Building a basic office/gaming pc. $450 Budget. Suggestions?

Hey guys,

I am trying to build a basic office PC also to be able to do some light gaming on it.
So far I am thinking about the following parts:

Processor I3 2100 Series 3.1GHz - $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078

Biostar TH61 Mobo $66
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138327

G.Skill Ripjaw series Ram ddr3 1333 8GB. $44. Is it an overkill? It is just the price difference between 4gb is $8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231311

Sunbeam 680 Watt PSU $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817709027

Radeon HD4670 1GB - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161315

WD 320 GB Hard drive $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136770

Asus DVD Burner $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Some computer case up to $30

Total is $420 After a $10 rebate.


What do you guys think, is that a decent sytem for the money?
I will be building 4 of these PCs. If 8gb is an overkill, I will just split the 8G and put 4 in each system. 1 Stick of memory isn't a problem right?
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  1. Your build has low quality parts that can harm a system...Give us more information like monitor resolution and what games you plan to play...
  2. this newegg combo is better (and includes Windows):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.722621
  3. No high end games. I understand that it won't be able to take on any. This will be 95% office work PC. I am not planning to overclock it or anything.

    My question is, is the list of parts decent? Would you swap a certain part for something esle?

    The combo kit is a good idea, however I do not need windows, as I already have it.
  4. if you don't need windows, then the same combo, $100 cheaper:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.752651

    spend the difference between this and your $500 limit on a 80-90 GB SSD for a boot drive
  5. The same combo $100 cheaper but without a graphics card? That combo did not include a stand alone GPU, rather a crappy onboard one.

    Is 8gb ram an overkill for this PC?
  6. venik652 said:
    The same combo $100 cheaper but without a graphics card? That combo did not include a stand alone GPU, rather a crappy onboard one.

    Is 8gb ram an overkill for this PC?

    the llano processors have good integrated gpu's for low-mid range gaming, which is what you seem to have in mind. plus, they're much better than a 4670, which is fairly old.
  7. LLano's built in GPU can do many games at 30-45fps
  8. soooooooooooooooooooooooooo much better lol

    Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1K4X
    Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1K4X/by_merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($119.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot G Series Sector 5 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 5670 1GB Video Card ($49.97 @ Newegg)
    Case: Apex TX-381-C MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($32.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $404.90

    alternatively:
    Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1K6b
    Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1K6b/by_merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i5-2300 2.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($178.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot G Series Sector 5 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Hard Drive: Patriot Torqx 2 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Apex PC-389-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Antec 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $450.93

    since you're not gonna be gaming a lot, the alternate build might be better...the hd 3000 can handle most games OK at low/medium
  9. Quote:
    the hd 3000 can handle most games OK at low/medium


    the intel HD3000 can handle some older games at low, at 1024x768.

    the Llano HD6550, with DDR3-1600. delivers 30-45 FPS at 1680x1050:



  10. Yeah, I have to agree with Screwy. although, what i about that combo is the PSU.
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