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Build for the in-laws $500 (Sandybridge?)

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January 11, 2011 6:45:59 PM

My first build (last fall) went very well, and I made the mistake of mentioning it to my in-laws. So now I am going to build them a computer too. what they need is a basic web surfer/ youtube watcher/ occasional music listener box.

I heard that Sandy Bridge has integrated graphics. Does this have any impact on their needs? If so, when will it be available? They aren't in a huge rush.

I'd like to get them the most bang for the buck for ~$500. No need for OS, monitor, or mouse/speakers. The case should be low key. Quality is the key concern, since I don't want to have to try to support it from out of state.

Thanks!
January 11, 2011 7:07:22 PM

Moto, I thought I hit all the relevant questions. In case it wasn't clear:

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

so are there no low end sandy bridge options?

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January 11, 2011 8:01:33 PM

the lowest end released Sandy Bridge is the 2300.

the best GPU is on the two overclockable ships the 2600K and 2500K. Even if you don't plan to overclock, however, Its possible to build a simple PC for under $500 that uses the better Intel 3000 on-board GPU:

Intel i5-2500K Sandy Bridge: $224.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte H67 micro-ATX board: $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill DDR3-1333 4GB Kit: $41.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD 500GB HDD: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill MicroATX case: $29.99 (pick any you like from below)
R101: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
R102: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
R218: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic 80+ Bronze 300W PSU: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheap DVd burner: $15.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$487.93 total
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January 11, 2011 8:23:21 PM

I'd just like to point-out that H67 board do not allow overclock even for "K" CPUs ...
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January 11, 2011 8:49:06 PM

yes, I know. The K CPU was chosen for the 3000 GPU, not overclock
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January 11, 2011 10:03:22 PM

If you are in no hurry, the Z68 chipset is supposed to come-out in Q2 and allow both OC and on-die GPU.
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January 12, 2011 2:49:48 AM

ScrewySqrl said:
the lowest end released Sandy Bridge is the 2300.

the best GPU is on the two overclockable ships the 2600K and 2500K. Even if you don't plan to overclock, however, Its possible to build a simple PC for under $500 that uses the better Intel 3000 on-board GPU:

Intel i5-2500K Sandy Bridge: $224.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte H67 micro-ATX board: $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill DDR3-1333 4GB Kit: $41.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

WD 500GB HDD: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill MicroATX case: $29.99 (pick any you like from below)
R101: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
R102: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
R218: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic 80+ Bronze 300W PSU: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cheap DVd burner: $15.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$487.93 total


This looks perfect. Is microATX any more tricky to assemble? Thanks!
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January 12, 2011 3:30:17 AM

not really, its just a smaller sized motherboard
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January 12, 2011 6:55:37 AM

Dont u gr8 minds think dat sandybridge will be an overkill for those need..just my opinion but if u hav dat money dan no problem..
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January 12, 2011 11:40:46 AM

'best bang for $500' -- this is certainly it. It'll probly do his in-laws for a decade
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January 12, 2011 6:22:24 PM

that's the hope..... :) 
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January 12, 2011 6:22:47 PM

Best answer selected by Spiderm0n.
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