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Build Your Own AMD/Intel Computer Thread III

athlonfx 306 July 6, 2007 at 04:16 PM in Computers (10)
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#16
Quote from DealStealer85 View Post :
can someone fill me in as to how the i5 sandy 3000/2000 graphics compare to a video card such as this?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...sus%205550

Check this out............
http://www.anandtech.com/show/408...-tested/11
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#17
Quote from AskedForIt View Post :
Check this out............
http://www.anandtech.com/show/408...-tested/11
thanks so much for this. Can you or anyone else let me know what they think of this build? I'm going to be using the i5 2400 sandy with it, bringing my total to about 580 which is 30 dollars over my budget.
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#18
Quote from DealStealer85 View Post :
thanks so much for this. Can you or anyone else let me know what they think of this build? I'm going to be using the i5 2400 sandy with it, bringing my total to about 580 which is 30 dollars over my budget.
I would suggest changing the power supply. I stick with Seasonic and the rebadged Seasonics for my power supplies. But considering the purpose of your new computer, I would suggest a "higher quality" brand such as OCZ over Roswill. Remember, power supplies are the life blood of your computer. Also, I would suggest using a wired mouse. But both of these suggestions are preferences.

Also, I have a dislike for Hitachi since it was the only company I have bought that I had a bad experience with. That is acceptable if their warranty offered free shipping but does not. I would be paying more for shipping than the hard drive is worth after two years.
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#19
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...llFullInfo


I just purchased this case with a 20 dollar rebate to go with the i5 2500k and p8p67 mb
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Quote from blackburry View Post :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...llFullInfo


I just purchased this case with a 20 dollar rebate to go with the i5 2500k and p8p67 mb
Great case but I don't understand why the interior isn't powdercoated black. Lovely case though.
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Quote from blackburry View Post :
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...llFullInfo


I just purchased this case with a 20 dollar rebate to go with the i5 2500k and p8p67 mb
Great case for airflow but you better make sure you like LED lights on all the time. I winded up replacing the 120mm fans to ones without LED's cause my case is in my room and I could not sleep with them on. They are really annoying when you want to watch a movie or want your room dark.

No cable management option either. There are a couple of ziptie mounts and that is it. Be prepared to dust out your case every couple weeks.

Other than that, good case Wink. After having my Antec 900 about 4 years I am moving into a Corsair 600T with my i5 2500k/asus p67 pro.
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Quote from CountChoculitis View Post :
Great case for airflow but you better make sure you like LED lights on all the time. I winded up replacing the 120mm fans to ones without LED's cause my case is in my room and I could not sleep with them on. They are really annoying when you want to watch a movie or want your room dark.

No cable management option either. There are a couple of ziptie mounts and that is it. Be prepared to dust out your case every couple weeks.

Other than that, good case Wink. After having my Antec 900 about 4 years I am moving into a Corsair 600T with my i5 2500k/asus p67 pro.
I love my antec case! I got every different color of led too! change it up for various holidays Smilie
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#23
my build is almost done, but I need help deciding on a power supply and a gpu!!!! the ones with links I have already purchased.



1. Purpose of computer:dual boot windows 64 and linux.Will use as main system configuring 2 switches 1 router
2. Budget:600-800
3. List which parts you have and/or which parts you are considering:

a. CPU:Core i5 2500K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor 179$ purchased
b. MoboStick Out Tongue8P67 LGA 1155 P67 ATX Intel Motherboard 119$ purchased
c. GPU:MSI N240GT-MD1G/D5 GeForce GT 240 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card 89.99 ???
d. Hard drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6822136073 (2 qty for raid config) 79.
e. Ram:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6820231311 79
f. PSU:no preference
g. Case:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6811129021
h: Optic (CD/DVD/Blu-ray):http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6827135204




i am thinking between these two: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6817139006

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6817371015
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#24
Ihave been hearing about this new intel wireless display and it says that it is available on the new 2nd generation processors. Does the i5 2500K have it?
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#25
Quote from sirdumpty View Post :
had a question about video cards. i'm debating on getting either 6950 or a gtx 570 anyone with either cards can tell me which one would be better? the comp i'm building will be for medium to heavy gaming. also is there a huge difference between the gtx 460 and the 570?
I think the better choice would be a 570. You can get one from EVGA with lifetime warranty.
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I will be using the system as my HTPC, for photography editing, gaming, video editing, and general everyday use.

All of the parts listed below are just some ideas I had. None of them are set in stone and can be changed. I'm not exactly an expert when it comes to computer hardware, this will be my first self-built desktop.

