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May 8, 2012 1:58:06 PM

Hi,

I received excellent advice before on building an $800 system to replace an aging system (SB51GB, P4, 2GB RAM). Since then my son has been using the aging system and it's time to give him an upgrade.

My budget is $352 for motherboard, cpu, case, power supply, RAM, and possible an SSD. I can supply a 7200 RPM SATA3 drive, optical drive, OS, keyboard, mouse, monitor. I also have an old ATX (maybe) case that I used for a P2 build many years ago -- can that be stripped and re-used or would it be better to get the front panel of a new case?

Here's the parts list I came up with:

Xion Xon-180 case: $35, free ship
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i3-2105: $135, free ship, hd3000 graphics
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec EarthWatts 430W PSU: $40, free ship
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.Skill 8GB RAM: $40, free ship
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
mobo: biostar H61MLB: $60, free ship
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
total: $310

I'm thinking of going the Intel i3 route, in order to upgrade to i7 processors when they're more reasonably priced. But I'd also like to see a similarly priced AMD alternative. Also, I considered a low-end Z77 board but I don't really see a need for PCIe 3 / USB 3. And I picked the i3-2105 for the built-in HD3000 graphics.

Thanks for any suggestions.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 8, 2012 3:16:53 PM

You'd want to check to make sure everything from your old case is big enough.

What is the old PSU? You may be able to reuse it.

What is this computer used for?

Anyway, here's what I would change:
CPU: go for the IB version. Better IGP
Mobo: Try to stay away from H61. A really cheap P67 or Z68 board would be better.

i7 processors aren't going to get much lower. I mean, the next generation already came out, so these are just going to be discontinued. The i3-2120 IB version has HD4000 graphics, which are comparable to low-end GPU graphics.

An SSD is about $1/gb (if you can find a deal like that). I'd try for a 60/64GB... but that would be about $80. Are you sure you need it?
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May 8, 2012 3:41:31 PM

ddan49 said:
You'd want to check to make sure everything from your old case is big enough.

What is the old PSU? You may be able to reuse it.

What is this computer used for?

Anyway, here's what I would change:
CPU: go for the IB version. Better IGP
Mobo: Try to stay away from H61. A really cheap P67 or Z68 board would be better.

i7 processors aren't going to get much lower. I mean, the next generation already came out, so these are just going to be discontinued. The i3-2120 IB version has HD4000 graphics, which are comparable to low-end GPU graphics.

An SSD is about $1/gb (if you can find a deal like that). I'd try for a 60/64GB... but that would be about $80. Are you sure you need it?


thanks for the feedback. as far as I know, i3 ivy bridge version won't be released until Q3 2012. The old PSU was the stock PSU that came with the case from 10 years ago, I don't think I'll use it. If I get a P67 board, then I'll need to buy a graphics card. The computer will be used for gaming, watching movies, flash games, office applications.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 8, 2012 4:25:38 PM

If you do end up with an IB processor, you'll need a z77 board unless you can verify that you're buying a H61 that has been flashed with the latest bios (or it won't boot).
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 8, 2012 6:49:16 PM

That's true. I believe that a Z68 would be fine, as well (about $10 cheaper). I know that the ASRock Pro3 Gen3 board is about $100, and it's a quality board. I know you don't need something that fancy, but I can't find anything lower that still stays within quality realms. I guess Biostar is good as well, but I don't have any personal experience there.

What type of gaming? I'm assuming nothing like Battlefield 3...

If it's a stock from a pre-built system (meaning PSU), then, yes, get a new one. That Antec is good... just remember that it doesn't come with a power cord, so you'll have to reuse your old one.
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May 8, 2012 8:20:57 PM

After some more research and deals I found on newegg, I've switched to the following:

Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case - $24, free ship, promo code: EMCNENF26
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel celeron G530 - $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec EarthWatts 430W PSU: $40, free ship
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock H61M/U3S3 MicroATXmobo - USB3 + SATA3: $67, free ship
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mushkin Silverline 8GB RAM (2x4GB) - $34 combo deal with mobo
Zotac GT520 (nvidia) - $50, $6 shipping, $25mir
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ Vertex 3 SSD - $80, free ship, $15 mir
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$352 total, $312 after rebates

Celeron G530 will be 5-6x faster than current P4.
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