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Advice: All new system build for office & storage <$400-450

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December 23, 2013 9:23:18 AM

Hi all,

I'm looking to build a new machine primarily for photo/music/movie storage and simple office work (remotely connecting to a work computer, internet browsing, Office).

Here's the specs I've come up with so far. My thought was to run just the OS on the SSD and anything else on the Seagate. Not sure if that would be worth the extra cost. If possible, I'd like to get the price down lower. Any recommendations? Thanks!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G2120 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.50 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk ReadyCache 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Xion XON-560 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $481.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-23 12:16 EST-0500)
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December 23, 2013 9:46:49 AM

It is worth the extra cost, if you want to start and turn off your computer quickly and install apps in the SSD.

since your SSD is only 32 gb it can only be an OS.

Unless you are hell bent on getting boot times of 10 seconds and not overly fussed about it, you can safely skip the SSD.

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December 23, 2013 10:06:40 AM

Looks good to me overall. You may want to go to 40 GB or 60 GB for the SSD just to give yourself plenty of room for programs.

For CPU you could go to Hasswell Pentium G3220 for the same price:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


In that case you would need to go with a 1150 socket MB such as this for $64.49 w/ free shipping:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Same cost but gets you a Hasswell and more future proof MB.
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December 23, 2013 12:11:58 PM

Great points, thanks. I like the idea of swapping out the CPU and MB. Always liked ASUS MBs anyway.

I'm now thinking of two storage possibilities:

1) Upgrade the SSD to 60GB. Move the storage drive to an external equivalent. (Seagate Expansion 3TB USB 3.0 Black Desktop Hard Drive STBV3000100, $109.99)

2) Keep the 32GB SSD and internal drive, with the option of using RAID later on with a second drive purchase.

In the short term, I like option 1 better, because my files will be backed up externally, but then I lose the RAID option down the line. Is RAID worth it? Is having an external drive just plain dumb?

None of this lowers my price point at all, but it seems like the upgrades would be worth it.
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