get some value 4x2gig ram for 39.99$, that case was a dumb purchase with things like the Thermaltake V3 Black Edition 44.99 with free shipping and the Antec 300 Illusi for 54.99 as well. You don't need a 650w power supply for that build at all, if you're not going to SLI or Crossfire (not sure why you'd bother with the current performance and your needs, it's a waste), you can easily drop that down to 550w. All that extra money can easily be spent where it will matter most, a GTX 460 or Radeon 6850 (GTX 560 coming out Jan. 20-25th, keep in mind) and the motherboard.

    As far as I can tell that Asus Sabertooth P67 is a steal, but if you smartly knock off dual gpu's for your usage you can save even more money and get yourself an even better videocard.
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