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$500/ RM 1500 home PC

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April 7, 2012 3:35:36 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: in a month
Budget Range: $ 500/ MYR 1500 ( malaysia ringit )

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home Family computer with light gaming capabilities ( play some mmorpg's thats all )

Parts Not Required: I need nothing except the RIG itself ( i have screen, windows, mouse/keyboard etc )

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: http://assets.hardwarezone.com/retailer_pricelist/All_I... ( approximate pricing in malaysia in MYR )

Country: malaysia

Parts Preferences: by brand or type : Dad wants intel

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire:no

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 MAX

Additional Comments: Needs a reliable, PC for home

Parts I really want / dad wants
i3-2100 ( rm 353 )
500 GB WD HARD DRIVE ( rm 250 )
dvd writer ( rm 60 )
That leaves me rm 837 to purchase a decent motherboard that supports the core, and a decent graphic card and power supply ! ( I donot require a dedicated sound card )

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April 7, 2012 4:44:34 AM

Your gaming will be most affected by the graphics card. The following might give you the best value. Do you need a full ATX motherboard with more PCI/PCIe slots?

If you need more help, let me know. I can't see most of the Power Supplies.

Motherboard (rm 219)
Asus P8H61-M LE
http://ca.asus.com/en/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8...

Power Supply???
PDF is corrupted. Can't read Power Supplies.

Graphics card:
HD6770 (rm 389)

RAM needed?
4GB (2x2GB) 1333MHz (rm 65)
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April 7, 2012 5:50:52 AM

The i3-2120 is a fantastic processor for gaming, but you'd need to pair it with a high end video card to see much benefit. At the resolution you'll be using, most current gaming cards as well as the i3 would be overkill.

Unless your dad is dead set on intel, I would suggest one of AMD's APUs based on your needs for a family machine with light gaming. This would allow you money in the budget for an ssd, which would vastly improve day-to-day use (as well as load times in games!). In non-gaming, the llano's four cores will make up for the difference in per-core execution speed between itself and the i3. The chip also does well in games @ 1280x1024.


Here's a quick build you can use as a starting point.

$90 AMD A6-3650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$54 ASRock A55M-HVS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$49 Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$50 Rosewill R379-M Black (includes ATX12V Flex 300W Power Supply)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$140 SanDisk Extreme SDSSDX-120G-G25 2.5" 120GB (system drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$85 Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB (storage drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$15 SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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$483

This system will also be extremely cheap to own, as it draws very little power.
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