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i3 2100 build need advice

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May 13, 2012 6:27:56 AM

Building a new desktop (New to this) and I have constructed a build. I really need some advice! my budget is no more than 550 really seeing as I have to buy windows 7.

CPU- Intel Core i3-2100- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard- Intel BOXDH55PJ LGA 1156 Intel H55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power- Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video- SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive- Seagate Barracuda ST250DM000 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case- Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD-LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would really appreciate any criticism and input!

Thanks for the help

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May 13, 2012 7:20:37 AM

Your motherboard is NOT compatible . You need a socket 1155 .
The budget models will have H61 chipsets

The link to the challenger case is actually to a really expensive keyboard . The challenger is a very cheap case that Tomshardware gave an award to for costing less than $50 .
The Antec 300 is a far better built unit
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May 13, 2012 2:26:24 PM

You can get a 500GB hard drive from Amazon for the same price.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00461G3MS?tag=banforbucga08-2...

Antec VP450 PSU costs $35 on Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004IZN3K2?tag=banforbucga08-2...

Get a H61 motherboard like a Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V for around $65.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0079XWO6O?tag=banforbucga08-2...

Get an NZXT Source 210 case for $40.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005869A7K?tag=banforbucga08-2...

Add up those savings for a better graphics card such as a HD7770 or HD6850.
HD7770 - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00782U10C/ref=as_li_q...
HD6850 - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005NI5XSI/ref=as_li_q...
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May 13, 2012 3:42:02 PM

You need s1155 mobo, not s1156.

If the 2100 goes OFF sale before you buy, go with the 2120, it's only $5 more.

Look at cpu/mobo combo's, usually you can save $5-$20 that way.

The psu is fine up to a HD6870, however I'd suggest at least a 450-500w for future upgrades.

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