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April 20, 2011 4:09:03 AM

Although a prebuilt system still sounds better, I might end up having the courage to build a system myself. I've been pricing things out -- how does this sound?

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
<http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...;
Item #:N82E16822152185 $64.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
<http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...;
Item #:N82E16832116754 $99.99

Intel Core i5-2400 3.1GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
<http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...;
Item #:N82E16819115074 $189.99

NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Computer Case
<http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...;
Item #:N82E16811146058 $59.99

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power Power Supply
<http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...;
Item #:N82E16817371016 $59.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
Desktop Memory <http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...;
Item #:N82E16820231276 $54.99

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04
<http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...;
Item #:N82E16827106289 $19.99

ASUS GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/768MD5 Video Card
<http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...;
Item #:N82E16814121390 $154.99

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3-B3 ATX Intel Motherboard
<http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...;
Item #:N82E16813128476 $122.99

*Grand Total:* $827.91

Approximate Purchase Date: Beginning of May

Budget Range: $800 or less. $800 is a pretty hard ceiling. I already noticed the 2400 is available at Microcenter for $30 less; any other ways to save money would be great, too.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, 3D CGI (Lightwave 3D 7.5), opening large documents, editing large graphics files, net, Skype video, etc.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers --

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com or Microcenter (there's one relatively near me)

Parts Preferences: I've had good luck with ASUS -- my P4S333 mobo is still running fine after nine years.

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: No. Not any time soon, anyway.

Monitor Resolution: 1600x1200

Additional Comments: I do actually prefer a full ATX motherboard; I've been very glad my P4S333 has so many PCI slots.

Do I need additional cooling if I'm not overclocking? Also, what other things am I missing (wires, connectors, standoffs, etc.)?

Thanks!

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April 20, 2011 4:54:47 AM
April 20, 2011 5:26:21 AM

Sorry, should've clarified -- for a lot of the parts, I don't actually want to find cheaper replacements, just be alerted if those same parts are available cheaper somehow, and if they have incompatibility problems. I'm pretty decided about the M59 case, Geforce 460 and P67 mobo (though I'm open to suggestions for other P67 motherboards). Good to see you agree with me about the Samsung drive and i5-2400! :)  Thanks for the suggestion re: RAM, though; that's one area where I'm pretty clueless, and what you suggested looks like a better choice.

I've also priced stuff out in Microcenter's weekly ads, and it looks like I could save about $38 there and get a 1GB 460 as opposed to a 768MB.

Any suggestions re: connectors/wires/cooling/other accessories I've forgotten?

Thanks!
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April 20, 2011 5:37:47 AM
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The P67 mobo is usually paired with the i5-2500k for overclocking but if thats the board you want then go for it. As far as other stuff you should be set nothing else needed.
April 20, 2011 6:13:56 AM

imaurer269 said:
The P67 mobo is usually paired with the i5-2500k for overclocking but if thats the board you want then go for it. As far as other stuff you should be set nothing else needed.
Looks like P67s also have more USB ports, which is kinda important for me. Is that true? Hmm, maybe that's a silly reason -- should I just get an H61 and add a USB card?

Great to hear about everything else. Thanks for the reassurance! :) 
April 20, 2011 6:37:58 AM

Well a lot of the H61 boards also don't have usb3 or sata3 options and yes less usb ports. I was just trying to get you under budget and a little better GPU but if you like what you selected then go with it the board you chose is a pretty nice one. Only other thing I can see is this case/psu combo but 430W which might not be enough: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Edit: here is a decent H61 mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
April 21, 2011 1:33:30 AM

imaurer269 said:
Well a lot of the H61 boards also don't have usb3 or sata3 options and yes less usb ports. I was just trying to get you under budget and a little better GPU, but if you like what you selected, then go with it-- the board you chose is a pretty nice one.
I will probably keep this system for many years (as I mentioned above, I've had my current 1.8GHz rig for nine years). A better motherboard is probably a better long-term investment. I also tend to accumulate drives -- I think this current one has four optical drives and three hard drives, and I'll probably want to add some or all of those to this new rig. So SATA expandability is a priority, as well as PCI slots. Hopefully I can upgrade the GPU at some later date.

I have to say, thanks for looking out for me! You've been tremendously helpful. It's good to know my choices aren't wildly wrong. :) 
Only other thing I can see is this case/psu combo but 430W which might not be enough: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... said:
Only other thing I can see is this case/psu combo but 430W which might not be enough: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
It looks like the 460 has a recommendation for 450 watts, and I might upgrade the GPU later, so I'd rather not risk it on an underpowered PSU.
That does look nice. I'll definitely think about it!
April 21, 2011 5:49:35 AM

I think I'm pretty set on a P67, but those are some nice H61s... thanks for the reference! I'll take them into consideration.
April 21, 2011 12:01:54 PM

eeeh, the single stick will be slower due to dual-channel
April 25, 2011 5:56:35 AM

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