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May 24, 2011 4:24:46 PM

Howdy,

Complete noob. I want to build an i5 desktop with my 14yo for $750.

Desired uses:

1. gaming - WOW, Civilization, Empire, Call of Duty 2, etc.
2. musical - I'm a musician, home recording with Reaper, listening to audio
3. video - watch Netflix streaming, DVDs, YouTube, etc. Some photo editing
4. general - MS Office software documents, web surfing, downloading music and video

Budget should include everything necessary except monitor, keyboard, mouse, and software other than the OS.

Would appreciate a list of compatible components. Thanks.

Michael

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May 26, 2011 5:23:51 AM

Intel Core i5-2400 + GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$779.91 - there's also a $20 mail-in rebate for the video card. Register the video card on the XFX site within 30 days of the purchase to activate the lifetime warranty.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/274745-13-step-step...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y8T8QAsDZs

If $750 is the absolute limit tell me.
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May 26, 2011 3:05:33 PM

mosox said:
Intel Core i5-2400 + GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$779.91 - there's also a $20 mail-in rebate for the video card. Register the video card on the XFX site within 30 days of the purchase to activate the lifetime warranty.

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/274745-13-step-step...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y8T8QAsDZs

If $750 is the absolute limit tell me.


Thanks mosox.

I used most of your suggestions with a couple of minor changes. What do you think about this list? These components plus the OS total out to about $850, because I "upgraded" a few of the components to ones with top ratings from lots of reviewers.

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any idea how such a system would compare to say a Dell XPS8300?
http://www.dell.com/us/p/xps-8300/pd

I assume I'd still have to add ethernet, usb, etc. ports and wi-fi, right?
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 26, 2011 3:46:01 PM

Better cases
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Get that PSU I recommended or:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Some old products have top ratings going years back.

Dell is cr@p. For $700 you get a dual core, a bad PSU, a cheap mobo and a weak video card. Get the parts and build it yourself, it's easy and you learn a lot of stuff too in the process.

You don't need to add anything except for a $20-30 wireless adapter but that depends on what signal you have in there. The mobo has onboard ethernet and everything else. That Asrock is fine too, a bit expensive though.


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May 26, 2011 4:00:38 PM

that motherboard you selected is a P67 and you got a non K SKU CPU so the P67 is pretty much useless unless you get something that can overclock like the i5 2500K
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May 26, 2011 4:18:32 PM

i believe bulldozer is slated to launch early june (the 7th?) you should wait a few weeks and see what the launch does to the price points on the intel stuff
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May 26, 2011 4:23:14 PM

dan4patriots said:
that motherboard you selected is a P67 and you got a non K SKU CPU so the P67 is pretty much useless unless you get something that can overclock like the i5 2500K


Okay. I only chose it because it got good reviews and the Gigabyte in th combo recommended by motox got one review that wasn't very good. Of course, the reviewer could've been a complete idiot like me.
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May 26, 2011 9:07:52 PM

mosox said:
I picked that because of the combo, that reviewer is a moron, he blasted the mobo but gave it a 5 star rating. Here's another one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Okay, thanks. Yeah, I figured his review didn't make much sense.

I can go with the combo CPU/mobo you recommended, but it concerned me that there basically weren't any reviews of that mobo. Will either one of those mobo's work fine with that Intel i5-2400 CPU?

Do I need also need...

a sound card

a heat sink

and a wi-fi (if I want to stream netflix, etc. to a tv)
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May 27, 2011 4:33:16 AM

You can get one of those two Asrock boards above if you don't trust the Gigabyte, they use the super combos to get rid of some old parts like the HDDs or the PSUs.
You need an aftermarket HSF only if you get the 2500K and you overclock the CPU.
The wi-fi depends on your network, you can use the ethernet for a while. The mobos have integrated sound cards.
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June 14, 2011 4:00:19 PM

Best answer selected by pater familias.
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