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Old 02-11-2010, 11:43 PM  
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My Computer Build

Since everyone else has posted their builds I figure its my turn.

CPU:
Intel Core i7 920 - 2.66 GHZ
$199

Motherboard:
Foxconn Flaming Blade X58
$158

RAM:
6GB Triple Channel DDR3-1600mhz
$159

HDD:
WD Blue 500GB SATA
$52

Video Card:
PNY GeForce GT 220 -week i know but its good enough for now
1GB DDR2 GRAM HDMI OUT
$50

Case:
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition
$35

PSU:
CoolerMaster 500W Extreme Power Plus
$35

Windows 7 Pro X64
$65
(will be dual-booting with Linux)
TOTAL: $753 Before Tax

Monitor that I bought for X-mas:
Hannspree 25.1" with HDMI
$200

$953 w/ Monitor

I think I did pretty good - I plan to upgrade the Graphics card eventually and Overclock at some point - but I'm leaving it stock for now


Windows 7 is all setup but now its time to setup LinuxMint 8
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:09 AM   #31
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Thank you guys for your help. I'll be back with more questions and updates as time passes.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:17 AM   #32
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What is the difference between building the machine I posted and buying this one from Dell?
Customizable XPS 8500

Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0+LE
Integrated 7.1 with WAVE MAXXAudio 4
Dell Laser Mouse
Dell KB213 Wired Multimedia Keyboard, US-English
16X CD/DVD burner
AMD Radeon™ HD 7770 2GB GDDR5
2TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 6.0 Gb/s
Memory 12GB Dual Channel DD.
Windows 8, 64-bit, English
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3770 processor (up to 3.90 GHz)

Price 949.00
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:22 AM   #33
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Cheaper quality parts. Very little room for upgrading or adding additional components. Less fun...
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:23 AM   #34
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What is the difference between building the machine I posted and buying this one from Dell?
Customizable XPS 8500

Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0+LE
Integrated 7.1 with WAVE MAXXAudio 4
Dell Laser Mouse
Dell KB213 Wired Multimedia Keyboard, US-English
16X CD/DVD burner
AMD Radeon™ HD 7770 2GB GDDR5
2TB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive 6.0 Gb/s
Memory 12GB Dual Channel DD.
Windows 8, 64-bit, English
3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3770 processor (up to 3.90 GHz)

Price 949.00
No room for future upgrades and you'll be getting much lower quality parts.

edit: no learning experience.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:24 AM   #35
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:46 PM   #36
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I have the HAF 912 case and it was over $100 when I bought it in 2010.

Its a really great case.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:20 PM   #37
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I'd forget about getting a i3 CPU... I'd go with a i5 at minimum. I'll link you to a good one that matches the socket type of your motherboard.
I'd also suggest looking at another case and dishing out some extra money for a SSD -- you can get a 128GB SSD for just over $100 now. Your operating system and apps (photoshop) will thank you. Still get a sata HDD for storage though.

Here's a good CPU - i5 2500k is a fantastic processor.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

I'd also look at getting another heatsink that what is provided --- The Cooler Master 212 Plus is a BEAST and a fantastic value.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065

Agreed on the CPU, at least a i5, but really, if you can afford it, get an i7. Especially for you are wanting to do.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:13 PM   #38
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Just my kind of questions~

What you have is a good budget build, right now that I-5 2500k is still THE dominating budget CPU, especially with a nice big fat overclock. The rest looks ok, but definitely wont be top tier and will grow obsolete sooner than later.

Please, please do not buy OEM. The OEM parts are trash, plain and simple.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:14 PM   #39
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I have the HAF 912 case and it was over $100 when I bought it in 2010.

Its a really great case.
I'm using the HAF X and its great. Gigantic, but a great case.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:25 PM   #40
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Have the case and the heat sink that you recommended in this thread.

Both great, great values.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:25 PM   #41
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I have the HAF 912 case and it was over $100 when I bought it in 2010.

Its a really great case.
And I'm a ****ing liar.

I have a HAF 922 and it's still $100.

Sorry.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:08 AM   #42
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Have the case and the heat sink that you recommended in this thread.

Both great, great values.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:18 AM   #43
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Agreed on the CPU, at least a i5, but really, if you can afford it, get an i7. Especially for you are wanting to do.
I started with an 800 budget for a store bought computer. Now I'm at 1200 for a build. At this point I'm really not trying to go higher, but thank you for the tip on the i7
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:20 AM   #44
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Here is another question, it was suggested that I get a SSD, is that for ALL of my apps or just a couple?
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:22 AM   #45
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Here is another question, it was suggested that I get a SSD, is that for ALL of my apps or just a couple?
That's up to you and what size SSD you get.
I'd say it's only necessary for your operating system and whatever applications you plan on using the most (adobe photoshop and aftereffects).
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