I've got a buddy who wants to replace the old system he's using as a home PC/media server. He wants something rather beefy to handle his DVD Ripping system (he keeps/maintains a large library, and rips backups of everything). I've been out of the game for about a year now, and while I can definitely do the assembly, I'm not up-to speed on the best deals. Some help, please?
Approximate Purchase Date: sometime in the next few weeks
Budget Range: $800-$1000, preferably less
System Usage from Most to Least Important: DVD ripping, QuickPAR, UnRAR, Home PC
Parts Not Required: Keyboard and mouse, OS not required
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Tiger Direct, Newegg also an option. Microcenter is in the area, so if a better deal can be found there...
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: Intel Core i7
Overclocking: Maybe, but not likely. Speed is important, but this system needs to last
Additional Comments: He already has plenty of external storage, so a 1TB internal drive should be sufficient for short-term. He's also looking to get a new pair of monitors, so any reductions in price to give room for them is warranted.
Not a great idea. First, that's an obsolete socket. It's been replaced by the LGA1155 and the i5-2500 and i7-2600 CPUs. Second, other than the CPU, RAM and DVD burner, the rest of that combo is really low quality. it's not worth it.
Here's what I recommend. Tell him to wait a few weeks/months. Then buy a Sandy Bridge i7-2600K build (like below). Why wait? Well, the original chipset Intel released with the new CPUs has a major design flaw that was just uncovered. A fix is supposedly on the way (with new motherboards), so until that happens, don't do anything. You don't want another CPU right now, as the i7-2600K is more powerful than the i7-980X and only $330. The motherboards are cheaper too.
Here's a decent example of a build:
CPU: i7-2600K $330 (probably $50 cheaper at Microcenter)
Mobo: Unknown right now. I liked the ASRock P67 Extreme4 and the Asus P8P67 boards, but they've got that design flaw.
RAM: 4x2 GB of 1600 mhz RAM. Any brand except OCZ. Around $100.
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $65
GPU: I'd rather get something more current. The GT 430 is around that price, and is a current generation GPU.
Case: Rosewill Destroyer or Rosewill Challenger $55
PSU: Antec 430W
Optical: Whatever is cheapest.
The only things I'd change in the above SB build list are the mobo & gpu. Your friend doesn't game, so he doesn't need any discreet GPU. The 2600K has built-in graphics that are enough for even HD playback & very low rest gaming. Scroll down to "Graphics Specifications":
That build is a nice mahcine! If this is truely a PC for media and DVD ripping it is way overpowered for that task. I want to say it again... That Sandy Bridge build would be very nice (once updated motherboards ship). With that said... An AMD AM3 build would fit this bill as well. A motherboard having onboard video with a minimim of HD 4200 will do 1080 resolution, dual monitors, and have smooth blu-ray playback. For example...