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October 13, 2011 5:00:50 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Before the end of the year


Budget Range: $500-700

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Duel monitor (lots of multi tasking), Watching video, Internet browsing, Some development, Gaming (I currently don't game but would like the option)


Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, Have 750 GB Slave HD, Optical Drive


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon


Country of Origin: US


Parts Preferences: Good value that will last a few years


Overclocking: Possibly (only at a safe low risk level)


SLI or Crossfire: Possibly upgrade in the future?


Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080


Additional Comments: I have been researching and I can't decide between AMD or Intel. I see a lot of value in AMD chips but I know the I5 2500 has great performance. I want a duel possibly 3 monitor set up that can handle multi tasking I don't plan on upgrading frequently. I don't currently game but would like to start. I would like to be able to run games at 1920 x 1080 resolution but I wouldn't be overly picky as long as it can run games for the next few years.

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October 13, 2011 5:04:29 AM

I guess to start I would like to figure out what a good CPU would be for me. I was thinking Phenom X6 1100 or Phenom 4X Black edition or i5 2500k.
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October 13, 2011 6:31:54 AM

here's a build with good components

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CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68P-DS3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot G Series Sector 5 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($167.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec DF-10 ATX Mid Tower Case ($65.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $688.47

a core i3 is more than enough...

here's a build on the low end of what you're asking for:
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CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black 2.8GHz Triple-Core Processor ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 870iCafe R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot G Series Sector 5 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card ($101.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Gigabyte GZ-X7BMDX-400 ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $553.45

the phenom x3 isn't exactly future-proof, but i picked a AM3+ board, so in the future you can upgrade your CPU to an AMD FX CPU if you would like
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October 13, 2011 2:37:51 PM

scratch that...i didnt read your post clearly...you seem more busniess oriented so i picked higher quality parts and i dumped the hard drive (you already had one) and the GPU for a llano APU

this is better IMO

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CPU: AMD A8-3850 2.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($134.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus F1A75-M LE Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot G Series Sector 5 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung 470 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec One Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Thermaltake 450W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($58.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $564.93
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October 13, 2011 2:43:25 PM

feartrich said:
here's a build with good components

Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68P-DS3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot G Series Sector 5 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($167.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec DF-10 ATX Mid Tower Case ($65.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $688.47

a core i3 is more than enough...

here's a build on the low end of what you're asking for:
Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black 2.8GHz Triple-Core Processor ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 870iCafe R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot G Series Sector 5 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card ($101.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Gigabyte GZ-X7BMDX-400 ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.99 @ TigerDirect)
Power Supply: Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $553.45

the phenom x3 isn't exactly future-proof, but i picked a AM3+ board, so in the future you can upgrade your CPU to an AMD FX CPU if you would like


Looks pretty good however with those CPU I couldn't really justify the build. If I decided to go with a Phenom 4X or X6 or I5 would I need a bigger power supply? I need a little more justification to upgrade from my current PC. I have had my current computer for 4 years and I thought it is time to upgrade. It is a Asus that I upgraded the RAM, PSU and GPU.

I currently have:
AMD 64 duel core 2.4 ghz
4 GB of ram
Nvidia GeForce 8600GT
3 19' monitors two off the GPU above one on the onboard card

I would like to have 2 23' monitors in the new build. I also should be able to get cheap 7 license cause my wife is a student. Thanks for taking the time to help me out! This is my first build from scratch.
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October 13, 2011 3:02:12 PM

If I built this:

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Jtj
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Jtj/by_merchant

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 975 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock 870 Extreme3 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($99.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Centurion 5 ATX Mid Tower Case ($52.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $362.83

What PSU and GPU should I get. I was thinking a GPU around $100 that is crossfire capable if I get into higher end gaming.

Edit: Would this be a good card? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 13, 2011 5:43:03 PM

those two were gaming builds...sorry for that

get the PSU from a reputable brand like enermax, corsair (less so), thermaltake, ocz etc etc ...antec PSUs are hit or miss depending on the model...their earthwatts and NEO ECO are very good

the 6770 is good value...i would get a gtx 560 for ~$60 more, but since youre not that enthusiastic about gaming, i would just take the 6770

now that i know what you are probably looking for, here's the build i would make if i were you

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JCZ
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JCZ/by_merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot G Series Sector 5 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6790 1GB Video Card ($147.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: OCZ 500W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $690.50

the key future proof components are the mobo, the psu, and the cpu:
the mobo supports PCIe 3.0 and has an ivy bridge compatible chipset
the psu is modular, which makes it easier to do drastic upgrades in the future
the cpu is crazy fast compared to anything AMD offers

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October 13, 2011 7:06:20 PM

feartrich said:
those two were gaming builds...sorry for that

get the PSU from a reputable brand like enermax, corsair (less so), thermaltake, ocz etc etc ...antec PSUs are hit or miss depending on the model...their earthwatts and NEO ECO are very good

the 6770 is good value...i would get a gtx 560 for ~$60 more, but since youre not that enthusiastic about gaming, i would just take the 6770

now that i know what you are probably looking for, here's the build i would make if i were you

Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JCZ
Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JCZ/by_merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($214.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($198.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot G Series Sector 5 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: HIS Radeon HD 6790 1GB Video Card ($147.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($46.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: OCZ 500W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $690.50

the key future proof components are the mobo, the psu, and the cpu:
the mobo supports PCIe 3.0 and has an ivy bridge compatible chipset
the psu is modular, which makes it easier to do drastic upgrades in the future
the cpu is crazy fast compared to anything AMD offers


This looks pretty good to me. I like the face that I can easily upgrade to Ivy bridge. I just might pull the trigger on this. Are you sure 500w is enough for this system? Would the PSU be powerful enough to do CrossFireX in the future?
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October 13, 2011 7:12:10 PM

nice build, but there's no good reason to get a 6790 when there's a five-egg 6850 for 12 bucks cheaper.
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October 13, 2011 7:18:16 PM

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This looks pretty good to me. I like the face that I can easily upgrade to Ivy bridge. I just might pull the trigger on this. Are you sure 500w is enough for this system? Would the PSU be powerful enough to do CrossFireX in the future?

yes the 500 is more than enough for the build and two way crossfire for that card...people always overestimate the amount of power their PSU needs, which isnt a bad thing, but it does cause them to spend a few more dollars than they should

and yes, get the 6850 instead...i dont know why i selected the 6790 for you...really bad reviews about the card on hardware sites
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October 13, 2011 7:40:09 PM

Would DDR3 1600 ram work with this system?
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October 13, 2011 8:08:17 PM

yes the mobo supports up to DDR3 2133 lol
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October 13, 2011 8:17:48 PM

Ok that what I thought but I wasn't sure is the ram's clock speed depended on the CPU at all. Thank a million you have been super helpful. Might be ordering this evening. Still have to get some of the details worked out. :-D I even got the ok from the wife!
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October 14, 2011 12:06:41 AM

good luck! :) 
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October 21, 2011 12:55:24 AM

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