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March 31, 2011 6:48:34 PM

Hello,

First build.
i3-550 or i3-2100
No gaming, just streaming, pic edit, dvd playing, web surfing.
Looking at the asus p8h67 mle. Is that any good?? Or should I go for the p8P67 version? Or gigabyte??
Need it to have video 7 sound card. Something that can last me a couple years.

Thanks

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March 31, 2011 10:04:20 PM

moomoo99 said:
Hello,

First build.
i3-550 or i3-2100
No gaming, just streaming, pic edit, dvd playing, web surfing.
Looking at the asus p8h67 mle. Is that any good?? Or should I go for the p8P67 version? Or gigabyte??
Need it to have video 7 sound card. Something that can last me a couple years.

Thanks
Since the LGA1156 is near End-Of-Life I would recommend you avoid the 550 (although I suspect you have gotten your sockets mixed up and did not realize it was a 1156).
I would definitely go for the i3-2100. It won't OC but it's a fine little all around CPU.
The P8P67M-LE is a fine basic mATX board with no bells and whistles. It will serve you well. I would personally go with the P8P67M-PrO for $20 more; it holds twice as much memory, has twice as many slots, has an extra PCIe x16 slot more USB ports and is over an inch larger - more room is handy!
Have you got a case picked out, PSU, RAM?
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April 4, 2011 2:38:40 AM

Thanks for the replies/infos.
If selecting i3-2100 would be better choice, I am also considering upgrading it to maybe an i5.

Noworldorder: the guy that I was going to gets the parts from was somewhat stunned and steered me away from the p8p67m-pro, which I asked for, reason is I am not a gamer so I don't need any over clocking and plus I would need to add a video card (none on board).

New composition:
i5-2400
Asus mobo: p8h67-m pro
hdd: wd 1TB blue wd10ealx (is this any good)?
ddr: 4GB
case: In Win
dvd: LG 22x

Any opinions are welcomed.
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April 4, 2011 10:33:49 AM

I suggested the board I did believing OC would help you with your pic editing. But if you don't want to OC, and want on board video with the MB, then what you have there is a great choice; you are future-proofed for your goal of 2 years easily.

The only thing is the HDD; I am not at all a fan of that drive.
I suggest a Seagate ST310005N1A1AS-RK 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive instead.
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April 5, 2011 4:32:55 AM

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April 5, 2011 4:33:43 AM

Noworldorder said:
I suggested the board I did believing OC would help you with your pic editing. But if you don't want to OC, and want on board video with the MB, then what you have there is a great choice; you are future-proofed for your goal of 2 years easily.

The only thing is the HDD; I am not at all a fan of that drive.
I suggest a Seagate ST310005N1A1AS-RK 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive instead.



Thanks for your input. I'll look into that hdd.
Cheers
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