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December 19, 2011 9:47:12 PM

Hi, all. Please advice. I posted another configuration several weeks ago but have since had time to look into this again...



Approximate Purchase Date: before year ends

Budget Range: $700, after tax, etc.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: photoshop, 3dstudio, gaming, video editing, and general usage

Parts Not Required: Speakers, keyboard, mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: n/a

Overclocking: No... maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Decent for photoshop, etc.

Additional Comments: Something quiet would be nice, and something that will last me 3 to 5 years before I have to redo this whole building a computer again.

Do I need to invest in a video card for some light gaming of some recently released gems?


More about : aiming 700

December 19, 2011 10:19:52 PM

oops, below is my setup...

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December 20, 2011 1:45:56 AM

the HD2000 on the i5 2400 can handle casual gaming needs, basicly think of ipad games and maybe a bit more, anything heaver games it can't run decent enough. Here is the link of the review.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/sandy-bridge-core-i...

also OS? you didn't mention if you need it or not.

cost saving wise, you can go with a h67 board like intel BOXDH67BLB3. It will save you about $25. The difference between h67 and z68 are:
no overclocking, 2400 can't overclock anyway
no quick response, that a SSD related technology and the main difference,
and its an micro atx board which means less pci-e slot, you don't need that many unless you got lot of addon card.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 20, 2011 1:53:29 AM

^
not true
they are lower budget quality
but recently had some good ones .. Capstone series
also what about OS do u need one?
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December 20, 2011 8:01:19 PM

Hey guys, thanks for the help! I forgot all about the OS, lol. Well, I guess that's an extra hundred dollar there.

Bear95, I've decided to take on your advice on the psu. Zhihao50, thanks for the suggestions... I'm still deciding on what to do. I am looking for some decent graphics card right now.

Anyways, thanks.
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December 20, 2011 9:50:37 PM

i5 2400 $180 ($10 Promo code):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asrock H61M/U3S3 $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sapphire 6770 + Patriot 8GB DDR3 1600 $142
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
CX430 $40 ($20 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
WD 500GB $44
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59705&vpn=WD2500AAKX&m...
NZXT Source 210 $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Samsung DVD Burner $19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asus 20" LED $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows 7 64-bit $69
http://www.softwaresupplygroup.com/microsoft-windows-7-...
Total: $729 before rebates.

Allows you to play games well @ your resolution, you get OS, close to your budget and USB 3 + SATA 3
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December 20, 2011 11:03:15 PM

Damn 70 bucks for os. that's a great find
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December 31, 2011 3:32:58 AM

Best answer selected by AlwaysNoob.
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