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Budget build this week, 1st timer, non-gamer, want responsive system

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October 22, 2011 7:01:59 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $600-700 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: General home use, business apps, occasional DVD ripping and photography. Want the system to be highly responsive, though, for impatient type-A user.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: no strong preference, but NewEgg, Tiger and Amazon all seem decent.

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Leaning toward Core i5 CPU

Overclocking: Maybe, but not willing to invest too much time or effort. So maybe light 10-20% OC, if any.

SLI or Crossfire: Not likely. Non-gamer, but want snappy response.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: No need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a conservative case and quietish PC. Very interested in having front panel USB 3.0 connectivity, and SATA 3 is a must.


Parts already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts.

CPU: Pretty sure I'll use a Core i5 2500 or 2500K CPU.

Looking at mid-tower cases with USB 3.0 front panel connectors.

MOBO: Looking for ATX mobo with USB 3 header for front panel USB 3 case. Leaning toward Z68 chipset. Inclined to use Sandybridge GPU now, but might add a cheap video card later, if it helps responsiveness in non-gaming apps.

Since responsiveness is a priority, I wonder if SRT is worth it or not? I hear it can be hard to set up.

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October 23, 2011 1:08:23 AM

You might take a look at this combo deal at Newegg.

I know some here don't like the combo deals but it really does have some nice components. I just built this for myself, added a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus and a XFX HD-677X-ZNFC Radeon HD 6770 graphics card. Only reason I added a graphics card was for dual monitor support.

Looks like the combo deal is out of stock, you could just order the individual components might cost a few bucks more. Still should be within your budget.
October 23, 2011 4:57:29 AM

That looks great, bikeguy. After poring over mobo's way too long, that looks like a great choice. I like it!
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October 24, 2011 3:27:02 PM

Ultimately decided to go with:

Corsair Carbide Series 400R mid-tower case (wanted the front panel USB 3.0 connections) $90
(kind of a big case, but seems like a good one and I'll keep it a long time.)

Gigabyte Z68 mobo GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (Model:GA-Z68XP-UD3) $149 (has the USB 3.0 header on board)

Core i5 2500K $179 w/ Cooler Master
Hyper 212 Plus Universal CPU Cooler $28 with IC Diamond Thermal Paste $8

XMS 8GB DDR3-1333 (PC3-10666) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules) Corsair XMS 8GB DDR3-1333 (PC3-10666) CL9 $47

WD Caviar Black 1TB 7200rpm 64MB cache $89

Antec 650 watt EarthWatts Green Series 650 Watt $59

ASUS 24x Internal DVD±RW SATA Writer $29
November 3, 2011 4:21:43 PM

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