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Opinions on a new Intel i7 based system please?

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February 25, 2011 9:24:29 AM

Q for TOMS HARDWARE

Hello,
Approximate Purchase Date: In about 1 week

Budget Range: Approx $1000 after rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multimedia applications such as watching tv via a TV tuner card, watching videos, using Microsoft office applications, maybe photo editing software, maybe video editing software, using internet. I won't being doing any hardcore gaming but I would like a system that is fast, probably mid to high end.


Parts Not Required: HDD, TV tuner card, monitor, keyboard, mouse


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: pccasegear.com


Country of Origin: Australia


Parts Preferences:
Intel Core i7 2600
http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=52213&processor=i7...

Asus P8P67 motherboard
http://www.asus.com.au/product.aspx?P_ID=Qx3PdnZI9Pq9Bc...

Asus AMD Radeon 6850 video card

RAM:Kingston, 8GB total (2x4GB) but I do not understand the different types of RAM, frequencies, latencies etc and what I should purchase.

Antec EarthWatts 750W power supply
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...
- I don't understand much about power supply units either. I used the calculator at http://support.asus.com/PowerSupplyCalculator/PSCalcula... to determine approximate wattage (around 600W).

Antec NSK4000B II Case
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200) N/A


Additional Comments: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)
A quiet PC would be good. Also, I would like it to be mid to high end. I won't be doing much gaming so I don't like the best of everything but something a bit better than the average computer would be good.

Please would you let me know what you think of this system?

Thanks,

William

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February 25, 2011 9:51:33 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Opinions and Experiences to section Systems by Grumpy9117
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February 25, 2011 11:47:18 AM

Dude, you can get everything you want out of the computer for much less than $1000. The only reason to spend $1000 is if you want to play games on it.

Also, if you get a P67 motherboard, you should get a K series processor since the P is for overclocking and you can't overclock without a K series. Otherwise get an H67 board.

I highly recommend you get a P67 with the i5-2500K because it will do everything you want to do probably for three years--at which point you can do a 50% overclock and it will do everything for another two years. If you insist on not overclocking, then get an H67 mobo with a i5-2500 (i7-2600 if you're made of money).

A 5850 is much better than a 6850 and costs the same price. You can look up reviews if you like.

8GB of RAM is unnecessary, but still worth it if you find a decent price (roughly double the price of 4GB is worth it).

600W is more than enough if you're not using more than one graphics card (unless it's a juggernaut of a card, but that would cost $500 by itself). Just make sure you buy a good brand like Corsair, Antec, Seasonic, Silverstone, or XFX.

That's a really tiny case. I'm not sure it can fit a full ATX board, so you might have to go micro ATX. I'd recommend one that's at least 45cm x 21cm x 45cm.

Here are some nice cases:
RAIDMAX Quantum ATX-798WB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEBP (PSU included is crap): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The Antec 600 and Antec 900 are also nice. I have the Azza Solano 1000R--amazing cooling in that thing!
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February 26, 2011 8:33:27 AM

Hello William :) 

Since you don't plan on using dual vid cards and you don't plan on over clocking I would think an H67 board would better fit your needs.

Here's one worth looking at imo.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $125.00
ASRock H67M-GE Motherboard

No dual vid cards, really no need for a 750w psu. This is a nice modular psu that will fit that build of yours just fine.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $89.00
Antec Basiq 550W Power Supply

These 1155 mobo's tend to like low voltage RAM. Here's a set of 8gb (2x4) 1.5v RAM...

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $119.00
G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3

Here's a nice quit fan for the front of that case you chose.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i... $9.00
Zalman ZM-F1 Plus 80mm Case Fan
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February 26, 2011 8:54:19 AM

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System Usage from Most to Least Important: Multimedia applications such as watching tv via a TV tuner card, watching videos, using Microsoft office applications, maybe photo editing software, maybe video editing software, using internet. I won't being doing any hardcore gaming but I would like a system that is fast, probably mid to high end.


This is me usual AUD $700 solution which i feel would serve your needs really ^^

Off: http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php
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