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Hi everyone, I'm new to posting in the forums but not new to reading them. I have decided to build a PC now that my Dell has let the smoke out. I would like your opinions on the system I have built below. I would like to stay under $1200 if possible.

I will not be using this system for gaming. Mainly music, movies, productivity, and some light consumer level video and photo editing. I want the system to be fast, and I would like the ability to upgrade in the future as technology changes. I may also get into F@H. I will also be overclocking since ASUS has made it very easy to do with their new motherboards. I am a novice at it and have never done it.

If you suggest a replacement for something I have below please state why. Don't just say, "you should get a Samsung Spinpoint."

I would also like recommendations on ~$150 video card since the P67 doesn't support the SandyBridge onboard graphics.


Thanks everyone!


Case- NZXT Phantom
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811146068

Motherboard- ASUS P67 Sabertooth
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131702

Processor- Core i5 2500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115072

Memory- Corsair Vengeance 8GB DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233144

Boot Drive- Crucial C300 64GB SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148357

Storage Drive- Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136533

Operating System- Window 7 Home Premium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116754

Optical Drive- None currently, haven't decided if Blu Ray is worth the extra money.
post #2 of 24
GTX 460 1 gb for graphics

corsair, seasonic, or antec psu. There are others just pick one and read some reviews before you purchase.

This will power a second 460 or a more powerful gpu later on and looks like a decent deal. promo code EMCKFKJ27

The black is a good drive, but I would go with the spinpoint f3. It's cheaper and I have liked them better than the one black that I own. promo code for black: EMCKGGJ29.

Oh, and I think you can get a 90gb vertex 2 for just a bit more than what you have there, your choice.

Good deal on ram if you act now.



I don't know if you get these, but here's newegg's current promo's.

promo1 promo2
Edited by PARTON - 4/5/11 at 5:51am
    
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The black is a good drive, but I would go with the spinpoint f3. It's cheaper and I have liked them better than the one black that I own.
The Spinpoint F3 drives are amazing for the price, couldn't agree more.
    
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A GTX460 should do you fine.

For the HDD, you could save some cash and get the Spinpoint F3.
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Looks like my sig rig
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I forgot to put this in my original post. Sorry guys.

Power Supply- Corsair TX650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-020-_-Product


I was thinking either a GTX460 or Radeon 6850 for the GPU. Still haven't decided. Are either these cards the best cards that fit within my ~$150 budget?
post #7 of 24
The 6850 and 460 are pretty close in performance, with the 6850 barely coming out on top.

If you want PhysX, get the 460, and don't look back.

If you dont care about PhysX, get the 6850.

If you want to overclock, and don't play at 2560x1600, then get the 460.

If you dont want to overclock, and play on multiple monitors, get the 6850.
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The 6850 and 460 are pretty close in performance, with the 6850 barely coming out on top.

If you want PhysX, get the 460, and don't look back.

If you dont care about PhysX, get the 6850.

If you want to overclock, and don't play at 2560x1600, then get the 460.

If u dont want to overclock, and play on multiple monitors, get the 6850.

I don't know what PhysX is, chances are, I won't need it.

I won't be gaming with this machine, I use console's to game.

I will be overclocking, never done it before, but ASUS makes it pretty simple for a novice.

Sounds like the GTX460 is the way to go. Now which brands to look at? I was thinking EVGA?

EDIT: After reading that again I assume you mean overclocking the GPU? That I am unsure about?
Edited by D.Rock - 4/5/11 at 12:22pm
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I don't know what PhysX is, chances are, I won't need it.

I won't be gaming with this machine, I use console's to game.

I will be overclocking, never done it before, but ASUS makes it pretty simple for a novice.

Sounds like the GTX460 is the way to go. Now which brands to look at? I was thinking EVGA?

EDIT: After reading that again I assume you mean overclocking the GPU? That I am unsure about?
PhysX is something Nvidia created for their cards that allows individual particles to appear for an item whenever something happens to it, such as destruction. Look at this video for more info:


If you aren't going to be gaming that much, or at all, PhysX is not relevant to you at all. It is purely something us PC gamers enable for more realism in our games. Nothing else.

And yes, I was talking about OC'ing the GPU.

If you are going with the GTX460, I'd go with the Twin Frozr
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post #10 of 24
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Thank you very much sir for the education. I appreciate it.


Something else I was looking more into is my RAM. Not sure if I need the 8 GB but it would be nice. When looking at the 4 GB version I noticed there were 2 options, both same but CAS Latency was different. Either 8 or 9. Which is best?
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