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I was referred to this forum by a friend. I am hoping to build a new pc and have compiled a list of the components I think will work. I will not be utilizing this machine for gaming at all, but I will be running rendering programs such as solidworks, autocad, and matlab. I will also be using this computer as a media center for music, movies and possibly adding a tuner card. I would like to have full HD and I was thinking a BD optical drive would be a good idea. I really have no idea what I’m doing but I’ve had some help from friends. I have nothing to start with so I need everything from the case to the OS to the monitor. I would appreciate any suggestions or comments that anyone has, especially on how to reduce the price. I was hoping to knock about $200 off of this list.


post #2 of 18
I think it's fine, but we can go with a better power supply as well as Windows 7 Home Premium instead of Professional. I mean, does Professional offer you anything that Home Premium doesn't have? If you don't know, then the chances are good that the answer is No.

Here's a power supply that will easily handle this build while providing cleaner power that is also more stable:

The SeaSonic M12II 520W

You can save $5 by getting it from here:

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...703ad384ddbb57
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post #3 of 18
are you near a microcenter?

http://www.microcenter.com/specials/...ndlePROMO.html

and a great card for under $50ar
use code XFX3113
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150482

much better hdd
Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB SATA2 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive $60
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...ard-Drive&c=CJ
post #4 of 18
I've never had much luck with MSI motherboards. I prefer ASUS or Gigabyte, especially if you plan to overclock at all. People on here are always talking about MSI boards bursting into flames and stuff. Yipes.

Also, all the newer AMD graphics cards will let you run two monitors with one card, which might be useful for AutoCad work, if you ever plan on using multiple monitors. The Radeon HD 6850 is in the same performance range as the GTX460, but is about $30 less (or was last time I was in the market).

Have fun building!

edit: If you felt like getting into some overclocking, the Phenom II x4 955 BE would save you some money, and overclocks like a champ. I'd definitely get a different motherboard if you plan on that though. Also, this thread might be worth looking at for info on motherboards: http://www.overclock.net/amd-motherb...l#post12462681. I got my 955 up to 3.6GHz with the stock heat sink, though at that point you'd probably want to buy an aftermarket cooler, and that wouldn't cut down on cost. Still, just throwing it out there.

edit 2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129042 - this Antec 300 case would save you some money. I had one for years and I liked it.

This Antec 650 watt power supply would save you a little bit, too. It isn't modular, though. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371015

This Antec one is a bit cheaper, modular, but 550 watts. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371016

I think you'd be fine with that, but I'm sure someone else on here could tell you for sure. Of course for $5, I'd give up the modular-ness and grab the 650 watt one.
Edited by falconkaji - 3/23/11 at 5:38pm
    
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post #5 of 18
If you use newegg try to make use of combo deals.

Here is a good one for you:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.614531

That saves around $30.

You can definitely save a bit on the case as you won't need particularly high air flow.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119227

This 460 is $20 less after MIR (if you use them)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121396

Hope that helps.
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post #6 of 18
Do not use that board with a 125W CPU
Hold on, let me find you some combos..
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Originally Posted by falconkaji View Post
I've never had much luck with MSI motherboards. I prefer ASUS or Gigabyte, especially if you plan to overclock at all. People on here are always talking about MSI boards bursting into flames and stuff. Yipes.

Also, all the newer AMD graphics cards will let you run two monitors with one card, which might be useful for AutoCad work, if you ever plan on using multiple monitors. The Radeon HD 6850 is in the same performance range as the GTX460, but is about $30 less (or was last time I was in the market).

Have fun building!

edit: If you felt like getting into some overclocking, the Phenom II x4 955 BE would save you some money, and overclocks like a champ. I'd definitely get a different motherboard if you plan on that though. Also, this thread might be worth looking at for info on motherboards: http://www.overclock.net/amd-motherb...l#post12462681. I got my 955 up to 3.6GHz with the stock heat sink, though at that point you'd probably want to buy an aftermarket cooler, and that wouldn't cut down on cost. Still, just throwing it out there.

edit 2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129042 - this Antec 300 case would save you some money. I had one for years and I liked it.

This Antec 650 watt power supply would save you a little bit, too. It isn't modular, though. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371015

This Antec one is a bit cheaper, modular, but 550 watts. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371016

I think you'd be fine with that, but I'm sure someone else on here could tell you for sure. Of course for $5, I'd give up the modular-ness and grab the 650 watt one.
+1 On getting a better motherboard (from a better manufacturer like ASUS). And I've heard nothing but bad things about cheapy phase designs (although no personal experience there.)

