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    If you have clicked this link , you are either a newcomer to PC building or are someone who wants ideas and a base to start on for your next system.

    In this thread are a few different examples of systems built with the latest technologies at different price points.

    In this particular post are no-frills systems that are designed to deliver performance more than offer any particular features. They are generally cheap considering the performance they offer and can be easily adjusted to fit anyone's needs!

    $500 - Entry Level

    A relatively cheap system built with parts sporting the latest and greatest standards of today's high performance technology. With the release of Intel's Sandy Bridge line of CPUs and chipsets, it is very hard to find a suitable alternative that can match the performance and efficiency of the Intel i3 2100 processor, which has its own built-in GPU. This computer is a system that is meant for the demanding consumer who wants a powerful, cool running computer to handle everyday tasks like web browsing and the playback of HD media but doesn't want to drop a huge amount of money on an expensive off-the-shelf machine.

    CD/DVD - ASUS 24X DVD Combo Drive (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Chassis - NZXT GAMMA Mid-Tower ATX Chassis (US) Newegg.com
    PSU - Corsair Builder Series CX430 V2 430w ATX PSU (US) Newegg.com
    HDD - Seagate 7200.12 1TB SATA III Hard Drive (US) Newegg.com
    Motherboard - ASRock H61 ICAFE LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard (US) Newegg.com
    Memory - Corsair Vengeance 4GB Single Module CAS 9 DDR3 1600 (US) Newegg.com
    CPU - Intel Core i3 2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core LGA 1155 CPU (US) Newegg.com
    OS - Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (US) Newegg.com (UK)

    $850 - Mainstream Level

    A cheap, yet powerful tower system with the latest technologies for the power user. This system is another Sandy Bridge based computer with more improvements made on top of the above system, the dual-core CPU was swapped out for a stronger quad-core, the RAM has been doubled, and an Nvidia GTX 550 Ti has been added into the system to give it more graphics processing power. The motherboard, with a P67 chipset and 8-Phase CPU power transmission allows for a more stable platform that can be more readily upgraded and overclocked. This is a computer that can change with the users needs!

    CD/DVD - ASUS 24X DVD Combo Drive (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Chassis - NZXT GAMMA Mid-Tower ATX Chassis (US) Newegg.com
    PSU - Corsair Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650w ATX PSU (US) Newegg.com
    HDD - Seagate 7200.12 1TB SATA III Hard Drive (US) Newegg.com
    GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Motherboard - ASRock P67 PRO3 LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard (US) Newegg.com
    Memory - Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) CAS 9 DDR3 1600 (US) Newegg.com
    CPU - Intel Core i5 2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core LGA 1155 CPU (US) Newegg.com
    OS - Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (US) Newegg.com (UK)

    $1000 - Performance Level

    This system is an upgraded version of the above system, mainly designed for gamers who want high performance now and even more performance later. Aside from the upgraded GPU, which is a much more powerful GTX 560 Ti, the ASRock EXTREME4 motherboard is an upgraded version of the PRO3 that can have two cards in SLi or CrossfireX and a third PCI-E slot running at 4x speeds for another card, another video card can be added for PhysX or the slot can be used for a number of other PCI-E devices.

    CD/DVD - ASUS 24X DVD Combo Drive (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Chassis - NZXT GAMMA Mid-Tower ATX Chassis (US) Newegg.com
    PSU - Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750w ATX PSU (US) Newegg.com
    HDD - Seagate 7200.12 1TB SATA III Hard Drive (US) Newegg.com
    GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Motherboard - ASRock P67 EXTREME4 LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard (US) Newegg.com
    Memory - Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) CAS 9 DDR3 1600 (US) Newegg.com
    CPU - Intel Core i5 2400 3.1GHz Quad-Core LGA 1155 CPU (US) Newegg.com
    OS - Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (US) Newegg.com (UK)

    $1250 - Performance Level

    This system is a further upgrade of the above system that was set up to allow the user to upgrade more easily. The biggest change comes from the upgrade to the Cooler Master 690 II chassis, A more spacious, well ventilated case that can take even the longest, hottest video cards and most powerful CPUs and cool them without fail, provided enough fans are used of course. The other upgrades, the jump from the i5-2400 to the 2500k allows for a computer that can be easily overclocked with its unlocked multiplier, The GPU has taken another step up to the GTX 570, which is one of the most powerful GPUs on the market with a wealth of features while still being a good value. Lastly, the upgrade from the ASRock EXTREME4 to the EXTREME6 allows for a more stable system with its 16 phase CPU power transmission, it also has more USB 3.0 ports for better futureproofing.

