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1) How much are you willing to spend

2) What will you be doing (re-encoding, rendering, archives, audio playback, gaming (this one must be obvious), etc)

2a) The reason I ask this is because you don't need an i7 to play video games, but an i7 is soooo useful when you re-encode videos.

3) Are there any peripherals that you need? (sound cards, number of pci slots, number of pci-e slots, network cards, etc etc)

4) Please post your current PC build, sometimes you can have the ability to scrap old parts into a new one (ie a hard drive or a dvd burner, or sometimes you can even scrape with a old mobo, psu, ram sticks, or even a case)

5) What don't you need with the new PC? (monitors, mice, keyboards)?

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Eh under $1,500 would be ideal. I don't have a preference over Intel or AMD honestly, whatever is the best for any given price is good for me. lol


2) I only game and listen to music, so gaming would be key here.

3) No I don't think so

4) My computer is roughly 5+ years old and so outdated that I'd rather just start over.

5) I shouldn't need a monitor, keyboard, mouse.

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What's your screen size babe?




CPU: i5 750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215&cm_re=i5_750-_-19-115-215-_-Product

GPU: GTX 460 or AMD 6850/ GTS 450 or AMD 5770 (depends on what resolution you play)

Mobo: Asus P55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131407

Ram: 4Gb @ 1600mhz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303&cm_re=ripjaws-_-20-231-303-_-Product

Psu: 650w Corsair hx http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139012

Case: CM 690 II http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119216

HD: WD 1tb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533

OD: LiteON cd drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106276

Heatsink/fan: Hpyer 212 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=hyper_212-_-35-103-065-_-Product


Comes to roughly $876, before your gfx card, giving you lots of head room. Probably cheaper with combos.


This would probably be the intel-version of my build.

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For the ~$1500 budget.

Case: Antec DF-85 (take a look at it, I suggest it because of the easy to clean fan filters etc. $160


CPU i7 950: $295

CPU cooler $40

Motherboard: $150

RAM 2X2GB DDR3 1600: $80

PSU 850W: $130

$855 so far


This means you have a lot of leg room for your videocard.

Radeon 6870 $240


+ another?

$1335, I'd say that's tempting because this thing crossfired would tear up anything that comes at max for a few years.


The ambient temp of the case would go up, but Antec cases can evacuate air very well, and if you ever plan on watercooling it has room for a 240x120mm radiator at the top.

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