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May 22, 2011 1:08:35 AM

G'day,

Well, my 7 year old family PC finally died (DMA controller failed) and I'm trying to replace it at a reasonable price. I can scavenge a few parts from the old system but would like to keep the whole upgrade under $500 - less would be better. The system is used for little more than internet access and word processing - gaming is NOT a priority which should save on the graphics cost.

I have two ATA 133 HDDs totaling 450GB which I would use on the new system.

I have a case that should be sufficient along with a 400W Antec P/S (PP-412X 400W) that I suspect may not have the correct connectors for a new Mobo but if it does I would re-use it.

I have a DVD drive and floppy that I will re-use.

The ONLY upgrade that I'd like to incorporate would be to USB 3.0 to support a 2TB external HDD.

No plans or desire to overclock. i would like the system to run cool and quiet for years to come.

My current Mobo is and Asrock 939 Dual-VSTA with socket 939 and PC 2700 Ram. I am assuming that this will all get thrown away.

I also have a EVGA GeFroce 7800GS AGP card that I suspect will not be supported on any new Mobo.

I've looked at the latest $500 recommended gaming build and the only thing missing is the USB 3.0, I suspect that the recommended GPU would be overkill for my application. On-board video would probably suffice.

So, I'm looking for the following:
1) Any chance to re-use my current PSU?
2) Mobo, Ram (probably 2GB), Cooler recommendations
3) GPU, or mobo with on-board video, recommendations
4) On-board sound
5) USB 3.0
6) Support for 2 ATA133 drives.

I plan to run Windows 7 on the system.

opinions appreciated,

Thanks,
Ski
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May 22, 2011 2:56:54 AM

Hi Ski,
Here's what I came up with.

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASUS P8H67-M LE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total is $420.
Now, you will notice that I did not include a motherboard with ATA 133 compatibility. This is because that is severly outdated, meaning the drives will be very slow. But, there are luckily a plethora of adapters out there.

The other thing is this build is rather expensive. That is because it's a true quality build, with no compromises made. I can probably bring it down to around $320 or so, but it won't be as good. Let me know if you want me to bring the price down.
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May 22, 2011 3:15:17 AM

Looks like a good solution. I suspect that the need for a new case is driven by the need for increased airflow, correct? Are the intle CPUs still drawing less power, and generating less heat than the equivalent AMD products?

I don't see any detail on the Newegg site about graphics performance of the mobo but I see an HDMI and DVI graphic output which should be sufficient.

It's downright scary how cheap HDDs and memory have gotten.

Thanks for the input.

Ski
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May 22, 2011 3:25:40 AM

Intel is currently the top boss with these new Sandy Bridge CPU's. AMD leads the budget division, but this 2100 is pushing AMD out. The reason I suggest this build instead of a cheaper AMD build is that this rig will last a long time and keep trucking.
The processor acts like a quad, has low power consumption, and a good price. I personally would stick with this build if you want a computer that will last.

There is no onboard graphics on the motherboard. It's a feature of the new SB series CPU's, they have a light GPU built in (good for HD playback, not much more.)

Yes the reason for the case was airflow and room to work with (and a little looks ;)  ).
But, we can drop the case down a bit to a Xigmatek ASGARD II for a smaller, cheaper, plainer case.
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May 22, 2011 4:46:25 AM

The main reason is speed. The f3 is a super fast drive, especially for the price. They consistently outperform WD blacks and Barracuda's. I think you can get it at 59.99 at amazon, but i'm lazy. Thoughts on the case?
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May 22, 2011 1:20:18 PM

A case is a case as far as I'm concerned. As long as it provides decent access and good cooling it could look like a cardboard box. I do like the fact that the case you recommended comes with 4 fans.

Ski
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May 22, 2011 4:29:30 PM

No other opinions out there? Or is this just the perfect solution?

Ski
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May 22, 2011 10:41:51 PM

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