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post #1 of 32
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Hi everyone,

I have been using the same laptop since 2008 and I think I want to go the desktop route since I can upgrade it easier as time goes on and get a little more long-term use out of it. I have about a $900 budget and I would like to have a computer that will let me render HD video easily in Adobe Premiere and also allow me to run FRAPS on max framerates on games like WoW and the upcoming Diablo III. Please forgive me for my lack of knowledge about building my own rig - I was hoping I could get led in the right direction from someone who knows a lot more about this than I do. Thanks
post #2 of 32
I would suggest if you check out newegg.com for parts and prices.

Based on your needs I would recommend building a rig around an i5 2500k to get the best value for your money.

i5 2500K
z68 or p67 Motherboard
8gb DDR3
GTX 580 1.5gb
120/128gb SSD
1-2tb HDD
Corsair 800+ PSU
Case would be what you like I would recommend Fractal Arc midi
DVD drive
Windows 7 Professional

Check out the above mentioned website to see the prices. I am sure there will be someone compiling a list for you based on your budget.
There are also different budget builds on this forum, read through those to get a good idea which components are best bang for the buck.

There are other place as well where you can get the parts. If you are near a Microcenter, you are in luck. They have really good prices on CPU's and Motherboards. And they will most of the time match newegg prices.
post #3 of 32
Here is my build.

GTX 480
LG 22X
Rosewill Green Power Supply
ASRock E3G3
i5 2500K
Case + RAM Combo

I built that around a 700 dollar budget so you might be able to knock off the gtx480 and get a better video card thumb.gif
post #4 of 32
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Originally Posted by AndrewJ View Post

Here is my build.
GTX 480
LG 22X
Rosewill Green Power Supply
ASRock E3G3
i5 2500K
Case + RAM Combo
I built that around a 700 dollar budget so you might be able to knock off the gtx480 and get a better video card thumb.gif

This is better for my budget...is that power supply enough though? Says that Case/RAM combo is no longer available. sadsmiley.gif
post #5 of 32
Ivy bridge comes out soon, wait.
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post #6 of 32
Sorry about that didnt realize I linked the combo, it was 2x4 gb cosair vengeance ram and the 430 elite coolermaster case biggrin.gif

But like the other guys said, you might want to wait for ivy bridge.
post #7 of 32
2 things... wanna spend all 900? which country, so i can browse on a site without shipping for ya..
post #8 of 32
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I live in the US. What is this ivy bridge? I've heard a lot about it but I can't find anything about it online in layman's terms that helps me put it into perspective. I assume it is better..is it a whole new type of cpu altogether?
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If you don't mine going used on a few things, you can definitely get a lot more for your money....
 
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post #10 of 32
Don't worry yourself about Ivy bridge, unless you wanna spend an extra couple hundred bucks for no tangible gain in games, and even apps show only a marginal(minor) improvement even when overclocked.

The 700$ build is right on the money, that will definitely max out the games you mentioned. You could easily spend all 900$ just getting some decent cooling solutions for that 700$ PC. Also I would pick a case you personally like versus just choosing based on a link someone posts. Overall that build looks great though, and even if you didn't buy those exact components you should shoot for around that price range.

Some things I would suggest looking into-

The next best GPU would add 100$ to the build, but a 7850 might be comparable to the 480 at the same price if you want to look at options in that category. You don't need to spend more than you have currently allotted for the graphics card if you want to max out the games you mentioned.

There might be a more reliable power supply brand you could pick, but I doubt it would be as cheap as the Rosewill.

Maybe spend that extra money on a peripheral upgrade like better monitor/speakers/keyboard. I mean depending on what resolution you are gaming at now even a GTX 480 could be a waste in these games.
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