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Advice on a budget build

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July 17, 2011 4:49:30 AM

I need a little confirmation from the experts here.
I am going to be using this build for mainly web develoment and coding and everything that comes with that. I am planning on using dual monitors, and Windows 7 64 bit. I also do some Adobe CS5 work, mainly photoshop, nothing incredibly intensive, but multiple files being edited at the same time. I am mainly shooting for as cheap as possible, while still being stable and 'comfortable'. So if you feel I am overspending in a certain area feel free to point out some alternatives or if somethings are incompatible, I'm a pretty simple guy as long as it works. well and consistently. (I am very new to system building)

CASE: Xigmatek ASGARD II B/S CPC-T45UD-U01 Black / Silver 0.8 mm SECC / Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower - $30

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100287L Radeon HD 5670 (Redwood) 512MB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support

PSU:Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC

MEMORY: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

MOBO: ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: Intel i3 2100

GRAND TOTAL (including shipping): $456

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July 17, 2011 8:50:05 AM

Llano? it will beat a 5670 and i think it matches the i3 (i'm not 100% sure so don't quote me). if you can afford it, Corsair CX-430 for the PSU, samsung spinpoint F3 for the hdd and Mushkin enhanced silverline 4gb 1600mhz for the ram, but this is a bit more... lastly, if you can, get the i5-2400, that will probably benefit you more than the other upgrades i mentioned...
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July 17, 2011 4:43:26 PM

Thanks for the help. Three questions:
- How do I know what PSU will work, how do I know what wattage I need?
- Will the i5 2400 really make that much more a difference? Do you have a specific example of how it would improve my build specifically for what I will be using it for? I've i5 are much better for games.
- What about this DIY combo -
How does it compare to what I laid out above? I would just purchase a comparative gpu separately when the price was right.

Thanks again

July 18, 2011 12:28:25 AM

the i5-2400 is much better for gaming, better chip and quad core. the i5 will add about another $70 to the build, but if you do go for i5, IMO you should get a better mobo that will support xfire ( this will support SLI and get a better GPU ( a 5770 IMO is great and oc is better. but like i said above, this will probably be out of your budget.