I am looking at this desktop configuration. I can change things so I'd love some advice. I think I am over-buying for my needs but I'd like it to be useful to me for a nice number of years. I primarily want it to be fast and not get bogged down playing (Big Fish style) games or if I have a number of programs/windows open. If I can scale back on some things to shave off some $$ that is good as well. I know nothing really about computers and put this combo together through googling components so I might be waaaay off.
Cost before tax/free shipping: $912
Intel i5-760 8mb
8GB (4GBx2) PC3 10666 DDR3 1333 mhz
1TB 7200 32mb Serial ATA300
Windows 7 Home 64
22x LG SATA Lightscribe Dual layer DVD+-RW with nero
Going to i3 550 would reduce it $77 but of course go from quad to dual.
There are a number of choices for mother boards at various price points. The one I picked added $48. I can from $0 to $33 if i want to go lower but none will be P55.
To go to 4 GB RAM from 8 would save $48.
Harddrive would only save $14 to go from 1TB to 500GB
They don't have the GTS430. The GTS450 would be $60 less than the GTX460
Power would only save $9.
I am open to up to the $912 if that is worth it and would be a good machine for hopefully some years to come. But if I can get almost as good and useful for less, that's good too. I won't likely be playing any hardcore really graphics heavy games but even non shooter games are getting more graphics heavy these days.
That Intel Value Series for $426 w/ Core i3-560 3.33Ghz CPU. It includes an integrated video chip on the CPU package.
Bump the RAM up to 4GB (+$24), add Win7 Home Premium 64 ($109)
and you're out the door at ~$559. With a smokin' fast system. That GT 430 is also a verrry nice home theater video card.
Video chip on the left and CPU cores on the right.
I'm still debating adding a video card from eCollege. They're a bit overpriced compared to what you can get online.
Can you handle installing a graphics card yourself?
I think Im going to suggest you give the integrated video chip a test drive and then decide.
For comparison this is how it stacks up with some other graphics chips.
To go to the i3 will save about $60-100 depending on the choices and if I also reduce the graphics card on the i5 choice I first posted (that takes it to $851 as opposed to $759-793 for the i3. I have to decide now how much to spend. I think they'll both be pretty good systems.
Well a friend's son said he would build a computer for me and then bailed due to his work schedule so I am back to looking at ecollegepc or....as much as I hate all thw crap software they load their comptuers with, HP is having a good sale on some models.
What do you think of the AMD Phenom II X6 series as compared to the Intel Core i5-760 I've been looking at? I can get one at HP for around the same price as the i5 at ecollegepc because of the sale.
In my eyes, $77 reduction to go from that I5 to the I3 is worth it. The I3 has a higher clock speed, and, even now, not many games require quad core processing yet.
Whatever you do, do not shortchange your power supply. No two power supply brands are built equally unfortunately, and the power supply is one of those pieces you must check reviews for. Again, get 500W or higher.
Heres what I did, and it totaled to 980 on this ecollegepc site your using:
3.06Ghz Intel Core i3-540 4MB Cache Dual-Core
Stock Intel LGA1156 Heatsink and Fan
ECS H55H-CM (Intel H55 Video HDMI, PCI-E, 6xSATA2, 4xDDR3)
4GB (2GBx2) PC3 10666 DDR3 1333Mhz Memory Lifetime Warranty
1TB 7200RPM 32MB Cache Serial ATA300 (Major Brand)
22X LG SATA Lightscribe Dual Layer DVD±RW DVD-RAM w/Nero
1GB GeForce GTX 460 SE GDDR5 PCI-E Dual-DVI (Major Brand)
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Acer 23in Black 1920x1080 LCD Flat Panel Monitor 5ms Widescreen HDMI
Foxconn Black FX-TS001A (3 5.25, 5 3.5) Fan, Front Audio/USB
650watt Antec EarthWatts EA650
Onboard LAN included
Onboard Sound included
Wires and Cables neatly tied up away from fans
3 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty
EDIT: I added a monitor on there, which I think was an additional $209, making the total instead $771. So feel free to remove that, you can easily go to even Best Buy and get a better deal on a monitor. I purposely went low on the RAM, because RAM can be upgraded later easily if you need it. Plus, unless your rendering AUTOCAD or doing something else that requires more than 4 GB, its really overkill to get 8 GB in my opinion.