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March 1, 2012 3:51:14 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: w/i next 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: $650 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: ArcGis, ArcCatalog, Internet, Moderate Gaming

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

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg and Mocro Center w/i driving range

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Open for suggestions

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1024x768 for now, 1920x1080 in future

Additional Comments: My wife works at home doing GIS mapping and the like. She needs a computer that can handle all the chores that go along with this-multiple programs open at 1 time. ArcGis is the the most resource intensive, others are various MS Office programs. She also does quite a bit of work on the intenet. so the computer needs to be quick in surfing the 'net. I also enjoy moderate gaming, mostly old titles, but might be tempted to try some new ones if the system can handle it.

March 1, 2012 5:50:49 AM

MOBO : BIOSTAR TZ68A+ LGA 1155 Intel Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU : i5 2500K
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
RAM : G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU : ASUS Radeon HD 6770 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU : Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD-RW : LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE : COOLER MASTER Elite 430
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TOTAL : 665$ and 635$ after mail in rebates.
If you will overclock the CPU then buy a good cpu cooler COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 35$.
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March 1, 2012 7:15:43 PM

sosofm said:
MOBO : BIOSTAR TZ68A+ LGA 1155 Intel Z68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU : i5 2500K
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
RAM : G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU : ASUS Radeon HD 6770 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU : Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD-RW : LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE : COOLER MASTER Elite 430
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TOTAL : 665$ and 635$ after mail in rebates.
If you will overclock the CPU then buy a good cpu cooler COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 35$.


That's a pretty good build but Biostar is a terrible choice for motherboard - this would be better and wouldn't alter the budget too much: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'd also pay the extra $10 and get the HAF 912 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Plus with the HAF 912 you get a $10 MIR anyways so it'd come out to the same price as the Elite 430 and it's a way better case on top of that.
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March 1, 2012 7:22:12 PM

Yes but i have to stay in budget :) 
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March 1, 2012 7:32:55 PM

sosofm said:
Yes but i have to stay in budget :) 


Sometimes it doesn't hurt to go a little outside the budget if it means having hardware that won't fail on you. I'd rather pay a bit more than have to buy the same part twice - been there, done that, and it sucks every time.
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March 2, 2012 4:03:35 AM

Thanks guys, everything looks really good, kind of along the lines I was thinking. I might step outside my budget to the ASRock motherboard, I dont't know right now.

On another note about cases. What's the thought on the Rosewill Challenger ]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153]
It's $55 dollars with free shipping.
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March 2, 2012 4:13:24 AM

ag92 said:
Thanks guys, everything looks really good, kind of along the lines I was thinking. I might step outside my budget to the ASRock motherboard, I dont't know right now.

On another note about cases. What's the thought on the Rosewill Challenger ]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153]
It's $55 dollars with free shipping.


It's not a bad choice for sure. I'm not the biggest Rosewill fan but a lot of people seem to like it. For the price I'd get the Cooler Master HAF 912: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 2, 2012 4:44:45 AM

I'd pick the Rosewill Challenger over the HAF912 any day. I hate the way the 912 looks and from building in a Rosewill, I was very impressed with the finish, cable management, and cooling.
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March 2, 2012 4:46:26 AM

i agree, everything else is good, just change the biostar mobo, get the haf 912 and your all good
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March 3, 2012 3:12:07 AM

Thanks everybody for your input. I think I'm going to do sosofm's build with g-unit's uprades. Only variable will be the case, either the 912 or the challenger. Just have to run it by my wife's IT guy at work to make sure everything will work with their set-ups and I'll be good to go. Thank ya'll so much for the help and recommendations.
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March 3, 2012 3:12:38 AM

Best answer selected by ag92.
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