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$1900 Rig Non-gaming specific, SFF PC (suggestions please)

post #1 of 35
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I'm building a rig for my friend's father. He want me to spend approximately $1900 on it no more, no less. hes not much of a gamer, and wants something zippy and fast when running multiple applications. he wants the rig to be small but powerful. opting for core i7 processor, probably 2600k if the chipsets faults down time doesnt last that long, if not i'll go back to the first gen core i7's (i'm thinking core i7 950)

backing up data is really important, which is why i'm thinking to opt for 3 drives. 1 ssd 2 hard drives and putting the latter in RAID 1 respectively. this is what i've come up with, i would be very grateful if you could take a look at it.

CaseSilverstone Sugo SG 04 -f
Case Size200x360x347
ProcessorCore i7-950
RamCorsair vengeance 12GB
SSDOCZ Vertex 2 80GB
Hard drive Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB x2
Mother BoardAsus Rampage 3 Genie
Graphics card/sAsus EAH 6850
Power SupplyCorsair HX650W
Disc DrivePioneer Blu-ray Writer BDR-205bks Blu-Ray
Others
MonitorDell Ultrasharp Full HD 23"
OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Home Permium

i think the gpu might be overkill and i dunno if i really need 12 gbs of ram. what do you guys think? how would you change/make a rig with those requirements?

cheers and thanks OCN members in advance
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post #2 of 35
The gpu is definitely overkil. Sounds like onboard would be enough for this guy.
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post #3 of 35
12 gigs is also serious overkill for just about anything....
post #4 of 35
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if i take out the GPU that means i have more to spend on other things... what do you think i should spend the $$$ on?
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post #5 of 35
You could always go with a bigger ssd......
post #6 of 35
Don't buy a GPU since it's not gonna be even used for gaming then buy an i7-970.
    
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post #7 of 35
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6 GB's of ram sufficient?
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post #8 of 35
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the step up from 950 to 970 is a $600 difference... i'm not sure if its worth it, could it be spend elsewhere to better use?
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post #9 of 35
that pretty much seems like a solid build altough:
i would swap the hard drives for samsung f3's, get 6gb of ram instead of 12gb, also get a crucial c300 ssd instead of a ocz vertex if you got the extra bit of money to spare.
i would stick with the gpu if i were you. maybe in a year or two if he wants to play a game he still can with that card(in case he does from time to time).
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post #10 of 35
Why not just do him a favour and save some of his money?

He obviously can't build one and thus is asking you, so why not introduce him to how cheap it is to build an extremely fast PC? Just slap some 2000MHz 4GB RAM in there, an i7 930 or an i5-760, or even a 1090T and save him money to buy a good monitor or something. If he doesn't game don't get a 6850, just get a 430 or a 450, better graphics cards increase speed but not past a certain point, a 430 is around this point. Hell, a 210 even.

But I wouldn't spend that much on it.. you could build one just as fast for about $1000.
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