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$750 to build an i5 desktop

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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  1. nobody, no help at all?
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    Intel Core i5-2400 + GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.654392
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231425
    LITE-ON Black 24X DVD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395
    XFX HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150515
    Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030
    HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811121096
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    $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-guide-building
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y8T8QAsDZs

    If $750 is the absolute limit tell me.
  3. mosox said:
    Intel Core i5-2400 + GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.654392
    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231425
    LITE-ON Black 24X DVD
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148395
    XFX HD-685X-ZDFC Radeon HD 6850
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150515
    Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030
    HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811121096
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    $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-guide-building
    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=N82E16819115074

    ASRock P67 EXTREME4 Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157229

    G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231425

    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=N82E16817371016

    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=N82E16814150515

    COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119161

    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=N82E16827135204

    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?
  4. Better cases
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233
    Get that PSU I recommended or:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207013
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371031

    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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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=N82E16813157251
  9. 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=N82E16813157251


    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)
  10. 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.
  11. Best answer selected by pater familias.
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