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June 18, 2011 3:59:38 PM

Hello to everybody, this is one of my first questions. I am building a desktop for myself(after my xps m1530 mobo got fried). I am not a gamer.
but i use multi-tasking extensively most of the time Photoshop,Visual Studio 2010 and 15 chrome windows/tabs are open at the same time. I watch videos online,listen to music etc. My computer is switched on for days sometime and i work for long hours. Playing games is once in 6 month. therefore I have chosen the following components.(This is my first build and I am not hardware expert and I want it cheap)

CPU : Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100


Mobo :MSI H61M-E23 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard


Graphic card : SAPPHIRE 100292DDR3L Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 Graphic Card [Power Color HD5450 1GB SS]


RAM : CORSAIR 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model VS2GB1333D3 G [VS2GB1333D3 G]


PSU : Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus 500W ATX Power Supply [RP-500-PCAR]


Cabiet : COOLER MASTER Elite 310 RC-310-RWN1-GP Black / Red SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case [RC-310-RWN1-GP]


HDD : Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive [ST3500410AS]


CPU Fan : Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus CPU cooler [Coolermaster Hyper 212 Pl]


My questions are
a) Do you see any conflict ?
b) Mobo and Graphic card are they compatible(mobo says it supports Directx 10.1 and card says DirectX11)
c) cpu cooler is it ok for a user like me
d) Any suggestion from your side.

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June 18, 2011 4:39:04 PM

you should upgrade to a i3-2105, (with a HD3000 iGPU) so you can drop the Discrete GPU. the HD3000 will give great performance for your needs.
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June 18, 2011 11:04:20 PM

a) It will all work together
b) That just means the onboard graphics will do up to DX10 but the GPU will do up to 11.
c) Huge overkill, really don't need it.
d) I would lose the CPU cooler and get the CPU ps3hacker12 suggested. You could then save a lot of cash on the GPU and CPU fan and get a less powerful PSU, 300W (Antec/Corsair etc.) would be enough without a dedicated GPU. I would then get 4GB or maybe even 8GB of RAM, that will help with multitasking and lots of browser windows.
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June 18, 2011 11:15:06 PM

jmsellar1 and ps3hacker12 thanks a million for answering, I will try to get the Cpu u guys have recommended,

thanks again, I will get back to you once everything is done
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June 26, 2011 2:51:19 AM

Best answer selected by vblord.
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