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Old 08-11-2010, 08:45 PM  
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TBG got me thinking--Help Me Build a Desktop

Well, TBG got me thinking with his thread, and so I want to build a desktop. I have never done this before and have always just bought a computer in a B&M store. I don't play any games, so it doesn't need to be able to do that. Here is what I need it for:

-Browsing the internet--want it to be fast

-Basic document applications like Microsoft Office, etc.

-Photoshop photo editing

-POSSIBLY some video editing

-Needs to work on a dual monitor setup

-Needs to work with the following parts, which I have already bought:

LITE-ON Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 CD/DVD Burners (RW Drives)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive


I also already have Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit that I will be installing.

I do have a Microcenter close, so I would be able to buy there if it makes sense, or Newegg or any other retailer. Would like to keep the amount around $400 if possible since I already have the Hard Drive and DVD Burner.

Thanks for any help or suggestions on a build!

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Old 08-11-2010, 08:53 PM   #2
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:55 PM   #3
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:56 PM   #4
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what is your budget?
Oh yea, I guess that's important.

I would say around $400 or close to that since I already have the hard drive and DVD burner.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:57 PM   #5
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I'll tell you what, I learned a shitload building this. Good luck. The guys on here are ****ing great.
Looking forward to it. I would guess, just based on your other thread, that I am about the same level as far as understanding computers. I can get around them pretty well, but have never built anything before.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:11 PM   #6
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Oh yea, I guess that's important.

I would say around $400 or close to that since I already have the hard drive and DVD burner.
I don't know if that is possible especially if you don't have the monitors.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:24 PM   #7
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Here is a very general breakdown of what think it would cost:

CPU\Motherboard - $120 minimum (this would be a fairly low end CPU)
Memory - For 4GB you are probably looking at around $100
Case - $50-100
Video Card - $100
Sound Card - (won't need if motherboard has integrated sound)
Monitors - $100 a piece
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:51 PM   #8
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I don't know if that is possible especially if you don't have the monitors.
Sorry, should have mentioned that too.

I have 2 20" LCD monitors already.

Just need the CPU built.

And I could go a bit above $400. Just trying to keep it in that neighborhood since I have already bought the monitors, hard drive and DVD burner.
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:50 PM   #9
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I agree and the input is very helpful
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:55 AM   #10
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Here is what I come up with

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor + MSI 785GTM-E45 AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G Motherboard + Kingston 4GB RAM = 376.97

http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch...#aShoppingCart

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case = $60.00

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119137

SAPPHIRE 100253HDMI Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card = $55.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102829

Total = $491.99

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Old 08-12-2010, 09:58 AM   #11
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Here are the specs for the motherboard it has enough SATA ports for your burner and hard drive

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Brand MSI
Model 785GTM-E45
Supported CPU
CPU Socket Type AM3/AM2+/AM2
CPU Type Phenom II / Phenom / Athlon II / Athlon64 /Sempron
FSB 2600MHz Hyper Transport (5200 MT/s)
Chipsets
North Bridge AMD 785G
South Bridge AMD SB710
Memory
Number of Memory Slots 2240pin
Memory Standard DDR2 1066/800/667
Maximum Memory Supported 8GB
Channel Supported Dual Channel
Expansion Slots
PCI Express 2.0 x16 1
PCI Express x1 1
PCI Slots 2
Storage Devices
PATA 1 x ATA133 2 Dev. Max
SATA 3Gb/s 6
SATA RAID 0/1/0+1/JBOD
Onboard Video
Onboard Video Chipset ATI Radeon HD 4200
Onboard Audio
Audio Channels 8 Channels
Onboard LAN
LAN Chipset Realtek 8111C
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
Rear Panel Ports
PS/2 2
Video Ports D-Sub + DVI
HDMI 1 x HDMI
USB 1.1/2.0 4 x USB 2.0
Audio Ports 6 Ports
Onboard USB
Onboard USB 8 x USB 2.0
Physical Spec
Form Factor Micro ATX
Dimensions 9.6" x 9"
Power Pin 24 Pin
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts 1 year limited
Labor 1 year limited
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:59 AM   #12
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Here is what I come up with

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor + MSI 785GTM-E45 AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G Motherboard + Kingston 4GB RAM = 376.97

http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch...#aShoppingCart

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case = $60.00

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119137

SAPPHIRE 100253HDMI Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Low Profile Ready Video Card = $55.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102829

Total = $491.99
Needs a PSU still.
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:01 AM   #13
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Needs a PSU still.
That would help
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:04 AM   #14
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Edit: The power supply I quoted probably isn't strong enough. Good catch Metro and thank you.


Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

84.99

Brings your total to = 576.98 (approximately)

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Old 08-12-2010, 10:29 AM   #15
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Thanks for the build idea Dirk.

Anyone else care to weigh in?
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