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$400 i3 2100 Build need help

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June 4, 2011 11:11:44 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next couple of weeks

Budget Range: $400 or as close as possible if need be.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet/Youtube, Casual Gaming (Sims 3 and flash games)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, and

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: i3 2100, 2GB of RAM and Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments:

1. I won't be gaming a lot and even when I do the most intense it will get is Sims 3 but, I still want it to look good when I do.

2. Right now I'm using a 10+ year old computer and its starting to have trouble streaming Youtube and such.

3. I have some parts picked out but, I'm not sure on others.


CPU: Intel i3 2100 - $125

GPU: If Sims 3 is as intense as it gets, will the integrated graphics do?

PSU: Since I don't know about the GPU I'm unsure how big of a PSU I need

MOBO: Here's a few, let me know what you think;

ASUS P8H67-M LE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $105

GIGABYTE GA-H67M-D2-B3 LGA 1155 Intel H67 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $90

RAM: Will 2Gb be enough?

CORSAIR XMS3 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model TW3X2G1333C9A G - $30

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache EIDE / ATAPI 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM - $21

Case: Unsure right now

Hard Drvie: What would you recommend? I'm okay with a 250gb tho, no higher than 500gb is needed (unless its the same price).

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit English 1-Pack - OEM - $100

Help is needed :)  Thanks in advance.

More about : 400 2100 build

June 5, 2011 12:03:35 AM

Few suggestions: CPU- i3 2105 if its availible, why? The 2105 has Intel HD3000 graphics versus the 2100's Intel HD2000 graphics
RAM- 4Gb kits can be had for $40 and would be a worthwhile upgrade
Case- NZXT Gamma $35
or look for a case with at least two fans if you don't like this one
June 5, 2011 1:07:42 AM

I'd try hard to start with at least a 4 GB kit......
June 5, 2011 2:47:49 AM

Any other suggestions? Thanks for the replies.