    CD/DVD - ASUS 24X DVD Combo Drive (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Chassis - Cooler Master 690 II Advanced Mid-Tower ATX Chassis (US) Newegg.com
    PSU - Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750w ATX PSU (US) Newegg.com
    HDD - Seagate 7200.12 1TB SATA III Hard Drive (US) Newegg.com
    GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Motherboard - ASRock P67 EXTREME6 LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard (US) Newegg.com
    Memory - Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) CAS 9 DDR3 1600 (US) Newegg.com
    CPU - Intel Core i5 2500k 3.3GHz Quad-Core LGA 1155 CPU (US) Newegg.com
    OS - Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (US) Newegg.com (UK)

    $1500 - Performance Level

    This system is practically the same as the above, however there are two considerable upgrades made to it. The first upgrade is the jump from the 2500k to the Core i7-2600k, this upgrade allows the user to better run multi-threaded applications and multitask better. The 2600k is a Quad-Core CPU with hyperthreading, basically this means that the computer sees the CPU as an 8-Core CPU and treats it as such; on top of that, it is also unlocked which allows for easy overclocking. The second upgrade is the addition of the Corsair Performance 3 SSD; being a drive with abilities far greater than standard rotating disk drives, installing the OS and programs on this drive allows for a considerable boost in responsiveness and the overall performance of the system improves.

    CD/DVD - ASUS 24X DVD Combo Drive (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Chassis - Cooler Master 690 II Advanced Mid-Tower ATX Chassis (US) Newegg.com
    PSU - Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750w ATX PSU (US) Newegg.com
    HDD - Seagate 7200.12 1TB SATA III Hard Drive (US) Newegg.com
    SDD - Corsair Performance 3 Series 64GB SATA III Solid-State Drive (US) Newegg.com
    GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Motherboard - ASRock P67 EXTREME6 LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard (US) Newegg.com
    Memory - Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) CAS 9 DDR3 1600 (US) Newegg.com
    CPU - Intel Core i5 2600k 3.4GHz Quad-Core LGA 1155 CPU (US) Newegg.com
    OS - Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (US) Newegg.com (UK)

    $1750 - Performance Level

    This Core i7 system is an upgraded version of the above system, the main changes being the use of a faster SSD and HDD to improve storage capacity and performance. the Corsair drive was changed to the much faster OCZ Vertex 3 120GB and the HDD was changed to the Barracuda XT 2TB model. Both drives are about the fastest available with SATA III connectors.

    CD/DVD - ASUS 24X DVD Combo Drive (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Chassis - Cooler Master 690 II Advanced Mid-Tower ATX Chassis (US) Newegg.com
    PSU - Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750w ATX PSU (US) Newegg.com
    HDD - Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA III Hard Drive (US) Newegg.com
    SDD - OCZ Vertex 3 Series 120GB SATA III Solid-State Drive (US) Newegg.com
    GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Motherboard - ASRock P67 EXTREME6 LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard (US) Newegg.com
    Memory - Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) CAS 9 DDR3 1600 (US) Newegg.com
    CPU - Intel Core i5 2600k 3.4GHz Quad-Core LGA 1155 CPU (US) Newegg.com
    OS - Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (US) Newegg.com (UK)

    $2000 Performance Level

    This system is about as far as one can take a standard configuration Sandy Bridge platform before bottlenecks begin to form in the PCI-E pipelines. The upgrade being the addition of a second GTX 570 HD to use in SLi. With the PCI-E slots limited to 8x speeds for two cards, that pretty much means that you can only use single GPU video cards before you hit bandwidth problems. Though minor at this point in time, running a dual GPU video card does take a hit of a couple frames per second in gaming if run in a half speed 8x slot.

