PC Build under $1000.00 budget

November 21, 2010 at 19:39:05
Specs: Windows 7
I was looking at your $1000.00 build and am thinking of trying this. What kind of sound card, network card, display, operating system and application software does it have? It it doesn't come with this what is compatable?

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November 21, 2010 at 21:34:57

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November 21, 2010 at 21:40:40
Well i have to build one in computer class and I don't know a thing about computers. The things I said in my last post were what the prof expects on the build. On this site they built a $1000.00 build and it had almost everything I need.

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November 21, 2010 at 23:01:08
You are confusing Tom's Hardware with Computing.net. I am not familiar with the article you mention but I would imagine they listed all the components there. Link below.


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November 22, 2010 at 04:53:07
Oh OK This is what I have OEM Phenom IIx3 720. Intel Core i5-750. Motherboard-ASUS P7P55D-ELX LGA 1156, Intel P55 Chipset. CPU Cooler 0 Cooler Master Hyper TX 3. Memeory- Crucial 4 GB ( 2x2 GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3-1333 Dual Channel Memory Kit. Graphics - MSI GeForce GTX 470. Hard Drive - WD Caviar Black 640 GB.Optical - Lite-on iHAS 124 OEM. Antec Three Hundred Case. Power - Corsair CMPSU-650 TX. Now I need to know if this comes with what I listed in my first question or what is compatible with it to install. Thanks.

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November 22, 2010 at 04:59:31

You'll have to use the core I5 cpu with that board. AMD and Intel cpus require different motherboards. Check your mobo manual for ram compatability. The other components will work.

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November 22, 2010 at 05:44:52
As was pointed out you have both AMD & Intel CPUs listed. You need to decide which way you want to go.

If you decide AMD I would not choose that processor.

If you decide Intel there are boards with more features available.

Do you need 4 memory slots?

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November 22, 2010 at 06:21:28
OK because I'm computer illiterate which one is the AMD listed and what about the sound card, network card, display, operating system
and application software does it have? It it doesn't come with this what is compatable? Thanks for helping me out this is my final class project and I want to do well.

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November 22, 2010 at 06:33:49
You did not include any operating system in your list. Windows 7 is the defacto system included with new builds.

The specifications of the motherboard are available at the manufacturers site or at some online vendors.

To research the hardware further go to newegg.com and search motherboards. Sound, network, USB, etc are all features included on the motherboard.

What degree are you pursuing? Why are you in a computer class yet know nothing about them? If you are serious about your education you need to take the time to learn the fundamentals.

What are the guidelines you are using to choose the compatible hardware?

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November 22, 2010 at 06:49:13
I'm a welder. This is a required class to get my degree.

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November 22, 2010 at 06:52:19
Degree in what?

You didn't answer this question. "What are the guidelines you are using to choose the compatible hardware"? You instructor must have given some guidelines.

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November 22, 2010 at 06:55:48
Phenom II X3 720 (AM3) is made by AMD, Intel core i5 750 (1156) is made by INTEL. U don't need to purchase cpu cooler, the stock cooler will work well. Pay attention when choosing ddr3 memory, u need atleast (2x2gb) (64bit os is required) ddr3 1333 (1.5v). "Antec three hundred case" make sure the psu doesn't stay at bottom, find a case with psu mounted at top. Onboard sound and network will work fine + gtx 470 will block some xpansion slots. I will recommend win 7 ultimate 64 bit.

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November 22, 2010 at 08:49:02
Thank you I am getting my associated degree in Welding and then my Master's welding certification. Computers are not something I know much about. I know enough of the basics to build but not all I need to know. Thanks for the help

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November 22, 2010 at 08:52:41
These are the instructions: Find all the components necessary to build a complete PC. case, power supply, motherboard, CPU, memory, hard drive, CD/DVD drive, video card, sound card, network card, display, operating system, application software. Prepare a worksheet that lists the components, their prices, the supplier, and the total cost of your system. I am getting my associates degree in Welding.

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November 22, 2010 at 10:33:00
OK, I will respond a little later. Don't have the time at the moment.

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November 22, 2010 at 11:49:00
Almost all motherboards have built-in sound & network adatpers, some also have video.

