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Would like some advice/opinions on new home PC build $450 budget.

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May 1, 2013 7:20:13 PM

First let me say if anyone has any thing that they feel could be replaced for better or even something less by all means let me know. If I can still save a few bucks from the budget thats fine by me.



Approximate Purchase Date: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: $450.00 ish

System Usage from Most to Least Important: web browsing/email, music, movies (dvd), pictures, music, (gaming maybe at a later time)

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Mobo, CPU, RAM, and PSU if need be. Currently have a Thermaltake TR2-430NP P/S (430w)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes (win 7)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, tiger direct, etc... no preferance.

Location: Columbus, Nebraska

Parts Preferences: No preference.

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: 1024x768 is what im running right now on a 19", does go up to 1440x900. may upgrade to bigger monitor at a later date.

Parts I do have:
-I already have a Thermaltake Tsunami Dream case

-A Seagate barracuda 7200rpm HD (sata) 250gb. (hd would be ok for now and update later) unless someone thinks I should do so now.

-Thermaltake TR2-430NP P/S (430w) if it would work otherwise ill upgrade.

-Geforce GT220 vid card (if would be needed for any reason)

Would have no objections to AMD proc either.


Also I wouldnt mind finding a mobo that has all the sockets in black or red. Rather than the blue on this mobo. As id like to do red or orange leds in the case. but if not ill change to blue to match this mobo.

Newegg does have the win 7 home premium sp1 64bit on sale for $79.00 with code EMCXSTX22, but it didnt show up on pcpartpicker. Also I did put a PSU on the list incase what I got will not work.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($113.99 @ NCIX US)

Motherboard: Asus P8B75-M LX PLUS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.79 @ NCIX US)

Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($44.98 @ Outlet PC)

Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.00 @ Amazon)

Total: $400.74 (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.) (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-01 22:27 EDT-0400)

Thanks for your time Mike
May 1, 2013 7:48:52 PM

How about this:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($113.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.83 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $354.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-01 22:46 EDT-0400)

You get a black mobo (with two extra USB ports, which can be useful), and save $50. 4GB RAM is plenty for most tasks.

You could also get an i3-3225, and use integrated graphics (or even use HD2500 on the 3220), and leave out the 220.

I don't trust thermaltake PSUs that much, though it would be quite an easy workload. They just have a reputation for poor quality and cut corners.
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May 1, 2013 8:02:57 PM

I was thinking of the i3-3225 for the HD4000 graphics also. That board is one that I also looked at. Is there a big difference between the hd2500 and the hd4000 intergrated graphics. tiger direct has the 3225 for $129
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