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February 8, 2011 5:09:33 PM

Edit: (didn't follow guidelines well..)

Purchase Date: Friday

Budget Range: Around the 1,000 dollar mark


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, HD Movies, Programming, basicaly everything


Parts Not Required: Almost everything is requried minus the speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg


Country of Origin: Pennsylvania, USA


Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Prefer Intel to AMD at the moment


Overclocking: Probably, I know, i'll upgrade heatsink soon.


SLI or Crossfire: Possibly, at a later time.


Monitor Resolution: 1900x1200


RAIDMAX Tornado ATX-238WU Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-650 Clarkdale 3.2GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I5650

Patriot Viper II Sector 7 Edition 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PV7312G1600ELK

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

RAIDMAX HYBRID 2 RX-730SS 730W ATX12V V2.2/ EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Modular LED Power Supply

Creative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speakers

Logitech Cordless Desktop EX 100 Black USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard and Mouse

LG Black Blu-ray Disc Combo SATA Model UH10LS20 LightScribe Support - OEM

Acer G235HAbd 23'' WideScreen LCD monitor


Total Price: $1,154.20

I made this computer as future proof as I could. I wanted it to have the latest and mostly greatest. Something that was a good mix of performance, updatability, and light on the bank account. I think it's a pretty good build given the price, however your input is appreciated!

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February 8, 2011 5:59:32 PM

I don't see an OS listed above. Do you need one?

Also, now isn't the best time to buy. You'd be better off waiting till April for SB to come back. Bulldozer should also be releasing close to then.

If you need a PC now, unless you're doing workstation tasks, you'd be better off with AMD or 1156. Really don't need to be paying the price premium for x58.
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February 8, 2011 6:03:48 PM

My concern with waiting until April for SB, is that the money will be long gone by that time. :\ I'm not good with saving, haha. And yes, I will be usuing Win 7 x64/Linux probably. Not sure which distro yet.
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February 8, 2011 6:31:36 PM

So does OS need to be included in budget or not?

Do you have any workstation tasks you'll be using this for? If so, what programs/are they CUDA accelerated.
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February 8, 2011 6:45:21 PM

The OS is all ready taken care of, I bought a copy at my local best buy(reward points). As far as workstation tasks, I'll be using this a lot for web/graphic design. I'm fairly sure photoshop and a few other programs I'll be using are CUDA accelerated. So yes.
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February 8, 2011 6:54:21 PM

Lot of problems...
First, your mobo is socket LGA1366, but you've listed a LGA1156 CPU (the i5-650).
Next, although I haven't seen their new one's tested, Raidmax is synonymous with "chokemax" when it comes to PSUs. A modern quality PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and 80+ certification. Antec, Seasonic, Corsair, XFX, and Enermax are among the better brands.
LGA1366 processors use triple-channel RAM, like what you chose, but LGA1156 CPUs, like the i5-650, use dual channel RAM.
Finally, the HD5770 can certainly play games, but not new titles at highest settings on a 1920x1080 monitor. At the minimum, I'd suggest a 1GB GTX460, but if it fits in the budget, a GTX560 Ti is a much better choice, or a HD6950.
Lastly, for playing games, a lot of people find that cordless mice (and keyboards) introduce unacceptable lag and/or errors.
If you can wait, the fixed Sandy Bridge chipset may be available by April (that's for LGA1155, another socket entirely, also using dual-channel RAM). If not, for a single GPU the less expensive LGA1156 will provide decent gaming performance for a lot less than a system built around LGA1366.
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February 8, 2011 7:01:00 PM

Ok, several issues.

You have an 1156 processor, but a x58 motherboard. You also have a triple channel memory kit which is for x58.

PSU is also a very bad choice.

Any particular reason you need a blueray drive?

Case
Rosewill Challenger $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
Spinpoint F3 1tb $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
Antec EA 500 $65 w/ $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Speakers
Logitech $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM
g skill 8gb x2 $160 total $80 ea
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical
Lite ON $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
Xeon x3440 $240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU/mobo
GTX 460 1gb and asus p7p55d-e LX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Monitor
21.5" 1080p Asus $160 w/ $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total including shipping: $1124
After rebates $1054


Throw in keyboard/mouse of your choice.
You've got a nice 8 threads and a very overclockable CPU there along with a solid GPU for gaming and CUDA.

edit: Good catch on the RAM. Updated to correct kit. 16gb of RAM for $20 more.
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February 8, 2011 7:02:42 PM

-_- I'm not sure how i screwed up the sockets, i'm going to have to look at that. That would have been a huge mistake, and thank you for the additional information!
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February 8, 2011 7:18:23 PM

Best answer selected by ajramos26.
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February 8, 2011 7:30:19 PM

Wait a minute please! That's a PAIR of triple-channel RAM kits for a dual-channel mobo that only has 4 RAM slots on it. Find a pair of dual-channel kits. I like G.Skill too, or Mushkin or A-Data.
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