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      01-27-2010, 05:25 PM   #1
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help me build a fast/reliable desktop for $1k

Hey guys, I'm trying to help my sister build a fast and reliable desktop since her laptop always freezes on her (including one time when she couldn't turn in her online midterm). She doesn't play games or anything, just the usual web surfing and the occasional photo/video editting so her main focus is something that is super fast and reliable (and maybe an above average graphics card). Budget is around 1k. Hope you guys can help! Thanks
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Here you go. Core2 Quad CPU, 8GB DDR2 800 ram, ATI 5850 GPU.

I picked a Core 2 system because of the cheaper motherboard and ram costs. There are also other places to shave more money out of it, like to get a cheaper case, maybe alittle less of a Power supply. I forgot to add a sound card, but SB Audigy cards only cost $25 on newegg so not a big deal. Integrated sound might even be enough now, I haven't used it in a while though. Remember that this is only 1 option of many, and you might even fair well in just buying a i7 machine for like $600-$700 then dropping in a discrete GPU of your choice.




The breakdown:
LG 22X DVDR DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136144
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$23.99


Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811129066
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$69.99
$59.99


Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136283
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$79.99


SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
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$309.99
$299.99


Rosewill Green Series RG700-S12 700W Continuous 40C,80 PLUS Certified,Single 12V Rail,Active PFC"Compatible with Core i7, ... - Retail
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$99.99
$69.99


G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Retail
Item #: N82E16820231122
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$171.98
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ASUS P5N-D LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 750i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
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$99.99


Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 Yorkfield 2.66GHz LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80580Q8400 - Retail
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$169.99
Subtotal: $975.91
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      01-28-2010, 03:27 PM   #4
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Honestly, a Macbook (as a student) will cost her about 950 +tax, and it will do everything she needs, never freeze and be portable.

As for a system, I would go along the lines of Ultimate's idea, but drop in a cheaper v-card and a quieter box. Check for mobo/CPU and Case/Power supply combos, cause you can shave off a lot of cash if you are not looking for the best item for each slot and are willing to compromise a bit. Unless you are building a gaming rig you can really shave off a lot of money by not being nickel and dimed on each part.

Does she have a copy of windows to install, or will she need an OEM copy?
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