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Suggestions for i5 PC Build

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January 5, 2012 6:36:00 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: this month

Budget Range: 600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: light gaming, surfing the internet, word processing

Parts Not Required: mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or amazon.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1366x768 (Dell E1910H)

I would like Windows 7 and I prefer Intel processors. What are your recommendations?

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January 5, 2012 6:41:06 PM

It would help if your post included what the PC will be used for.
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January 5, 2012 6:58:05 PM

I added the details in the original post
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January 5, 2012 7:02:41 PM

If you want to play newer games, you should invest into a cheap dedicated GPU. As for the processor an i5-2400 will fit in your budget. Don't get a coolermaster, look into Corsair/Seasonic/OCZ/Antec Earthwatts PSUs.
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January 5, 2012 7:21:33 PM

CPU - i5 2400
MOBO - ASUS P8H61-M LX or ASRock H61M-GE (both are viable options)
PSU - SeaSonic S12II 620 or CORSAIR Builder Series CX600 if you're intrested in a $20 MIR
Memory - 8GB since memory is so cheap.
Case/HDD/DVD - personal preferance really.
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January 5, 2012 7:34:50 PM

Any recommendations on a small case that is not that expensive?
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January 5, 2012 7:44:05 PM

Anything $40 or less will do, look at reviews on newegg. NZXT Source looks nice.
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January 6, 2012 6:52:44 PM

This is what I am planning. Is there anything else I need to get?

Case - NZXT Technologies Source 210 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005869A7K
RAM - Crucial 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003DZJQQI
Processor - Intel Core i5-2400 3.10 GHz - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004EBUXIA
Motherboard - MSI Intel H61 (B3) Chipset ATX - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005GM9KN0
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004Q0PT3I
HD - Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00461G3MS

Any suggestions for power supply? Also, should I get a different motherboard or is that one good?
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January 7, 2012 10:07:08 PM

Also, is there a better hard drive I should get?
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January 7, 2012 10:21:10 PM

Fiosuser_19 said:
Also, is there a better hard drive I should get?

I would recommend a Hard Drive that runs at 7200rpm (rotations per minute), is from the manufacturers Western Digital, Seagate, and Samsung F3/F4 (Hitachi is meh), and has a decently-sized cache, all within your budget of course.
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January 7, 2012 11:36:12 PM

What about gpu? Imo for ur budget go either with i3 or AMD.
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January 8, 2012 2:20:00 AM

Yeah. I think I should go with the i3-2100. However, I still need a GPU and power supply.
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January 8, 2012 7:31:20 PM

Sorry I couldn't reply earlier, you have a major flaw in your build there. You've chosen laptop memory lol. Look for SDRAM here's an example of how it looks like:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you buy everything on newegg, it'll be $20 cheaper.
Go with this HDD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...
and here's a combo deal i5 2400 + 8GB RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Here's a nice PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You still have $70 left over for a GPU, please define what kind of light gaming you have in mind.
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January 9, 2012 8:48:13 PM

fatfatr said:
Sorry I couldn't reply earlier, you have a major flaw in your build there. You've chosen laptop memory lol. Look for SDRAM here's an example of how it looks like:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you buy everything on newegg, it'll be $20 cheaper.
Go with this HDD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...
and here's a combo deal i5 2400 + 8GB RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Here's a nice PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
You still have $70 left over for a GPU, please define what kind of light gaming you have in mind.


Thanks for the help. Portal 2 and Team Fortress 2, but I would most likely play newer games on Steam.
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