I7 first build $1000- $1200 budget

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I want to build an i7 pc. will be my first build. for now it will mostly for multimedia. videos, pictures, movies lots of video editing. basically lots and lots of multitasking. I would like to high graphic games later on but for now just basic gaming. would like hdmi output without adapters. um i would prolly do sli or crossfire later. basically i will be updating it more later when i have a need for it. i have a budget of $1,000, - $1,200
 

xthekidx

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I'd look at something along these lines:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=10694326
The PSU that is in that build is meant to be able to handle up to 2 HD 4870's in xfire if you chose to go that high, but if you really aren't concerned with gaming then you can get this PSU instead, which should handle any single GPU out there:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341017

That leaves you about $200 for a GPU and a CPU cooler if you are interested in OC'ing, if not then just use stock cooling.

HDMI GPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131125

CPU cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029&Tpk=s1283v
get this thermal grease with it:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020

You can pick up the memory and CPU in a combo:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.173727

 

xthekidx

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If you go with all those things and the lower wattage PSU then you get about $1219 after rebates and before shipping...the TV tuner kinda breaks the budget. If you don't want to OC then you can take $47 off the price for the CPU cooler and thermal grease. Or if you didn't really need the tv tuner then that takes $80 off the price. I would go without the tv tuner for now and get the CPU cooler to overclock, you will see a big performance increase if you OC the CPU. The tv tuner is easy to add on later when you get some extra money for it.
 


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137 $89.99
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

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PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

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MSI X58 Pro LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

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Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

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G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

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LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

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Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131125 $149.99 ($134.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate)
POWERCOLOR AX4850 512MD3-DH Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail / Next Generation Display Port & HDMI integrated

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Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

Total: $1,131.91 (not including shipping and rebates)
 

xthekidx

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On board graphics will perform miserably in games, so if you want to be able to game then you need to buy a discrete graphics card. The one I showed you is probably the best one out there for you if you want an i7 build.
 

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Do you want to use the PC as your cable Box? Most cable companies require that you purchase CableCard from them in order to be able to do this, if they let you do that at all. Otherwise, you can just get a regular HDTV tuner card and watch basic digital cable. Using this method you can still get your local broadcast channels in HD, but most movie channels and non broadcast HD, i.e.TNTHD and DiscoveryHD, will not work as they are scrambled.