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September 5, 2011 12:55:39 AM

This will be my first build in almost eight years. My last build still works, but is now turning into the computer my young kids use. I want to build a new system that accomplishes a few things - First and foremost it will be a dual monitor business machine for when the wife and I work from home. But I also like to do some occasional gaming. Also, I'd rather overbuild it a bit so it is more capable over time.

I have a total budget of $1000 - $1100. The prices below are before all of Newegg's discount codes, which bring it down to almost exactly $1000.

My biggest questions here are motherboard and video card. I am just shooting in the dark on those. But please, by all means, pick it to pieces. I am looking to order tomorrow night if at all possible.

Really appreciate any and all feedback!

Build:

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor
$169.99

ASRock 770 EXTREME3 AM3 AMD 770 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
$76.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory
$99.99

SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100328VXL Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$129.99 ($20 Rebate)

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$89.99

LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
$23.99

Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model AD-7260S-0B - OEM
$19.99

(2) HANNspree By Hanns-G HF225DPB Black 21.5" Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers
$239.98 ($119.99 each)

Rosewill CRUISER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Side Panel Window and Four Fans
$64.99

Rosewill RNX-N300 IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless-N 2.0 PCI
$24.99

Rosewill RP600V2-S-SL 600W ATX12V v2.01 SLI Ready Power Supply
$54.99

Logitech Wireless Combo MK260 920-002950 Black USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard and Mouse
$29.99

XIGMATEK 3.5" Internal 75 in 1 Card Reader 75 in 1 USB 2.0 Card Reader
$13.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
$129.99

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September 5, 2011 1:05:11 AM

Save $50 on the RAM and get 8gb. 16gb is too much.

Save $30 by dumping both those Optical Drives and get;

DVD: Sony 24xDVD+/-RW Drive $20 (Amazon)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003MRHOQG

Drop the WD Black and get a Blue. Save $20.

Put the total $100 into a better GPU! You're welcome :D 
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September 5, 2011 1:13:50 AM

Any particular reason your going with AMD? Here is a build with Intel Sandybridge i5 (more powerful then the amd phenom II you have and a very good GPU, better HDD, very good SSD, etc


CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Keep yours $129.99

SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram + PSU Combo: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply $147.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, front mounted dual USB 3.0 $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD DRIVE: 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-7260S-0B - OEM $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total pre-tax/Shipping: ~$880

With all of your additionals... keyboard, mouse wireless card, etc it ends up being closer to $1300.. However you can drop the SSD and save $90 and then for basically $200 (counting tax and shipping) your getting more power and a better setup with more future proofing.
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September 5, 2011 12:52:17 PM

Would there be a significant difference in the AMD and Intel's performance? What about in the future, could six cores verse four be beneficial?

I am asking because I just don't know anything about todays processors.

Thanks for the advice thus far. Keep it coming.
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September 5, 2011 12:58:18 PM

cgleckman said:
Any particular reason your going with AMD? Here is a build with Intel Sandybridge i5 (more powerful then the amd phenom II you have and a very good GPU, better HDD, very good SSD, etc


CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Keep yours $129.99

SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram + PSU Combo: CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750W ATX12V v2.31/ EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC High Performance Power Supply $147.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER-U3 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ,comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, front mounted dual USB 3.0 $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD DRIVE: 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-7260S-0B - OEM $19.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total pre-tax/Shipping: ~$880

With all of your additionals... keyboard, mouse wireless card, etc it ends up being closer to $1300.. However you can drop the SSD and save $90 and then for basically $200 (counting tax and shipping) your getting more power and a better setup with more future proofing.


:o  you beat me to it suggesting the SpinPoint F3 and i5-2500k. I seem to post a link to that on almost every new build thread. I hope one day they dont all break down, i'll feel really bad haha! :( 
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September 5, 2011 1:17:43 PM

steelbeast said:
Save $50 on the RAM and get 8gb. 16gb is too much.

Save $30 by dumping both those Optcal Drives and get;

DVD: Sony 24xr4DVD+/-RW Drive $20 (Amazon)


Drop the WD Black and get a Blue. Save $20.

Put the total $100 into a better GPU! You'r4e welcome :D 

8 years? it is so long.
admireable.
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September 5, 2011 1:42:22 PM

adawg88 said:
Would there be a significant difference in the AMD and Intel's performance? What about in the future, could six cores verse four be beneficial?

I am asking because I just don't know anything about todays processors.

Thanks for the advice thus far. Keep it coming.


the 2500K beats the 1090T in everything even multithreaded application, nevermind it overclocks better!:
http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=146
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September 5, 2011 3:29:14 PM

Thanks everyone. Got some things to think about now...If anyone else has input, by all means...
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September 5, 2011 3:30:48 PM

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+1 lol, I find myself constantly recommending the F3 but I recently purchased one for my brother to replace 3TB worth of failing HDDs (4) so I feel that my recommendation comes with some validation :3


Personally i found comfort with the SeaGate Barracuda :) 
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September 5, 2011 3:37:02 PM

Is this going to be a gaming build? For 1080p? If so the 6770 will be weak at that resolution. I would consider the 6850/gtx 460 the bare minimum for 1080p.
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September 5, 2011 4:08:29 PM

It is really going to be an all things to all people build. We need it for work (VPN/dual monitors), I like to place CS:S and I am sure other games will crop up that I will want to play - likely sports games. Also have kids so will probably do some video editing on it too.

ETA: The monitors do support 1080P.
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September 5, 2011 4:11:28 PM

For older games like cs:s it will be plenty.
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September 5, 2011 4:29:54 PM

AdrianPerry said:
:o  you beat me to it suggesting the SpinPoint F3 and i5-2500k. I seem to post a link to that on almost every new build thread. I hope one day they dont all break down, i'll feel really bad haha! :( 


payback when you did it to me :D 

as for breaking down ive been using my f3 500gb for almost 3 years with 0 problems.

I dont think its going anywhere but the barracuda is a solid drive.. I feel as if the f3 wins by a hair though
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