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Slightly beefed office build <600

Last response: in Systems
December 23, 2011 1:00:20 PM

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
December 23, 2011 1:58:17 PM - $149.99
Core i5 2400 LGA 1155 Boxed Processor - $29.99 - $10MIR
Patriot Signature 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory with heatshield Model PSD38G1600KH - $59.99
CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
December 23, 2011 2:14:07 PM

I think you may want to get a different PSU. 500W or higher with standard ratings. Otherwise, it looks like your light gaming I mean office systems are good.
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December 23, 2011 3:17:19 PM

Office build with a dedicated video card?! Why that? What kind of occasional gaming?
December 23, 2011 5:25:08 PM

It doesn't need it really, I just based this off the december $600 build.
December 23, 2011 5:26:32 PM

Is the intel hd graphics enough for hd movies and such? If so I'll remove the gpu.
December 24, 2011 9:55:22 AM

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