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June 10, 2012 2:19:02 AM

I pulled a serious newbie mistake, I posted before reading the forums in detail. I am so sorry for posting earlier and not reading everything before hand.
I really could use your expert advise on this and appreciate any help you can offer.
Thank you very much.

Approximate Purchase Date: hopefully in next 4 weeks

Budget Range: $800 After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important:
1. Web browsing/ email
2. Business usage:
a. Web design
b. Graphics
c. Accounting (QuickBooks)
d. Database
3. Running multiple programs at same time: such as …Dreamweaver CS5, Web browsers (watching sports/listening to radio, Microsoft Office
4. Microsoft office (I use the whole package from Access, Publisher to Word and Excel)
5. Accessing external hard drive plugged into my wireless router.
6. DVD & CD burning

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, monitors (LG-w2053 and an Acer-e230h), mouse, speakers, OS (Microsoft 7 Professional 64-bit), Case (I am attaching a picture of current case so you can let me know if it will work)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I really like newegg.com but I have found Fry’s to be very competitive. Amazon is also okay. I am open to suggestions.

Country: Prefer US. But I am more concerned with who has the better customer service and better quality for the buck.

Parts Preferences: Intel i7, I am open to suggestions.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080, 1920x1200 I have an LG-w2053 and an Acer-e230h

Additional Comments: I really want an SSD drive with a regular hard drive on this system. SSD is the way to go and will become very common soon. I’m looking for a desktop that will not have to be upgraded for at least 4 years.

Extra slots for future RAM
SSD drive and HDD drive.
USB 3.0 (x2) in front of case
USB 2.0 (x2) in front case
On board graphics is fine as long as it can handle 2 monitors (HDMI preferred)
On board surround sound.

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June 10, 2012 4:41:38 AM

I dunno many cases with 2x USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0 front panel, though 1 of each, or one of one and two of the other is possible.

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June 10, 2012 5:22:30 AM
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June 10, 2012 5:41:22 AM

Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Drop the 6870 completely (-160)
Get this Mushkin Chronos 120GB (+100)
http://www.amazon.com/Mushkin-Chronos-2-5-Inch-Solid-MK...
Total: $602

You don't need an i7 honestly. For what you just listed. Non of them are programs and usages that would make use of Hyper-threading. IMO though. I run PS5, LR3.3 and Mozilla at the same time and with the i5 2500K it is smooth even when I'm editing.
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June 10, 2012 5:49:06 AM

aznshinobi said:
Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Drop the 6870 completely (-160)
Get this Mushkin Chronos 120GB (+100)
http://www.amazon.com/Mushkin-Chronos-2-5-Inch-Solid-MK...
Total: $602

You don't need an i7 honestly. For what you just listed. Non of them are programs and usages that would make use of Hyper-threading. IMO though. I run PS5, LR3.3 and Mozilla at the same time and with the i5 2500K it is smooth even when I'm editing.


Thank you very much.

I was just thinking about using the i7 because it is the newest thing out and I don't want to get stuck down the road with a slow out of date processor that can't handle upgrades. Amazingly I have survived till now on a Pentium 4 and 2GB of DDR RAM.
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June 10, 2012 5:57:13 AM

Thank you everyone for the awesome information. I will keep you posted on what I put together. I'm not sold on the case having the 4 USB slots in the front, that was just a "want".

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June 10, 2012 6:36:10 AM

No problem! Good luck on your build. But yeah, i7 shouldn't been needed. If you want though, you can stick the i7 3770 or i7 2700. The i7 3770 would probably be a longer lasting one between the two. Not necessarily needed but I guess you could.

I'd go i5 for now though, Haswell releases next year so no reason to spend more money on a chip that will be replaced in a year or two.
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June 10, 2012 11:33:17 AM

i5 is fine, as is adding the SSD, but given the two monitors, I'd suggest some kind of discrete video card.

toss $100 or so at a 7750 or 7770
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June 21, 2012 10:17:21 PM

Howdy ScrewySqrl and Aznshinobi. Thank you again. Sorry for the long wait on my reply and best answer selection. I just had a baby girl and time has been completely allocated to the wife and first baby. I have taken a combination of recommendations and tried to put them together. The price is a little higher then I wanted but I think I can get a good deal. I still have some questions and have posted them next to the hardware listed below. I didn’t list a case because I think the one I have will work. It has a fan on the side panel and (4) dvd size slots and (2) 3 ½” slots in front.

Processor: i7-3770 if I can get a good deal, if not i5-3550 $319 to $210

Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Performance LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $149.99 **I don’t really know the difference between this, the ASUS P8P67 and the Asrock B75M? Will the cheaper Asrock be just fine?

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive. $79.99 **I am still confused on Cache and Interface options. Which one should I go with? 64MB, 32MB, 16MB cache and SATA 6.0 or SATA 3.0 or SAS 6?

SSD Drive: Mushkin Chronos 120 GB Sata $94.99

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL $46.99

Graphics: HIS IceQ Radeon HD 6570 $59.99

Power Supply: Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $59.99

$319 + $149 + $80 +$95 +$47 + $60 + $60 = $810
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June 21, 2012 10:17:48 PM

Best answer selected by macsremodel.
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June 22, 2012 2:19:15 AM

For your CPU the i5 3450 would be enough and honestly you wouldn't see any issues with running the stuff you wanted run. You can go with the i7 3770 but it's unneeded.

The B75M would be more than enough for your requirements. Save some money.

The Cache of HDDs hardly matters honestly, at this point get this HDD though,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Only $85 for a 1TB

The PSU, save a bit. No need for so much power. CX430V2 would be fine:
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-430-Watt-Certified-Compat...
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