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$500-600 Build Critique

Approximate Purchase Date: About a week or so

Budget Range: $500-600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watch/stream videos, some gaming, Internet

Parts Not Required: Keyboard; Mouse; Monitor; Speakers; OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Amazon, NCIX, or anything that is reliable

Country: Florida, US

Parts Preferences: Want quality, durability, and reliability

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Won't exceed 1920x1080

Additional Comments: It would be great if it is quiet, but not a deal breaker.


Let me know what you think...

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32120 ($109.99 AC)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115077
[BTW, how is the stock heatsink/fan?]

Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS ($109.99 AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131781
[Does ASUS still make good board? The last one I purchased from ASUS was like 4 years ago...]

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL ($46.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314

Display: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity 100315L ($129.99 AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908

HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ($74.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM ($16.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply ($19.99 AC AR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
[430W is enough, right?]

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($54.99+$2.99 shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

TOTAL: $566.91

Thanks :)
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  1. Get this CPU
    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=HDZ965GM

    With the promo code DADSRULE you can get it for $82 and it it better than the i3. Unless you want to stick with intel. Also I highly recommend this heatsink http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    Other than that your build looks solid. I believe 430w should be enough. But maybe just go to 500w just to be safe?
  2. Fullmetalx said:
    Get this CPU
    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=HDZ965GM
    With the promo code DADSRULE you can get it for $82 and it it better than the i3. Unless you want to stick with intel.

    Have a slight preference w/ Intel.


    Fullmetalx said:

    Do you know if it works with the i3-2120? Compatibility didn't mention any i3 or Ivy Bridge.


    Fullmetalx said:
    I believe 430w should be enough. But maybe just go to 500w just to be safe?

    Normally I would, but the CX430 deal looks pretty good at $19.99 AC AR; CORSAIR CX500 is at $43.99 AC AR, more than double. Just trying to keep cost low :D
  3. Best answer
    No need for a cooler. The stock is more than enough.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157314&Tpk=b75%20pro3
    Switch to that board. Save money and it'll be more than enough for you as you don't plan to CF/SLI or OC (You can't anyways with the non-K chips).
  4. Best answer selected by Pavilion.
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