    CD/DVD - ASUS 24X DVD Combo Drive (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Chassis - Cooler Master 690 II Advanced Mid-Tower ATX Chassis (US) Newegg.com
    PSU - Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 750w ATX PSU (US) Newegg.com
    HDD - Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA III Hard Drive (US) Newegg.com
    SDD - OCZ Vertex 3 Series 120GB SATA III Solid-State Drive (US) Newegg.com
    GPU - 2x EVGA GeForce GTX 570 HD (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Motherboard - ASRock P67 EXTREME6 LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard (US) Newegg.com
    Memory - Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) CAS 9 DDR3 1600 (US) Newegg.com
    CPU - Intel Core i5 2600k 3.4GHz Quad-Core LGA 1155 CPU (US) Newegg.com
    OS - Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (US) Newegg.com (UK)
     
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    Part II

    $2250 Performance Level

    In a standard configuration Sandy Bridge system, the PCI-E slots are limited to x8 speeds when using dual video cards, this can be a problem when trying to use video cards with dual GPUs as the half-speed slot can limit performance in taxing situations, usually it isnt bad but as video cards get faster and faster, having full speed slots becomes more essential to good performance. A good work-around can be found in getting a high end motherboard that uses 3rd party chipsets to increase the number of available PCI-E lanes, one such board is the Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7-B3. With a more advanced board, the system is able to run powerful multi-GPU setups like dual GTX 590s with ease. The only downside to the Gigabyte board is that it doesnt support UEFI so it cannot boot from drives larger than 2TB. Not being able to boot from a drive doesn't mean you cannot use larger drives within windows, as long as you use the recommended 64-bit OS, your computer will see any large drive just fine.

    CD/DVD - ASUS 24X DVD Combo Drive (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Chassis - Cooler Master 690 II Advanced Mid-Tower ATX Chassis (US) Newegg.com
    PSU - Corsair Enthusiast Series TX950 950w ATX PSU (US) Newegg.com
    HDD - Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA III Hard Drive (US) Newegg.com
    SDD - OCZ Vertex 3 Series 120GB SATA III Solid-State Drive (US) Newegg.com
    GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 590 CLASSIFIED (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7-B3 P67 LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard (US) Newegg.com
    Memory - Corsair Vengeance 12GB (2 x 4GB) CAS 9 DDR3 1600 (US) Newegg.com
    CPU - Intel Core i5 2600k 3.4GHz Quad-Core LGA 1155 CPU (US) Newegg.com
    OS - Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (US) Newegg.com (UK)

    $2500 - Max Performance Level

    When one needs more performance than the Sandy Bridge platform is capable of producing, there is only the LGA 1366 platform to look at. Though older, there is no doubt that it is still the fastest platform to work with. With native support for full speed x16 PCI-E slots, triple-channel memory support, and up to 6 CPU cores in one socket, one can completely exceed the performance of the above posted systems. Until the LGA 2011 platform launches, this is the most powerful desktop platform available.

    CD/DVD - ASUS 24X DVD Combo Drive (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Chassis - Cooler Master HAF X Advanced Full-Tower ATX Chassis (US) Newegg.com
    PSU - Corsair Enthusiast Series TX950 950w ATX PSU (US) Newegg.com
    HDD - Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB SATA III Hard Drive (US) Newegg.com
    SDD - OCZ Vertex 3 Series 120GB SATA III Solid-State Drive (US) Newegg.com
    GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 590 CLASSIFIED (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Motherboard - ASRock EXTREME3 LGA 1366 ATX Motherboard (US) Newegg.com
    Memory - Corsair Vengeance 12GB (3 x 4GB) CAS 9 DDR3 1600 (US) Newegg.com
    CPU - Intel Core i7-970 3.2GHz Six-Core LGA 1366 CPU (US) Newegg.com
    OS - Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (US) Newegg.com (UK)

    After the performance and value minded computers, there are the enthusiast systems. The difference between a computer built purely for performance and one built for a computer enthusiast usually lies in the kind of hardware used, especially the advanced features and capabilities of such hardware. Enthusiast hardware usually offers either performance aspects that are beyond the standard or they offer unique features that are of value to the advanced computer user. While enthusiast systems tend to be more powerful than the more standard ones shown above, that isn't always the case. Sometimes such unique features are raised to a higher importance than just system performance.

