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July 20, 2011 5:23:30 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2 months

Budget Range: 1,000 – 1,200 Before / After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Photoshop, Media Storage/streaming encoding, surfing the internet, gaming, DVR/PVR functionality

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, Tiger Direct, suggestions

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No / Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Best for editing pictures. Current choice is 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Want to build a Desktop PC that will double as a media server. Is this possible?
The desktop will be mainly for Photoshop, web browsing, light gaming, running Media Browser/XBMC/Windows Media Center.

(And I would like to get into some DVR/PVR at some point. I have Direct TV now, so suggestions on that end would be helpful.)

I hope to follow this up with building at least 2 more HD HTPCs.

Parts for desktop/server.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz $119.99 or Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) $209.99

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $129.99 or ASRock 870 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 870 $89.99

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX $69.99

PSU: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V $94.99

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $69.99

Boot Disk: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $116.49

Storage Drive: SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 HD204UI 2TB SATA 3.0Gb $79.99

Monitor: ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers $189.99

GPU: XFX HD-667X-ZHF3 Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 $83.99

Printer: Canon PIXMA MG8120 4504B002 ESAT Approx. 12.5 ipm 9600 x 2400 $189.99

OS: Windows Home Premium 7 OEM -$99.99

Optical Drive: LG Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Super Multi WH12LS30 - $79.99

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July 21, 2011 1:55:58 PM

July 21, 2011 2:34:06 PM

if you are not going to get the i5-2500K cpu, then save yourself some money and get a i5-2400 and a H67/H61 MB. this will be plenty powerful to do what you need it to and is better than the AMD processor.

if you have it in your budget I would get at least HD 6770/5770 or GTX 460 for a GPU if you plan on playing any type of game at 1080p. if you do any first person shooters you should get a HD 6850/70 or GTX 560.

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July 25, 2011 3:18:12 PM

Thank you for the information. I think the i5-2500k is the route I will go unless some one says otherwise. Any idea on the GPU I chose, or the motherboard.

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July 25, 2011 8:13:53 PM

bigmix said:
Thank you for the information. I think the i5-2500k is the route I will go unless some one says otherwise. Any idea on the GPU I chose, or the motherboard.

I wouldn't get less than a HD 5770/6770 or GTX 460 for doing moderate gaming on medium settings at 1080p. If you want a good experience I would get a HD 6850/70 or a GTX 560.

the GPU you picked is good for HD video and very light gaming at 1080p with most eye candy on low or medium settings.

HD 6670
GTX 560,560ti,460, HD 6850,6870
compare the 1920x1080 (1080p) resolutions. I selected Crysis2 a it is atypical of FPS's. average of 30fps is what you need for smooth gaming.

August 1, 2011 2:31:06 PM

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