Building a new system for my wife/daughter to use when I deploy this winter and take the laptop. This will most be used for web surfing, youtube, e-mail, hulu, etc once I leave in November. While I'm here, I'll be playing a bit of Starcraft 2 on it. My main focus was energy efficiency since it will be powered on 24/7 and energy is expensive in Alaska, and VALUE. Newegg was out of the question because their "free" shipping is outrageous to Alaska.
Processor: Intel i3 540 (Got for $75 from Frys, father bought it(he owed me), shipped up here) Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2 (Dont care about the form factor, will fit) $105 from Amazon RAM: OCZ Platinum 4GB(2x2gb) PC3-16000 ($99 from Ebay) Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB ($69 from Amazon) Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB DDR5 Juniper (Still waiting to purchase, ~150 hopefully) Power SUpply: Antec Earthwatts 500 ($65 from Amazon) Optical Drive: Lite On 24X DVDRW ($25 from Ebay) CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ($30 from Amazon) Case: Antec 300 Gaming Case ($60 from Amazon) OS: Windows 7 Professional ($30 student)
Total invested so far is $484 without the video card. I do plan to overclock this a bit to take full advantage of the CPU. It look good?
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Looks very good. Every part is a good brand and an has excellent $$$:performance ratio.
Your family will enjoy the new computer. Good luck overseas.
nice build, you just should have gotten different ram :P