First, I've done a ton of research and read a lot of good advice from these forums so I appreciate the help. My challenge is that I want to build a solid box and I don't play games. I'm trying to keep the price around $600. What do you guys think about my setup I'm planning to order?
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: None (stock fans)
Power: Corsair Builder Series CX 600 Watt ATX/EPS ($37 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: AS Rock LGA1155 Intel Z77 ATX Motherboard Z77 PRO3 ($95 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.SKILL Sniper Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 ($110 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (repurposed)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 2.5 inch 120GB SATA III Solid State Disk ($100 @ Amazon)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce 8400 GS 1 GB DDR3 Video Card ($30 @ Amazon)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 200R Mid Tower Case ($60 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG Bluray (repurposed)
Monitor: Dell 19" Monitor (repurposed)
I don't do video editing or anything like that. I do watch movies via Plex and backup to a Synology NAS. I have a feeling the RAM is overkill and I could get away with 8GB. My reasoning is that I want to future proof while the prices are cheap. Is this necessary? Any changes or recommendations? Thanks!
It looks like a good build i'm partial to ASUS motherboards. Also think unless your going to be doing extreme computing there is no need for 16 GB of ram, 8 GB will do just fine. I would also check the motherboard manufactures website to make sure the cpu and the memory are completely compatible.
man you use a 200$ CPU and a 30$ card?if you really want to save cost just buy a core i3-3220 and a B75/H77 mobo.or wait for 4th gen core's. they will have better iGPU so you can play games at least medium settings. if you want to pass your time.also 16GB is massively overkill. 8GB should be enough futureproof for you.hat should keep your budget well under 600$