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Advice on starting a new build ($2000 Budget)

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May 12, 2012 3:59:17 AM

Hello Everyone!
As you can tell, I'm brand new to this community, and delighted to be here. I've recently started to explore the the world of computers, more specifically building them, so I guess I'm pretty much a noob when it comes to all this (:

Because of recent computer problems I've been having, I've decided to build my own computer. Since I'm just a junior in high school, I want to make sure that my computer is forward compatible, in case I begin to explore other hobbies on computers. I do not, however, see gaming, or anything hardcore or professional, in my future anytime soon.

As far as I can see, this computer will be used for all things a high school student would need:

-processing documents
-using the internet
-streaming videos, watching movies
-having multiple programs/tabs open

I also use the computer for the follwing:

- minor picture editing (I've been tampering around with photoshop)
- listening to music
- burning dvds/cds
- A couple more things that I might not be able to currently remember (:

My budget? I'm looking at a maximum of 2000$. That being said, I'm not looking to buy this computer IMMEDIATELY. I want to put as much thought into this computer, and I also need time to gather the money, so I'm looking at about summer of 2012 right now.

I'm not looking for a gaming computer, or something meant for professional video editors and such. I'm looking for a computer that can do all that I mentioned above, and then a little bit more for future compatibility.

From what I see, the first step in choosing a computer is picking the CPU. What CPU's would you recommend for my current needs?
May 12, 2012 6:40:00 AM

For your needs, I'd be looking at something like a laptop.

If you insist on a desktop, you wouldn't need to spend more than $1000.
NOTE: Most of the stuff im going to recommend is probably overkill for your needs, and all this is from Newegg, so you could probably find it cheaper if you look around.

Case: HAF - XM ($130, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] =haf%20XM)
HDD: Seagate 2tb 7200rpm ($120, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 822148834)
CPU: i5 2500k ($220, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 5%202500k)
Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M ($130, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 813157293)
RAM: 8gb Corsair vengeance kit ($50, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 820233144)
GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD6870 ($160, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] re%206870)
PSU: Corsair 750W ($100, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 817139021)
SSD: Vertex 3 60Gb (~$100, Newegg has these ridiculously expensive for some reason, look around for one)

Thatl be around $1000, and its a respectable gaming/editing rig as well. For burning CD's and such, I dont know much about optical drives so you'l have to figure that out on your own.

NOTE: You may want to downgrade the large HDD for a bigger SSD. If you truly don't see gaming/editing in your future, get an i5 3570k Ivy Bridge CPU, drop the HD6870,downgrade the 750W PSU and only get 4Gb of RAM, this will save you some decent coin.
May 12, 2012 7:16:43 AM

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PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 500W Modular 80PLUS Bronze Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

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ASRock Z77 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core i7-3770 Ivy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770

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COOLER MASTER Hyper TX3 RR-910-HTX3-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" 92mm CPU Cooler

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G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-1333C9D-16GAO

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SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card (11202-05-20G)

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LG Black 14X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 12X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA 14X Internal Blu-Ray Burner with SW BH14NS40

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May 12, 2012 6:02:46 PM

Wow, I asked for a CPU, and you guys went all out! Thanks!

@Manofchalk, I actually can't open of your links, but I went around searching for all those things anyways :p 

case: Don't have a problem with it!

HDD: I might just get 2 1HDDs, 1 tb each, and one for backup

CPU: works fine for me

MOBO: I've always (well, for the last month :p ) leaned towards ASUS, but since both of you guys recommended the ASROC, I'll consider it!

RAM: I know 8gb is pretty standard, but would it be wise to upgrade to 12, or even 16, to future proof it?

PSU: 80+ bronze, I guess thats good enough for me!

SSD: I'm looking around for 120 gb, just so I can fit in my OS and all the MAIN programs that I run



@Why_me

case: Whats the difference between a mid tower and a full? Is it just size?

PSU: great!

MOBO and CPU combo: Def like the i7, once again, I've leaned towards ASUS in the past (once again, 1 month haha)

CPU cooler: Perfect!
Just a general question, at what point in time would it be necessary to use water cooling?