    Below are a couple examples of these kinds of systems.


    $2250 - Intel P67 Enthusiast Platform Variant 1

    When one values high reliability, overclockability and silent operation over all other aspects, this system is the result. The most noticeable attraction of this system is its case, the motherboard tray is rotated 90 degrees, lining up the internals vertically, allowing for air to flow from the bottom of the case, clear through the components and out the top of the case! It is based on the simple fact that heat rises, so therefore, a top heat exhaust makes perfect sense! The motherboard, the Asus Sabertooth board boasts military spec components, an array of sensors, a heat deflecting plastic shroud, and overclocker friendly, intuitive UEFI panel make this system a very good investment.

    CD/DVD - LG 12X Blu-Ray Combo Drive (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Chassis - Silverstone RV03B-W Full-Tower ATX Chassis (US) Newegg.com
    PSU - Corsair Professional Series AX850 850w ATX PSU (US) Newegg.com
    HDD - Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB SATA III Hard Drive (US) Newegg.com
    SDD - OCZ Vertex 3 Series 120GB SATA III Solid-State Drive (US) Newegg.com
    GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 580 (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Motherboard - ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard (US) Newegg.com
    Memory - Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) CAS 9 DDR3 1866 (US) Newegg.com
    CPU - Intel Core i7-2600k 3.4GHz Quad-Core LGA 1155 CPU (US) Newegg.com
    OS - Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit (US) Newegg.com (UK)

    $2850 - Intel P67 Enthusiast Platform Variant 2

    When one values overclockability, and multi-GPU capacity over all other aspects, this system is the result, this system uses a more powerful PSU that can handle up to 3 powerful video cards, and the motherboard is built from the ground up as an overclocker's board. This RV02 case is another 90 degree oriented chassis, following the same principle that heat rises, it is an efficient, silent running case.

    CD/DVD - LG 12X Blu-Ray Combo Drive (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Chassis - Silverstone RV02B-EW Full-Tower ATX Chassis (US) Newegg.com
    PSU - Corsair Professional Series AX1200 1200w ATX PSU (US) Newegg.com
    HDD - Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB SATA III Hard Drive (US) Newegg.com
    SDD - OCZ Vertex 3 Series 120GB SATA III Solid-State Drive (US) Newegg.com
    GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 590 CLASSIFIED (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Motherboard - ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME P67 LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard (US) Newegg.com
    Memory - Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) CAS 9 DDR3 1866 (US) Newegg.com
    CPU - Intel Core i7-2600k 3.4GHz Quad-Core LGA 1155 CPU (US) Newegg.com
    OS - Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit (US) Newegg.com (UK)

    $3000 - Intel X58 Enthusiast Platform Variant 1

    The X58 Equivalent of the var. 1 P67 Enthusiast system. When one values high reliability, overclockability and silent operation over all other aspects, this system is the result. It uses the Raven RV03 case which has a 90 degree rotated motherboard tray. The motherboard, the Asus Sabertooth board boasts military spec components, an array of sensors, and overclocker friendly BIOS. The only drawback of this system is that it doesnt support UEFI

    CD/DVD - LG 12X Blu-Ray Combo Drive (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Chassis - Silverstone RV03B-W Full-Tower ATX Chassis (US) Newegg.com
    PSU - Corsair Professional Series AX850 850w ATX PSU (US) Newegg.com
    HDD - Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB SATA III Hard Drive (US) Newegg.com
    SDD - OCZ Vertex 3 Series 120GB SATA III Solid-State Drive (US) Newegg.com
    GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 590 Classified (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Motherboard - ASUS SABERTOOTH X58 LGA 1366 ATX Motherboard (US) Newegg.com
    Memory - Corsair Vengeance 12GB (3 x 4GB) CAS 10 DDR3 2000 (US) Newegg.com
    CPU - Intel Core i7-970 3.2GHz Six-Core LGA 1366 CPU (US) Newegg.com
    OS - Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit (US) Newegg.com (UK)