What does building a computer have to do with welding? If you're taking some sort of computer class, you should at least have a rudimentary grasp on what hardware is required or at the very least, the difference between AMD & Intel. Are you actually going to purchase the hardware & build a PC, or is this just on paper?

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November 22, 2010 at 12:25:10
I'm gong to try and actually build this. I learn better hands on. So I figure the best way to learn this is to do it. I have some grasp from attending class but I just want to make sure I have everything right before I buy. I'd like to know what computers have to do with welding too!! It is a required course for my degree.

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November 22, 2010 at 12:27:12
Thank you for the help. I am actually going to build this thing and want to have all the right parts. I want to prove to myself I can do it and I want a good grade on this project.

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November 22, 2010 at 14:30:56
You can build an entire system for considerably less than $1000. Is there any reason why you've chosen higher end hardware? I know I would do it totally differently. What is the purpose of this machine because it sure appears that you're trying to build a gaming rig?

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November 22, 2010 at 15:42:34
I agree with mickliq. Tell us what kind of tasks you expect to perform with the computer and if you have a budget, tell us what it is.

You can maybe get by with $500 or up to $1500 and everything in between.

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November 22, 2010 at 18:56:01
That's what my plan is. I want to be able to download music, burn CD's and play video games.

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November 22, 2010 at 19:27:16
What is your total budget? Do you currently own a desktop computer?

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November 22, 2010 at 19:36:03
We have a Home computer but I don't have one personally. I want to stay under $1000.00 if possible.

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November 22, 2010 at 19:56:23
And you need everything? Below is a list of hardware

Power Supply
Motherboard/ with integrated graphics (or you will also need a graphics card)
Hard drive
Optical drive
Windows 7 professional or home

To build a system including all the hardware above and using the hardware you listed above will run well over $1000. Be more like $1200/1500.

What size monitor are you thinking about?

Do you know what kind of games you are interested in?

I have a list made up but still don't have Monitor, keyboard, mouse and I am up to $800+.

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November 22, 2010 at 20:24:32
19" monitor and black ops and other Call of Duty games is what I play. That's OK I can go up to $2000.00. There is a kid in my class who is building some hi tec computer and it is costing him thousands of dollars. I don't want that at all.

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November 23, 2010 at 07:53:42
All the selections are from newegg.com which is a great place to deal with. Been using them for years.

This board has all the features you could want and a three year warranty. Will run any AM3 CPU. Has the best AMD integrated graphics available. You may not need an add in card.

Any of these CPUs will be fine. Read the pros and cons of each IMO 6 core is overkill. The last build I assembled used the 4 core 3.4GHz.

This is good solid RAM that runs at the standard 1.5V. No over volting built in.

Can’t beat the price

This would not be my first choice but it seems to be the best value at the moment.

Choose from the list in the link below.
Western Digital Black series is best or Samsung Spinpoint.

I just built a system with this case. Very roomy and nice looking.

Choose your keyboard, mouse and monitor. I like Samsung LCD the best. I suggest a PS/2 keyboard for best compatibility. A wired mouse for the same reasons.

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November 23, 2010 at 08:44:33
If u want good gaming rig go with core i5 750, 650, 660, 661, 670. U will not need a board with onboard video, buy a p55, h55 board (they are cheap). Psu listed above has two +12v rails and 72% efficiency, look for a corsair psu(they have higher efficiency and single +12v rail). Gtx 460 or gts 450 will be good for u (capable of running games u listed with very high settings). The other components listed above are fine.

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November 23, 2010 at 08:59:32

I chose AMD because of more bang for the buck. ajalig doesn't seem to have much computer experience so this would be more than adequate. I agree Corsair PSU would be a better choice but no bargains at the time.

As I stated the PSU was not my first choice but should get the job done and is cost effective.

Most Intel based boards use crappy Via sound.

Look at the chart linked below to see what I am saying.


