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Torn! on what computer to build for around 800-1000

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January 25, 2011 12:54:42 AM

I want to say thank you for al the help, new to the site and the help so far has been great. Thank you

Approximate Purchase Date: 1/27/11


Budget Range: 800-1000


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web Design, Application use microsoft, photo downloading, watching a movie or two.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Sandy Bridge I5, 21" monitor

Overclocking: Yes


SLI or Crossfire: Not Sure


Monitor Resolution: Not sure what would be good

Additional Comments: want the system to be quiet but efficiant

January 25, 2011 1:25:58 AM

honestly, id look at the recent system builder marathon for a good suggestion of pieces.
You prob. don't need a really expensive video card, nearly anything that can play HD video will do. I recently used the GeForce GTS 450 in a low-end build and was happy w/ it.

As for your monitor resolution, id go w/ 1920x1200. Its a little wider than 1080p, and seems to work for me.
January 25, 2011 2:52:36 PM

You don't even need a discreet video card. The IntelĀ® Graphics Technology built into the cpu is more than suffice for your usage. Even HD full screen playback. You hook up the monitor to the mobo's built-in video output.

http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=52209&wapkw=%28i5+...

The GIGABYTE GA-H67A-UD3H has every feature you'll ever need. SATA 6Gb/s, USB 3.0, HDMI, D-Sub, DVI, Display Port, etc. It's full size ATX. More PCI/PCI-E slots for future expansion.

newegg.com
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LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
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Antec Solo Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Antec Solo Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-8GBRL

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7D-8GBRL
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GIGABYTE GA-H67A-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-H67A-UD3H LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500

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COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

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The case price is steep, but it has sound-proofing material on both sides. Also, the 3rd-party cpu cooler is quieter than the stock Intel one. You can even swap out the bundled cpu fan with this for more quietness.

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

If you're running a 32bit OS, swap the memory out for 4 gigs:

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