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October 26, 2011 10:10:14 AM

This is my first build. I want it to be under $600 total. It will be used for streaming video , Itunes, word processing, and email mostly. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I believe I have a case that will work.

SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $70

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL - $50

MSI H67MS-E43 (B3) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $90

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100 - $125

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM $100

LG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model UH12LS28 OEM LightScribe Support - OEM - $70

Seagate Barracuda Green ST1500DL003 1.5TB 5900 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $80

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October 26, 2011 2:17:00 PM

I would suggest switching to a Llano chip and FM1 motherboard for this budget. It will give you a decent gpu for your video streaming (6550), and give you a quad-core processor instead of a dual, much better for word processing and applicational work.

Asrock FM1 MoBo: $75
AMD Llano 2.9GHz w/ 6550 integrated gpu: $140

$215 total, yours is $215 total.

No sense on a Blu-Ray player if you dont have the juice to get good 1080p. With this switch, you can get an Antec 750W Earthwatt system for around $60 i believe on newegg right now. Very good psu. This will give you upgrade potential for a 2nd 65xx series card for CFX, and allow for an upgrade to the Trinity Series possibly if MoBo is compatible for power consumption. If you could, upgrade that HDD, to a Hitachi 2Tb drive. i think they sell for around $110, and its 7200rpm instead of 5400. you will see a huge performance difference, roughly 33%. This should put you right around that $600 mark.
October 26, 2011 8:15:28 PM

Thanks for the fast reply. Those all look good. I was wondering though, would it better in the long run for me to increase my budget to like $750 and get a CPU and MoBo with more power. You seem to think the build wouldn't have the power necessary. Maybe this set?

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3)

Total that is about $350

Thanks again.
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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
October 26, 2011 8:40:54 PM

P67 motherboards dont let you use onbaord graphics so you'd also need a graphics card .
No its not worth increasing your budget just for the sake of it.
It is worth getting a quad core

AMD A6 3650
A75 motherboard
2 x4 gig of 1600Mhz RAM running at 1.5 volt or less
300 - 400 watt psu
and not a GREEN hard drive unless you enjoy waiting .

This will more than meet your needs and have much better graphics than an equivalent intel system
October 27, 2011 8:03:59 AM

So I re-tooled it based on what both of you said. It came out to about $615 before rebates. Does it look better? You have both been great help.

AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU AD3650WNGXBOX

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

GIGABYTE GA-A75-UD4H FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

Antec EarthWatts Series EA-750 Green 750W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active ...

Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm

Then Windows 7 Premium and a Blue Ray Player
November 16, 2011 3:11:18 AM

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