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June 12, 2012 11:33:00 PM

Hey everyone,

So my dad wants me to help put together a new rig for him with a $1200 budget. He wants to have a strong system, but honestly, he doesn't use anything really memory intensive: mostly web browsing and for storing his pictures. Even though I'm under budget, I didn't want to push back over $1100. I do want to stick with the SSD for booting up and any base applications he may use. Here is what I've come up with so far: I was hoping someone couple give me their thoughts and suggestions:

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 ($119.99)
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 ($119.99)
Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB ($129.99)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 ($43.99)
SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal SSD ($124.99)
Hard Drive: Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache ($99.99)
Case: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC ($99.99)

Additional
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit ($139.99)
ASUS 24X DVD Burner ($16.99)
AFT PRO-57U All-in-one USB 3.0 5.25" Media Card Reader ($61.99)
Rosewill RTK-045M 45-Piece Magnetic Computer Tool Kit ($12.99)
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM ($11.99)

Thank you in advance!

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June 12, 2012 11:37:22 PM

Do not getthe thermal compound or the graphics card. The i3 will come with thermal paste. The graphics card you listed is not as good as the 6870 but can be upgraded fot $10!!!
Here is the link.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


One more thing if you are going to be overclocking past like 3.8 ghz get a cpu cooler that is not the stock the Cooler master Hyper 212 evo will probably be good up to 4.3-4.5 ghz!!!
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June 12, 2012 11:43:32 PM

Thanks for the fast response! Because of my dad's usage, I'm not worried about overclocking (I had that very same cooler on it at one time though, but it won't be necessary).
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June 13, 2012 12:20:49 AM

Aerdan said:
Hey everyone,

So my dad wants me to help put together a new rig for him with a $1200 budget. He wants to have a strong system, but honestly, he doesn't use anything really memory intensive: mostly web browsing and for storing his pictures. Even though I'm under budget, I didn't want to push back over $1100. I do want to stick with the SSD for booting up and any base applications he may use. Here is what I've come up with so far: I was hoping someone couple give me their thoughts and suggestions:

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 ($119.99)
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77-D3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 ($119.99)
Video Card: EVGA 01G-P3-1556-KR GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) FPB 1GB ($129.99)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 ($43.99)
SSD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal SSD ($124.99)
Hard Drive: Western Digital RE4 WD5003ABYX 500GB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache ($99.99)
Case: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC ($99.99)

Additional
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit ($139.99)
ASUS 24X DVD Burner ($16.99)
AFT PRO-57U All-in-one USB 3.0 5.25" Media Card Reader ($61.99)
Rosewill RTK-045M 45-Piece Magnetic Computer Tool Kit ($12.99)
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM ($11.99)

Thank you in advance!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99
ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/B75%20Pro3/ <----- another look at that board along with a link to the latest bios
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June 13, 2012 1:44:03 AM

Lol for your fathers stated usage a $650 build would be more than enough. Check out my $650 build here:
http://www.squidoo.com/electronicandmore
Just add this SSD, cheap but still fast and just as reliable.
http://www.amazon.com/Mushkin-Chronos-2-5-Inch-Solid-MK...
Total: $758 Before windows.

BTW, you won't be needing to overclock with a build like that. On the i3 as well, you can't anyways. As for the Professional. I personally don't think you'll need it if this is a home usage. Maybe for an office situation but this is just personal so yeah... Home Premium is fine.
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