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General Computing PC
07-16-2011, 03:57 PM,
#1
General Computing PC
My brother has asked me to build him a new computer to replace his old HP desktop, he saw my gaming PC which I built a few months ago with the help of this site and told me if I could build him something similar, minus all the gaming trimmings (i.e. no video card). His budget is $800-$900 so far this is what I put together:

Intel Core i5-2500
ASRock Z68 PRO3
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
Samsung EcoGreen F4 2TB
LITE-ON DVD Burner
OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W Modular PSU
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black
Windows 7

thoughts, suggestions?

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07-16-2011, 04:52 PM,
#2
RE: General Computing PC
Quad-core Core i5 is pretty overpowered for a general computing PC. Go with the Core i3, or better yet, a Phenom II X4 (which falls behind on gaming, single threaded benchmarks but still very capable and fast). AMD motherboards are also cheaper.

Furthermore, I'd recommend this power supply, which is more efficient. Also, you don't need 500W. You need to buy a power cable separately with this power supply though.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...-_-Product

With the money saved, you should get a 64GB or 128GB SSD (I'd recommend the Crucial m4), as SSDs make a world of difference in day-to-day responsiveness.
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07-16-2011, 11:56 PM,
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RE: General Computing PC
Is your brother interested in gaming at all or he wants to be able to expand later on?
Laptop: MacBook Pro 13"
Case: Drawer turned to case CPU: Intel Core i3 2100 CPU Cooler: Stock brah GPU: EVGA GTX 460 HDD: Corsair Nova 32GB Motherboard: GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 Z68 RAM: Ripjaw 8GB 1600 Optical Drive: Don't need PSU: 620W Antec Neo ECO. Operating System: OS X Lion/ Windows 7x64
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07-19-2011, 11:30 AM,
#4
RE: General Computing PC
Quote:Quad-core Core i5 is pretty overpowered for a general computing PC. Go with the Core i3, or better yet, a Phenom II X4

yeah that's what I told him but he insisted on the Core i5 (had to talk him out of buying an Core i7 lol) and yes I will probably get rid of one the HDD's, replace it with a SSD and use it as boot drive

(07-16-2011, 11:56 PM)van13330gg Wrote: Is your brother interested in gaming at all or he wants to be able to expand later on?

he doesn't game as much as he used to now that he has a kid, when he does play it's usually stuff like Plants vs Zombies, Bejeweled, etc. he should be fine with the integrated gpu I think

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07-19-2011, 12:45 PM,
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RE: General Computing PC
While the Core i5 is overkill for now, it will prove to be more future-proof than an AMD Phenom II X4, so it's not a bad investment.

I'd consider a H61 based motherboard such as this one: http://bit.ly/gvkgou
It also features video outputs and it will cost a lot less than a Z68 based motherboard.

This DVD Burner will cost you $5 less and is more reliable: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.as...6827135204

+1 to getting a SSD to improve general responsiveness.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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