Help building a new computer

adri1456

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1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc
Playing games, specifically GTA:IV/EFLC, along with basic web browsing and running vmware if I can't bear to wipe and install another OS on my other computers

I'm currently using my Asus g50vt-x5 laptop as my computer, so it'll be nice to have something that plays games a bit better than that.

2) What's your budget? Are tax and shipping included?
$1,000 plus shipping to Hawaii
(possibly adding another $500 if I wait a month)

3) Where do you live?
Hawaii

4) What exact parts do you need for that budget? CPU, RAM, case, etc. Please be very specific.
mobo, CPU, RAM, video card, OS (Windows 7 Professional)

5) If reusing any parts, what parts will you be reusing? Please be especially specific about the power supply. List make and model.
- BFG BFGR1000WEX PSU
- WD 640gb SATA HDD
- possibly my Thermaltake Armor VA8000B case, if I can find its motherboard standoffs (or enough of them)
- LG SATA DVD burner
- PCI wireless card

6) Will you be overclocking?

nope

7) What size monitor do you have and/or plan to have?
Currently have a 22" @ 1680x1050, but I might add a 2nd monitor or upgrade it to a 24" (or 2x 24"). ATM, I'll just run with the 22" - I gotta change my desk anyway

8) When do you plan on building/buying the PC?
Within the next 2-4 weeks - depends when I can finish the comparison shopping and shipping, or within a month if I have to expand my budget

9) What features do you need in a motherboard? RAID? Firewire? Crossfire or SLI support? etc.
Crossfire/SLI support will be good, but not necessary. I'll reconsider the wireless PCI card if the motherboard has built in wifi, if not, then just an extra PCI for the wireless PCI card.

10) Do you already have a legit and reusable/transferable OS key/license? If yes, what OS? 32bit or 64bit?
No free OS license for this computer. I'll be buying a Windows 7 Business 64bit copy with this build.

I've been out of the computer building loop for 4 years (the last computer I built was a s939-based SFF, and I changed some parts till it became a full size desktop [different case than what was mentioned])
 
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Dangman

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There's no such thing as Windows 7 Business. Did you mean Windows 7 Professional? If so, are you a student who's getting a discount on Win 7 Pro? If not and you don't qualify or can't get the Windows 7 Pro discounts, why are you getting Windows 7 Pro?
 

adri1456

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There's no such thing as Windows 7 Business. Did you mean Windows 7 Professional? If so, are you a student who's getting a discount on Win 7 Pro? If not and you don't qualify or can't get the Windows 7 Pro discounts, why are you getting Windows 7 Pro?
Yeah, sorry, '7 Pro.

I just need a way to connect remotely with my other computers.
 

Dangman

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Yeah, sorry, '7 Pro.

I just need a way to connect remotely with my other computers.

Umm, you can easily do that with Windows 7 Home.

Also when are you planning on getting that 24" monitor?
 

adri1456

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Umm, you can easily do that with Windows 7 Home.
Oh, well, then I'll adjust accordingly.
Also when are you planning on getting that 24" monitor?
Honestly, when I'm planning on doing a major renovating on my desk, as I want to have a swing out swivel arm from the wall (my monitor is on the desk right now) so I don't know if there's a difference in power needed to run it.

How old is your PSU?

I bought it around September of last year, but since my s939 setup couldn't handle what my laptop can do, I stopped using it.
 

Dangman

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Honestly, when I'm planning on doing a major renovating on my desk, as I want to have a swing out swivel arm from the wall (my monitor is on the desk right now) so I don't know if there's a difference in power needed to run it.

So when? There's a difference in GPU power needed for a 24" and 22" monitor when it comes to video games.
 

Dangman

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I'm looking within 6 months to a year with my schedule.

Then I recommend this setup:
$240 - Intel Xeon X3440 CPU
$130 - Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 Intel P55 ATX Motherboard
$110 - G.Skill Ripjaw Series F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL 2 x 2GB DDR3 1600 RAM
$310 - XFX HD-585X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5850 1GB PCI-E Video Card
$100 - Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
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Total: $890 plus tax and shipping.
 

adri1456

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Then I recommend this setup:
$240 - Intel Xeon X3440 CPU
$130 - Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 Intel P55 ATX Motherboard
$110 - G.Skill Ripjaw Series F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL 2 x 2GB DDR3 1600 RAM
$310 - XFX HD-585X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5850 1GB PCI-E Video Card
$100 - Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
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Total: $890 plus tax and shipping.
Thanks for the help.
 
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