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January 1, 2012 9:17:59 PM

Hello Techies :hello: 
Approximate Purchase Date:Now

Budget Range: $400

System Usage from Most to Least Important:Web,College Corresponding, Microsoft Office, Mild Gaming games like Portal 1 and 2, Occasional Home Video Editing

Parts Not Required: Video Card GF 450 Cyclone, PSU Raidmax 630W, HDD, Monitor, Keyboard

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg Only

Country: US

Parts Preferences: Looking at Intel i3 2120, Intel is all I've used but would build AMD if the price is right and up to par with Intel performance


SLI or Crossfire:No

Monitor Resolution:1920/1080

Additional Comments:Cheaper the better

My thoughts:
Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition

Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

Processor: Core i3 2120

Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+

RAM: Corsair Vengeance 2x4

Burner: Samsung 22x

If I'm burning Unececary money other suggestions would be good even if i have to go to AMD.

Thanks in advance :) 

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January 1, 2012 10:57:25 PM

Nothing wrong with the I3 CPU but I'd recommend an I5 2400 because it's quad core. If you "maybe" overclock you will need an I5 2500K and a CPU heat sink/fan if you plan to clock higher than 4GB. You won't need a HSF for either of the 2120 or 2400 CPU's. If you aren't going to SLI you might find a MB which will accept DDR3-1600 a bit cheaper but the Gen 3 Rev 3 is a good board.

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January 2, 2012 3:38:35 AM

I see 2 problems...First, you're using this computer for web and need for high tech stuff...such as the the motherboard. You can easily suffice with the ASRock H61M-VS:
at only $60. You also don't need the Cooler Master heatsink and fan, since the CPU has a stock fan that works perfectly well. You also don't need it because you can't overclock the i3 2120.
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January 2, 2012 3:57:21 AM

Well I thought get a good mobo with a z68 chipset so a guy can upgrade in the future maybe a i5 2500k or a SSD for cache in the future with a smaller board with no expansion slots and h61 chipset to boot, there's no room for expansion or improvement down the line is there?? Plus there's only 3Gb/sec SATA connections.

Yup heat sink is pointless though, stock should be ok.
January 2, 2012 5:14:25 PM

You're right about the upgradeability, but the SATA 3GB/s is just pointless, I doubt any SSD can even reach 3GB/s
January 11, 2012 10:56:46 PM

Best answer selected by Hillmanant.