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650 budget i3 build for mother in law

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March 10, 2012 5:37:14 AM

Approximate Purchase Date:3-10

Budget Range: 650
System Usage from Most to Least Important: college,surfing,facebook games

Parts Not Required: monitor keyboard mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg

Country:usa

Parts Preferences: by brand or type:intel i3 other parts have to preference just stability

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire:no

Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050,

Additional Comments: quiet super fast startups and reliable

Here's what I have so far

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total=639.00 before shipping.

Is this a good build?

Anything I should change?
March 10, 2012 5:41:08 AM

go with a micro atx case? just a thought.. you have a ATX mid tower, only difference in 2-3inches in case height and length
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March 10, 2012 6:01:38 AM

I figured that would be a good case for future upgrades.
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March 10, 2012 6:13:06 AM

Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Drop the 6870 and HDD (Since you want fast boots and you seem to just be getting the SSD) that gives you $240 to work with.
Just get this Mushkin Chronos 120GB, it's cheaper just as fast as the M4 and still reliable. (+130)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS here (+70)
http://www.softwaresupplygroup.com/microsoft-windows-7-...
Total: $613

Total is less, and you get an i5 2400 as well as a much better PSU. Granted you will go from H67 to H61 you won't notice the difference. As for DDR3 1600, it doesn't work with H67/H61. Both don't support the speed.
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March 11, 2012 6:34:55 PM
a b C Monitor
March 11, 2012 6:37:24 PM

I mean have you looked at my advice at all? What kind of games will you be playing with this build? If none at all there is no reason for a GPU, you can just use the onboard video with the i5 2400.
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March 11, 2012 6:52:02 PM

Yes I did look at your advice and changed the CPU from the i3 to the i5. I'm not sure if I trust the asrock motherboards yet. Also something seems fishy about that company that sells windows for 70.00 seems that they might be doing something illegal.
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March 11, 2012 6:53:10 PM

How good is the I5 onboard video?
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a b C Monitor
March 11, 2012 6:54:46 PM

It's enough for fb games and general use that's for sure. :) 
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a b C Monitor
March 11, 2012 6:59:16 PM

Asrock is a great company that has made a name for itself for providing great bang for the buck boards. Motherboards are better with the 3rd party, never Intel.
Here's a review
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=asro...

That's fine if you don't trust the company but I'd suggest just going with the SSD for what you're doing. It'll boot fast and save you power as well as be enough for storage.

You don't need a GPU, the i5 2400's iGPU is good enough for what you want to do as Azeem stated.

Your PSU is still the same the older CM's will crap out on you. They use cheap capacitors and so that results in short life. For the price you might as well pay a little bit more and step up to the CX430V2 I suggested.

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March 11, 2012 7:00:20 PM

Okay then is there a way to stay under 700 keep the i5 and have a good ssd?
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a b C Monitor
March 11, 2012 9:53:46 PM

Both will be equivalent in performance since no motherboard is different by a huge margin. I would say the Asrock offers the same performance and maybe slightly better. But defiantly with the money saved it's worth it. I just posted that review and you can see that it's a good board.
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