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Noob i5 budget build

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January 18, 2012 6:27:01 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: this month

Budget Range: $600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: autocad, 3d, rendering & typical home use. photography and editing

Parts Not Required: box only build

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon, microcenter

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type:

bought today

$200 - i5 2500k
$90 after rebates/bundle discount - gigabyte z68xp-ud3 rev 1.3
$35 after rebate - thermaltake commander mt atx case has usb 3.0 on front
$75 after rebate - PSU ANTEC| 750W HCG-750 RTL

Overclocking: Maybe - future

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - future

Monitor Resolution: dell 24" will add a second

Additional Comments:

I need this machine to be stable for work day in/out, would like quiet as well

pending to buy this week -

8gb of ram to start and will buy 16gb more in the future to get to 24gb - any thoughts appreciated
need a $50 hd suggestion to start as I already have externals for work storage/backup.
I will move to ssd in the future but it's not in the budget now.

will be using onboard graphics to start

6-9 months out

gpu in 6-9 months
ssd in 6-9 months

oem windows or full windows the better option if there are problems with any of the components and swapping them out?

and my burning/loaded question - Do I need to worry about the gigabyte mobo boot issues I'm reading about and swap it out now for another that isn't going through the bad press the gigabytes are right now???


ANY comments appreciated and encouraged

THANK YOU in advance

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January 18, 2012 7:51:40 PM

Wow, that's a long post.

Fill out the new build form in the new build section, it's cleaner.

For your kind of work, I'd suggest a lot less ram and a i7. 24gb ram? lol 16gb would be more realistic.
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January 18, 2012 7:56:29 PM

thanks for the thoughts, will do and was just trying to be thorough...

like many, I'm a bit anxious about taking this on...
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January 18, 2012 8:38:39 PM

Yeah you definitely should have went with a 2600K for what you do. Should have come here before you bought.
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January 18, 2012 8:53:17 PM

geekapproved said:
Yeah you definitely should have went with a 2600K for what you do. Should have come here before you bought.


might I ask why???

my thinking was I could upgrade the cpu in a couple of years or learn to overclock which seems a lot of people are doing.
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