New Budget Build (~$500)

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.

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: or

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

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

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X F3-12800CL9D-4GBXL 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Memory

HD: 500GB 7200 RPM WD Blue

PSU: Seasonic SS-350ET 350W ATX12V 20/24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 80PLUS
Including Power cord, since OEM.

CASE: Antec 300

DVD Drive: Samsung SH-S222A/BEBE 22X Dual Layer DVD Writer Black IDE OEM

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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    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 =>

    Samsung F3 1TB open box for $48 =>
  2. 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.
  3. I stick with Hitachi and Samsung hard drives. Hitachi has stepped up their game, but still take beatings with poor perception (deserving from a high failure rate years back).

    Hitachi 500GB =>
  4. 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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