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November 23, 2010 at 11:03:10
the problem with throwing $1000+ at a build is that pc hardware becomes outdated so quickly. i suggest you stay away from bleeding edge technology & settle for "bang for your buck" technology. don't get suckered into a competion with someone in your class. if you choose your hardware wisely & are willing to overclock, you can build a kicka22 system for well under $1000

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November 23, 2010 at 15:12:48
Thank you,
I did find a monitor. 18,5 Hanns: HZ 194APB. It's a tilt adjustable monitor with speakers cd?m2 10,000:1. Do I need a network card if I go with Lynksys? Also what types of application software do I need?

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November 23, 2010 at 16:12:22
You don't need an add in network card. Already on the motherboard (LAN).

You can download Open Office for free. Most apps you may need can be found for free.

I suggest you build the system as listed with on board video. Then if you feel the need to get a dedicated graphics card you can. Right now I suggest the HD6850. Links below.


Very popular series. Gigabyte and Asus have good warranties but most any brand of that series or the HD6870 series are good.

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November 23, 2010 at 16:37:18
Thanks to everyone you have all been very helpful. I think I got it now. If I run into trouble building this thing I will get back to you and ask more questions!

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November 23, 2010 at 18:58:21
Be sure to bench test the board with minimal hardware before installing into the case. Let us know what you end up buying.

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November 23, 2010 at 21:59:37
Will do! Thanks alot!

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November 24, 2010 at 19:55:40

Hey, newegg.com has a deal on a Corsair PSU.


Windows 7 too.


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November 25, 2010 at 04:32:12
Hey thanks!! I have my parts list done. As soon as I check out newegg on the new prices I will post it for you to check out!

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November 25, 2010 at 05:21:12
Case- Antec 300 $60.00
Motherboard- Asus P7P55D-E LX $125.00
Processor – Intel Core i5-750 $195.00
CPU Cooler – Cooler Master Hyper TX3 $30.00
Memory – Crucial 4GB 240-Pin $90.00
Graphics – MSI GeForce GTX 470 $300.00
Hard Drive – WD Caviar Black 640 GB $75.00
Optical – Lite-On iHAS 124 $20.00
Power – Corsair CMPSU-650TX-650W $79.99
Display – Hanns:G HZ194APB Black $99.99
Keyboard and mouse – Apevia K1-Combo $24.99
Microsoft Office and Student $99.99
All of the above were purchased at newegg.com
MacAfee Security System-purchased at macafee.com $69.99
Total cost of system $1269.95
Here is my price list. Let me know if it looks OK with everything I have listed. Thanks

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November 25, 2010 at 06:40:45
Man, I wish you would have said something about McAffee. That is a waste of cash. If you haven't broken the seal I suggest you return it. You don't need it and it is bloatware.

Microsoft has something just as good for free. Microsoft Security Essentials. There are also many freeware AV & spyware programs available.

I don't see any version of Windows listed. Microsoft Office is Word, Excel, etc. No OS there.

I don't know anything about the LCD you got. Some are not so good for gaming.

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November 26, 2010 at 10:07:35
Case- Antec 300 $60.00
Motherboard- Asus P7P55D-E LX $125.00
Processor – Intel Core i5-750 $195.00
CPU Cooler – Cooler Master Hyper TX3 $30.00
Memory – Crucial 4GB 240-Pin $90.00
Graphics – MSI GeForce GTX 470 $300.00
Hard Drive – WD Caviar Black 640 GB $75.00
Optical – Lite-On iHAS 124 $20.00
Power – Corsair CMPSU-650TX-650W $79.99
Display – Hanns:G HZ194APB Black $99.99
Keyboard and mouse – Apevia K1-Combo $24.99
Microsoft Office and Student $99.99
All of the above were purchased at newegg.com
Security System-Microsoft Security Essentials Free download
Operating System- Windows 7 Home Premium Family
Pack with free Cisco wireless router $149.99
Total System Cost $1349.95
Here is what I came up with. Can you please look it over? Thank you

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November 26, 2010 at 10:50:24
The only complaint I have with the motherboard is the VIA sound. Look at the link below for some incite into that chip. Did you read the reviews on that model at newegg. Seems like alot of RMAed boards.

You have gone from being a casual user to a gamer mode. There is nothing wrong with that but that is not what you indicated you were looking for.


