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#1 Joesph

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 10:45 AM

I've decided to build my first computer and have put together a list of hardware that I believe will work together but I could use some advice from from someone with more experience than I have. Would everything work together? Is it the best bang for the buck?

Uses: Internet, Watching online television (abc.com, hulu, netflix, etc.), downloading large files, converting video, and I'm big into photoshop cs3 and photography.

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated!

Motherboard & Processor - $369.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...&CatId=4721

CPU Cooler - $29.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/se...25&csid=_32

RAM 4GB $106.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/se...27&csid=_32

Case - $29.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/se...dy=#ReviewStart

Power Supply - $44.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/se...p?EdpNo=3276567

Video Card - $54.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/se...dy=#ReviewStart

Hard Drive $54.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/se...26&csid=_37

CD/DVD Drive $28.00
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/se...84&csid=_37

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#2 IrishGrimReaper

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 11:04 AM

That all will work together, the i5 is a brilliant CPU. How much are you willing to spend in total for parts? And do you need an OS/Peripherals?
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Posted 29 November 2009 - 11:30 AM

I'm looking to spend right around $800. I'm willing to spend more if I need too or if I can squeak out a bit more from the system. Any suggestions? I already have xp 32bit but may upgrade to either vista or windows 7 I haven't really decided yet. I will upgrade the os in the future for sure as I want a 64bit os so I can upgrade the RAM. I know that will add to my cost. I also already have a monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc.

Can the i5 be oc'ed?

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 12:12 PM

Well, you might want to consider Windows 7, but really if you're big into photo-shopping you'll want a large amount of RAM, maybe even fill out the 8GB. For that alone you need a 64 bit Operating System.

And yes the i5 can be OC'd it's a great little OC'er. 3.8GHz would be doable with a good cooler on it!

But for $800 you can get a decent rig, but i5 may not be the best way to go, PII would probably be better. Here is a build that would suit you fine. Comes in at $790 after rebates.
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Posted 29 November 2009 - 01:49 PM

you left out an optic drive

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 01:55 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...8-031-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...6-276-_-Product

Edited by IrishGrimReaper, 29 November 2009 - 01:56 PM.

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#7 Joesph

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 02:34 PM

If I went this route would it perform just as fast as the way I was planning to build? How do the two motherboards compare? I ask this as I was looking into the AMD Phenom II X4 955 before I thought I settled on the i5. Now I'm questioning again. :~)

You have it set where I'd spend more on the video card than motherboard and I had it the opposite. I guess I'm looking at it to what I can upgrade in the future. Which way would have the better options for upgrade?

Thanks for all of the help!!!!

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 03:08 PM

It will perform just as good, you'll benefit from the RAM alot due to photoshop.

A good i5 rig needs more money put to it. Although the CPU is better, the PII is still great! And with an $800 budget it's pretty much going to have to be a PII.

And the GPU and mobo cost the same, you can change the GPU to something else if you want, I just think it's always nice to have any video card in a build. And the 9600gt a decent card for it's price.

In terms of upgrades, they're pretty similar. But I'm not sure how far Intel is willing to take the 1156 socket in general, the AM3 might be around longer than 1156. The Asus i5 mobo has an extra PCI-E slot, but you're barely putting a GPU in the build anyway, so that doesn't matter. That Asus mobo has more to it I will admit, but.. well what do you expect it costs more:) that AM3 mobo is a great deal for it's price and there's plenty of slots on it for any upgrades.

For $800 just go with a PII, it will perform great.
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Posted 29 November 2009 - 03:17 PM

Thank you for the advice, feedback, and help. It truly is appreciated!!!

I'm going to more time and look into the PII as you suggested.

I do have one more question? If you were going to build an i5 rig what would you put into it? Just to give me an idea of cost. It may be worth it for me to do that as I always find ways to out grow any system I've had.

What do you think of this deal? It's the 965 instead of the 955 and a Asus motherboard?
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/Se...mp;sku=B69-3141

Also, would it be ok to go ahead with the Power Supply I had in my original rig or is 750w too much?

I'm also liking this case?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...xt%20beta%20evo

Again thanks in advance!

Edited by Joesph, 29 November 2009 - 03:38 PM.


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Posted 29 November 2009 - 04:16 PM

That mobo+ CPU is a good deal actually! :thumbsup:

For me and an i5 rig.. well it really does depend on what you wanna do with it, but in your case. I'd say around $1000. I put together something that would work fine for you at $916. But the PII is pretty much the same really and about $100 less. If you want I'll post a pic of it for you.

You can up the PSU if you want, but really that's overkill 500 is more than enough for you. Maybe up to a 600 one if you want. but any more will be a waste.

And the case, well it looks alright for $30, very cheap and judging by it's not so great reviews you get what you pay for. Peronally I'd go with a Lian Li case or Antec 300 when stuck to a bugdet. Just FYI Lian Li make some of the best cases around, arguably one of the best makers out there.

This is a cheap Lian Li case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16811112236
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