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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...


https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=14233874
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  1. 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
  2. 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 #:P8P67 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 #:DRW-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
    In Stock
    Note (Add)
    $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
    Subtotal:$1,144.89
  3. sorry, though I made the wishlist public. (that's why I am listed as a youngster...)
  4. 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)
  5. Best answer
    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 => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131759

    PSU - Antec, Corsair, XFX or Seasonic...
    XFX 850W ($90 after MIR) => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207011

    HD - Samsung, Seagate or Hitachi (and in that order).
    Samsung F3 1TB => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    CPU Cooler - Don't forget it...
    Hyper 212 Evo => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Best answer selected by jp51901.
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