430$ General Use System

Approximate Purchase Date: This Week

Budget Range: 400-430

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, HD Content, Internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, Hard Disk: Western Digital Blue WD320 Sata 3GB/s, *PNY Nvidia GeForce 9600GT 512 DDR3.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://www.egprices.com

Country: Egypt

Parts Preferences: I would like a Intel CPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1366x768 (Samsung SyncMaster B1930)

Additional Comments: I have two builds in mind:

#1
Intel Core i3 2100
ASRock H61M-HVS
Kingston 4GB DDR3 1333MHz CL9 1.5v
SilverStone ST50F-ES 500W 80 PLUS Certified PSU
Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5
NZXT GAMMA

#2
Intel Core i5 2500
GigaByte P61-USB3P
Kingston 4GB DDR3 1333MHz CL9 1.5v
SilverStone ST50F-ES 500W 80 PLUS Certified PSU
*PNY Nvidia GeForce 9600GT 512 DDR3
NZXT GAMMA
And i'm gonna buy a gpu in the next 2 - 3 months

so guys which build i should get ? or is there anyone have another build info in the same price range?
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  1. You should be able to get an ASRock z68 mobo for $85-$95 which would be much better. The 6770 on the VC. The i3 would be the better value at this price level.
  2. ASRock z68 is more expensive here, ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard = 158$
    ASRock Z68 Pro3 Motherboard and Pro-M = 140$, And i think that the Z68 chipset is for overclocking along with the "K" Processors. so what should get?! i3 2100 with h16 asrock and ati 6770 or i5 2500 with h1 gigabyte motherboard and use my old vga 9600gt for the next 2-3 months and then buy a new one ?
  3. Surreal_X said:
    ASRock z68 is more expensive here, ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 Motherboard = 158$
    ASRock Z68 Pro3 Motherboard and Pro-M = 140$, And i think that the Z68 chipset is for overclocking along with the "K" Processors. so what should get?! i3 2100 with h16 asrock and ati 6770 or i5 2500 with h1 gigabyte motherboard and use my old vga 9600gt for the next 2-3 months and then buy a new one ?


    Is this ASRock available to you?

    ASRock Z68M/USB3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Model #:Z68M/USB3
    Item #:N82E16813157270
    Return Policy:Standard Return Policy
    In Stock

    Note (Add)
    $94.99 -$10.00 Instant $84.99
  4. Id say wait the 2-3 months to save up. by then the Ivy Bridges will be out
  5. I'd say use the i5 2400 , or 2500
    a Z68 mb fr the added features

    and drop the graphics card to cover the extra mb cost

    if you are not gaming you dont need a gaming graphics card . The processor graphics will work fine .
  6. thx everyone for the suggestions, But why i should use z68 chipset?

    So far that's how my build is gonna be:
    Intel Core i5 2400/2500
    Gigabyte P61-USB3P
    Kingston 4GB DR3 1333MHZ
    Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5
    SilverStone ST50F-ES 500W 80 PLUS Certified PSU
    -> I will use my old case and get a new one soon.

    I think i'm gonna go with this setup.
  7. Z68 lets you use a graphics card , and the quick sync encoding ability of the i5 .
    If you install a graphics card in an H61 mb it loses this ability .

    Z68 also lets you use smart cache where you can use a very small SSD and get almost all the benefits of having a full size and expensive boot SSD . At some time in the future adding that cache drive will transform the responsiveness of your computer .

    And you still dont need a gaming graphics card if you are not gaming .
  8. Surreal_X said:
    thx everyone for the suggestions, But why i should use z68 chipset?

    So far that's how my build is gonna be:
    Intel Core i5 2400/2500
    Gigabyte P61-USB3P
    Kingston 4GB DR3 1333MHZ
    Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5
    SilverStone ST50F-ES 500W 80 PLUS Certified PSU
    -> I will use my old case and get a new one soon.

    I think i'm gonna go with this setup.


    I just finished up with a budget build for my son using an i3-2100 and opted for this mobo:

    13-157-230 MB ASROCK|P67 PRO3 (B3) P67 LGA1155 1 $89.99 $89.99

    While you do lose a bit of functionality in regards to the SSD options of the Z68 boards mentioned below a P67 board still has a nice upgrade path, allows you to overclock if you opt for a K series processor, and has a decent amount of options (note that the board I listed above does not support SLI though if you have that in mind). He plans to upgrade to either an i5-2500k or possibly an ivy bridge in the summer depending on price/performance at that time and how much money he can save up by then.

    Good luck!
  9. Surreal_X said:
    thx everyone for the suggestions, But why i should use z68 chipset?

    So far that's how my build is gonna be:
    Intel Core i5 2400/2500
    Gigabyte P61-USB3P
    Kingston 4GB DR3 1333MHZ
    Gigabyte AMD Radeon HD 6770 1GB GDDR5
    SilverStone ST50F-ES 500W 80 PLUS Certified PSU
    -> I will use my old case and get a new one soon.

    I think i'm gonna go with this setup.


    This is good I would go for this, it suits your needs as listed well...

    The people of this thread need to read the OP's first post...

    most to least important lists gaming first..... so you're telling him to drop his graphics card and gain functionality from the z68 which he will never use or care about?

    Go for this build, it will be a good computer, you will be able to game, and it's a very good cpu.
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