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December 19, 2011 2:30:33 PM

Approx purchase date: one week
assembled in: USA
purchase from: Newegg
approx budget : $1000.00

Use: Excel (heavy macros and large files), word, powerpoint, photoshop, internet, rare occasion a 3d rendering software-CAD based. The user does not do any gaming

overclock: no

SLI: most likely never

Build is for work use. He is partial to intel. wants a computer that can be upgraded in the future and will last longer than his current Dell. He is also impatient, so I opted for an SSD to speed up boot and program launching.

this is my second build, any input is appreciated...

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December 19, 2011 2:35:39 PM

Cant see the page you linked because it requires a username and psw copy and paste the links and names of the items on here
December 19, 2011 3:00:37 PM

Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 ...
Model #:BX80623I52500
$209.99 $209.99

ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:p 8P67 PRO (REV 3.1)
Item #:N82E16813131771
$179.99-$10.00 Instant$169.99

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Model #:Three Hundred Illusi
Item #:N82E16811129066
$69.99 $69.99
SanDisk Ultra SDSSDH-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Model #:SDSSDH-120G-G25
Item #:N82E16820171545
$199.99-$60.00 Instant$139.99

EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Model #:01G-P3-1556-KR
Item #:N82E16814130625
$144.99-$10.00 Instant$134.99

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Model #:D RW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #:N82E16827135204
$19.99 $19.99

Rosewill RCR-AK-IM5002 USB2.0 75 in 1 internal Card Reader w/ 3 ports USB2.0 Hub / eSATA port / Extra silver face plate / ...
Model #:RCR-AK-IM5002
Item #:N82E16820223113
Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
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$24.99-$5.00 Instant$19.99

hec XP1080 800W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V / EPS12V CrossFire & SLI NVIDIA HYBRID-SLI Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible ...
Model #:XP1080
Item #:N82E16817339035
$149.99-$50.00 Instant$99.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM
Model #:FQC-04649
Item #:N82E16832116992
$139.99 $139.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD5000AAKX
Item #:N82E16822136769
$99.99 $99.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
Model #:F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL
Item #:N82E16820231426
$39.99 $39.99
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December 19, 2011 3:01:45 PM

sorry, though I made the wishlist public. (that's why I am listed as a youngster...)
December 19, 2011 3:14:41 PM

I would change the motherboard to Z68 since you are getting a SSD which makes it a lot easier to register that and the regular HDD

I would also lower the SSD to get a bigger HDD (since you said he does a lot of big files). Or if you can afford it get a bigger HDD and keep the same size SDD (Seagate Barracuda is better,imo, for HDDs)

I would also change the PSU to a name brand which has better quality/reliability (Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, OCZ)

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December 19, 2011 3:16:16 PM

Looks good. My thoughts are below...

MB - Good choice. May consider going with an ASUS Z68 platform, but P67 will be fine.
ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z =>

PSU - Antec, Corsair, XFX or Seasonic...
XFX 850W ($90 after MIR) =>

HD - Samsung, Seagate or Hitachi (and in that order).
Samsung F3 1TB =>

CPU Cooler - Don't forget it...
Hyper 212 Evo =>
December 19, 2011 3:36:41 PM

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s

Much better then the Samsung (and cheaper)....

Nuff said...

+1 for reminder of CPU cooler but he said he would never overclock which (i just overlooked myself) Drop down to the i5 2400 if you never plan to OC, but I would highly advise you to get the 2500k and give OC'ing a try with the Hyper 212 EVO
December 19, 2011 4:34:12 PM

Thanks guys, This is for my brother, and I know he does not want to monitor temps or deal with OC. This will be plenty fast for him.

I have a 2600k, not overclocked yet, and it runs great on the stock cooler. I just ordered a new cooler so I can OC mine.

I will look into the 2400.

what are the advantages/disadvantages between a standard ATX and micro (besides size)? I am not a pro builder and I have fat fingers, so I figured a bigger board would be easier.
December 19, 2011 4:34:43 PM

Don't get caught up in the SATA 6.0GB/s vs. SATA 3.0GB/s as no mechanical hard drive will saturate either. Now SSDs are a different story... The Samsung F3 will perform the same, or will edge above the Seagate, in most all cases.
December 19, 2011 4:52:06 PM

dont use a micro atx motherboard unless your are building it in a micro atx case

There was a review a while back about the 3GB/s vs 6GB/s for transfering it show 6GB to be better

But anyway still its cheaper due to the sale and they both very reliable HDDs
December 28, 2011 11:49:54 PM

Best answer selected by jp51901.