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$500 general use PC

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August 1, 2011 3:19:30 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: around $500 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: General usage stuff, maybe a little light gaming. Gaming is not a priority at all

Parts Not Required: No monitor or keyboard required. Mouse and windows required.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: by brand or type None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Not sure, but it shouldn't matter

Additional Comments: I have some parts here I've been looking at:

Core i3-2105
Asrock H61
4GB RAM
Corsair CX430
1TB Samsung F3
Antec Three Hundred
DVD Burner
Mouse
Windows 7

Total: $536.47 After Shipping

I would like to get the price down some, without really sacrificing performance, if possible.

Thank you!

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August 2, 2011 3:38:07 PM

I got pushed down by all the bestconfigs threads, so I'm gonna bump it back up. Any help please?
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August 2, 2011 3:56:49 PM

Corsair normally makes good PSU's, Just not the CX line lots of DOA's
For budget builds I prefer this PSU.

$35 and $2 shipping. Save $10
XIGMATEK NRP-PC Series ACXTNRP-PC402 400W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

that ram is overkill. your MB (H61/H67) doesn't support DDR 3 1600 it only supports 1333/1066:
Save $9
G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case wise. these will save you a few dollars and are nice budget cases:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the rest looks good, not much place to save with out sacrificing performance (HDD or CPU)
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August 2, 2011 4:10:15 PM

jerreddredd said:


that ram is overkill. your MB (H61/H67) doesn't support DDR 3 1600 it only supports 1333/1066:
Save $9
G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



+1 on the ram

Another PSU to consider Antec Earthwatts 430W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44
Another case Thermaltake V3 Black Edition http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $40 with code EMCKBKH23
And there is this dvd & hdd combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... but the spinpoint is a more recommended hdd
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August 2, 2011 6:04:33 PM

I swapped out the PSU for the Antec, the RAM for the cheaper G-Skill, and the case for the thermaltake. I'm down to $498, and I'm not paying anything for shipping. Thanks everyone!
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August 2, 2011 9:10:49 PM

good deal. free shipping is always good and under budget. Pull the trigger and wait for the UPS truck. :D 
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August 3, 2011 12:16:12 AM

Aww... I would've went with a Llano build and saved $100. But nevermind. Good luck though!
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