Computer help forum: My first build in over 10 years...mostly non-gaming.

by: Skooby12 February 15, 2010 5:50 AM PST

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My first build in over 10 years...mostly non-gaming.

by Skooby12 - 2/15/10 5:50 AM

Critique away. Do I need the extra fan & heatsink? I was hesistant on my GPU, HDD, Case & PSU picks.

Do I need two harddrives, (One specifically for music), or would I be better off getting one that's better than both of my choices.

My first build in over ten years. My dad doesn't think I can do it...i'm going to prove his ass wrong.

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (Within the next two months) BUDGET RANGE: ($900-$1200 After Rebates)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Downloading movies/music, editing home video, browsing internet, regular pc stuff with word/excel,access, possible minor gaming in another year when i'm done with school)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (Everything required)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, any others reccommended) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (United States)

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (Intel CPU)

OVERCLOCKING: (Maybe) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: (Maybe)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (Don't know)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (Would like for it to be fast and quiet and not run hot)

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CPU i7-860: $200
INTEL
http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0317378

MOBO LGA 1156: $143
GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
SATA 3.0, USB 3.0, 3x USB power
GIGABYTE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128412&Tpk=GIGABYTE%20GA-P55A-UD3%20LGA

GPU ATI Radeon HD 4650: $60
Gigabyte Radeon HD 4650 Video Card - 1GB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0, CrossFireX, Dual-Link DVI, VGA, HDMI
GIGABYTE
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4843026&CatId=3670

CASE W/460W POWER SUPPLY: $80
& 120MM FAN

Cooler Master Elite 330 Black ATX Mid-Tower Case & Cooler Master Extreme Power 460W Power Supply & Ultra Performance 120mm Case Fan Bundle
Cooler Master
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5078750&CatId=1509

HDD - 320GB: $73
*Main Drive*

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KSRTL 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073

HDD - 500GB: $65
*Music/Movies/Etc.*

Western Digital WD5001AALS Caviar Black Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200 rpm, 32MB, SATA-3G
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4914330&CatId=139

RAM - 4GB (2 x 2GB) $110
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145260&cm_re=2_x_4gb_ddr3-_-20-145-260-_-Product

DVD Burner $29
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe LightScribe Support - OEM
SONY
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118032

Operating System Windows 7: $105
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=%22Home_premium%22-_-32-116-754-_-Product

Monitor 21.5 HD: $160
ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 12000 : 1) Built in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236051

Keyboard and mouse combo: $30
Microsoft Business Hardware Pack Keyboard and Mouse Combo
MICROSOFT
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1597497&CatId=1482

Fan & Heatsink: $38
*Get an extra fan??*
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065

Total: $1,093

Someone reccommended this case & PSU to me: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129064

I didn't like the design cuz the usb ports would be hard to reach where i'm putting the pc.

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