    $3250 - Intel X58 Enthusiast Platform Variant 2

    The equivalent X58 counterpart for the P67 var. 2 platform. When one values overclockability, and multi-GPU capacity over all other aspects, this system is the result, this system uses a more powerful PSU that can handle up to 4 powerful video cards, and the motherboard is built from the ground up as an overclocker's board. This RV02 case is another 90 degree oriented chassis, following the same principle that heat rises, it is an efficient, silent running case. Like the above system, this doesn't support UEFI, so it cannot boot from drives larger than 3TB.

    CD/DVD - LG 12X Blu-Ray Combo Drive (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Chassis - Silverstone RV02B-EW Full-Tower ATX Chassis (US) Newegg.com
    PSU - Corsair Professional Series AX1200 1200w ATX PSU (US) Newegg.com
    HDD - Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB SATA III Hard Drive (US) Newegg.com
    SDD - OCZ Vertex 3 Series 120GB SATA III Solid-State Drive (US) Newegg.com
    GPU - EVGA GeForce GTX 590 CLASSIFIED (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Motherboard - ASUS RAMPAGE III EXTREME X58 LGA 1366 ATX Motherboard (US) Newegg.com
    Memory - Corsair Vengeance 12GB (3 x 4GB) CAS 10 DDR3 2000 (US) Newegg.com
    CPU - Intel Core i7-970 3.2GHz Six-Core LGA 1366 CPU (US) Newegg.com
    OS - Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit (US) Newegg.com (UK)
     
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    And a final enthusiast system with no drawbacks, for those who can REALLY say that money is no object, the ultimate personal computing platform.

    $8000 - Ultimate Enthusiast Platform

    When one takes the LGA 1366 platform to the limits of its design, one gets the most powerful personal computing platform available to the general public. The LGA 1366 was originally built as a server platform for people or businesses that require high end CPU processing, the issue though was that the server motherboards were never geared for tasks that the standard home user would use it for so they generally only had one full bandwidth PCI-E slot at most. It was only until EVGA released the SR-2 motherboard that it was flexible enough to be used in a personal computing environment. With that, comes extreme performance that no other system can touch. With a total of 12 cores, 24 threads, and support for up to 48GB of RAM it is the most powerful platform available. It also comes with an equally impressive price-tag of 8 grand, thats enough for an economy car.

    CD/DVD - LG 12X Blu-Ray Combo Drive (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Chassis - Lian Li PC-V2120X Full-Tower HPTX Chassis (US) Newegg.com
    PSU - Corsair Professional Series AX1200 1200w ATX PSU (US) Newegg.com
    HDD - Seagate Barracuda XT 3TB SATA III Hard Drive (US) Newegg.com
    SDD - OCZ RevoDrive X2 Series 240GB PCI-E Solid-State Drive (US) Newegg.com
    GPU - 2x EVGA GeForce GTX 590 CLASSIFIED (US) Newegg.com (UK)
    Motherboard - EVGA Classified SR-2 Dual LGA 1366 HPTX Motherboard (US) Newegg.com
    Memory - 2x Corsair Dominator GT 12GB (3 x 4GB) CAS 9 DDR3 2000 (US) Newegg.com
    CPU - 2x Intel Xeon X5690 3.46GHz Six-Core LGA 1366 CPU (US) Newegg.com
    Heatsink - 2x Prolimatech Supermega Tower CPU Cooler (US) Newegg.com
    Heatsink Fan - 2x Silverstone AP141 Air Penetrator 140mm Case Fan (US) Newegg.com
    OS - Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit (US) Newegg.com (UK)


    These above systems are all just guidelines, a base for building on. while they are good by themselves, no person does exactly the same thing with their computers so that's where YOUR personal changes influence the build.

