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Fast PC with Windows 7 for $600-$700?

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March 26, 2011 3:49:41 AM

Hello.

I've been using computers since around 1997 and know a lot about them including some programming and Linux, etc (even know some machine code and assembly), so I know how they work and can get around them, take them apart, etc, etc. The problem is that they are constantly changing as you all know and I haven't kept up with the latest stuff over the last few years.

The machine that I've happily been using over the last 3 or 4 years is an E-machine's budget computer that has a Pentium D 2.66 ghz, 2 gigs of RAM, a NVIDIA 9600 GT and XP Sp3. I don't play games, all I do is surf, watch videos on Youtube and do a lot of multi-tasking mainly. So at the VERY least I'm looking for something faster than my current computer, which is of course not a fast pc. :lol: 


I'm looking to build a fast computer with Windows 7 on it, not because I need FAST, but because I'm a bit of a tech geek and would like a fast computer, but not the fastest or most expensive. I'd like to build a fast pc for around maybe 600-700 dollars, but I can spend a little more if I have too. I don't overclock nor care to and like I said, I'm not a gamer at all although I may once in a blue moon.

I've been doing a little research over the last week and have decided to maybe go with an intel 1155 (SandyBridge) platform and maybe an i5 for now (maybe in the future I could upgrade to and i7). I don't really need a case, since I've got an altec case right now and just bought a new dvd-rw. I've also got a 500W PSU ( I believe, although I'd have to open my case and look).

I've been looking at the ASUS P8p67 mobo (the one Newegg has for $165) is this a good start? I'll probably go with 4 gigs of RAM for now although I don't know what type to get.

any help appreciated.
Thanks :) 

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March 26, 2011 5:33:49 AM

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ASRock H67M-ITX LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

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Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996768

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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
March 26, 2011 5:39:02 AM

thanks, but thought ASrock was not so good. I'd kind of like to go with the ASUS. Is ASRock a good brand?
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March 26, 2011 5:43:31 AM

keto6789 said:
thanks, but thought ASrock was not so good. I'd kind of like to go with the ASUS. Is ASRock a good brand?

Yep Asrock has made it's nich in the market in the past few years and they are a board to be considered these days. Solid boards with great bios imo.

March 26, 2011 6:38:18 AM

thanks. I forgot to add that on my computer 1080p HD vids on Youtube play choppy (even after they download the stream). Would this be more of video card or cpu? My current computer is old so I'm assuming that it;s either my NVIDIA 9600 GT or the ol Pentium D 2.66G.
March 26, 2011 6:44:26 AM

keto6789 said:
thanks. I forgot to add that on my computer 1080p HD vids on Youtube play choppy (even after they download the stream). Would this be more of video card or cpu? My current computer is old so I'm assuming that it;s either my NVIDIA 9600 GT or the ol Pentium D 2.66G.

It's not that card unless it's defective. That 9600 should handle that resolution with no problems. It might be something else.
March 26, 2011 3:22:03 PM

I've been around motorcycles since 1997 and know a lot about them but I've been riding a bicycle with a bent rim for the last 4 years. Can you help me pick out a motorcycle.

LOL

Sorry couldn't resist, just too funny.
March 26, 2011 11:08:38 PM

keto6789 said:
thanks, but thought ASrock was not so good. I'd kind of like to go with the ASUS. Is ASRock a good brand?


I picked up an ASRock H67-ITX a week ago and have been putting it through its paces. I'd never used an ASRock before but I do like the H67-ITX. It's a good board at a great price. And if you want, there's a version available with builtin Wifi.

I've put up some thoughts about it here: ASRock H67-ITX
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