That graphics card is expensive and also currently sold out. The card itself pulls 18A on the 12V rail. That is a lot of power.

The Corsair PSU should handle it fine though.

Bad choice on the Antec case. Mounting the PSU at the bottom causes overheating issues.

Did you already order those parts?

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November 26, 2010 at 11:14:38
"Microsoft has something just as good for free. Microsoft Security Essentials. "

It won't load in Safe mode, and you can't un-install it in Safe mode, in Vista - that probably applies to Windows 7 too.

You sometimes need to run anti-malware software in Safe mode, and sometimes you need to be able to un-install corrupted anti-malware software in Safe mode, although you can usually un-install anything in VGA mode (low resolution mode in Vista and Windows 7) rather than Safe mode.

I recommend the free version of AVG 2011, and the free version of Malwarebtyes.
Both run fine in Safe mode, and I believe both can be un-installed in Safe mode.

The free version of Malwarebytes has no resident module that runs all the time, it runs only when you run it, it can't interfere with AVG's or other anti-malware programs resident modules(s) - after it's initially installed you must update it before you run a scan, but it finds and properly removes some malware that most other anti-malware programs either don't find, or do find but don't remove all the symptoms for properly.

Many people these days are getting crap, from them merely visiting contaminated web sites e.g. when they click on a link found while searching for something, that was made by the makers of what's generically called "Rogue" anti-malware software. The crap produces symptoms that make it appear your computer is severely contaminated, but the symptoms are FAKED - you are prompted to go somewhere and scan your computer for free, or the "Rogue" anti-malware software you did not install yourself will scan your computer without you having given it permission to do so, but the glitch is you have to pay for the "Rogue" anti-malware program to get rid of what it finds.
Malwarebytes is probably the best one for finding and getting rid of that. Many people who have had that crap more than once have bought the paid version of Malwarebytes, which does have a resident module that runs all the time and it updates itself automatically, which will find and prevent the crap from doing anything all the time.

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November 26, 2010 at 20:42:12
No I haven't ordered anything yet. The parts have to be ordered by Monday. I don't want to order anything until you give me the OK after reviewing the list. What other graphics card do you suggest? I will check on the case.

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November 27, 2010 at 06:27:42
Definitely choose a roomy case with a top mounted PSU. The series of graphics cards you are choosing are big. don't get a tight case.

Now, to evaluate your choices. IMO if a system will perform all the tasks you need it to then buying more power than that is a wast of cash just for bragging rights.

You don't even know what you want to do with this computer. What games to play, for instance. There is a huge difference in requirements from game to game. Why spend $300 for a card if a $100 card will get the job done. Or why even buy an add in card at all if you don't know if you need it or not.

This isn't like buying a minivan where you can't change the outcome if you order the 4 cyl. instead of the 6 cyl. I suggested an excellent all round board with the best integrated graphics available at this time. You have chosen to go with a board that is a little cheaper but doesn't have integrated graphics. You have chosen to go with the more expensive i5 CPU.

Nothing wrong with any of those choices if you knew what you really needed. This is your first build. By the time you get up to speed the hardware will be at least another generation behind. If you want to build the fastest rig you could to "future proof" then use an i7 board/processor. Otherwise build what you think you may need and plan for upgrade possibilities.

Hope I am making my point here. Others may disagree with it, fine. In computer hardware, as in everything, there is a sweet spot which will yield the most performance/ features for the buck. That is what I shoot for.

Case in point. You selected a $60 case. What was the basis of your choice? Obviously not price. Also, not performance because most users will tell you not to use a bottom mounted PSU case. I listed a case that IMO looks decent, gets the job done, and is cost effective. That case is not the only case to fit that criteria.

If you make choices based on the same logic then you can shave $200 or more off the budget. I hope I don't come off as too harsh here. I see you doing the same thing I did 15 years ago with a custom build. The same as most users will do if money allows. Buying hardware that doesn't fit into that sweet spot.

I have lectured you enough. You are a grown man with the cash to spend so you have every right to spend it as you see fit. I just don't agree with some of your choices.

