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New Build 1st time - i5-2500 & Mobo suggestions.

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April 12, 2011 2:34:32 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Approx. May – June 2011

Budget Range: $400 – 800 Before / After Rebates ( Lower the total the better )

System Usage from Most to Least Important: I would like a general setup to do HD video editing ( Cyberlink Power Director ), light gaming ( CoD, Diablo III, etc.. ) and Photoshop CS5. Maybe add a capture card.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, other recommendations

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences: GIGABYTE GA-H67A-UD3H-B3, CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Eventual upgrade to 1920 x 1080

Additional Comments:

Hi guys, this is my second attempt at posting. I am new to it and I have no idea if my original post from yesterday is open or closed. But at some point I found myself on the UK Tom's Hardware site trying to post stuff. :o  :o 

Taking Unknown_13's advice I am looking to build a system around the i5-2500 processor. I would like to make it as affordable as possible. This will be my first time building a rig. Nothing fancy first time out. Just a mid-level computer for light video editing ( Cyberlink Power Director ) and Photoshop CS5.

Eventually I will upgrade to a 1920x1080 HD monitor so I would like a graphics card to support that as well as games like COD, Daiblo III, and HD video editing.

I am not interested in OC this rig, or SLI, or X-Fire in order to keep costs down.

Here is what I have so far:

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-H67A-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel:
---this mobo has 1394 support and that will come in handy since I have an old video camera that uses Firewire.

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B:

--- Voltage is 1.5 volts.

Can anybody suggest a case under $75. It doesn't have to be pretty. Well ventilated, maybe some easy access USB ports and won't give me a hassle come assembly time. ;) 

The power supply won't be supporting dual graphic cards so something appropriate keeping price in mind.

And a decent HD for the OS ( Windows 7 ) and a few programs. Any decent affordable SSD drives for this purpose?

Thank you all so much for helping me out!

Crap! I can't get my links to work! #$%#@@! Apologies. Help! Lol.

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April 12, 2011 2:38:18 AM

Siggy 600$ build.

Upgrade the i3 2100 to an i5 2400 and you'd total to 670$. That should handle everything you want to do just fine. COD series isn't a demanding game.
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/Radeon_HD_6850_...
http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-6850-6870-revie...
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April 12, 2011 2:50:09 AM

Thanks. Are they identical? The only difference I can see is in the Ghz.
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April 12, 2011 2:59:49 AM

The i3 2100 vs i5 2400 is difference in cores. The 2400 is a quad, the 2100 is a dual.

The i5 2500 vs 2400 is a difference in clocks. In your case, it doesn't make sense to spend 30$ more on a chip that performs the same.
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April 22, 2011 8:01:02 PM

Best answer selected by clairmel1.
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