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Building a more than capable desktop for family. What do you guys think? Need input!

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January 12, 2014 1:46:28 AM

Hello guys. I would like to start off with clarifying that I am inexperienced when it comes to building PC's. I understand how the process works and which components are needed, but I have not yet built one. I do, once I obtain a good sum of money, plan to build a high end gaming rig in the near future. But for now, I get to practice with a desktop. My family has a fairly old and lacking desktop computer and they want to upgrade. I told them that I could find all the necessary parts and build one myself, a PC that surpasses the stock desktops at chain stores, yet retains the same pricing.

So I went on Amazon and found parts I think would work well for I need. I am fairly familiar with Intel and Nvidia components and therefore have chosen to stick to an Intel/Nvidia build. I also understand that a GPU isn't necessary for desktops, but I thought of including at least a low profile one just incase. My brother plays mine craft a lot and I'm considering adding a blu-ray drive as well so a GPU would be helpful. I also know what sort of performance to expect from my particular pick. I will list the parts below, and their amazon links. I would love to hear from you guys. I want to know whether all the parts are compatible with each other and which, if any, should be changed.

Also, some things to keep in mind: I want to go with a quad core processor and at least 8gb of RAM. I picked a hybrid drive because of the combination of great performance and flexible pricing and I prefer a modular PSU. It will be running windows 7. I'll probably be using a DVI port to connect to the monitor. The price limit is somewhere around $600-$700. I already have windows 7, a keyboard, mouse and an optical drive. Light gaming is intended. Let me know what you guys think and what I should change. Thank you all who contribute!

Heres the build in question:

MOBO: Asus Micro ATX DDR3 1333 LGA 1150 Motherboards B85M-G:

CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.0 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1150 - BX80646I54430:

GPU: Gigabyte GT 640 GDDR5-1GB D-SUB/DVI/HDMI Low Profile Graphics Card GV-N640D5-1GL:

RAM: Kingston Technology HyperX 8 GB (2x4 GB Modules) 1600 MHz DDR3 Dual Channel Kit (PC3 12800) 240-Pin SDRAM KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX:

HDD: Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA 6Gbps 64MB Cache 2.5-Inch ST1000LM014:

PSU: Corsair CX Series 430 Watt ATX/EPS Modular 80 PLUS Bronze ATX12V/EPS12V 384 Power Supply CX430M:

CASE: NZXT Technologies Source 210 Computer Case (Black):

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January 12, 2014 2:13:14 AM

Most of that kingston blu is rated for 1.65 volts
Intel say to use 1.5 volt rated RAM , so its best to be sure of the specs b4 you buy

Not sure of your cases layout internally , but most desktop hard drives are 3.5 inch . Seagate make 3.5 inch hybrid drives so use one of those instead . It will be faster than a 2,5 inch drive .

I would tend to not bother with a graphics card in your build . The intel processor has graphics built in that can work fine for anyone who is not gaming