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Hey guys,

Like i said above, i'm new here, and i would like some advice on building a new custom desktop. I'm hoping i can just give you guys a budget, and you'll be able to run away with it and magically come up with something awesome for me...

I've been looking into building a new system for awhile now, but i'm not confident that i'll do the best job of picking out peices. Thats where you guys come in (i hope).

I'd like to set my budget at about $900-1000 for the system, not including a monitor. I'm sure you guys could do a great job of building something, but i'd like to first put my 2 cents in.

1) I want an 60gb SSD to boot my OS from (windows 7 64 bit)
2) I want either a mobo with a good sound card on it already, or an excellent aftermarket card. i like to stream and listen to music, and also create music and record audio.
3) even though i dont plan on doing much with video/picture editing (lots of video streaming though!), i still want a top of the line graphics card that can handle at least 2 monitors (hdmi or dvi out). I plan on getting back into computer gaming.
4) AT LEAST 8gb of ram...at least.
5) a 2tb internal hdd will be plenty (i have plenty of external space)
6) AT LEAST a quadcore (preferably intel). The CPU is where i need the most help. i want this thing to be blazing fast, and dont know enough about overclocking to know what the best product is to get, or how to do it. so i need alot of help there.
7) gotta have a kick butt case with enough cooling capabilities (and also some nice LED's!) to appeal to the eye
7) obviously there are wireless cards and dvd/cd (bluray?) drives, sd card reader, and a power supply, etc. to think about also.

is someone willing to help?? If you dont think i can get this for $1000...i'm willing to go a little higher. also, if at all possible, i'd like to purchase everything from newegg.com...i've had awesome luck with them in the past.

HAVE AT IT GUYS!
post #2 of 11
I got an SB build for you that fits perfectly within your budget and you get some MIR's as well:

Lian Li K58W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112238
2TB HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822145473
XFX HD6870: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150506
750W PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371049
4GB DDR3-1600 RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231444
MSI P67A: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130571
i5 2500K: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072
Crucial M4 64GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148441

$995 subtotal and $75 worth of MIR's. Pretty good deal if you ask me.

EDIT: If you're also looking for a cooler (and who wouldn't especially with a 2500K....) then the Ninja 3 should be right up your alley. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185147 Put it into push pull configuration with another casefan and you'll be laughing all the way to the bank. Either that or pickup a Noctua D14: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835608018
Edited by Amor - 8/8/11 at 10:02pm
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post #3 of 11
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thank you for the quick response and suggestion! i'll take a look at it and see what i think.

Any more suggestions from anyone?

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Originally Posted by Amor View Post
I got an SB build for you that fits perfectly within your budget and you get some MIR's as well:

Lian Li K58W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811112238
2TB HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822145473
XFX HD6870: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150506
750W PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371049
4GB DDR3-1600 RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231444
MSI P67A: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130571
i5 2500K: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072
Crucial M4 64GB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148441

$995 subtotal and $75 worth of MIR's. Pretty good deal if you ask me.

EDIT: If you're also looking for a cooler (and who wouldn't especially with a 2500K....) then the Ninja 3 should be right up your alley. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835185147 Put it into push pull configuration with another casefan and you'll be laughing all the way to the bank. Either that or pickup a Noctua D14: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835608018
post #4 of 11
The following are the parts I would get given your budget and needs:

CPU 2500k ($200): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072
MoBo P8P67 Pro($180): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131703
PSU Hx650($90): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...9012&Tpk=hx650
RAM 8GB Ripjaw X 1600 ($60): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428
HDD Spinpoint F3 1TB ($100): 2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...spinpoint%20f3
GPU (either GTX460 1GB or GTX560Ti - depends how much you want to spend: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130571 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127565 - $155 vs $220
Case Antec 900 ($100): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129021
CPU cooler Hyper212+ ($30): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065

Other things: DVD RW Drive ($20), Thermal Compound (unless you want to use the stuff that comes with Hyper212+, $10).

Total comes out to be roughly $700 before choosing a video card. There's lots of other options for GPU too, but the two linked perform well and are reliable.

Edit: oops, I totally forgot to add an SSD on there. That being said, it's probably better to go with the GTX460 and pick up a Crucial or Intel 64GB SSD

Editx2: If you want to save money, you could get a cheaper case and PSU, but the case definitely fits your criteria (good air flow, LEDs, good to look at it) and the PSU will guarantee you the ability to SLI or add future components should your heart desire! As for the sound card, you can usually find a good deal on a creative card for ~$80, or go with a lower end Xonar. Totally up to you.
Edited by Zzari - 8/8/11 at 10:28pm
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OK... I missed some of the requirements. In which case just double up the RAM I've listed for 4x2GB modules bringing the price to $1055 but with $75 in MIR's you're still under the $1000 budget.

