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October 6, 2010 3:07:04 PM

Approximate purchase date: This month

Budget range: 700-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet, Photoshop, Quickbooks (No Gaming)

Parts not required: Monitors

Preferred website for parts: newegg, microcenter, compusa

Country of Origin: USA

Parts preference: Open to all

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280 x 1024 (2)

Possibly might buy a newer monitor like a 23" 1920x1080


This system will need everything OS and Office

I was thinking either i3-540 or X3 445 (CPU)
I was thinking of just using the integrated graphics

F3 1TB HDD (He has a lot of data around 400GB right now)

wasn't sure if I should get 4(2x2GB) or 8GB(2x4GB) of RAM


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October 6, 2010 3:20:22 PM

For what you are describing, your father really does't need a beast of a machine. Do you really want to build? If not, may pre-builts, like those from both Dell and HP would serve these needs with minimal fuss and would fit nicely into your budget. 4GB memory and 1TB drives are all over the place these days. An example from newegg would be (this one has 8GB memory!):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Of course, you can build the equivalent system and save a couple bucks, but you will the tech support. The HP will give your dad a support system with HP. Your call, you can't go wrong either way.

Good luck!

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October 6, 2010 3:24:14 PM

The main issue with brand computers are they dont include Office and the warrantys are pretty bad unless you spend another $189+

Buying the parts you get a manufacture 2-3yr

I don't mind being his tech support since I have for 15yrs now.
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October 6, 2010 3:52:17 PM

Understood, I am tech support for my entire family and the folks that work for me in my office.

Here is a starting point for you to consider:

Qty.Product DescriptionSavingsTotal Price
1Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
Item #:N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy$99.99
1G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231180
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy$81.99
1Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822136284
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy-$8.00 Instant
$87.99
$79.99
1Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Student 3-User
Item #:N82E16832116856
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy-$28.00 Instant
$149.99
$121.99
1Logitech M100 Black Wired Mouse
Item #:N82E16826104365
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy$12.99
1GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813128451
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy$78.99
1Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817153114
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy-$5.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$74.99
$69.99
1Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
Item #:N82E16811133094
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy-$5.00 Instant
$5.00 Mail-in Rebate
$49.99
$44.99
1ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #:N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy$19.99
1AMD Phenom II X4 810 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
Item #:N82E16819103650
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy-$10.00 Instant
$125.99
$115.99
1SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5450 100292DDR3L Video Card
Item #:N82E16814102882
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy-$5.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$64.99
$59.99
1Logitech Black Wired Keyboard
Item #:N82E16823126096
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy$14.99
1ASUS VH235T-P Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor Built in Speakers
Item #:N82E16824236074
Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy-$30.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$199.99
$169.99
Grand Total:$971.87

Includes the 23" monitor and Win7/Office. With shipping just under $1k (to my zip code)



If you have any questions, please use our LiveChat function or visit our Contact Us Page.

PM me your e-mail address and I'll forward you the shopping cart directly.
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October 6, 2010 4:10:49 PM



went with 2tb space promo code on the hhd's
lowish graphics card to power a few monitors if needed

the rest is up to you
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October 6, 2010 4:13:04 PM

AMD Athlon II X4 640 + Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
ASRock 880GXH/USB3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB + LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
ASUS Black 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$531.92

Open Office (free, compatible with MS Office)
http://www.openoffice.org/

Monitor - something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LE forgot the PSU.
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October 6, 2010 5:33:07 PM

Processor/Motherboard combo:
Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3530
GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$211.99

RAM:
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) 10600CL8D-4GBHK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$81.99 @ NewEgg.com

Hard Drive:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$74.99 @ NewEgg.com

Power Supply:
SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W 80 PLUS BRONZE OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817151086
$39.99 @ NewEgg.com

DVD Burner:
LITE-ON iHAS124-04 SATA CD/DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$16.99 @ NewEgg.com

Case/Operating System combo:
LIAN LI PC-Q07 Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$149.98 @ NewEgg.com

Total: $575.93 + taxes & shipping

I built something very similar for my father-in-law except with a e3300/G41 processor/motherboard. He loves it. He especially loves the small form factor. At the time his build was about $125 cheaper than this but he was looking to do a bit less with it than your father (no Photoshop).
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October 7, 2010 1:19:37 PM

thank you everyone. This is great info.