    You have your own preferences and probably need a system to do something in particular.

    If you are low on cash and want to game, you can probably take whichever build fits closest to your budget and work it into something you feel better suits you.

    so you have the budget of $1000
    you take the model for mainstream and decide to go with a cheaper dual core as well as drop from DDR2 1066 to DDR2 800, you then have enough money to upgrade from a 500GB 7200.11 to a 1TB (1000GB) 7200.11

    So just for a bit of visualization, you start with this:

    CD/DVD - Samsung Combo Drive (US) Newegg.com (UK) YoYoTech.co.uk
    Chassis - Cooler Master Centurion 590 (US) Newegg.com
    HDD - Seagate 7200.11 500GB SATA Drive (US) Newegg.com
    GPU - Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 (US) Newegg.com
    PSU - PC Power and Cooling Silencer 500w (US) Newegg.com
    Memory - OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) CAS 5-5-5-15 2T DDR2 1066mhz (US) Newegg.com
    Motherboard - Asus P5Q Pro ATX (US) Newegg.com
    OS - Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit (US) Newegg.com
    CPU - Intel Core 2 Quad 2.4GHz LGA775 (US) Newegg.com

    EXACT Price $978.91

    and come out with this.

    Samsung Combo Drive (US) Newegg.com (US) YoYoTech.co.uk
    Chassis - Cooler Master Centurion 590 (US) Newegg.com
    HDD - Seagate 7200.11 1TB SATA Drive (US) Newegg.com
    GPU - Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 (US) Newegg.com
    PSU - PC Power and Cooling Silencer 500w (US) Newegg.com
    Memory - G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) CAS 4-4-4-12 2T DDR2 800 (US) Newegg.com
    Motherboard - Asus P5Q Pro ATX Motherboard (US) Newegg.com
    CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo E7300 (US) Newegg.com
    OS - Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit (US) Newegg.com

    EXACT price $993.91

    so the end result is a slightly slower system with double the storage capacity of the original design. perfect for movie and music hoarding!

    1TB will take quite a while to fill so thats a lot of entertainment.

    Your system is done now and ready to order, but if you feel like you need a bit more help or a clearer picture of what you will be doing, simply take a look at this guide: Building a PC: Step by
    Step Guide


    So now you got your basic setup, your tower is completed and ready to run, but you may want to look at some additional cooling for your new computer.

    The first and cheapest way to better cool down your CPU is simply buy some high quality thermal paste:

    Thermal Paste - OCZ Freeze Thermal Compound (US) Newegg.com
    Thermal Paste - Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound (US) Newegg.com
    Thermal Paste - Tuniq TX-2 Thermal Compound (US) Newegg.com

    All the above three thermal compounds are top performers and are within 1°C of each other. The only difference is the price, even the formulas may be the same. The above pastes are neither electrically conductive or capacitive making them superior replacements to the old Arctic Silver 5

    next you may want to get some good, quiet fans to further cool your system....

    even a set of inexpensive fans will do wonders for an overheating system.

    Case Fan - Cooler Master 120mm Case fan (US) Newegg.com

    These case fans are 140mm fans with 120mm fan mounting holes, they can be used almost anywhere a 120mm fan can be used very silent.

    Case Fan - Scythe Kaze Maru 140mm 500RPM Fan (US) Newegg.com
    Case Fan - Scythe Kaze Maru 140mm 1200RPM Fan (US) Newegg.com

    Or you dont have to have a quiet system if you dont want to....

    Case Fan - Scythe Kaze Maru 140mm 1900RPM Fan (US) Newegg.com

    lastly, you can get a quality CPU cooler and cool down the CPU by a great amount

    CPU Cooler - Scythe Ninja 2 Cooler (US) Newegg.com
    CPU Cooler - Scythe Orochi Cooler (US) Newegg.com
    CPU Cooler - Cooler Master Hyper Z600 Cooler (US) Newegg.com

    The Scythe Orochi cooler can have its cooling power increased by using 1-4 of the above Kaze Maru fans and these fan clips:

    Fan Clip - Scythe 120mm Fan Clip (US) Newegg.com

    Cooling is the first step to successful overclocking; even if you don't overclock, a system running well under its temperature limits is bound to last longer than a system running at its limits or higher.

    i think i will post a list of 'specialty' systems in this part.....
     
