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March 18, 2011 12:57:47 PM

So about 6 months ago I built a budget computer in the range of ~500 for a family member, and now someone else has a 7 year old computer and are looking for a replacement similar to the one I did before. The previous build as a simple i3 530, 4gb ram, 500gb HD, etc. nothing too high end or fancy and it works just great for the use.

The dilemna I have is whether to continue with the old technology of the i3 530 (which I personally like) or go with the newer SB i3 2100 or the i5 2300/2400.

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Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month.

Budget Range: 500-600 max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Basic word processing, surfing internet, etc. No gaming.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Ncix.com or newegg.ca

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU, G.SKill Ram

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This is not a gaming computer at all, just basic day to day surfing and word processing
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Here is a build that I put together last night, pretty basic but just looking for some advice on it:

CPU/MOBO Bundle: Intel I3 2100 & Gigabyte H67MA-D2H-B3 H67 USB 3.0
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59410&vpn=2100%20%26%20H67MA%2DD2H%2DB3&manufacture=Bundle%20Deals

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=57952&vpn=F3%2D12800CL9D%2D4GBXL&manufacture=G.Skill&promoid=1280

HD: 500GB 7200 RPM WD Blue
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=58402&vpn=WD5000AAKX&manufacture=Western%20Digital%20WD&promoid=1280

PSU: Seasonic SS-350ET 350W ATX12V 20/24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=30144&vpn=SS%2D350ET&manufacture=Seasonic%20Electronics
Including Power cord, since OEM.

CASE: Antec 300
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=29812&promoid=1280

DVD Drive: Samsung SH-S222A/BEBE 22X Dual Layer DVD Writer Black IDE OEM
http://ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=39427&vpn=SH%2DS222A%2FBEBE&manufacture=Samsung&promoid=1280

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So after all the parts are totalled up it comes to: $413.22 and with taxes it would come to $462.81

Within my budget but still a bit of room to possibly upgrade, so if there are any better recommended parts of somewhere I could make an upgrade I would look forward to hearing any advice.

I could get a cheap video card for around 60 bucks, but as I say this computer will never be used for gaming aside from solitaire etc.

Thanks in advance for any help/advice.


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March 18, 2011 1:17:31 PM

Looks good with the exception of the hard drive. Replace the WD Blue with a Samsung Spinpoint F3. If you are looking for a GPU in that $60 range, the HD 5570 is a great option for basic gaming and also for HTPC uses.

HD 5570 for $45 after rebate => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung F3 1TB open box for $48 => http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 18, 2011 1:34:18 PM

Yeah I always get the Samsung F3 1TB when I can, unfortunately the store that I'm using doesn't carry them in stock and it's not really worth just to ship one part. I can certainly look at an upgrade from the WD Blue.

Would something like a Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500 GB be a better choice than the WD Blue?

And btw, if using newegg, please use the Canadian .ca since I am Canadian. Thanks.
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March 20, 2011 3:46:26 PM

Ok noted. Thanks the advice on the hard-drive I will certainly replace the WD Blue with something else.

Does anybody have any comments on the other items?
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July 1, 2011 2:04:20 AM

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