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Sub $600 reliable i3 build for parents

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December 18, 2011 7:44:24 PM

Trying to build a simple but reliable PC, with known brand names in the build, for parents' use. I might use it for programming (definitely) and gaming (sometimes) whenever I am visiting on vacation. Hope to get the parts ordered asap.

Approximate Purchase Date: This week
Budget Range: <$600
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Mostly internet, MS Word / Excel, some java programming, casual gaming (WOW / Crysis /BioShock)
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country: US
Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel CPU, Asus monitor. No other preference
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe
Monitor Resolution: No big deal
Additional Comments: Price, Reliability since parents cannot fix it if broken, works well for surfing and word processing, some programming.

$16.99 SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM
$54.99 Rosewill R101-P-BK-450W MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with 1x 120mm Fan, 450W Power Supply
$89.99 ASUS VH197D Black 18.5" LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor, VESA Compatible
$39.99 GIGABYTE GV-R645D3-512I Radeon HD 6450 512MB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
$5.99 Arctic Silver AA-1.75G Thermal Compound
$34.99 G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT
$49.99 GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$99.99 Intel Core i3-540 Clarkdale 3.06GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80616I3540
$99.99 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
$84.99 Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Total price (all post-rebate): $577.89

Questions:
Any obvious incompatibilities?
Can the price be reduced further?
Do I need a separate fan for the CPU? Is the power supply enough for the build?
Does this system meet the requirements?

Would really appreciate any advice, responses to any of the questions, comments, suggestions.

Thanks!!
December 18, 2011 8:28:45 PM

The retail CPU fan already includes thermal compound; Arctic Silver thermal compound is not required. 4 GB of memory would probably be enough, but you won't save a lot. The power supply definitely is enough. A quality 300W PSU probably would be fine.
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December 18, 2011 8:31:24 PM

You have an LGA 1156 CPU paired with an LGA 1155 mobo. You should be looking at sandybridge CPUs like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 19, 2011 12:39:57 AM
December 19, 2011 12:48:18 AM

If you aren't overclocking you'd get better performance out of the original mobo and an i3 2100. Also, I'd try to get a slightly better graphics card in there, maybe an HD 5570/6570 (I know, budgets suck).
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December 19, 2011 1:02:50 AM

AM2A said:
If you aren't overclocking you'd get better performance out of the original mobo and an i3 2100. Also, I'd try to get a slightly better graphics card in there, maybe an HD 5570/6570 (I know, budgets suck).


Done and done on the CPU and Mobo. Makes perfect sense to change these two. I may stick to the card though, I havent made a decision on it yet. May go with onboard graphics until I decide. I have upgraded the monitor a little.

Thanks!

$16.99 SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM
$54.99 Rosewill R101-P-BK-450W MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with 1x 120mm Fan, 450W Power Supply
$89.99 ASUS VW193DR Black 19" Widescreen LCD Monitor, VESA Compatible
$39.99 GIGABYTE GV-R645D3-512I Radeon HD 6450 512MB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card
$34.99 G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT
$49.99 GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
$99.99 Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
$99.99 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
$84.99 Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Total price (all post-rebate): $601.91

Any other suggestions are welcomed ....
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December 19, 2011 3:32:37 PM

I will put in the order in a couple of hours if I don't hear anything else on this...
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December 19, 2011 8:07:01 PM

Best answer selected by metaxas.
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