HDD: 3TB, DAMN! I'll probably split that up into a 1tb main drive, and two 500gb backups. To date, I've probably used up a maximum of 200gb of storage so far. On my current computer, I've only used up 115gb, but the extra gb's might come into use when I start backing up my family pictures and videos to my computer

SSD: I'm thinking 240gb or 128. But then again, I really don't use that much memory, so 128 might just suit me for all my basic programs and OS.

GPU: don't know much about GPU's, so I'll just say ok on that one :p 

Optical drive: If I don't burn blue-rays, do I really need a blue ray burner? Is it better than a dvd burner in any way?

OS: Don't need that (:

Once again, to both of you guys, thanks so much for your full setups!
May 12, 2012 6:34:21 PM

sahibjs said:
Wow, I asked for a CPU, and you guys went all out! Thanks!

@Manofchalk, I actually can't open of your links, but I went around searching for all those things anyways :p 

case: Don't have a problem with it!

HDD: I might just get 2 1HDDs, 1 tb each, and one for backup

CPU: works fine for me

MOBO: I've always (well, for the last month :p ) leaned towards ASUS, but since both of you guys recommended the ASROC, I'll consider it!

RAM: I know 8gb is pretty standard, but would it be wise to upgrade to 12, or even 16, to future proof it?

PSU: 80+ bronze, I guess thats good enough for me!

SSD: I'm looking around for 120 gb, just so I can fit in my OS and all the MAIN programs that I run



@Why_me

case: Whats the difference between a mid tower and a full? Is it just size?

PSU: great!

MOBO and CPU combo: Def like the i7, once again, I've leaned towards ASUS in the past (once again, 1 month haha)

CPU cooler: Perfect!
Just a general question, at what point in time would it be necessary to use water cooling?

HDD: 3TB, DAMN! I'll probably split that up into a 1tb main drive, and two 500gb backups. To date, I've probably used up a maximum of 200gb of storage so far. On my current computer, I've only used up 115gb, but the extra gb's might come into use when I start backing up my family pictures and videos to my computer

SSD: I'm thinking 240gb or 128. But then again, I really don't use that much memory, so 128 might just suit me for all my basic programs and OS.

GPU: don't know much about GPU's, so I'll just say ok on that one :p 

Optical drive: If I don't burn blue-rays, do I really need a blue ray burner? Is it better than a dvd burner in any way?

OS: Don't need that (:

Once again, to both of you guys, thanks so much for your full setups!

That build I posted could be cut way back. I went a bit over board on the storage drive. Standard issue these days seems to be one storage drive (usually 1TB), and one SSD. The SSD could be cut back to 120GB for a $100 or probably even cheaper when you purchase this summer. I don't watch bluray myself, but I threw that in for ...not sure why I stuck that in there. $20 dvd/cd writer ftw.

I stuck that 16GB of RAM in there because the price was right and you mentioned you do some photo editing. Also it leaves you an upgrade path if you ever decide to add more RAM.

To answer your question on the case...no need for a full tower. That mid tower has plenty of room for whatever you need. Same with water cooling...no need for that these days. That cpu I put in there doesn't overclock..for that you want the 3770K which does combo with that board to save few dollars.

If your set on Asus then this board down below would be one to look at.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $134.99 FREE SHIPPING
ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
May 13, 2012 3:49:56 PM

Would it be a "wise decision" to go with a i7-3820 CPU? I do realize that its LGA 2011, so that does limit my motherboards by quite a bit.
May 13, 2012 4:31:26 PM

sahibjs said:
Would it be a "wise decision" to go with a i7-3820 CPU? I do realize that its LGA 2011, so that does limit my motherboards by quite a bit.

LGA is expensive and unless you plan on doing professional CAD or something it's not worth it.
May 17, 2012 3:50:20 AM

So I should just stick to LGA 1155 boards?
May 17, 2012 6:54:36 AM

Yep.
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