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BestConfigs - Intel-Based Office PC

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June 8, 2011 2:40:50 AM

It's that time again! Time to update the Tom's Hardware BestConfigs! Once again, we are opening the field to user recommendations to get the best consensus for the absolute best of the best in each category. Post the best configuration you can put together for the following build category and our editorial team will pick 5 of the best to be put up to a public vote right here in the Systems forum. The top-ranking build will go on to become one of Tom's Hardware BestConfigs and you'll get the credit for having put together a brilliant build with a special credit in the feature article.

Post your entries to this thread for the category of:
Intel-Based Office PC

Stay within $500 (without shipping) and no need to include OS, monitor, mouse/keyboard. Please be sure to format your list of components as follows:

Joe's Office Chug-along Rig
Processor: Component Name and Component Price
Motherboard: Component Name and Component Price
RAM: Component Name and Component Price
Graphics Card: Component Name and Component Price
Hard Drive: Component Name and Component Price
Case: Component Name and Component Price
Power Supply: Component Name and Component Price
Cooling: Component Name and Component Price
DVD Burner: Component Name and Component Price

See below for quick-copy/paste text of the BBcode.

  1. [b]Joe's Office Chug-along Rig[/b]
  2. Processor: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  3. Motherboard: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  4. RAM: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  5. Graphics Card: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  6. Hard Drive: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  7. Case: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  8. Power Supply: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  9. Cooling: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]
  10. DVD Burner: [urlExt=http://Link to Component for Sale]Component Name and Component Price[/urlExt]


You can also use the Tom's Hardware System Builder to build your recommendation and use the BBCode export option at the bottom of the build. If you do, be sure to include a link in your post to your build on the app for quick viewing.

Good luck, and may the best builds win!
June 8, 2011 1:59:09 PM

Michxymi's Intel Office Build

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100 $124.99

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... MSI H67MS-E43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $102.99

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model 996770 $79.99

Graphics Card: Build In

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $64.99

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $39.99

Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $44.99

Cooling: Stock

DVD Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 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 - Bulk - OEM $20.99

478.33$ WITHOUT MIR
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June 8, 2011 4:33:16 PM
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June 13, 2011 6:54:48 AM

JD's Office Sandy Bridge Space Saver

Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80623I32100 $124.99
Motherboard: BIOSTAR H67MU3 LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $84.99
RAM: G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS $38.99
Graphics Card: Intel Graphics 2000 via CPU and chipset
Solid State Drive: Crucial Technology 64GB m4 SSD 2.5" Solid State Internal Drive $112.95
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive $39.99
Case: IN WIN BK623.BN300BL 0.6mm SECC Steel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case 300W Power Supply $64.99
Power Supply: 300W w/case
Cooling: Stock Intel cooler
DVD Burner: LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support retail $24.99
Molex to SATA Cable: Nippon Labs SATA Adpater Molex 4-Pin PC power cable to 2 x SATA Converter Cables $4.99
TOTAL = $496.98

The Case is only 10.80" x 5.50" x 12.70" and can be used as a tower or desktop and supports 4 full height cards. I included a Molex to 2 x SATA power adapter, because it is needed, as the PSU only has 2 x SATA and there are 3 SATA devices. I wasn’t sure we needed to account for misc cables or not. For this same reason I also chose a DVD writer that was retail boxed because it also comes with a SATA cable that will be needed, as the MB only comes with 2. If this doesn’t need to be accounted for, the $10 additional that was used for this can be applied to a larger HDD, though 320Gb is plenty for most office builds.
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June 21, 2011 4:45:02 PM
June 23, 2011 2:43:21 AM

Ice's Well-Rounded Office build
Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz = $189.99
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-VS = $59.99
RAM: G.SKILL Value Series 8GB = $69.99
Graphics Card: XFX HD-557X-ZNFR Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit = $69.99
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM = $59.99
Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK-450W MicroATX Mid Tower = $54.99
Power Supply: Comes with case = $0.00
Cooling: Stock
DVD Burner: LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner = $18.99

Total Price = $523.93
-$ 35.00 MIR for XFX 5570
Final Price = $488.93

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