General Purpose i5 upgrade

Pavdog

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Hello all:

I'm looking to rebuild an old desktop system. It was a P4/RIMM but I accidentally broke some CPU pins a while back--nothing really worth salvaging with the setup. Now I need to have a desktop system again. Doesn't need to be a screamer, but should be able to do most things well, as well as be somewhat future-proof.

I'm looking to reuse the LianLi aluminum ATX case. Probably drop in everything else new.

I like the Gigabyte P68X (GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128498
board as a base. Get the Intel i5-2500k.

Need 8-12GB ram minimum. Graphics not critical. Plan to add 2-3 monitors to it tho. AMD Eyefinity is appealing, but it's AMD.

Looking at the Spinpoint for HDD. Possibly add a (Crucial?) 64-128GB SSD, if cost/benefit is worth it.

Like to get a 550-650 power supply.

The system will run most of the day, so power usage and heat (and noise) a factor. Prefer everything to have "smart fans". Most of what I'll do is more thread & memory intensive. Although I will play games once in a while. Most of what I do is stock market & related stuff.. news, charts, etc.

Guess I'm looking for a "beefy" office-type machine. Any comments/suggestions are welcome.

Tx.
 

addison

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GPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150448&cm_re=ati_5750-_-14-150-448-_-Product
PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139020

You don't need 8gb only 4 is great for what you need. a 64 gb SDD. and a HDD that is 1tb and is 7200 RPM
Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220559&cm_re=ram-_-20-220-559-_-Product

That gpu can do eyefinity and daul monitor. It is great for HDMI videos and such and decent for gaming. That is why it's 114$

Also a 2500k is overclockable when the 2500 is not for what your doing there is no need for OC what so ever. The 2500 is perfect for what you need, hell a i3 would even be great.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115073&cm_re=i5_2500-_-19-115-073-_-Product 10$ less for just 1 less feature.


Also if it runs all day, there is no worry, windows will give 20 mins if no actvivity and your system will rest, if about a hour later the system will sleep and will be silent but still be running, and it wouldn't restart but just contiune where you were.
 

Pavdog

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z_4: I like the combos. Thanks.

addson: Thanks.. not crazy about that video card. Looking for something a bit newer. And I was thinking about i3 but really don't want to scimp on processor power that much. Plus I'll need the cores.