Will you be gaming or encoding, or what? I love the 955, but maybe consider an x6 for more cores and a better memory controller.

Edit: I see you are encoding...Pick up an x6. It'll wipe the floor of an x4 when it comes to encoding.
    
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Do not use that board with a 125W CPU
Hold on, let me find you some combos..
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post #9 of 18

Running that board with 125W is bad idea to begin with, but worse because you run rendering apps that would consisetently put 100% load on CPU & VRMs. You should make it a big priority to invest in a quality VRM system.

Anyways here goes nothing:
1090T + Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 - $217
1090T promo gift card - $10 off next order [split orders?]
Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 + Dual fan Gigabyte GTX 460 1GB - $270, $250 AR
Patriot Signature 2x4GB DDR3-1600 CL9 1.5V - $90
Lancool PC-K62 + Antec TP-750 modular power supply - $165
Samsung F3 1TB HDD + Windows 7 Home Premium - $155
AOC 24" 1080p Monitor - $140 [TigerDirect]
LG 10X BD-ROM drive - $60

: $8.75 shipped [Amazon]

Total cost of your selection: $1172
Total cost of my selection: $1096, $1076 AR
$100 shaved so far....

Alternatives:
1055T + Xigmatek GAIA SD1283 - $197
1055T promo gift card - $10 off next order [split orders?]
Lancool PC-K58W + Antec TP-650 modular power supply - $135

Total (w/Xigmatek GAIA cooler): $1036, $1016 AR

If you're not going to be overclocking or don't mind the noise, then the heatsink and extra TIM would be particularly useless (use stock cooler, stock comes with own TIM)
Total (w/1055T, w/o cooler, no overclocking): $1010, $980 AR. There's your near-$200 shaved off!

Also beware that of those boards available for free at Microcenter in combo w/CPU, none are safely capable of running a 125W processor, and the majority aren't even rated by the mobo manufacturer to run a 125W processor.
Edited by xd_1771 - 3/23/11 at 8:20pm
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Originally Posted by falconkaji View Post
I've never had much luck with MSI motherboards. I prefer ASUS or Gigabyte, especially if you plan to overclock at all. People on here are always talking about MSI boards bursting into flames and stuff. Yipes.

Also, all the newer AMD graphics cards will let you run two monitors with one card, which might be useful for AutoCad work, if you ever plan on using multiple monitors. The Radeon HD 6850 is in the same performance range as the GTX460, but is about $30 less (or was last time I was in the market).

Have fun building!

edit: If you felt like getting into some overclocking, the Phenom II x4 955 BE would save you some money, and overclocks like a champ. I'd definitely get a different motherboard if you plan on that though. Also, this thread might be worth looking at for info on motherboards: http://www.overclock.net/amd-motherb...l#post12462681. I got my 955 up to 3.6GHz with the stock heat sink, though at that point you'd probably want to buy an aftermarket cooler, and that wouldn't cut down on cost. Still, just throwing it out there.

edit 2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129042 - this Antec 300 case would save you some money. I had one for years and I liked it.

This Antec 650 watt power supply would save you a little bit, too. It isn't modular, though. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371015

This Antec one is a bit cheaper, modular, but 550 watts. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371016

I think you'd be fine with that, but I'm sure someone else on here could tell you for sure. Of course for $5, I'd give up the modular-ness and grab the 650 watt one.
But the BP series should be avoided, especially if the system will be overclocked. They're not that much better than a basic office PC's power supply. Look at what Phaedrus2129 has to say about this series:
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post
Basiq - I really don't know much about these, and I don't want to. They're ugly, they perform like crap, they have short cables, and they're dirt cheap (to make). They're basically just crappy FSP units. I don't want to imply that everything FSP makes is crap; they can generate some solidly mediocre stuff when they try, but these are crap even by FSP's standards.

They're not the worst PSUs in the world, but they're pretty bad, and the price tag for these "budget" models is too high.. all I can say is stay away. They're like the one big, ugly, festering pimple on the cheek of the otherwise smokin' hot chick whose name is Antec. It's best to pretend the Basiq series doesn't exist.


Further Reading


The current version of the Earthwatts series isn't as good as the old version, so I recommend avoiding it as well.

Not only that, but check out the price of the 650W Antec TruePower New:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371021

It's $79.99 shipped. This means that for $10 more, you'd be getting a superior power supply (especially for overclocking) that is also partially modular. Therefore, I think it's one of those "no-brainer" situations.
Edited by TwoCables - 3/24/11 at 8:24am
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
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Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
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Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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