Do you have any exposure to PC games? Knowing what games you plan to play would help you decide what graphics card to get. IMO if a card will play a game at desired resolutions and settings then getting additional frame rates is just bragging rights.

I would rather put the money elsewhere. Say into a larger/ better LCD display.

Did you check out the links in #30?

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November 27, 2010 at 07:57:31
If I play games on this PC it will be the Call of Duty games. I use my Xbox 360 to play now but thought I would ad this to my build so I can play on the computer just in case. I am checking out all of your suggestions and will get back to you. You can lecture me all you want it helps! Thanks again.

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November 27, 2010 at 13:44:01
Like OtheHill, I disagree with many of your hardware choices. But as he said, it's your money & you can do as you please with it. Personally, I think you're in way over your head, especially since this is your 1st build.

You'd better start compiling a new list. That Asus board went on sale & sold out quickly so you're going to have to choose another.


My 2 cents:

- look for a case with a top mounted PSU
- the CPU choice is overkill. The Core i3-530 is only $100
- there's no need for an aftermarket CPU cooler
- why are you spending $90 for 4GB RAM when there's plenty available for about 1/2 that much?


- the video card is overkill for the games you mentioned & why $300 when you can get it for much closer to $200? Even so, why not the GTX 460 for about $150 or GTS 450 for about $100?
- Corsair is a good PSU but do you really need 650W?
- why would you spend $75 for a WDC 640GB HDD when you can get a Samsung Sinpoint F3 1TB for about $50?

Also, if you're in school, the student edition of Win7 should be about $15.

"The parts have to be ordered by Monday"

Monday is "Cyber Monday" so there should be a ton of good deals. I suggest you wait.

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November 27, 2010 at 13:53:14
It sounds like if I want good audio I should go with AMD. What other board do you suggest? A lot of the other items I was told to check out are sold out also. I guess after all this research it's time to start over! So I should go with Corsair just not so big?

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November 27, 2010 at 14:05:06
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How does this case and power supply look for what I need? Its cheap and looks like it will do what I need.

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November 27, 2010 at 14:14:34
That power supply isn't going to cut it. Look for a case without PSU. Use the advanced search feature at newegg to filter your choices. You don't want any PSU or mini ATX cases. I assume you want black. 1 120MM fan is good enough (better than two smaller ones).

Look at the link below to get you started.


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November 27, 2010 at 17:17:35
Hey, do you get the emails from newegg.com? Right now there is an Apex case for $18.99 with free shipping. Look for it in the link below.



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November 27, 2010 at 17:20:20
RAIDMAX Cyclone ATX-316B Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
How about this case?

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November 27, 2010 at 17:22:43
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
This power supply?

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November 27, 2010 at 17:26:50
BIOSTAR Viotech 3100+ VIA C7-D 1.6GHz VIA NanoBGA2 VIA CN896 Micro ATX Motherboard/CPU Combo

Or this motherboard CPU combo?

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November 27, 2010 at 17:30:50
Not my cup of tea but looks OK to use. It is $40 + $10 shipping for $50 instead of $19 for the above. Your choice.

Did you use my link to start searching. The Raidmax has an 80MM rear fan and a 120MM front fan. Not what I would use. You don't need a front case fan but the rear needs to be bigger. 120MM rear is good.

The first case I linked above is almost the same. Has the mesh drive bay covers.

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November 27, 2010 at 17:32:41
It's out of stock until 12/3/10

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November 27, 2010 at 18:55:20
Do you have any idea what you're doing? How do you go from a Core i5 which is a high end CPU to a VIA C7 which is about as low end as it gets?

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November 27, 2010 at 19:00:07
You posted a number of responses before I answered one. I was saying the Apevia case that comes with a 450W PSU (#47 above) and you don't want it. Buy a case without a PSU and use the Corsair 750W. Forget cases with side fans too. They just screw up air flow.

You need to supply links.

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November 28, 2010 at 12:00:24
What are you doing about your selections? Confused yet? A couple of software items need review.

First is "Microsoft Office and Student $99.99" I think that is a 3 pack and that is NOT the same thing as Microsoft Office. You could use Open office for free anyway.

