Budget Build for Server/PC Use

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2 months.

Budget Range: 600-800 Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: SAGETV, PHOTOSHOP, BLURAY RIPS, HOME DESIGN

Parts Not Required: Will be getting a monitor, keyboard, and mouse do not include in budget.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, ibuypower.com, cyberpowerpc.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: First build, like ASUS and GIGABYTE – Quad core CPU

Overclocking: Not unless I need to.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes – future. Just need one video card for now.

Monitor Resolution: When I purchase the monitor, it will need to be high for photo editing.

Additional Comments:
I was hoping someone here could help me out. I have upgraded PCs and will have help, but when I build my own PC, I always end up spending too much. Asking on the sites to the products below, I get generalized or million different answers. I need to build a server/General use PC that will:
1. Run SAGETV server.
2. Provide storage
3. Run Photoshop at full resolution.
4. Rip blurays/dvds.
5. Do some CAD.
6. Backup pictures. I can get videos re-ripped, but can't replace pictures.
7. Backup other computers.

How does this look? Am I missing something?:

Motherboard: ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131647R
79.99

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136826
49.99
CPU/GPU COMBO: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core

HIS Silence H557HR1G Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.601685
194.98

PSU/RAM Combo: hec Zephyr MX-750 750W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified Active PFC HYBRID-SLI

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.592942
99.98

CASE/OS combo: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.590993
144.98

Card reader: Rosewill RCR-IC002 74-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820223109
16.99

Optical Drive: LG Black Blu-ray Disc Combo SATA Model UH10LS20 LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136183
69.99

Total with shipping&tax: $729.44
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  1. If u want CF hit another board as that Asus 870 is 16/4 and is really not recommended for CF

    However looking at your needs if your apps/software dun even leverage on the GPU and gaming not on the table i would think an IGP chipset like 785G/880G would suffice
  2. batuchka said:
    If u want CF hit another board as that Asus 870 is 16/4 and is really not recommended for CF

    However looking at your needs if your apps/software dun even leverage on the GPU and gaming not on the table i would think an IGP chipset like 785G/880G would suffice


    Thanks.

    So you do not think I need a GPU at all, just integrated graphics?

    I was just trying to add a little futureproofing with video card and crossfire support motherboard.
  3. Is this board worth the upgrade?

    ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631R
    94.99
  4. Sure but build a sturdy 'nest' on an IGP chipset and dependable/quality PSU in config so when use/needs change the addition of a discrete later would be easy as pie ^^
  5. Given the advice above, I changed the Motherboard, PSU, CASE:

    Motherboard: ASUS ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 AM3 AMD 890GX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131631R
    94.99

    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136826
    49.99
    CPU/GPU COMBO: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core

    HIS Silence H557HR1G Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.601685
    194.98

    PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017
    69.99

    RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260
    49.99

    CASE/OS combo: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.590986
    149.94

    Card reader: Rosewill RCR-IC002 74-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820223109
    16.99

    Optical Drive: LG Black Blu-ray Disc Combo SATA Model UH10LS20 LightScribe Support - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136183
    69.99

    Total Now with shipping/tax: $775.80

    Missing anything?

    BTW - I am not stuck on AMD, if someone can suggest an Intel solution, I am fine with that.
  6. Any other help?
  7. Sandy Bridge will outperform the Phenom II X4 if you want to wait until the 6 series motherboards are shipped and pay a bit more.
  8. Hmm 890GX you have 8/8 Cf capability but for your uses a simple 880G chipset would suffice
  9. batuchka said:
    Hmm 890GX you have 8/8 Cf capability but for your uses a simple 880G chipset would suffice


    That makes sense. Thank you for the help. I think I am getting there.
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