Slightly beefed office build <600

Building a computer for family member, looking for a slightly beefed office build. Working off the $600 system builder marathon. Will be building (2) of these.

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: $600 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Office work, web surfing, occasional game

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: and/or Microcenter (Prop Newegg, but Microcenter is close)

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050 min, may buy a new monitor, suggestions appreciated but don't count toward budget


This is where I'm at so far:

CPU Intel Core i3-2120 $119

CPU Cooler Intel Boxed Heat Sink and Fan $0

Motherboard MSI PH61A-P35 $74

RAM G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin  $35

GPU Sapphire 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1 GB $165

HD HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"  $80

Case Xigmatek Asgard II B/B CPC-T45UC-U01 $40

PSU Antec EarthWatts Green EA430D 430 W $60

Optical Samsung 22x DVD Burner SATA Model SH-222AB $17

Total $590
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  3. Office build with a dedicated video card?! Why that? What kind of occasional gaming?
  4. It doesn't need it really, I just based this off the december $600 build.
  5. Is the intel hd graphics enough for hd movies and such? If so I'll remove the gpu.
  6. If you need it for some light games at such resolution, AMD Llano is clearly the way to go. Way better motherboards (than H61/H67), way better graphics that will allow you to play some games without the need for disecrete gpu, about 5% (depending on applications) less CPU perfomance
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