Budget: $2500 after taxes
CPU: i7-2600K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...-_-Product
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6813128465
GPU: GTX 570 (x2) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...-_-Product
Ram: G. Skill Ripjaw X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6820231431
Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s (x2) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6822136533
PSU: Corsair AX1200 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6817139014
Optic (CD/DVD/Blu-ray): LITE-ON iHBS212 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6827106348
Case: Antec Twelve Hundred v3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6811129100
Overclocking: Yes

What do you guys think about this build, changes, suggestions, better deals?
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#27
Can someone recommend a low cost cpu cooler? I'm not looking to hit 5ghz on my i2500k. Maybe 4.5 or whatever I can get on near stock voltage.
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#28
Hello everybody. I have two projects that I am looking to take on soon. Can you help me determine a shopping list?

_____ PROJECT TASK #1 _____

I am looking to re-purpose my current HTPC (Athlon 2 x2, 4GB of RAM) into more of a file server and VM server type of roll.

Could you please recommend: a nice case with 4 internal drive bays, and a SATA raid controller card (RAID 5)

_____ PROJECT TASK #2 ______

1. Purpose of computer: HTPC (network storage available via PC above), MS Office, surfing the web, Adobe Lightroom, very light Photoshop, would consider getting back into F@H, with a fast enough computer, too.
2. Budget: About $500 (happy to spend less, will spend more if there is value in the suggestion)
3. List which parts you have and/or which parts you are considering:

a. CPU: Anything AMD
b. Mobo: Anything AM3
c. GPU: I have 8600GT and 9500GT video cards that I can use if HDMI isn't on the mobo but that doesn't sound like much of a problem based on mobos i have seen.
d. Hard drive: About 1TB of storage. Case support for 2 drives would be nice but is not necessary (with a new house this goes into the office and I do a Nettop as HTPC)
e. Ram: Would prefer moving into DDR3 so I can take advantage of cheap RAM. Would like 8GB in the build.
f. PSU: Would like it to be quiet
g. Case: Should look better than my old Antec case, to keep the wifey happy. This does live in the living room near the TV.
h: Optic (CD/DVD/Blu-ray): DVD-RW
i. Monitor (size&resolution): If I'm not remoted into it, 42" Sharp Aquos

4. Overclocking: Could care less
5. When will you build it: Between now and Spring
6. Misc: Looking to keep this PC as quiet as possible. I don't mind stockpiling parts when the slick deals come around. Having some direction will help me to keep an eye out for compatible parts.

Thank you all!
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#29
1. Purpose of computer: SC2 (High/Ultra quality), Watching movies, etc. (Nothing else special enough to mention)
2. Budget: 500-600 preferably. But more won't matter too much if it's worth it.
3. List which parts you have and/or which parts you are considering:
a. CPU: i5 2500k? AMD black edition? (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6819103808)
d. HDD: Nothing too big needed. 500GB would suit me fine, but I'll take more if the price is right.
h: Optic (CD/DVD/Blu-ray):If there's a blu-ray drive for a good price, I'll take it. Otherwise, I have a DVD drive lying around.
i. Monitor (size&resolution): Probably going dual monitor. I already have a 19" sitting around. Will have to purchase another as well. I won't factor a monitor purchase into the build cost.

4. Overclocking: If I had the i5 2500k or AMD black edition, I don't see why not. But, OC'ing isn't a necessity for me.
5. When will you build it: ASAP, but I can wait a month or so.
6. Misc:


This is a fresh build with the exception of the dvd drive and my spare monitor.

I appreciate any input You all can give. I haven't been up on hardware tech lately, so I'm feeling really out of the game. Thanks!


Edit:
Some things I forgot to mention:
Earlier, I did some searching around for build requests with the same purposes so I have a good feeling about what parts I'll need.
Namely, this post. (http://slickdeals.net/forums/showpost.php?p=35788399&postcount=1631) among others.
But, since that was from a ways back, I was wondering if there were any deals with similar or the same parts.

Also, I'm in West MI, so the closest MC is about 2.5 hours away. Also, no Fry's Frown

I know the AMD black edition is more economical, but less powerful. What I'm wondering is, will it be able to handle my needs? Also, would it be much more worth it to cough up a few bucks more for an i5?
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#30
Quote from Porksword View Post :
Please comment on the value of this combo. I'm looking to build within a few weeks and I'm growing tired of finding myself missing deals because of my lack of quick decision making.
** Edit: Budget =< $600 and purpose is general use and non-hardcore gaming.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Com...mbo.586967
I think that looks nice, aside from the micro-ATX board and PSU. Personally, I would go with AMD and non-integrated graphics.

Try this combo [newegg.com] for $300, add a 500gb HDD [newegg.com]($50), 64gb SSD (find a SD for $100) and a PCI-E card (ala the Galaxy 460 gtx people are snagging for $60-100). With some fans and a Blue-ray/DVD-burner, should be around $600 total and faster than Sandy Bridge.
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