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June 9, 2012 12:08:46 AM

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!
a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2012 1:13:15 AM

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)
a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2012 1:22:04 AM

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! ;) 
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a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2012 10:21:02 AM


CPU MB COMBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
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=N82E168...
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
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$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?Ite...

and/or a lesser GPU HD 6670 (saves $18)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 9, 2012 12:27:34 PM

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
a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2012 1:00:50 PM

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)
a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2012 3:10:51 PM

+ 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.
June 9, 2012 3:27:32 PM

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?
a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2012 3:50:05 PM

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
a b 4 Gaming
June 12, 2012 4:04:19 AM

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).
!