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Old 08-05-2010, 09:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I am a first timer to building PCs. I can't bring myself to buy another Dell, and I figured I am up for the challenge. (I've swapped out hard drives and hacked a few Tivos). I don't need a monitor or an OS. (I have a 22" wide-screen flat panel, and will be running Win 7).My new rig will be used for gaming and home video editing. I'd like to spend about $1k, and have no preference on the processor brand. I'll need a 1TB HD. I am not looking for a flashy case, just something quiet and cool. I am not looking for a Blu Ray drive, but will need a DVD burner drive. I figure 4-6gb RAM? Any suggestions/assistance will be greatly appreciated! Thanks.
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This will be able to play any game at High settings handily

Case: $50
NZXT M59
Newegg.com - NZXT M59 - 001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


Mother Board: $160
ASUS Maximus III GENE LGA 1156
Newegg.com - ASUS Maximus III GENE LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard


CPU: $195
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield
Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750


GPU: $290
XFX HD-585X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850
Newegg.com - XFX HD-585X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity


RAM: $98
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
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PSU: $90
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W
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HDD: $80
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALS 1TB 7200 RPM
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD Burner: $20
Newegg.com - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

TOTAL: $983
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This will be able to play any game at High settings handily
Sean, this looks awesome, thanks! One question, will I see much performance improvement for video editing if I bump up to 6gb of RAM? I assume this is right 6gb choice: Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM

Also, down the road I may add a Blu Ray burner. That shouldn't be a problem right?

Do I need a sound card or is it integrated?
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the i5 used dual channel ram, so you go 2, 4, 8, or 16 gigs. and 4 gigs is plenty, DDR3 is so **** fast you will have a hard time using more than that.

and all you would need to do with a blu ray burner isunplug the old one and slide it in. no problems.


and no sound card is needed, its integrated.

the only other thing i would suggest is a CPU cooler, i didnt include one beacuse it would have gone over budget.
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