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Desktop Computer Build for $350. NO HARD DRIVE OR CD ROM Needed!

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January 24, 2012 12:08:44 AM

Okay, I had Dell Optiplex GX270 with NVidia Geforce 6200, 4 GB DDR1 Ram which finally DIED!
Meaning, I'm finally going to build my own computer. YAY!
I'm NOT a gamer...I do Adobe Flash and VIDEO EDITING.
However, I do not have much money. I'm trying to build a GOOD computer under $350.

Here are specs I have come up with so far:
1. Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-H61M-DS2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
2. CPU - Intel Core i3-2100 Processor 3.1GHz 3 MB Cache Socket LGA1155
3. RAM - PNY Optima 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) PC3-10666 1333MHz DDR3
4. Power Supply - Cooler Master Elite 460W ATX +12V V2.31 SATA
5. Graphics Card: Evga GeForce GT 430 1024 MB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0
6. Case - 10-Bay ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - No PSU?
7. Hard Drive and CD-ROM - I will not be buying for now because I will be using the one from my Dell.

So, all of them cost up to $350. What do you guys think? Will it be smooth for my purposes? And will it be better than any new pre-built computers that is at it's price range today?
And obviously, I'm NOT going to overclock.

January 24, 2012 12:34:17 AM

I wouldn't base a build around a Diablotek PSU. I'm assuming you have a copy of Windows you can transfer over. Anyway, try this build:

AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D AD3650WNGXBOX $119.99

ASUS F1A75-M LE FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $89.99

Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00 $44.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $59.99

Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $39.99

Total: $355 before shipping and taxes (if applicable)

Are your hard drive and optical drive SATA?
January 24, 2012 12:58:49 AM

Yup, my hard drive is SATA, I think. Well, I think Dell Optiplex GX 270 uses SATA.
But ya, I trust Intel more than AMD, haha. And some people say Intel i3 is better than AMD A6-3650.
Thanks for the reply though. The only thing I'm planning to change is the PSU but isn't 520w too much for my system?
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January 24, 2012 1:43:24 AM

For your purposes, I think the A6 would be fine, but it is completely up to you. As for the PSU, I recommended that once since it is on sale. It is usually wise to get more than the minimum to account for the fact that PSUs degrade over time.

Edit: Forgot to mention that the PSU I recommended could support Crossfire for another GPU if you wanted to add one in later for the A6 build so eventually it wouldn't be too much.
January 24, 2012 5:44:39 AM

If you plan to use the GT 430, I think this PSU should suit you well:

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $44.99

It supplies 28A on the 12v rail. Your video card requires 22A according to newegg. Don't think the Cooler Master meets that requirement (18A on 12v rail). Other than that I have nothing else to add. Good luck with your build :) 
January 24, 2012 6:04:46 AM

a sandy bridge onboard graphics may nearly do what you require without the need for a discrete GPU