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First Custom Desktop!

by jbeme05 / April 6, 2011 6:28 AM PDT

I am planning on building a PC for 3 reasons: cost effective, experience, fun!

The computer should be able to handle HD video and multitasking, no gaming, maybe some video editing, and I want something the will not be obsolete in at least 7 years. Here are links to components I have selected:

Case-http://tinyurl.com/43pfv5f
CPU-http://tinyurl.com/3k75fsk
Motherboard-http://tinyurl.com/3t9glpr
Graphics Card-http://tinyurl.com/3ttpurj
Power Supply-http://tinyurl.com/3wuw64n
Heatsink-http://tinyurl.com/3zuwjgc

Any suggestions? What kind of optical drive should I get? What can I do to save money? How much RAM and HDD do I need? Any compatibility issues?

Thanks for your time!

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is this for gaming?
by my-tech / April 7, 2011 3:17 AM PDT
In reply to: First Custom Desktop!

i would get a wayyy cheaper mobo with onboard video. the money u save on the graphics and mobo , u can go get an xbox or ps3 or just SAVE it !

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No not for gaming.
by jbeme05 / April 7, 2011 7:03 AM PDT
In reply to: is this for gaming?

I have made some recent changes:

Motherboard: http://tinyurl.com/3ecfs9h
Optical Drive: http://tinyurl.com/3bq8qow
USB 3.0 Card: http://tinyurl.com/3mt397p

I want the desktop to be able to handle 1080P movies (blu-ray or not). Should I still go for a cheaper mother board with built in graphics? Also, is the stock heat sink enough? The case comes with 2 fans but I was thinking of adding another. What do you think?

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In an attempt to save money I have changed almost everything
by jbeme05 / April 8, 2011 6:43 AM PDT
In reply to: No not for gaming.

Case: Amazon.com: Cooler Master CM 690 II Advance ATX Mid-Tower Case (RC-692-KKN2): Electronics
PSU: Amazon.com: Thermaltake W0070RUC TR2 Series 430W Power Supply with 2 Fans: Electronics
Optical Drive: Amazon.com: Lite-On LightScribe 24X SATA DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Drive IHAS424-98 - Retail (Black): Electronics
RAM: Amazon.com: Corsair XMS3 8 GB 1333 MHz PC3-10666 240-Pin DDR3 Memory Kit CMX8GX3M2A1333C9: Electronics
Motherboard: Amazon.com: ASUS P7P55 LX - LGA 1156 - Intel P55 - DDR3 - ATX Motherboard: Electronics
CPU: Amazon.com: Intel Core i3 Processor i3-540 3.06GHz 4MB LGA1156 CPU BX80616I3540: SavingCOST
USB 3.0 Card: Amazon.com: Buffalo Technology DriveStation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 PCI Express 2-Port Interface Card IFC-PCIE2U3: Electronics
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium OEM ($120)
Graphics Card: Amazon.com: Evga GeForce GT 430 1 GB DDR3 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card 01G-P3-1430-LR: Electronics
HDD: Amazon.com: Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Blue SATA 7200 RPM 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD10EALS: Electronics

Is this a good build in your opinion? Anything else I can change to save money?

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What OS you gonna run ?
by my-tech / April 9, 2011 2:21 AM PDT

IMO
If it's 32bit it doesn't matter , I personally like amd chips because the onboard graphics is radeon based and I like the force options for resolution , but anything ~ 2-3 ghz processor and 2+ gb ram would be sufficient for what you require !

If it's 64 bit IMO I go with an amd 64 bit dual core ~ 2-3 ghz and 2gb ram....
Iknow alot of ppl like intel but I like and notice the extra cache per cost on amd

You can shave more $$ if you rethink your needs and cost.

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Even More Changes
by jbeme05 / April 9, 2011 8:33 AM PDT
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