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Old 12-26-2009, 06:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, I知 a college student and I知 looking to build my own PC for the first time, and I知 trying to get the most bang for my buck. I値l be using this PC for everything, from word processing to gaming. I致e got ~$1000 to spend, so I知 thinking the best option would be to go to an online site like Newegg and buy all the parts and then either assemble it myself (I致e had limited experience replacing HDDs, RAM, and gfx cards) or having a local place like Best Buy do it for me. I致e not had any experience with over clocking, but I would like to look into it, although I知 nervous about frying my hardware or wearing it out prematurely. I知 sure this will affect which hardware I should use depending on whether or not I want to OC it.

There are a whole lot of options out there, but roughly speaking, I had something like this in mind:

[$280]Processor-Intel Core i7 920 (I知 assuming this is better than the 860, even though it is similarly priced?)
I read that the 920 is good because it takes advantage of triple-channel architecture and will be upgradeable later on if I want to upgrade my processor in a few years. It also said something about automatic OC 禅urbo boost or something, which might make over clocking easier for a newb like me?

[$250-300]RAM-6 GB of either OCZ or Corsair DDR3 triple channel RAM. I知 not sure which brand is better or what would be a good option (DOMINATOR GT vs OCZ BLADE series vs regular DOMINATOR, and what about low voltage versions of the same memory)? All I do know is that top-of-the-line memory is too much money, so I壇 want to scale down to bring me back within my budget.

[$350]Video Card-Admittedly, I致e fallen behind the times in SLI and Crossfire in terms of benefits. I知 not a graphics junkie, but I壇 want my rig to look nice and perform well. That being said, I知 not sure which card would be best on my somewhat limited budget, or if I should invest in multiple cards? Or would it be better to invest in one expensive card?

[$100-150]Case-A full tower cooling-type case seems to be what I would need. I壇 like expandability and I also know that if I do OC (or even if I don稚), that temperature is a major factor in the performance and lifespan of any PC. With this is mind, I just looked into these ones for functionality and price reference:

-AZZA Solano 1000 Full-Tower Advance Cooling Case w/ Dual 230mm Fan + Extra 3 Fans
-In-Win Maelstrom Full Tower Gaming Case w/ Sound Absorbing Foam
-Cooler Master HAF 932 High Air Flow ATX Full Tower Case Black

[$150-300]Motherboard-As far as these go, I have no idea what I would need for this type of rig, in terms of ports, compatibility, or anything else. I know it痴 perhaps the most important component, so I壇 need a more tech-oriented user to comment.

[$100]HDD-I don稚 really care what size or make, just so long as it痴 quick enough. I have already own two twin internal WDs that I知 using externally via esata, for moving around and backing up data among several computers.
[$80?]Power Supply-I don稚 know, but I saw that a similar PC at Dell used a 750k unit, so I値l use that as a reference

[$?]Extra Fans-How many, if any? I know most power supplies havetheir own, and the case will feature some, and perhaps the memory/gpu will have some fans/sinks? I知 also weary of liquid cooling in terms of installation/maintenance and price.

[$150-250]Monitor-I know a bit about displays, it痴 just a matter of finding a good-valued one. Anything over 22 inches with a good refresh rate and reliable brand will do. Obviously a display with high resolution is a must with the graphics card I値l be using.

[?]Operating System-I actually have a Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit upgrade disk, but I need another OS to upgrade from. I知 thinking of maybe buying some Widows XP whatever online and then just upgrading?

So clearly, I知 way over budget and I知 not too experienced or eager to do any extreme OC type stuff, nor am I sure about multiple graphics cards. I need to trim down the costs, I was thinking primarily about maybe scaling down the RAM in terms of performance or maybe brand? And perhaps trying to get a cheaper mobo or display? But given my preferences about OC and graphics cards, would it be a good idea to invest in all of this top-tier stuff or is that really only for those who want to OC everything and run Crisis on High? I壇 also be looking for some good warranty coverage since I知 buying all of these parts online and I may have to go with lesser brands.
Any input would be appreciated!

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Old 12-26-2009, 08:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well you've got what you need down, but for ~$1000 (I'm assuming USD) your better off to go with something other then an i7. Since they're expensive, and perform great, but a lesser new quad will be just as good.

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more! great combo going on now.

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Newegg.com - SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies

So for me that ended up being $823.25, so ~$150 for case of your choice. I just noticed you wanted a monitor too, so I guess it'd be best to scale down the video card. Maybe go with a 5770, or 4890 instead.

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Old 12-26-2009, 08:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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something like this?


Western Digital Caviar Green WD6400AACS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

ASUS VW224T Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 5000 :1 (ASCR) Built in Speakers

XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

ENERMAX ECO80+ EES500AWT 500W ATX12V V2.31 SLI & Crossfire Ready Compatible w/Core i7 80PLUS Certified w/Magnetic Magma Fan Active PFC Power Supply

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ955FBGIBOX

ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AM3 AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL


~$140 for case and shipping

this case looks good
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

since you have a windows upgrade disk...

might I suggest google "double install method"
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Old 12-26-2009, 08:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You picked out some nice parts there jag, but unfortunately your ambitions are greater than your means. For $1000 you generally will need to go with either a Phenom or i5; and since you want a monitor most likely a phenom. Something like this:

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
(same combo linked by dirk)

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

Newegg.com - XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Newegg.com - Acer H235Hbmid Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 ACM 100000:1 Built in Speakers - LCD Monitors

total: $1003.92 + shipping on some of the items.
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