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Memebag builds a PC

Goobertron, my 6 year old desktop, suffered a hard drive failure a few weeks ago. She will not boot. I've extracted the data I need from her and believe it is time to move on, building a newer, sweeter desktop inside her old body.

I've been shopping around and I think I've found a sweet spot for price/performance with these:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 760
  • Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P
  • RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
  • System drive: Intel 80 GB X25M Mainstream SATA II Solid-State Drive (SSD)
  • Data drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
  • Video: XFX HD-485X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16
  • DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST
  • OS: Windows 7 Premium

I've got a giant power supply and SATA DVD burner in Goobertron that I can re-use. Buying from Amazon and Newegg, the cost will be a little over $1,100.

I've looked all over for pre-built systems that might be a better deal, but so far nothing comes close.

Now I just need to think of a new name. Boogertron? Troobergon? Uranus?
 
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I had a gigabyte motherboard on my last build (P5k). Good machine. When I build a machine I usually build it using "most" and "best" reviews on Newegg and then drive to microcenter or Frys to pick up the parts.
 

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I had a gigabyte motherboard on my last build (P5k). Good machine. When I build a machine I usually build it using "most" and "best" reviews on Newegg and then drive to microcenter or Frys to pick up the parts.
Yes, most and best played a key role in picking these parts. I also looked at Tom's Hardware and some benchmark sites. There's always a point on the bang/buck curve where it starts to level off. Above that point, crazed tweakers who will spend anything for another iota of performance drive the market. I try to buy just below that point.

I could get the parts at Fry's or Microcenter, but they would almost certainly cost more and I would have to pay sales tax. All the Amazon stuff is shipped under my Amazon Prime deal, and most of the Newegg components have free shipping.
 

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I changed my mind. I can do the i7-930, Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R and 6G of triple channel RAM for only $50 more and get another 1000 Passmarks and open up some of the PCI bottleneck.
 

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Got one of these with Arctic Silver coolant:



Right now I'm on an Asus P6X58D premium motherboard with an NVIDIA GTX 470. I'm liking this set up for gaming. The quad core FINALLY allows me to get GTA 4 to stay at 60 FPS at top settings.
 

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Wow. that fan is as big as Uranus!
Yea, I had to get a pretty good size case to fit it. But, if you're going to overclock, that's what it takes (unless you want liquid cool). I'm never happy till I break the 4.0 Ghz mark. This 930 is the first one I got to 4.2 and it's pretty damned sweet. If you're into gaming, it makes a huge difference. There isn't a game that I've tried that I can't run at max settings.
 

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It's actually Windows 7 Home Premium.

I don't plan to game much on this system. Video recoding, some programming, and Mrs. Bag wants me to do something with it to make us millionaires.
 

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I have a Core i7-860 at the office and it flies with Win 7 pro and just 4 GB RAM.
Yup, I only have 6GBs in this machine and I can have multiple programs open while gaming without any issue. Right now I'm running IE (2 tabs), Firefox (9 tabs), 7 word docs, 1 excel sheet, 1 powerpoint, and Windows media player. I could launch Civ 4 and Photoshop right now and this machine wouldn't even stutter.
 

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Yup, I only have 6GBs in this machine and I can have multiple programs open while gaming without any issue. Right now I'm running IE (2 tabs), Firefox (9 tabs), 7 word docs, 1 excel sheet, 1 powerpoint, and Windows media player. I could launch Civ 4 and Photoshop right now and this machine wouldn't even stutter.
Yet it grinds to a halt every time you open itunes!:rofl:
 
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I'm kind of hoping a 5,825 passmark CPU with top end data pipes and I/O can run iTunes without begging for its momma. I'm not counting on it, just holding out a faint hope.

Hey BMF, how does iTunes run on your system?