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Windows 7: First Time Custom Desktop Build


09 May 2012   #11

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Alright, I've added it to the cart. Oh well. I'm still super wary to get a cheaper PSU... Especially since this is designed to be an upgrade machine.


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10 May 2012   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I was going to suggest changing the hard drive to SATA, but I see you did that already.
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10 May 2012   #13

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

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I was going to suggest changing the hard drive to SATA, but I see you did that already.
Yuppers.

I also learned that I'm going to have a $50 influx, so I think I'm going to upgrade the processor to a Phenom II X6 1001, and possibly upgrade the MB to include up to 16GB of max RAM. However, it must have an onboard GPU, preferably with HDMI and USB 3. I'll update when I've chosen.

Thanks for your guys's continued help and support,
The Unofficial
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10 May 2012   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If you plan to upgrade this computer more down the road, you might want to consider an Intel i3-2100 and a socket 1155 board. Pricewise, that combo should be the same or cheaper, and would give you the ability to run some very fast processors later on without any additional upgrades.
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10 May 2012   #15

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I actually thought about doing that. Overall I tend to prefer Intel > AMD; and Nvidia > ATI. However, since this is a super budget build, going with an i3 made me sacrifice other things like less RAM, and a cheaper motherboard. BUT! I'm willing do look again, and will do so immediately. Also, I don't know much about hardware sockets and stuff, but I would assume a socket 1155 board would be intel only?
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10 May 2012   #16

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I suppose running an i3 would give me built in graphics though, wouldn't it?
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10 May 2012   #17

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

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but I would assume a socket 1155 board would be intel only?
Yes.

The newest Intel socket is 2011, but there aren't many CPUs for it as yet.
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10 May 2012   #18

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Whoa there 'lil buddy. This is pretty awesome. Thank you SO much for making me consider looking at Intel stuff again. I found a better motherboard, better CPU (Intel Core i5-3450 Ivy Bridge), free complimentary Intel T-Shirt, and all for only like $25 more! I love you. I'll post an updated cart.
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10 May 2012   #19

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

So it looks as though I'll be tossing in some of my on $$$'s on this build, but that's okay. So the final CPU vertict was an Intel i5 3550 Ivy Bridge that gets a passmark score of 7587. Way more than the 5024 I was pushing with the AMD.

*EDIT* Please look at the picture again. I have added a 16GB RAM kit...


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10 May 2012   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I don't know how much it would save ($30-$40 maybe), but most likely, 8 GB is more than any typical user, even a gamer, would need.

As far graphics, the Intel proc will give you graphics, but not for any type of gaming or 3D work. If it's a non-gaming system, you'd be fine. I'm running an i5-2400 in my work tower, and I am using the built-in graphics without issue.
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