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May 8, 2012 6:10:32 PM

Approximate Purchase Date:( e.g.: this week (the closer the better)) today

Budget Range: around 500, the lower the better

System Usage from Most to Least Important:o ffice use, internet browsing, nothing heavy duty

Parts Not Required: monitor, keyboard, mouse, os

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country:( e.g.: India) usa

Parts Preferences:by brand or type no brand preference. Would like a motherboard with usb 3.0 pins on the mobo for th front of the case. also a couple of pins for the fans on the motherboard, at least 3. if thats not possible, its okay. aso need a mobo with a vga and dvi hookup, that way i dont need a graphics card.

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: dont know off the top of my head, two small 19 inch monitors

Additional Comments: just going for a low price

this is what ive come up with. i just wantd to see if there are any suggestions, especially on the motherboard.


lg dvd burner $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

corsair 430w psu $16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

wd 599gb caviar blue $74
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cooler master silencio $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CORSAIR XMS 4GB (2 x 2GB) $49 - 4gb is good enough for office work
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 $94
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

im open to suggestions on how to make it better while sticking to my budget. the mobo is what im not sure about the most. and the cpu

thank you



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May 8, 2012 6:28:51 PM

hopefulhype said:
Approximate Purchase Date:( e.g.: this week (the closer the better)) today

Budget Range: around 500, the lower the better

System Usage from Most to Least Important:o ffice use, internet browsing, nothing heavy duty

Parts Not Required: monitor, keyboard, mouse, os

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country:( e.g.: India) usa

Parts Preferences:by brand or type no brand preference. Would like a motherboard with usb 3.0 pins on the mobo for th front of the case. also a couple of pins for the fans on the motherboard, at least 3. if thats not possible, its okay. aso need a mobo with a vga and dvi hookup, that way i dont need a graphics card.

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: dont know off the top of my head, two small 19 inch monitors

Additional Comments: just going for a low price

this is what ive come up with. i just wantd to see if there are any suggestions, especially on the motherboard.


lg dvd burner $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

corsair 430w psu $16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

wd 599gb caviar blue $74
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cooler master silencio $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CORSAIR XMS 4GB (2 x 2GB) $49 - 4gb is good enough for office work
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3 $94
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

im open to suggestions on how to make it better while sticking to my budget. the mobo is what im not sure about the most. and the cpu

thank you
If I were to build a core i3 rig for office work, i choose a H61 Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V. Its about $25 cheaper and has all the bells and whistles you'll ever want with an office pc. On the hard drive, I get a Seagate Barracuda 1TB 64MB cache 7200 SATA 6.0. Its about $90 at NCIX US w/ free ship, but has better PpGB and just as reliable. These are again, just my suggestions.

Gigabyte GA H61MA D3V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Barracuda
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=65701&vpn=ST1000DM003&...
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May 8, 2012 9:02:20 PM

For the same money, you'd get a better performance kick with a 128GB SSD ($100-$120) and a Intel G620 CPU ($69.99). Having used all combinations of i3, G620, G530/540 systems with HDDs and SSDs, that's what my experience has shown me. It just depends on how much storage you need. Even 128GB is a good bit for a true office machine. There's a huge difference brining up Office, Photoshop, Explorer, etc. with the SSD. Night and day.

If have a lot of media, you could do a 64GB SSD and a separate HDD and still be very much in the ballpark.

I'd also look at this case from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Black-Silver-Computer-Suppl.... It has a 380W 80+ Bronze power supply that gets very good reviews. I've built over a dozen PCs in this case and it's great. While it's ATX, microATX fits best and again fine for an office PC.

I recently built 8 office PCs using the NSK4482B, with a G530 CPU and ASUS P8H61M-LE/CSM microATX motherboard and 4GB of RAM. If the SSD prices had been then what they are now, no doubt I would have used 128GB SSDs.
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May 8, 2012 9:27:03 PM

how does a G620 compare to an i3?
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May 8, 2012 9:43:41 PM

hopefulhype said:
how does a G620 compare to an i3?


Part of that question has to be what exactly will you use the system for? An i3-2100 in terms of raw computing power is faster than a G620. But, will it be faster for what you plan to use the PC for? Perhaps you can be more specific about what application you plan to use? That's the deciding factor. If it's just for MS Office, surfing, email, Youtube and stuff like that you'd notice no difference in performance between a G620 and i3-2100. You'd likely not notice a difference between a G530 and i3-2100.
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May 18, 2012 12:30:37 AM

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