Low Budget (400) Performance PC

Approximate Purchase Date: July 16th

Budget Range: Strict $350-400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Productivity, Speed/Performance, Gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, case, CX430 V2 Builder Series

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or amazon.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I would like Intel if possible, but am open to AMD if necessary to fit my budget.

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe in the future

Monitor Resolution: 1920 X 1080 would be great, but is not necessary

Additional Comments: quiet, low cost, low power usage
Specific functions: Home PC, School, Word Processing, Programming, some Gaming (LotRO, LoL, MineCraft)
Goals: Easily upgraded in the future, Compatible with Linux OSes, Most Speed/Responsiveness while computing (not gaming)
Let's focus on general computer speed (CPU and Memory) and not Gaming capabilities (GPU).

I've looked at Tom's 500 build, the focus on the 560 card seems cool, but too focused on gaming performance.

So 350-400 Dollars to spend on:

CPU
Mobo
GPU
Memory
Storage (HDD)
Disk Drive

Let's see what you guys can come up with!
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  1. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($73.97 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.49 @ Newegg)
    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.97 @ Newegg)
    Total: $432.40
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-08 21:12 EDT-0400)
  2. Sorry i can't seem to pull 400 off it's to little of money maybe one of the other guys can though good luck! ;)
  3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.955160

    changes to above to cut a tiny bit

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136247 atm free shipping keeping the price down. if all the 22/24x drives on newegg are not free shipping, amazon would be the alternative with their free super saver shipping service.
  4. CPU MB COMBO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.955160
    Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120
    Item #: N82E16819115077
    ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813157236
    $178.98

    ODD
    LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
    Item #: N82E16827106289
    $17.99

    HDD
    Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181
    Item #: N82E16822152181
    $79.99

    GPU

    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card (11202-00-20G )
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102969
    Item #: N82E16814102969
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $109.99

    RAM
    Pareema 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model MD313C80809L2
    Item #: N82E16820576003
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $20.99
    ----------
    $407.94 + $10 MIR = $397.94


    Alterantely you could go with a non-hyperthreading CPU: G850 MOBO combo to save more money (saves $37)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.955180

    and/or a lesser GPU HD 6670 (saves $18)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102992
  5. Just some tips:

    Get a decent psu (ot an unbranded one)
    I think the anted three hundred is ok for a case.
    If your just doing casual gaming sometimes get maybe a gt 630
    I suggest an ivy bridge i5 processor
    Windows 7
  6. Here's my suggestion since gaming was of lowest priority. You can add a HDD later for storage. It's 443 before rebates.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-DS2 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($43.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
    Hard Drive: OCZ Agility 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6770 1GB Video Card ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $388.94
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-09 08:59 EDT-0400)
  7. + my 2 cents.

    i3-2120 / H61 MB is right starting point. Go with integrated graphics. When you start wanting better gaming performance then add the card. (aside $90 for hd6770 above is a steal, that's a nice card). Your build has all the right parts to include any card you want later.
  8. I see a lot of people recommending the i3 2120 for ~$120. If I could get the i5 3450 for ~$150 would it be worth the budget bust?
  9. th3pip3r said:
    I see a lot of people recommending the i3 2120 for ~$120. If I could get the i5 3450 for ~$150 would it be worth the budget bust?

    most definitely
  10. jerreddredd said:
    most definitely


    +1, get the i5 2450 at $150. Aside: the ivy bridge i5 might drive up your MB price a bit. Make sure your MB *SHIPS* with a bios that supports ivy bridge. Having a MB that is UPDATABLE to ivy bridge won't help you unless you have a supported CPU to apply the firmware update to the MB.

    p.s. newegg: i5 3450 = $199.99 (plus t-shirt), i3-2120 = $124.99 (no t-shirt).
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