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My first PC build, all ideas/suggestions are welcome !

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January 28, 2011 7:30:42 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Mid Feb 2011


Budget Range: $1000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multimedia, Office productivity suites, casual gaming
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.com
Country of Origin: India
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I would like to use an AMD CPU & ASUS mobo and most suitable add-ins
Overclocking: Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Full HD, I don't know which 1920X1080 or 1920X1200

Here's what I have in mind :

AMD Phenomâ„¢ II X4 975 BE for a processor.
A 890FX (AM3 compatible) Chipset
ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card
Memory : 8GB (2X4GB) DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz
HDD : 1TB

I'm looking for a display that satisfies the following criteria :
21.5 " Full HD Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor / LED
Also, I'm considering a Blu-ray Disc Burner (Writes BD/DVD/CD w/dual layer capability)

Any ideas ? Suggestions ?
Thanks in advance ! :) 

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January 28, 2011 7:43:10 PM

AMD CPUs are a horrible choice right now. They're simply too weak when compared to Intel's new i5-2500K and i7-2600K. I wouldn't recommend even looking at an AMD build until Bulldozer shows up.

Here's what I'd recommend (using Newegg.com's prices since the parts are easier to find than pn Amazon, but they should be similar):

CPU: i5-2500K $225
Mobo: Asus P8P67 Pro $190 or ASRock P67 Extreme4 $153
RAM: Any non-OCZ sticks. 8 GB is unnecessary. I'd stick with 4 GB for now. The best kit I can think of right now is Corsair's XMS3 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 9 for $40 (after $10 rebate)
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $60
GPU: GTX 460 1 GB ~$170
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W $65
Case: Rosewill Challenger $55
Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner you can find. Under $20

That's only $825. Throw in a monitor for $150-175 and you're at around $1,000.

I would discourage you from buying a BluRay burner. They're pretty pricey right (well above $100), and there isn't a real need for them in a computer. They don't give you any capabilities over what you could do with a regular BluRay player. I'd leave it for a future upgrade.
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January 28, 2011 7:54:45 PM

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I would also not recommend the X4 970, but for other reasons. The X4 955 is a good quad core with an acceptable clock rate, but it can easily be bumped up to the same speed as the 975 with a multiplier change. If overclocking is not your thing then I suggest you look at some of the X3 CPU's.

If interested in only one video card then I think you'll be fine with an 870 chipset. They can even support one extra card in crossfire. I'd stay away from the 890FX unless you absolutely have to have the top o the line in overclocking and multiple GPU configs.

I am actually going to recommend the 8 gigs of ram, because it isn't going to get much cheaper than right now. Get as much as you can.
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January 28, 2011 8:40:15 PM

buzznut said:
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I would also not recommend the X4 970, but for other reasons. The X4 955 is a good quad core with an acceptable clock rate, but it can easily be bumped up to the same speed as the 975 with a multiplier change. If overclocking is not your thing then I suggest you look at some of the X3 CPU's.

If interested in only one video card then I think you'll be fine with an 870 chipset. They can even support one extra card in crossfire. I'd stay away from the 890FX unless you absolutely have to have the top o the line in overclocking and multiple GPU configs.

I am actually going to recommend the 8 gigs of ram, because it isn't going to get much cheaper than right now. Get as much as you can.


I was thinking of the 890FX as it doesn't have any onboard GPU and matches well with the choice of an HD8750. The choice of the 975 BE was it's OCing ability, I'd want a CPU with OCed speeds between 3.8~4.1 Ghz.

MadAdmiral said:
AMD CPUs are a horrible choice right now. They're simply too weak when compared to Intel's new i5-2500K and i7-2600K. I wouldn't recommend even looking at an AMD build until Bulldozer shows up.

Here's what I'd recommend (using Newegg.com's prices since the parts are easier to find than pn Amazon, but they should be similar):

CPU: i5-2500K $225
Mobo: Asus P8P67 Pro $190 or ASRock P67 Extreme4 $153
RAM: Any non-OCZ sticks. 8 GB is unnecessary. I'd stick with 4 GB for now. The best kit I can think of right now is Corsair's XMS3 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 9 for $40 (after $10 rebate)
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $60
GPU: GTX 460 1 GB ~$170
PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W $65
Case: Rosewill Challenger $55
Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner you can find. Under $20

That's only $825. Throw in a monitor for $150-175 and you're at around $1,000.

I would discourage you from buying a BluRay burner. They're pretty pricey right (well above $100), and there isn't a real need for them in a computer. They don't give you any capabilities over what you could do with a regular BluRay player. I'd leave it for a future upgrade.


I like the idea of the i5-2500K, I'll consider it. I'm currently reading a few reviews on it and they're all positive. However, as regards to the GPU I feel that Radeon offers more bang for buck, so any ATI alternative to to the GTX 460 ?
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January 28, 2011 11:14:16 PM

Actually, the GTX 460 is a great bang for the buck card. It's quite a high performer. It especially excels in a SLI setup. If you really want to go with ATI, the HD 6850 would be a decent choice that's a little more powerful than the GTX 460 (but more expensive) or the HD 5770 would be less powerful and a little cheaper.
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January 31, 2011 3:16:29 PM

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January 31, 2011 3:17:36 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Actually, the GTX 460 is a great bang for the buck card. It's quite a high performer. It especially excels in a SLI setup. If you really want to go with ATI, the HD 6850 would be a decent choice that's a little more powerful than the GTX 460 (but more expensive) or the HD 5770 would be less powerful and a little cheaper.



Thanks for the input. I'll go with your advice. :) 
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