Next is "Operating System- Windows 7 Home Premium Family
Pack with free Cisco wireless router $149.99" Not sure where you found that bundle but I am thinking that it is an UPGRADE version of Windows 7. What that means is you need to already be using a qualifying version of Windows on each of the 3 computers in order to install it.


I recommended a Corsair 650W that was on sale originally. During the course of this thread that PSU went off sale and the 750W went on sale. Kuweze recommended that PSU and at the time the package included a i5 and a GTX 470.

I also recommended that RAM. Not a problem going with other RAM though.

The original post indicated a $1000 system was what he was looking to spend.

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November 28, 2010 at 14:44:17
"The original post indicated a $1000 system was what he was looking to spend"

I know, but why spend $1000 when you can build a decent machine for $500? I noticed the Corsair PSU prices keep changing, I'm not even sure if the one I posted is still on sale for $50. I know the $50 price on the 1TB Samsung HDD expires on the 29th. The OP hasn't been back in a while so who knows what he's decided.

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November 28, 2010 at 19:30:13
I agree that the OP doesn't need to spend that much. The problem is he doesn't know what he wants or needs. I am not a gamer but from what I read COD doesn't require a particularly powerful machine or graphics card.

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November 29, 2010 at 08:36:18
I took everyone's advice and came up with a system for $892.00.This includes the operating system and applications I want. I may have spent too much but I was able to keep it under my $1000.00 budget. Thanks for all the help!

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November 29, 2010 at 11:20:02
So, are you going to reveal what you ordered?

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November 29, 2010 at 16:17:58
AMD AthlonII Processor $73.99
EEVGA )!G-P3-1452-TR GeForce GTS 450 Video Card $199.00
MSI 880GM-E43 AM3 AMD 880G Micro ATX Motherboard $79.99
Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ Internal Hard Drive $54.99
Corsair CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX Power Supply $69.99
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB Dual Channel Memory Kit $49.99
Cooler Master Elit RC-330-KKN1-GP Black PC Case $39.99
Lit-on iHAS 124 OEM 24xDVD+R burner $20.00
Display – Hanns:G HZ194APB Black with speakers $99.99
Keyboard and mouse-Apevia K1-Combo $24.99
All of these parts were purchased from Newegg.com
Operating system- Windows 7 Premium Family with
Free Cisco Wireless Router $149.99
Microsoft $119.99
These were both purchased from Micrsoft.com
Total cost for my system $982.90

This is it hope it works! I mis quoted this the first time. Sorry

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November 29, 2010 at 16:25:46
Looks like that should be a good first build. Remember to bench test the board before installing in the case. Install metal standoffs under every screw hole and ONLY under a screw hole.

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November 30, 2010 at 07:08:50
"Looks like that should be a good first build."

I agree.
As OtheHill has said, I too believe that, you get a better bang for your buck if you build an AMD system. If the heat sink comes in an AMD boxed set with the cpu, it's quite good and your cpu will run relatively cool.

AMD has been better than Intel regarding cpu / cpu socket / main chipset compatibility. Sometimes you need to buy a new mboard when you want to use a newer Intel cpu, but new AMD cpus can be used in older AM2+ and up mboards at their full speed, although the cpu isn't running as efficiently on older mboards. I have an Asus M3A78 Pro mboard on one computer that was first released about two years ago, and the number of CPUs that can be used with it is huge - AM2+ cpus to the latest 6 core Phenom ones - it presently has an Athlon 64 X2 6000+ in it.

Windows 7 32 bit or 64 bit ?
Most people don't need 64 bit Windows or more than 4gb of ram, however 32 bit Windows operating systems have the 4gb virtual memory address limit.

The 4gb virtual memory address limit for 32 bit operating systems.
An example of 3gb working better than 4gb in a 32 bit operating system.

See Response 6:

jam's explanation refers to links on other sties:


Memory Assessor
How much memory do you really need?
NT Workstation and up
Windows 7 is there.

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December 1, 2010 at 04:04:01
I will thanks!! I showed this to my prof and he said it looks good too for a first build. We will be building them inclass and he is going to help me with this. Can't thank you and the others who helped enough!! I really appreciate it!

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