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Good morning (morning for most of you),
I was asked (read: commissioned) to build a desktop last night. Kinda nice to be able to build again. I started the year strong with 5 PC’s (I’m a part timer) but I haven’t built anything since April so I’m starting to rust. Any suggestions I could get for a build would be great. Here’s the limitations:
I’m in Canada and I only shop at Memory Express (memoryexpress.com) – feel free to send me Newegg offers but I’ll be buying local.
The budget is $900 with a monitor but no OS ‘cause I’ve got win 7 already. Before you freak out at the low price, note that these peeps don’t game. They run itunes, store pics, surf the net and that’s it. The only absolute is that it needs to load fast and do these quickly. This machine will not need to be upgradeable but WILL be OC’d , not that it’s necessary but just because I like to OC everything.
So, I’m thinking classic case, more adult than boy-gamer (I’m not opposed to 1-2 colorful fans), small SSD for OS and important programs, 1-2 TB storage, APU (I’ve never played with one) or CPU and middle of the road GPU. BD reader, 500-600W PSU, 4GB of fast RAM, CM212+ or similar (the quieter the better). Finally, I’d like the monitor to be as big as possible, min 21â€. However, I don’t want to compromise speed for the sake of an extra inch or 2.
Here’s my initial shopping list with prices taken from Memory Express, I’ve got an APU in here because I’d love to play with one but I can’t say I know whether they’re worth it or not.
MB+CPU: AMD A8-3850 APU Bundle w/ Asus F1A75-V Pro Motherboard $274.98
CPU Cooling: Zalman CNPS9700 LED Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler. $34.99
RAM: Patriot Viper Xtreme Series, Division 2 Edition DDR3 8GB (2 x 4GB) PC3-15000. $69.99
BD: LG CH12 Super Multi Blue 12x Internal SATA Blu-ray Disc Reader / Combo Drive, Black w/ Lightscribe. 79.99
Case: Antec Sonata III Quiet Mid Tower w/ EarthWatts 500W, eSATA. $99.99
SSD: Corsair Force Series 3 SATA III, 60GB . $119.99
HDD: Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black 7200rpm SATA II w/ 32MB . $89.99
Monitor: Samsung SyncMaster E2220X 21.5in Widescreen LCD, Black. $124.99

Total: $894.91

Thanks for your help on this guys, I look forward to your suggestions. Please note that I’d love to build with intel but the costs may be prohibitive.
    
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Cooler Master 120mm Long Life Case Fan, Blue LED. $9.99 x2
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler. $29.99
HIS Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI. $109.99
GSKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB PC3-12800 Dual Channel DDR3 Kit (2 x 4GB). $49.99
Corsair CMPSU-600CX V2 600 Watt Power Supply. $69.99
Zalman Z9 Plus Case w/ Fan Controller. $49.99
LG CH12 Super Multi Blue 12x Internal SATA Blu-ray Disc Reader / Combo Drive, Black w/ Lightscribe. $79.99
Seagate 1TB Barracuda 7200.12 SATA III w/ 32MB Cache. $69.99
Intel SSD 320 Series SATA II Solid State Drive, 40GB. $94.99
BenQ G2222HDH 21.5in Widescreen LCD w/ HDMI. $109.99
Phenom™ II X4 955 Black Edition Bundle w/ Asus M5A88-M Motherboard. $229.98

Total: $914.87

CPU and GPU option. (and bump as well) ^
    
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^

guess nobody has any suggestions. I was hoping to get pros/cons on an A8 set-up. I guess I'll just have to buy it and try it.
    
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If it was me building it. I would get the second option. It would be a great pc (ssd, quad core, an actual gpu). I don't like sand force ssd's (the corsair) I had a bad one and do did the half of the internet. For a hdd hey the new hitachi 1tb platter, just cause its the newestest thing out there. All of this IMO.
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guess nobody has any suggestions. I was hoping to get pros/cons on an A8 set-up. I guess I'll just have to buy it and try it.
It hasnt even been two hours since your first post patience
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If it was me building it. I would get the second option. It would be a great pc (ssd, quad core, an actual gpu). I don't like sand force ssd's (the corsair) I had a bad one and do did the half of the internet. For a hdd hey the new hitachi 1tb platter, just cause its the newestest thing out there. All of this IMO.
Thanks +1
    
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I'm just saying, a 40 GB SSD won't be enough for apps and W7, W7 64 bit with all the updates used like 35 GB (or more). With that being said, if you manage to get the OS installed, it'll be very slow since it'll be almost full with the apps. You can get a better SSD if you remove the fan controller and the Blu-ray disc reader (doubt he'll need it?)
Edited by Thryack - 10/21/11 at 9:42am
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I am sure intel is the top dog ,but really for the money look at this bad boy.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...ombo757231-L0H

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-24228044-L09C

Havent had time to check vid card and blu-ray dvd yet. I realize your in canada but perhaps they have simular deals.
Edited by lone1dog - 10/21/11 at 9:45am
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You should really go with intel, either a i5-2500K or an i3-2100 (Will be on equivalent with the 1100T in basic applications). They do not need a GPU. So there is no purpose of going APU or AMD + GPU. Onboard Graphics will be plenty for their needs. The i5 will dominate any AMD platform you can come up with. 4GB of Ram is plenty for non gaming. You should look into getting a crucial M4 64GB SSD, it is the same price as the Corsair SSD you listed, It just is not in stock currently.

Also, a Caviar black is not needed, just the slightly lower caviar blue. Since it is being used for a data drive there will not be any real difference.

Here are a couple of builds. You can downgrade the Mobo on the i5-2500K system if you want But this one should be very overclock friendly



Here is an i3 build with $100 to spare on whatever else is needed. If you really want a GPU you can add it here but it is NOT necessary. The intel onboard graphics are plenty. Even for flash games.


Change the SSD in the builds to a Crucial M4 64GB SSD. It is out of stock currently but it is the one you are going to want. Not the Corsair one.
Edited by Ironman517 - 10/21/11 at 10:27am
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Spent a little more time.

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...35973(ME).aspx

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...34249(ME).aspx

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...34246(ME).aspx

HIS Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E w/ Dual DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI. $109.99

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...35277(ME).aspx

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...32594(ME).aspx


http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...32938(ME).aspx

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...31654(ME).aspx

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...33600(ME).aspx



http://www.memoryexpress.com/Product...31819(ME).aspx

This looks like an over kill, but I like it. $847 total
Edited by lone1dog - 10/21/11 at 10:29am
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