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How I built my system for around $1200

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April 20, 2011 4:50:15 AM

Hi.

Well, about 2 weeks ago I built my new Windows 7 system from scratch overnight and I'm very impressed with it compared to my old Xp Sp3, 2 gig Ram, Pentium D system that I used faithfully for 5 or so years. I just wanted to share this for anyone that may be looking to build a nice fast system, but are not necessarily gamers (like me), not that you can't play games on this system, cause' the two that I've tried perform very well.

I should say that I'm a moderate flight simmer (Xplane and MSFS) and not much of a gamer other than that, cept' for an occasional shooter when my mood warrants. I'm mostly a downloader, web video (Youtube) watcher, web surfer and moderate multi-tasker (maybe 3 to 4 programs at once). This computer works very well for my needs.

So, as usual when building a computer, I think that one should start with a good foundation, which I think is the motherboard. I chose the ASUS P8P67 vanilla board because I didn't really need SLI or the other things that the "Pro" had, although I kind of wish I had gotten the "Pro" for future upgrades, but this one will do me fine. I didn't get a SSD yet, I'll wait a while until prices go down. So here's the system I built and what it costs me.

ASUS P8P67 board - $165 (selling for $154 now :(  )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131705

8 gigs GSkill Ripjaw RAM (2x4) - $85
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231426

intel i5 2500k CPU - $225
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

Antec "Earthwatts" 500watt PSU - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371035

Antec "Illusion" case - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

WD 500gig Black "Caviar" 32mb 7200 RPM Sata 3 HDD - $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320

Samsung SA300b 24 inch "LED" monitor - $225 (It's VERY nice)
BOUGHT this a Walmart

video card - I currently have an old NVIDIA 9600 gt 512mb ddr2, but will soon be upgrading to something around $170

Windows 7 64-bit OEM - $99

The total with future video card that I have spent building my computer was -> around $1200.00 with shipping

:) 

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April 20, 2011 1:31:06 PM

Great build! The only thing I would have done diffrent was 4 gigs of RAM instead of 8. If your going to upgrade your graphics cards for that price I suggest a 6850.
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April 21, 2011 12:31:21 AM

dominnater said:
Great build! The only thing I would have done diffrent was 4 gigs of RAM instead of 8. If your going to upgrade your graphics cards for that price I suggest a 6850.



thanks that's what I ordered.
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