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July 8, 2011 5:01:04 PM

Hey everyone, this is going to be my first home build and I could really use some suggestions as to what you all recommend I get in terms of... well everything haha

Here's what I'll primarily be using my desktop for:

1. Programming/coding/etc. (Most important)
2. Watching HD videos/ Stream HD videos (Also very important)
3. Mid-level gaming capabilities, not a gaming machine (not so important)

Here's what I'd like:

1. It to be fast, I'd really like a machine that can run a lot of calculations quickly (No Overclocking though)
2. Have nice graphics
3. An Intel CPU preferably i5 or i7 unless you think I could do without one that high end
4. Minimum 8 gigs RAM
5. It to be small in size, case-wise (maybe a mini ATX?)
6. Two DVD burners
7. Somewhere in the price range of $800-$1000 preferably more to the $800 side

If you could give suggestions as to what CPU, GPUs, RAM, PSU, cases, hard drives, and all that you recommend for this type of machine or what you've used that you really like it would help me out SO MUCH because I'm kinda lost myself.

ALSO: What do you all recommend in terms of buying extra fans? Are they neccesary? What size would I need?

Thanks for the help!!

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July 8, 2011 7:17:31 PM

Here's a start... $74.99 - $49.99 after mail-in rebate FREE SHIPPING
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $74.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $426.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $406.98
Intel Core i5-2300 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz (3.1GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52300
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Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $19.99
Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model AD-7261S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM

July 8, 2011 7:35:43 PM

CPU: i5 2400 $194.99
MB: Asus P8H67 Pro/CSM $119.99
Mem:Gskill RipjawsX 2x4GB CAS9 1.5V 1333Mhz $64.99
GPU: ASUS EAH6850 DC/2DIS/1GD5/V2 Radeon HD 6850 $174.99 ( before $20 rebate )
DVD: Lite-On 24x DVD+/-RW $18.99 each x2
Case: Lian-Li PC-A05FNB MicroATX $89.99
PSU: XFX Core Pro650W $89.99 ( before $30 rebate )
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $49.99 with code

827.91 ( 777.91 after rebates )

Leaves you money to get Win7 if needed and you can of course dump more money to the video card if you want to.
Not sure how much kick you actually wanted but 6950 will work fine instead and for $250 ( so $100 more to the suggested one ) after rebates you can max out 1920x1080 games.
The 6850 I listed is a good start.