Hi guys, what do you think on this configuration? (please note that prices are higher here in Europe ... i would love newegg shipping here !! ).
Thank you very much in advance for your advices, they will be really valued !!
Fractal Design Define R3 - 90€
Gigabyte GA-H67M-UD2H - 87€
mp: [ oc is none of my business ]
Intel Core i5 2500 3.3 Ghz - 200€
Be Quiet! Straight Power e7-cm 480w - 70€
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - 100 €
hd: [ adding ssd drive after coming from summer holidays - prices are gonna go down, i hope -]
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1Tb - 55 €
Total price: 602€
I'm gonna build a quiet pc on Sandy Bridge. I would love to hear from your advices/suggestions. I've spent a lot of time reading and re-reading things (as well as getting some really interesting advice from a small silent-pc oriented spanish community) to be able to make a good choice (nonetheless, my hardware-knowledge leaks could kill me ).
Specially, I'm trying to figure out what behavior will expose the pc in some aspects:
1.- HD Audio ( Since h67 comes with hd audio via HDMI ... it shouldn't be a problem, not? )
2.- Ocasionally gaming (really I would love to be able to play soccer simulators like PES (Pro Evolution Soccer)/ -not extreme quality, just with flow- in a 32'' screen )
3.- Virtualization ( I really need to be able to manage 1/2 VMs (1 or 2 Ram's Gigas each)
Since my big goal was to achieve a nice low-cost/quite good performance/relax for 2 years (maybe some minor updates ... such as SDD's or whatever ... ), i think it's a good configuration, but waiting to read your comments.
the 2500 comes with the Intel 2000 GPU, which shows up as very, very weak. You might want to get a dedicated GPU if you want to do any gamnes outside of Flash. Is that 32" screen an HDTV (1920x1080) or a high-resolution monitor (2500x1600 or the like)
The i5 2500 comes with the crippled Intel 2000 GPU (GT1). A modest upgrade to the i5 2500K comes with the Intel 3000 GPU (GT2). The 3000 is superior to the 2000 for games and video/DVD palyback, although neither onboard chip is better than a discrete GPU.