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February 16, 2011 3:49:23 AM

a friend of mine is looking at a new computer and I've talked him into piecing it together like this. However I think we'll get the store to actually put it together just in case something goes wrong then i'm not responsible.

Budget is around $700
use of the computer is general everyday computer use. Not really a gamer although I'm sure he would partake if the system were good enough.

All the parts should be from Memory Express. They do price match and have decent stock so it's all good.

Here's what I put together...

CASE Cooler Master Elite 310 Case w/ Window $47.99

POWER SUPPLY Corsair CX500 500W Power Supply $59.99

PROCESSOR Intel Core™ i5 Processor 760 2.8GHz w/ 8MB Cache $209.99

Motherboard Asus P7P55D-E LX w/ Dual DDR3 1600, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, PCI-E $124.99

Memory Patriot Extreme Performance Gaming Series DDR3 4GB (2 x 2GB) $49.99
HDD Western Digital 640GB Caviar Black 7200rpm SATA II w/ 32MB Cache $64.99
Optical Drive LG Super-Multi 22x DVD Writer, SATA, Black (OEM) $19.99
Video Card Asus EAH5770 Radeon HD 5770 CuCore 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ DVI, HDMI $139.99

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (64-bit) DVD - OEM $99.99

So this configuration is around $820 + whatever they charge to put it together.
We may be able to take out the OS and he just use the windows XP he has. Also the vid card can be removed. Although I'd really like him to get a vid card =)

EDIT or there is this build....

Thoughts / Suggestions?


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February 16, 2011 4:04:19 AM

The system won't run without a video card. No integrated GPU on the motherboard or CPU.
alternate GPU: Asus EAH5450 Radeon HD 5450 $40 & $15 rebate

The WD 500GB Black HDD has slightly better performance vs the WD 640GB.

Everything else is looking good.

February 16, 2011 4:10:05 AM

Can he actually get that i5 2300 & P8H67-M PRO motherboard Velocity V_VT2020I?
Those P67 motherboards have been recalled.
Still, it he can pick that up at $700 - its a great value IMO.

That Intel HD Graphics 2000 is a notch below the HD 5450 in GPU power but it still makes a decent HTPC and general purpose 2D GPU.
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February 19, 2011 5:31:32 PM

ok, we were gonna go with this build...

Core i5 760 2.8GHz $209.99
Asus P7H55-M Pro $99.99
Patriot Extreme Performance gaming series DDR3 1333 (2x2GB) $49.99
WD Caviar BLK 640GB 7200rpm w/ 32mb cache $64.99
HIS Radeon HD 4350 $49.99
Corsair CX500 power supply $59.99
Cooler Master Elite 310 case $47.99
+ dvd drive and windows 7

would it be practical to add a SSD to this configuration?

Also, what about a AMD cpu build? Are they on par with Intel as far as performance???

AMD Phenom™ II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz w/ 8MB Cache (Retail Box, Socket AM3) = $134.99 vs the i5 at $209.99
February 19, 2011 7:59:51 PM

A SSD upgrade would easily slip into that system.
AMD/Intel CPUs are both excellent options for an all-round general purpose computer. AMD does have a price advantage pretty much inline with the overall performance.
Phenom II X4 955 vs Core i5-760 benchmark comparison

The only suggestions I have would be a HDD performance upgrade; the 500GB or 1TB version of the Samsung Spinpoint F3, Seagate 7200.12 or WD Caviar Black over the 640GB HDD.
And replace the HD 4350 video card with the HD 5470 model.

If no video card upgrade is in the future you can drop the PSU down to the 430W model.
February 21, 2011 2:10:46 PM

how come the 640GB is not as good as the 500gb? - they are both caviar black
February 21, 2011 2:21:36 PM

Err if no gaming hit a 955BE + IGP chipset? With a decent 80+ PSU in the mix the addition of a powerful single GPU would be no issue ^^


February 21, 2011 2:47:46 PM

LTH80 said:
how come the 640GB is not as good as the 500gb? - they are both caviar black
The older 640GB model has dual 320GB platters and the newer 500GB model has a single higher density platter.
February 21, 2011 2:57:12 PM

ahhh ic.
k thx for the help