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My WinXp is now 7 years old and it's time for a new computer. Here's
what I'm considering. Do any of these items stick out as possible bad
selections? Not a gaming computer but intensive home use for web surf,
word processing, audio and video conversions, and limited Photo Shop




I7-950    Intel Core i7 Processor i7-950 3.06GHz 8MB LGA1366        

Kingston KHX1600C9D3/4G DDR3-1600 4GB CL9 Memory (x3 for 12GB total)    

Asus P6X58D-E Socket 1366/ Intel X58/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB SATA3 7200rpm 64MB Hard

Asus nVidia GeForce GTX460 768MB DDR5 2DVI                

Thermaltake TR2 RX 750W V2.3 Power Supply                

Cooler Master RC-692-KKN3 Case                        

Pioneer DVD+-RW                                

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit    

Re: Specs for new system

On 2/28/2011 5:14 PM, Harry Avant wrote:
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The video card you cite is really a gaming card and would be overkill for
"intensive home use". Similarly, the PS you cite is really more than the
components you list would need unless you were doing some serious CPU
overclocking. 12gB is a lot of memory unless you intend to do an
appreciable amount of PS work. The CPU you list is a last-generation design
and a current-generation Sandy Bridge chip in a LGA1155 socket used with a
P67 chipset will yield near-identical performance with less power
dissipation and lower price. Personally, I'd go with a less intense GPU and
a smaller PS and a P67 Sandy Bridge MB and perhaps 8gB of memory for the
applications you list. With the money you'd save you could add a OCZ Vertex
3 SSD for use as the system drive and maybe even bump the data drive to 2tB
or use two 1tB drives in mirrored raid for security.

Caveat: all advice is worth the amount you paid for it.

Re: Specs for new system

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Thanks for the input. You have some good points especially about the
video card and cpu. It's nice when you ask a question and get a fast
and thoughtful answer. I do have a strong desire for usb 3.0 and
enough power to be able to add another drive and/or dvd burner at a
later time. As far a memory goes, I think it's cheapest to add more
than enough at build rather than later.


Re: Specs for new system

On 2/28/2011 6:32 PM, Harry Avant wrote:
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Sure, a ton of memory is great but having applications which use it
efficiently and often is something else again (most don't) but if you think
that you will really need that much then by all means buy the matching
sticks at the same time. When it comes to adding drives, you will find that
a modern burner or 3.5" drive uses so little power that it is seldom worth
heavy consideration when sizing a power supply. Example: I have a very
modest dual-core system used in a file server role. It has five 2tB drives
in it along with a smaller system drive and a DVD burner. Total power
consumption for that system averages a measured 95W and seldom spikes as
high as 105W for a second or so. In the old days when I started using hard
drives they were 5.25" full-height beasts which consumed so much power on
spinup that one had to take measures to ensure that they did so
one-at-a-time. Thankfully, there is no need for that today.

Have fun and try not to lose too much sleep over the decisions. Painful as
it may be, whatever bleeding-edge stuff we buy it will be ho-hum average in
a few months and obsolete in a few years and museum fodder in a few
decades. Thus goes technology...

Re: Specs for new system

Harry Avant wrote:
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Nice & expensive system.

Try posting at:


More system builders there.


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Major league overkill here.

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