My choices were almost dead on with you guys. I was not sure about the CPU/MB/ or graphics section.

Does anyone know if you can support dual monitors with the i3 on chip graphics or integrated graphics with the AMD boards?
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October 7, 2010 1:21:59 PM


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Processor/Motherboard combo:
Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3530
GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.523523
$211.99


I like this but it wouldn't work since I wouldn't be able to add a pci wireless network card. I would do a usb network card but have not had the best of luck with them.
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October 7, 2010 1:24:40 PM

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Here is a starting point for you to consider:


COLGeek this is a great starting point. Thanks for the help.
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October 7, 2010 1:25:19 PM

COLGeek said:
Understood, I am tech support for my entire family and the folks that work for me in my office.

Here is a starting point for you to consider:

Qty.Product DescriptionSavingsTotal Price
1Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
Item #:N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy$99.99
1G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820231180
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy$81.99
1Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822136284
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy-$8.00 Instant
$87.99
$79.99
1Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Student 3-User
Item #:N82E16832116856
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy-$28.00 Instant
$149.99
$121.99
1Logitech M100 Black Wired Mouse
Item #:N82E16826104365
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy$12.99
1GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813128451
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy$78.99
1Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W Power Supply
Item #:N82E16817153114
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy-$5.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$74.99
$69.99
1Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
Item #:N82E16811133094
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy-$5.00 Instant
$5.00 Mail-in Rebate
$49.99
$44.99
1ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #:N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy$19.99
1AMD Phenom II X4 810 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
Item #:N82E16819103650
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy-$10.00 Instant
$125.99
$115.99
1SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5450 100292DDR3L Video Card
Item #:N82E16814102882
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy-$5.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$64.99
$59.99
1Logitech Black Wired Keyboard
Item #:N82E16823126096
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy$14.99
1ASUS VH235T-P Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor Built in Speakers
Item #:N82E16824236074
Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy-$30.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$199.99
$169.99
Grand Total:$971.87

Includes the 23" monitor and Win7/Office. With shipping just under $1k (to my zip code)



If you have any questions, please use our LiveChat function or visit our Contact Us Page.

PM me your e-mail address and I'll forward you the shopping cart directly.

You realllllly should have put links there.
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October 7, 2010 1:30:23 PM

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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB
OCZ Technology 60 GB Vertex 2 Series SATA II


Who wouldn't like to do that but this would be a overkill for his PC... for personal I would do this.

The only problem with the setup is it cost a bit more and doesn't include a wireless card or office(with outlook) or a case/psu
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October 7, 2010 1:31:20 PM

Mr Pizza said:
You realllllly should have put links there.



It is fine he put the Item #s, so I found them all.
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October 7, 2010 1:36:02 PM

Seagate 1tb drives on promo atm on newegg
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October 7, 2010 1:42:40 PM

obsidian86 said:
Seagate 1tb drives on promo atm on newegg


This is a great price, but I am lucky that there is a store near me that has the F3 for $55
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October 7, 2010 8:33:25 PM

christiangordon said:
Quote:
Processor/Motherboard combo:
Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3530
GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.523523
$211.99


I like this but it wouldn't work since I wouldn't be able to add a pci wireless network card. I would do a usb network card but have not had the best of luck with them.


PCI-e wireless adapter cards are widely available.

For instance: http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=549 "Fits any standard PCI Express slot – x1, x4, x8, or x16"
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October 14, 2010 12:12:22 AM

Best answer selected by christiangordon.
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