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August 10, 2011 6:12:17 AM

I am going to build my new PC. My major focus of activities will be - usual office applications, 2D-3D graphics designing, adobe applications, simulation applications (MATLab/MathCad), creating flash animation, video editing, simple video making, learning sound editing applications, watching HD movie, little bit of gaming etc.

My budget is around $800-$900.

Components included:
Processor (Intel 2nd Gen core i5)
Motherboard (anything excluding Intel, <$160)
RAM (will DDR3 4 GB do?)
Graphics Card (<$125)
Monitor (>20", <$180)
Sound card (Creative Audigy Value will do?)

Please help me by suggesting appropriate component brand+models.
If you think the budget/specification is not enough, u can suggest me.....i might increase my budget a little further.

Thanx in advance.

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August 10, 2011 6:47:16 AM

This was my latest build.

GIGABYTE GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 Intel Z68 Motherboard - Micro ATX, Socket H2 (LGA 1155), Intel Z68 Chipset, 2133MHz DDR3, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 7.1-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, CrossFireX/SLI (G452-0143)


Corsair CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B Vengeance Desktop Memory Kit - 8GB (2x 4GB), PC3-12800, DDR3-1600MHz, 9-9-9-24 CAS Latency, Intel XMP Ready, Unbuffered (C13-5720)


Seagate ST31000524AS Barracuda Hard Drive - 1TB, SATA 6Gbps, 7200 RPM, 32MB (TSD-1000AS5)


Sony Optiarc AD-7260S-0B 24x DVDRW Drive - 24x, S-ATA, Black, OEM (O451-1017 OEM)


Cooler Master RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced ATX Mid-Tower Case - ATX, 7+1 Expansion Slots, USB 2.0, Front blue LED fan w/ SSD adapter & built-in hard drive dock. "Awarded 10/10 by" (C283-2064)


Intel Core i5-2500 BX80623I52500 Processor - Quad Core, 6MB L3 Cache, 1MB L2 Cache, 3.30 GHz (3.70 GHz Max Turbo), Socket H2 (LGA1155), 95W, Fan, Retail (I69-2500)


Gigabyte GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 Video Card - 1GB, GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.1, OC, DVI, HDMI, DirectX 11 (G452-6850)


OCZ ModXStream Pro Power Supply - 500-Watt, Modular, Dual +12V Rails, SATA, 80Plus (O261-2016)


Total $869.92
August 10, 2011 6:55:38 AM

You can get away with just four gigs of ram to get you started. I think that you can find a better deal on a monitor, I just picked up a 23" for about $139.00 If you get this gigabyte board it has built in 7.1 surround sound. The board also has a pretty good integrated video card with both VGA and DVI connections if you just want to get it built and save some money.
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August 10, 2011 1:56:09 PM

Onboard sound is getting much better. You can save a little more by skipping the sound card.
August 10, 2011 5:11:28 PM

Unless you need special surround effects processing and/or you have really really really high end speakers/headphones, you don't need a sound-card.
August 10, 2011 6:03:59 PM

^+1 on the sound card stuff.
I think 8gb of RAM is justified if you're doing media work. It's only $20 or $30 more. I recommend Ripjaws - cheap and reliable.
Also, I think the case that iwillfix suggested is too expensive. You can save another few dollars there, making about $30 extra after eating the price of the extra RAM with the sound card money.
It's gotta be a 2500K, not a 2500. Free performance.
August 10, 2011 6:37:07 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey