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October 29, 2011 9:05:27 PM

Hello, I have compiled a list of parts for a build my father would like me to put together for him.

Its... an odd one.

The purpose of this is to replace an old laptop from 2007 in our kitchen for which its really only purpose is to tie into the kitchen stereo system for music, the kitchen television for movies (the HD TV will eventually become primary moniter, so HD connection are a must), and general email, internet browsing, online banking and NO GAMING!


Therefore he wants to use some woodworking to create this set up too using an old style computer case (ATX I think, how do i check?) so everything matchs the bar it will be on, but it has to sit agaist wall ( sitting at bar, legs face the side panel)

He wants to buy the parts over the next 5 months (annoying i know but its his money) So I just want tsome advice on these parts and any recommendations on changes.

In a nutshell, its just a general omputer I want that will last 2-3 years with no problems or sluggishness. and once sluggish aspects do come, a quick upgrade will be able to save it.

The current internet connection is 802.11G router, I have plans to upgrade router system in house eventually but i also have the capability to route an ethernet cable to the kitchen.

Also would the best way to get easy access usb ports be a hub? or are there mountable usb receptacle like covers?


This isnt my First build, but its my first build i picked parts for on my own so any advice would be very grateful towards parts choice and alterations.


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Approximate Purchase Date: Spread over next 4-6 months

Budget Range: 800$ to $900, give or take

System Usage from Most to Least Important: General Computer access, internet, Email, Movies,Music

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:Newegg.ca

Country of Origin:Canada

Parts Preferences: preferably Intel Chipsets, but AMD at like performance will suffice

Overclocking:No

SLI or Crossfire:Maybe, most likely no

Monitor Resolution: 1080p
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PARTS LIST

MOTHERBOARD:
BIOSTAR TZ68A+RCH LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard


CPU:
Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52400


GPU:
EVGA 01G-P3-1430-LR GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card


PSU:
CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply


RAM:
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL


HDD's:
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Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


Data Drive
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


Optical Drive:
ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM


Thank you Again

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October 29, 2011 9:18:57 PM

Thats a very powerful computer for the purpose

Replace the processor with a i3 2120
check the mb has an HDMI connector and then use the graphics built in to the processor
2 x2 gig of RAM will be plenty , unless editing or encoding large video files and pics
A 4-500 watt psu will be overkill for a build like this that will draw less than 150 watts at maximum load
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October 29, 2011 9:25:24 PM

You think? I had a hunch it might have been, but i just want this to run well for him for a while,

So a processor like this?
Intel Core i3-2120T Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 35W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32120T
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Is it safe to go with a dual core in this day and age?


Editing video is a no, but ther is a chance encoding could be possible, as well as streaming to media player and/or PS3 in living room

Thanks for the advice, My personal preference is to go high performance so im not very good at average builds so ill take all advice
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October 29, 2011 9:33:57 PM

psycrosis said:
You think? I had a hunch it might have been, but i just want this to run well for him for a while,

So a processor like this?
Intel Core i3-2120T Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 35W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32120T
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Is it safe to go with a dual core in this day and age?


Editing video is a no, but ther is a chance encoding could be possible, as well as streaming to media player and/or PS3 in living room

Thanks for the advice, My personal preference is to go high performance so im not very good at average builds so ill take all advice


For the purpose you want to use it for, the i3-2120T is perfect for what you want to use it for, if you need a bit more power go with the i5-2400 - it's only $40 more.
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November 1, 2011 2:50:03 PM

g-unit1111 said:
For the purpose you want to use it for, the i3-2120T is perfect for what you want to use it for, if you need a bit more power go with the i5-2400 - it's only $40 more.


Thank you very much


So in a nut shell,

Scrap the video card, downgrade CPU, Ram, and lower PSU?

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November 13, 2011 7:13:24 PM

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