Extreme Budget Sandy Bridge i5-2400 Build

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 Weeks

Budget Range: 500 - 750 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: internet, spreadsheets, photo storage, music storage, (no gaming hence using on board SB graphics)

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: intel
Overclocking: Yes / No / Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: not sure what every intels integrated graphics offer

Additional Comments: This will need to have windows 7. This is basically a computer for everyday use and i wanted to use an intel processor. In the future a graphics card may be added, but as of right now i want this to be as cheap as possible without quality suffering. I just want to make sure everything works and here is what i came up with :

Processor - Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz

Motherboard - BIOSTAR TH67+ LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

ram - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop

hard drive - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


dvd burner - ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner

power supply - Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W

windows 7 -

case - COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case

Total In my cart was - $630, Is everything compatible or is there a cheaper and better wait to build around a quad sandy bridge processor?

Thank you!
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  1. Another combo.
    5$ cheaper on the ram, but also you get the 20$ MIR which would be 25$ less than the ripjaws.
  2. Intel i5-2400: $189.99
    Can't really overclock it, but its still faster stock than any Phenom II, and the 3rd fastest desktop CPU in the world.

    ASRock H61M-VS Motherboard: $59.99
    cheapest 1155 chipset out there, but it's got what we need, since our chip doesn't overclock, anyway.

    Mushkin 4 GB DDR3-1333: $39.99
    cheap & reliable

    Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ Bronze PSU: $35.99 (thru 3/27)
    with 28a through its two 12v rails, it'll handle the cpu , drives, and the GPU below

    HIS HD6850 1GB : $169.99 w/ $15 Rebate
    great at 1680x1050 or 1920x1080

    Seagate 500GB HDD: $39.99
    enough for all those games!

    Samsung DVD burner: $18.99
    basic & cheap

    Rosewill R-102 Case: $29.99
    Basic, with 1 120mm fan included. Extremely well built for a small case.

    rosewill 120mm fan: $4.99
    adds a second fan for better flow. Identical to the one in the case.

    Total $584.91 plus $16.97 in shipping less a $15 rebate.

    up to the 1 TB HDD and 8GB Ram for an extra $65
  3. ^ OP isn't gaming. No need to get the 6850, everything else looks good.
  4. thank you very much for your responses! Now the question is should i go with the savings with all the other components and get the 6850 or use onboard graphics. Even though the computer will not be used for games will having the 6850 help with resolution attaching it to a tv to play netflix? Or should i go with the cheaper build submitted by ScrewySqrl and just use integrated graphics? Also with no overclocking will the intel SB cpu cooler still be sufficient? I know that previous iterations of cpu coolers by intel were not on par.
  5. if you want to use the onboard graphics, take my build, drop the 6850 (-170) and add the 2500K (+35). the HD3000 in the K-series is MUCH better than the HD 2000 in the other sandy bridge chips, you'll also want to change to this motherboard (+20) that has HDMI out (the first one doesn't). Adjusted price $475
  6. If it's not used for gaming, I really don't think you need 8GB of RAM.
    You could save a few more bucks on 4GB of value RAM.
  7. Allright all of this sounds great. I appreciate all of your input! Here is what i'm going to go with:

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X - $18.99

    Rosewill R102-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 29.99

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 49.99

    Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W - 39.99

    Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - 39.99

    ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - 79.99


    Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) - $224.99

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - 99.99

    Rosewill RFA-120-K 120mm Case Fan - 4.99

    TOTAL - $588.91
    Extremely cheap exactly what i was looking for!
  8. Looks good! Good luck!
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