Personally I don't believe in dedicated sound cards. The onboard ones these days are good enough for me and although I'm not a professional musician or anything I do have some musical background and I can tell the difference between 192 and 320 kbps mp3's (but only after listening to a sample 3 or 4 times). With my ASUS board it has this "ADI AD2000" integrated sound which is actually really good IMO (and if you google it it has some pretty rave reviews for it being integrated sound).

If you pick the MSI I listed above it has a pretty standard "Realtek" integrated sound and is good for what you get. Now for pure sound quality regardless of price I would say get a dedicated sound card but these days they're good enough that people won't notice unless they're audiophiles (and even then the gap has closed).

If you still want a soundcard like a poster above said, get a Xonar or SoundBlaster. I personally like the Xonar a little bit better because I feel like you're paying a bit for the Creative brandname but either company is fine.
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post #6 of 11
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Thank you for helping! i'll definitely take your build into consideration!

I'm really liking how quick and helpful you guys are...good stuff

Quote:
Originally Posted by Zzari View Post
The following are the parts I would get given your budget and needs:

CPU 2500k ($200): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072
MoBo P8P67 Pro($180): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131703
PSU Hx650($90): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...9012&Tpk=hx650
RAM 8GB Ripjaw X 1600 ($60): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428
HDD Spinpoint F3 1TB ($100): 2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...spinpoint%20f3
GPU (either GTX460 1GB or GTX560Ti - depends how much you want to spend: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130571 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127565 - $155 vs $220
Case Antec 900 ($100): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129021
CPU cooler Hyper212+ ($30): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103065

Other things: DVD RW Drive ($20), Thermal Compound (unless you want to use the stuff that comes with Hyper212+, $10).

Total comes out to be roughly $700 before choosing a video card. There's lots of other options for GPU too, but the two linked perform well and are reliable.

Edit: oops, I totally forgot to add an SSD on there. That being said, it's probably better to go with the GTX460 and pick up a Crucial or Intel 64GB SSD

Editx2: If you want to save money, you could get a cheaper case and PSU, but the case definitely fits your criteria (good air flow, LEDs, good to look at it) and the PSU will guarantee you the ability to SLI or add future components should your heart desire! As for the sound card, you can usually find a good deal on a creative card for ~$80, or go with a lower end Xonar. Totally up to you.
post #7 of 11
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Thanks for the follow up. I figured i could double up the RAM so i didnt count that as a missed requirement from you I'll have some thinking to do about the sound card issue. I guess it will depend on how much the final product costs. I'm sure i'll end up throwing a few extra dollars at a dedicated one, just to say i did it. when i'm in "buying" mode....i buy haha

Quote:
Originally Posted by Amor View Post
OK... I missed some of the requirements. In which case just double up the RAM I've listed for 4x2GB modules bringing the price to $1055 but with $75 in MIR's you're still under the $1000 budget.

Personally I don't believe in dedicated sound cards. The onboard ones these days are good enough for me and although I'm not a professional musician or anything I do have some musical background and I can tell the difference between 192 and 320 kbps mp3's (but only after listening to a sample 3 or 4 times). With my ASUS board it has this "ADI AD2000" integrated sound which is actually really good IMO (and if you google it it has some pretty rave reviews for it being integrated sound).

If you pick the MSI I listed above it has a pretty standard "Realtek" integrated sound and is good for what you get. Now for pure sound quality regardless of price I would say get a dedicated sound card but these days they're good enough that people won't notice unless they're audiophiles (and even then the gap has closed).

If you still want a soundcard like a poster above said, get a Xonar or SoundBlaster. I personally like the Xonar a little bit better because I feel like you're paying a bit for the Creative brandname but either company is fine.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
bump for more advice!
post #9 of 11
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does anyone else have any suggestions?
post #10 of 11
This build goes $50 over your budget. It is pretty decent, although I would spend the extra $ to go with a better CPU cooler (if you are going to keep it overclocked) and a better WIFI card (it was an afterthought lol). I'm also not sure of the capabilities of the DVD drive.

I'm hoping you don't need Windows 7...

I chose the GPU because I've heard that AMD (ATI) is better at handling dual monitors. Another thing to consider is going for a Z68 motherboard with integrated graphics. Just something to consider .

I've never heard of this particular brand of case, however it looks good and has some positive reviews. The PSU is not modular, so if the case turns out to have poor cable management you might want to get a modular PSU.

Sentey Black Box Series 4284 - $50
ASUS P8P67 PRO - $180 ($190)
XFX Radeon 6950 - $240 + Mail in rebate
Corsair CX500 - $60 (
$70) + Mail in rebate
Intel Core i5-2500K - $220
Crucial M4 SATA III 64GB SSD - $115 ($150)
G-Skill Ripjaws 2x4gb 1600MHz - $60
Samsung F4 2TB - $80 (
$90)
Sony Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive (OEM) - $17
Some random WiFi card - $12 (
$20)
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ - $29

For a total of $1,063
 
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