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March 11, 2012 12:13:38 AM

Hi, first build here and wanted some input from pros... i teach math and want a computer that will stream video to 10-20 students.. I'm an oldie but a newbie and could use some input... just purchased my mb, power supply, case... i'll be using pieces from my other computer eg: video card, sound card, hard drives but want to know if the i3 should be enough or should I shell out for the i52500k? I'm thinking it may be overkill for just this application.. outside of the task I just listen to pandora and e-mail.. don't play games or any of that...


asus p8z68-v-lx lga 1155 z68 6gb usb 3 ddr 2200, motherboard
ocz modxtreme 600w power supply
coolermaster elite 371 case
seagate 1T hard drive
corsair 16gb low profile 1600mhz pc 3-12800 240-pin dual channel kit
ocz 60 gb ssd
windows 7 professional 64 bit
http://www.geforce.com/Hardware/GPUs/geforce-9400-gt

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
i3-2105 or i5 2500k

video classroom streaming is the main funtion

of course the 2500k for a lot more money but will the i3 with hd3000 handle the streaming? big cost difference... thanks, peace. Dan
March 11, 2012 12:38:57 AM

The only reason you'd get the 2500K is if you need to overclock it, and if you don't I'd actually recommend the i5-2400 as your CPU.

Don't get an OCZ Agility 3 - that is not a good choice for primary. I wouldn't get an SSD on a mid-budget build anyways - you won't have room for anything after format and windows installation. Get this as your primary, you can always add an SSD later:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Spend a little bit more on the case and get something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

16GB isn't needed for video streaming - you can get by with 8GB or even less than that.

Get this for your motherboard - I like Asus but their lower end boards lack a lot of features. This is the reigning champ of price / performance motherboards right now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I also didn't see a GPU listed - the HD3000 will handle streaming easily but if you want to be on the safe side, get something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 11, 2012 12:45:28 AM

superbike1 said:
asus p8z68-v-lx lga 1155 6gb usb 3 ddr 2200, motherboard
ocz modxtreme 600w power supply
coolermaster elite 371 case
seagate 1T hard drive
corsair 16gb low profile 1600mhz pc 3-12800 240-pin dual channel kit
ocz 60 gb ssd
windows 7 professional 64 bit

i3-2105 or i5 2500k

video classroom streaming is the main funtion

of course the 2500k for a lot more money but will the i3 with hd3000 handle the streaming? big cost difference...


I've got almost the same setup, except that I've got the 2500k. That motherboard is great- no problems at all. And the boot time is unbelievable even with my non-overclocked cpu. Thank you ssd and thank you sata III. You might have a bit of an overkill on your ram though. I've got 8gb's and doubt that I even use all of that. The i3 with the HD3000 graphics will work for you but if you are going to get a GPU and not use the integrated graphics than save a couple of bucks and buy the 2100. Your PSU choice is plenty for your setup. Good Luck with your build. :) 
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March 11, 2012 1:02:25 AM

I'm lame handling this forum board so please bear with me. I've got an nvidia 2400gt with 1gig of memory, turtle beach sound card, if i don't need the ssd that will help and if I don't need all that ram that's cool too..... 8 gigs you said sounds way less expensive... $50 bucks or so for that.. I just heard video takes up a lot of mem... if the i3 will do it that will save another 100... cpu cooler? I don't think with the i3 I should worry about cooling... windows 7 I heard is huge to load that's why I was considering the ssd at 60gig... read that was the min and I can do that for about 80 bucks.. but, if I don't need it to stream... cool... thanks and again.... i'm lame right now responding to all of these great inputs... saturday nights used to be 'different'... lmho
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March 11, 2012 1:16:10 AM

Chaz21 said:
I've got almost the same setup, except that I've got the 2500k. That motherboard is great- no problems at all. And the boot time is unbelievable even with my non-overclocked cpu. Thank you ssd and thank you sata III. You might have a bit of an overkill on your ram though. I've got 8gb's and doubt that I even use all of that. The i3 with the HD3000 graphics will work for you but if you are going to get a GPU and not use the integrated graphics than save a couple of bucks and buy the 2100. Your PSU choice is plenty for your setup. Good Luck with your build. :) 



I'm lame handling this forum board so please bear with me. I've got an nvidia 2400gt with 1gig of memory, turtle beach sound card, if i don't need the ssd that will help and if I don't need all that ram that's cool too..... 8 gigs you said sounds way less expensive... $50 bucks or so for that.. I just heard video takes up a lot of mem... if the i3 will do it that will save another 100... cpu cooler? I don't think with the i3 I should worry about cooling... windows 7 I heard is huge to load that's why I was considering the ssd at 60gig... read that was the min and I can do that for about 80 bucks.. but, if I don't need it to stream... cool... thanks and again.... i'm lame right now responding to all of these great inputs... saturday nights used to be 'different'... lmho

Thanks for responding.. the other gentleman suggest I start changing mb, case and stuff and that's a hassle.. i'm new at this but it's safer than dating... :lol:  thanks...
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March 11, 2012 1:30:16 AM

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March 11, 2012 3:51:52 AM

Thanks! Glad I could help. :) 
So, if I'm clear on this, your going to use a GPU that you already have. I'd like more info on that card because I'm not familiar with it. The HD3000 IGPU on the i3-2105/2125 is actually better than some GPU's. See this chart:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...
The HD3000 falls about equal with the NVidia 6600GT. If your card isn't on this list (or is below those listed as equal to the 6600GT) then your probably better off buying the i3-2105 or 2125 and not using your card. If your card is listed above the HD3000 line then you could use it and just get the i3-2100.

You'll find that the 8 channel sound built into the Asus mobo is pretty good (maybe better than your sound card). If so you may not need that.

The beauty of this setup is that you can always modify it as needed. If you'd like faster load times - add an SSD. If your "bogging" down at some point - add more memory. If the display isn't quite right - add a GPU. Any of these things can be added to your build at anytime, and added independently as need and as funds become available. I know you'll be fine. :D 
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March 11, 2012 11:16:57 AM

Cool, thanks. I'll keep my crows tossed er', my fingers crossed. I'll try just the motherboard first and if it's all good I'll disregard the sound and video stuff and keep that on my older pentium4 computer. Thanks, you've saved me a bundle and will probably make my build go a lot faster. I know my students need me online as of right now... :lol: 
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March 11, 2012 11:32:02 AM

All the best to you. (and them!) :D 
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