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Critique my low budget Sandy Bridge Build

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April 21, 2011 5:08:55 PM

Hi Guys,

I'm throwing together a system for a friend of mine. The total Budget is $450 excluding the monitor, mouse, keyboard and OS.

He doesn't play any games and was really looking for something for internet browsing and working (MS Office).

This is what I was thinkng:

CPU: i5-2400 $160 (Microcenter)
Mobo: ASRock H61M/U3S3 $80.00 (Newegg)
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1Tb $55 (Newegg)
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT $40 (Newegg)
Case & PSU: COOLER MASTER Elite 430 and COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus 460w $60 (Combo at Newegg)
Dvd Burner: Liteon 24X $25 (Newegg)

Total : ~$420

Anyone see any issues with this build or have any suggestions for increasing performance or lowering price?

Thanks fellas,


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a b B Homebuilt system
April 21, 2011 6:36:14 PM

go for this mobo+hdd combo, nothing wrong with yours, this just has more for less:

id also skip the case combo and get the case at microcenter (the same or cheaper, maybe even an open box):

and buy this psu instead

id always spend more on the psu than the case, especially for a system that doesnt need much cooling. a cheap case isnt going to catch on fire and/or ruin your whole system.
April 21, 2011 7:28:46 PM

Really on this build you don’t need much processing power for Internet and Office applications, heck you could get away with an Intel® Desktop Board D510MO which is running a dual core Intel Atom™ processor. If you are looking for some better horse power then the Atom, I would take a look at the Intel Core I3 2100. The Intel Core I3 2100 is a dual core processor that can support up to 4 threads. Otherwise it looks like you have a nice set up for a low cost system.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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a b B Homebuilt system
April 21, 2011 7:40:21 PM

Biostar yuck!

I'd recommend i3-2100 for those tasks. Even if he does decide to play games, the i3 is faster than a Phenom II X4.

That's a bit steep for a H61. I got my H61 for $59.

April 25, 2011 4:05:06 PM

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