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$650-750 Does Everything Computer!

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January 5, 2011 9:06:20 PM

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

CD/DVD - ASUS Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.C HDS721010CLA332 (0F10383) 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply - Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case Fans - Rosewill RFA-120-BL 120mm 4 Blue LEDs LED Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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January 5, 2011 10:47:19 PM

joelmartinez said:
vid card: get this one instead it is the newer ati series and if you can afford it is more power efficient as well as more powerful than the older series http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case get it from amazon instead free shipping: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

same with psu: http://www.amazon.com/Antec-EarthWatts-EA650-Power-Supp...

Good build :D 


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.
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January 6, 2011 12:04:02 AM

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.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 6, 2011 12:13:25 AM

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
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January 6, 2011 12:37:09 PM

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.
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January 6, 2011 2:01:09 PM

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....
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January 6, 2011 5:52:52 PM

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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