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NOTE: This is a work in progress!

The entire purpose of this thread is to supply a solid list of carefully chosen parts to select from each parts category, so that you can quickly design your own custom desktop without much of a fuss! I kept things simple and made recommendations based upon quality & value more than any other factors. I chose parts based upon value first, quality second, while keeping performance in mind as well. The list will be updated from time to time, though feel free to make any recommendations that you desire to see posted, thanks.



Power Supplies >> Use the PSU Calculator to determine the wattage you need.

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W ATX 80+ BRONZE Certified Active PFC $45

SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX 80+ BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $70

Antec EarthWatts GREEN 650W 80+ BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $75

Antec EarthWatts Series 750W ATX Certified 80+ BRONZE Certified, Active PFC $85

SILVERSTONE 850W ATX 80+ SILVER Certified Modular, Active PFC $140

SILVERSTONE Strider Gold 1000W ATX 80+ GOLD Certified 100% Modular, Active PFC $190



Hard Disc Drives

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal HDD $85

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal HDD $140

Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal HDD $100

Seagate Barracuda 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal HDD $200



Solid State Drives

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $90

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $160

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $288

(For Caching - Not for OS or File Storage)
Crucial Adrenaline CT050M4SSC2BDA 50GB SSD Cache for Windows 7 $110



Optical Drives

LITE-ON Basic DVD/CD Burner $18

LITE_ON 12X Blu-ray Burner with Blu Ray 3D Feature $78



RAM Memory Modules

SAMSUNG 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) RAM $26

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $50

Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) $73

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) $60



CPU Cooling

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 EVO $35 (Socket 2011 - 1156 / FM1 / AM3+ - AM2)

ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler $60 (AM3+ NOT Support)

CORSAIR CWCH60 Hydro Series H60 High Performance Liquid CPU Cooler $70



Computer Cases

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $60

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 BLUE / Black ATX Mid Tower Case w/ Side window $85

COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $120

Because Cases are so subjective to a person's taste, I've only recommended three.


The Cheapest Base System with the above parts rings in at about $288
That wouldn't include the Video Card / Motherboard / CPU, which you can select below

Video Cards

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Video Card $70 (Non-Gaming)

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB GDDR5 PCIe 3.0 Video Card OC Edition $170

EVGA GTX 560 SC 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Video Card $210

XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Video Card with Eyefinity $270



Intel Mother Boards

ASRock H67M-ITX LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX $87

ASRock H67M-GE (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX $86

ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX $122



Intel Processors

Intel Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge 2.4GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core $52

Intel Core i3-2105 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core w/ HT $135

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core $220

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core w/ HT $325

(NOTE: The best deal currently is a $150 i5-2400 CPU @ MicroCenter [In-Store Only])



Well that's the list, decided NOT to do AMD, nothing personal against AMD, but nothing makes sense with the power of Sandy Bridge right now, might consider them for HTPC Builds, but that's about it..

I didn't really want to do an HTPC part in this outline, as HTPCs are not something I'm experienced at building. Though if anyone wants to generate a list for HTPC builds, I'd be more than happy to throw it in here, obviously you will need to include a PSU / MB / Case / CPU / Vid Card, and accessories (TV Tuner ETC)....

PLEASE NOTE: Prices are subject to change, as newegg.com updates prices frequently!!!
Edited by _GTech - 3/17/12 at 12:52pm
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Reserved for Accessories (Monitors etc).....
Edited by _GTech - 3/16/12 at 12:13pm
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Definitely sub'bed for future reference.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5-3570k Asus P8P67 Pro Asus GeForce GTX 460 Palit GeForce 9500GT 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Kingston HyperX 2x2GB DDR3 1600 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Samsung SH-S223C Cooler Master Hyper 212X 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 LG E2350T SteelSeries 7G FSP Aurum Gold 600W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
X5 Raynor Tower G1 Razer Abyssus Razer Sphex Audio-Technica ATH-M50 
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Edifier M3300SF 
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Intel Core i5-3570k Asus P8P67 Pro Asus GeForce GTX 460 Palit GeForce 9500GT 
RAMHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Kingston HyperX 2x2GB DDR3 1600 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 Samsung SH-S223C Cooler Master Hyper 212X 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 LG E2350T SteelSeries 7G FSP Aurum Gold 600W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
X5 Raynor Tower G1 Razer Abyssus Razer Sphex Audio-Technica ATH-M50 
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Definitely sub'bed for future reference.

Smart Move, though this is going to take me quite a while as I have to do a bit o research too... biggrin.gif
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I need some recommendations on MB for 1155 and AM3+, Monitors, and Video Cards if anyone wants to help with this..
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What about the Corsair Power Supplies? I've always liked them, finding them very reliable and quiet.
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Q6600 ASUS P5Q Powercolor Radeon 5750 6GB of DDR2 
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2x Seagate 7200.12 500GB Corsair VX550 
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What about the Corsair Power Supplies? I've always liked them, finding them very reliable and quiet.

Give it time.. Currently it's lacking in about every section.
SOme of the prices are wrong aswell, etc..
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What about the Corsair Power Supplies? I've always liked them, finding them very reliable and quiet.

Give it time.. Currently it's lacking in about every section.
SOme of the prices are wrong aswell, etc..

I see RAM prices changed on me, updated, anything else?
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Yeah, why no Samsung 30mm memory..?   (Isn't that like the defacto-standard ram right now?)

 

 

Also:

No Cosair AXU850 power supply as a recommendation?

 

Also:

Crucial M4 64GB @ $94.99

&

Crucial M4 128GB @ $164.99

 

 

Also add:

HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D @ $139

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Yeah, why no Samsung 30mm memory..?   (Isn't that like the defacto-standard ram right now?)


Also:
No Cosair AXU850 power supply as a recommendation?

Also:
Crucial M4 64GB @ $94.99
&
Crucial M4 128GB @ $164.99


Also add:
HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D @ $139

I'll let you judge....

SeaSonic & Silverstone make the best PSUs in many professional's opinions... Many Manufacturers, including Corsair use a SeaSonic or Delta PSU anyway, if you didn't know that already... Besides the PSUs I listed are great Quality & Performance w/o the super high price.


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Seagate & Samsung > Hitachi, trust me on this one, I've looked at or replaced thousands of bad drives in my life time...

I put a Samsung 2X2GB 1500 MHz Ram Kit up there for you though, nice call there. biggrin.gif

Nevertheless this has been A LOT of work on my part, whoosh!

I really need recommendations on ITX Power Supplies, so hard to find good ones of these!
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