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Building a micro atx budget system, is this a good build?

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April 7, 2014 12:36:04 PM

I am wanting to build a micro atx budget system for family use. My absolute max budget is $540. It will be used for photoshop, web browsing, and games that are mid-level in graphical complexity (no crysis 3 or Metro Last Light on this PC). I can build the below system for $538 if I buy the components here and there as they go on sale between now and memorial day.

Do you think this is the best build that can be built for that amount of money? Is there anything you would change?

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130
CPU cooler: SilenX EFZ-100HA2
Motherboard: ASRock B85M-HDS
Video Card: EVGA GTX 750 superclocked
Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 1600
PSU: SeaSonic M12II 520
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB
DVD drive: Samsung SH-224DB
Wireless Network Adapter: Asus PCE-N15
Case: Cooler Master N200

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April 7, 2014 12:44:58 PM

With an i3 and a 750/750 Ti, you can get a SeaSonic 350w or 400w power supply and save a little bit of money. That system will pull around 150w or so at full load. Do that and get rid of cooler and you can get a 750 Ti. Why not go AMD though? At a budget like this with some photoshop use, a true quad-core CPU would be better, with similar performance in games, and you could save some money at the same time.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-4300 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Gelid Solutions CC-Siberian-01 51.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($9.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Biostar A960G+ Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($48.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($36.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX Power Supply ($36.98 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N150UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $538.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 15:55 EDT-0400)
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April 7, 2014 12:48:08 PM

If you can save a bit more and don't care about looks here's a build:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3nILV
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3nILV/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3nILV/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 760K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.73 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($16.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M Pro4+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($59.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($36.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ OutletPC)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill RNX-N150UBE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $554.62
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-07 15:47 EDT-0400)
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