My family has been using a Pentium 4 Dell for about 5 years too long, and we've been putting the upgrade off for a long time. I decided on the Core i3 for it's low power consumption and for the integrated graphics, so i could keep the cost down a bit. From the research I've done, I think the integrated gpu will do just fine for my families need's. Gaming on this computer (if at all) would be very light. (That's what MY computer is for ) Anyhow, the most important feature I need to get out of this computer is that it need's to be able to run multiple program's at once without a hiccup. Everyone in my house seems to have a tendency to have like 10 windows running at once, and I'm not talking about notepad either. I mean, 2 Microsoft Words, iTunes, Youtube, 3 webpages...etc. (Can you imagine the rage a computer with only 512mb of ram would cause while doing this?!?) Mostly CPU and RAM heavy stuff. I've done a lot of research over the past few months, and I think I've put together a pretty good Home/Home Office build. My biggest question though, is whether I should get the i3 530 or 540, is the difference between them enough to get the 540? Or should I save $20 and downgrade to the 530? Any constructive criticism and advice would be greatly appreciated!
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within a week
BUDGET RANGE: around $500-$600
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet Browsing, Office 2007, Music, Very Light Gaming, DVDs, AutoCAD(For the rare occasion of working from home)
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com - United States
OVERCLOCKING: Possibly some light overclocking in the future
GRAPHICS: I'd like to use the core i3's on-chip graphics for now, but I'd like to have the option to upgrade in the future though
A quality PSU is the key to a stable system and definitely not the place to save a buck. Do you have room to use a full-size ATX case? Your case + PSU is about $75 shipped. I would go with this combo for an extra $25.
Would a 380W PSU be enough for the OP to add a GPU to later? They do want some room to put a real graphics card in sometime.
He had a POS 350W PSU originally. The EA-380 is a strong little PSU. It would power up to a 5770. The quality PSU's are always under-rated while cheap PSU's are generally over-rated. The Antec 380W PSU actually puts out more power than a lot of cheap 500W PSU's.