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July 15, 2011 4:40:15 PM

Hello all:

I'm looking to rebuild an old desktop system. It was a P4/RIMM but I accidentally broke some CPU pins a while back--nothing really worth salvaging with the setup. Now I need to have a desktop system again. Doesn't need to be a screamer, but should be able to do most things well, as well as be somewhat future-proof.

I'm looking to reuse the LianLi aluminum ATX case. Probably drop in everything else new.

I like the Gigabyte P68X (GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
board as a base. Get the Intel i5-2500k.

Need 8-12GB ram minimum. Graphics not critical. Plan to add 2-3 monitors to it tho. AMD Eyefinity is appealing, but it's AMD.

Looking at the Spinpoint for HDD. Possibly add a (Crucial?) 64-128GB SSD, if cost/benefit is worth it.

Like to get a 550-650 power supply.

The system will run most of the day, so power usage and heat (and noise) a factor. Prefer everything to have "smart fans". Most of what I'll do is more thread & memory intensive. Although I will play games once in a while. Most of what I do is stock market & related stuff.. news, charts, etc.

Guess I'm looking for a "beefy" office-type machine. Any comments/suggestions are welcome.

Tx.
July 15, 2011 4:51:19 PM

GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You don't need 8gb only 4 is great for what you need. a 64 gb SDD. and a HDD that is 1tb and is 7200 RPM
Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That gpu can do eyefinity and daul monitor. It is great for HDMI videos and such and decent for gaming. That is why it's 114$

Also a 2500k is overclockable when the 2500 is not for what your doing there is no need for OC what so ever. The 2500 is perfect for what you need, hell a i3 would even be great.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 10$ less for just 1 less feature.


Also if it runs all day, there is no worry, windows will give 20 mins if no actvivity and your system will rest, if about a hour later the system will sleep and will be silent but still be running, and it wouldn't restart but just contiune where you were.
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July 15, 2011 5:05:03 PM

Have a look at these combos :

Motherboard & SSD: $225- Gigabyte GA Z68X UD3 & Crucial M4 64 GB

PSU & RAM: $125- Corsair Builder Series CX600 & Corsair Vengeance (2X 4GB)

CPU & Optical Drive : $226- i5 2500K & Samsung DVD Writer

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July 16, 2011 1:59:37 PM

z_4: I like the combos. Thanks.

addson: Thanks.. not crazy about that video card. Looking for something a bit newer. And I was thinking about i3 but really don't want to scimp on processor power that much. Plus I'll need the cores.
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July 16, 2011 7:35:00 PM

The 5750 is still a great card Pavdog. The 6000 series really isn't so much of a approvment.
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July 26, 2011 1:04:26 AM

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