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    Question Need help building computer ~$900. New to building

    Basics: I am a computer science major in DE. I only have a little experience with handling computer hardware and I would like to build a computer aiming at serving as a hackintosh desktop computer. I have around $900 to work with.

    I got the idea from this link here.

    In the link he suggests these hardware parts:
    -Antec Sonata III Case with 500W Power Supply
    -ASUS P7P55D-E Pro ATX Intel Motherboard
    -EVGA GeForce 9500 GT 01G-P3-N959-TR Video Card
    -Intel Core i7-860 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
    -G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory x 2 (for a total of 8GB);
    -OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    -Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    -LITE-ON DVD Writer - Bulk - Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support

    I want to use a HDD rather than an SSD, unless there is a great deal or if solid state drives are significantly cheaper now.

    I would like to build a computer with the capabilities to run things such as creating flash animations, picture editing, midi editing, and programming environments for designing software, gaming software in particular.

    I also want the capability to run games such as Portal 2 and World of Warcraft at great speeds and rendering.

    Any help in recommended parts or a certain brand/types that would be helpful for what I want as capabilities. Also any opinions on if I should stick with what was suggested in the link or if I can use different/better parts or for better deals would be appreciated.

    Thank you in advance for all your help.
    Last edited by rex_rhade; 01-20-2011 at 04:15 PM.



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    I've done a little more research and have these parts in mind:
    CPU: Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500

    MoBo: ASRock P67 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Newegg.com - ASRock P67 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    RAM: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX
    Newegg.com - Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX

    GPU: Galaxy 57NKH3HS00GZ GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Newegg.com - Galaxy 57NKH3HS00GZ GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    PSU: NZXT HALE 90 HALE90-650-M 650W ATX 12V v2.2, EPS 12V v2.91 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    Newegg.com - NZXT HALE 90 HALE90-650-M 650W ATX 12V v2.2, EPS 12V v2.91 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    what do you think?

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    I'm in a similar situation, but want to upgrade my current system to Sandy Bridge if possible. Anyone?

 

 

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