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post #1 of 19
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A friend of mine is taking the Computer Science (Games) major at USC and needs a tower. Budget is $1000, it can be slightly over but not much. Likely uses are visual studio and other applications used to program / design games.

Build suggestions?
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post #2 of 19
Just the tower? nothing else?
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post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
Yeah. Do need a case, don't need windows or any other programs, she can get all that free through the school.

Wanted features:
500gig hard drive (can be bigger if budget allows, but other features are more important)
Small ssd for OS drive + programs
More than 4 gigs of ram. Doesn't have to be high end speedy ram, but there needs to be a good deal of it, preferably 8gb

Personally I'm leaning toward a 2500k build + a cheap good cooler like the CM Hyper 212, and OCing to 4.6+ ghz. But if better can be had for the money, I'm open to everything.
Edited by tommy1993 - 5/22/11 at 8:52pm
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1TB + 500GB Seagates, 80gb Intel X25-M SSD LG 22x CD/DVD Reader/Writer Win7 Home Premium x64 24" 1920x1200 Samsung 
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post #4 of 19
monitor and mouse/keyboard/speaker not included?

for $1000 i wont get a heatsink. look into the antec H2O 620. or 920 if u have bigger (not really needed) even the H60 or H70.

if u can find a cheap used nvidia quadro card cuz thats the best for visual programs. but if u need to be able to play games then gtx 560 ti would be great.

also a SSD is highly recommended (almost required...)
Edited by Coolwaters - 5/22/11 at 9:01pm
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post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
Monitor/mouse/keyboard/speakers aren't needed, she already has those. I always read that the Quadro cards were rip offs (and I suspect some gaming will be done ) so I'll stick to regular graphics cards
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1TB + 500GB Seagates, 80gb Intel X25-M SSD LG 22x CD/DVD Reader/Writer Win7 Home Premium x64 24" 1920x1200 Samsung 
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post #6 of 19
I'm at work so I can't do a spec list up. However

I5 2500K $250
4GB DDR3 Ram $150
Gigabyte or Asus P67MB $150
1TB HDD $80
Gigabyte GTX 560 $200
Case $99
PSU $99

=1028

Very rough price list using top of my head stuff.

But something like that would be more then enough. You could throw a 60GB SSD in there if you find room in your budget.
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post #7 of 19
Why not go with something like this(DIY Kit) cheaper and more than enough horsepower for her needs.And if you don't like the psu that come with it,you cam always swap it out.The gfx's card is a Sapphire hd 6770,or you could go more power if you wanted.You'll have enough leftover to make adjustments as needed.Maybe even add a extra monitor for a dual setup.
 
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post #8 of 19
1k builds such an amazing pc nowadays..

I built a 1k tower + m/kb in '06 It had a AMD 939 3700+ cpu, 2g ram, high end board, x1600 pro vga, and Tt armor case
post #9 of 19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820139416
how about this ssd? it's down to 129$ after Mail-in rebate.
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post #10 of 19
Sounds like you might be utilizing the Hyperthreading that the 2600k offers. I would choose that in combination with 1600mhz 8GB ram and either a Asus P8P67 pro or gigabyte P67 UD4. If budget doesn't allow getting the ASUS or giga mobo then I would look at the asrock p67 extreme4 mobo. It's an excellent budget mobo that does just as good as the others.
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