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    ...but you've lost your reserved space lol :D

    Nice lists. That must have taken a bit of time. Millions of homes in the US are gonna start having (nearly) identical rigs. Btw, you need a line feed on the extreme level system for the PSU.

    You realise that every month people will expect you to update this list when new products are introduced or pricing levels change? You're gonna have your work cut out!:)
     
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    actually im gonna update weekly not monthly :D and yea its gonna be a bit of work but it keeps me from being bored on weekday afternoons
     
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    Good work kris :)

    Just one suggestion - the neweg links make it a bit uneasy reading, they are too long. I would suggest making a simple list, like:

    CPU: Intel Q9650 [short version link]
    MB: Asus P5Q [short version link]
    ...
     
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    yea its still a work in progress, im actually gonna try hunting for the components in the UK and EU countries so ill have more links. then im gonna make them like (Store Name: Product Name) kinda deal
     
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    Good job Kris! :)
     
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    lol thanks
     
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    i began changing around the list, does this look good to you guys?
     
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    Thats is nice and clean :)
     
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    That is a big improvement. You've made it far easier, with the tweaks, to see 'at a glance' each set of component within every price level. Although I think it would still read better (on the eye for quickly scanning down the page) to have:

    CD/DVD - Samsung Combo Drive Newegg.com
    Chassis - Rosewill Dual 120mm Fan Mid-Tower Newegg.com
    HDD - Western Digital WD2500AAKS SATA drive Newegg.com
    Motherboard - BioStar TA790GX ATX Newegg.com
    PSU - Thermaltake TR2 430W ATX Newegg.com
    Memory - Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) CAS 5-6-6-15 DDR2 800 Newegg.com
    CPU - AMD Athlon X2 4050e 2.1GHz AM2 Newegg.com
    OS -Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit Newegg.com
     
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    -Changes Completed...

    so how do you guys like it? is it easy to use?
     
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    Well done sir! That's a LOT of work!

    I think that I would recommend the Corsair 1000HX for the 2x4870 X2 systems. It would give a bit more overhead for a power-hungry system, and as we all know their quality is second to none.

    I would also recommend the Cooler Master CM690 case over the RC590. I have the 690 and have taken a good look at the 590, and I think the the 690 is preferable. There is nothing 'wrong' with the 590, it's an excellent case and in my opinion, in it's class, it's second only to the 690. I just feel that given the difference in how the HDDs mount, that the 690 gives you a bit more room, especially with the longer video cards.

    EDIT:

    One other thought. You recommend ATI GPU's almost exclusively. While I am a "FanATIc"*, and would never use an nVidia card, they DO make excellent cards, and you might want to give a choice of "either/or" for my mortal foes, the "nVIDIOTS"*.

    * used purely in jest, and not intended to cast aspersions on either side :D
     
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    Haha, nVIDIOTS, I like that, nice one buzz!

    Id like to see some options too, just as a differening perspective..

    I do have to say that ati does make superior cards for viewing HD at the moment :)

    In the words of people from my area kris, Wicked Pissah Dude!

    -Syn
     
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    well at this point in time, ATi cards have the much higher band for buck but theres also the possible use of PhysX on the P45 boards, the x16, x8 is perfect for them
     
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    I have to say the physx drivers added to my 8800gt in games supporting it are friggen awesome, very noticeable frame improvements for sure.

    I do agree that ATI cards are getting really competitive again, which rocks, competition is excellent. I also think that nVidia is doing the right thing in pulling an intel and slashing prices, should make for some interesting times.

    -Syn
     
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    beginning addition of YoYoTech links to better help UK DHers

    CD/DVD - Samsung Combo Drive Newegg.com YoYoTech.co.uk

    how does that look?
     
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