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June 20, 2012 1:49:50 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next week or so

Budget Range: 500 - 600 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web, photo editing, MS Office

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, amazon

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: Prefer Intel

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: NA

Additional Comments: The wife takes a ton of pictures. Have literally thousands of pictures. My backup drive in my current setup just died. Thinking I may upgrade the whole system since it's about 5 years old now. Looking for something that will be able to edit any pictures we have with not much effort. As well as last a while into the future. Thanks!
June 20, 2012 2:01:15 AM

Oops, hit enter too early.

I'm thinking I'd like a quad core CPU, 8 Gigs of Ram with at least a 500 Gig HD. Not picky on much of anything though. I'm just not sure that's going to fit the budget or not.
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June 20, 2012 2:06:16 AM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/at1a

its 10-20 dollars over budget
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June 20, 2012 12:05:01 PM

I5-3450 with the H77 seems pretty popular in other posts I've read too. I didn't put in my oruginal post that I don't need an OS. Would I then want a video card or would onboard be good for now?
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June 20, 2012 1:04:36 PM

for a office usage, the intergrated stuff is good enough. if you want another graphics card, you can go get a 6670 for some light games. if not, i would get a SSD such as the mushkin chronos deluxe mx 120gb. SSDs will make your system experience much faster than a plain hard drive. usually you get 10-20 second boot times with a ssd
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June 20, 2012 1:23:33 PM

So the SSD would be the main drive and then have a plain drive as storage/backup?
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June 20, 2012 2:40:35 PM

I'm also curious if you or anyone thinks this setup.is overkill for me? Wouldn't mind saving a few bucks if I can.
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June 20, 2012 7:14:22 PM

yes. you throw windows and some critical apps on the ssd and everything else such as files on the hard drive. if you want to save some cash, you could downgrade to dual core and 4 gb of ram
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June 20, 2012 11:33:56 PM

How about something like this then. Maybe upgrade the cpu and add another drive later. This should get me right around the 500.00 mark.

CPU: Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G620

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H LGA 1155 Intel H77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

HD: Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

PS: CORSAIR Gaming Series GS500 500W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified High Performance Gaming Power Supply

CASE: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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June 21, 2012 12:08:35 AM

no. dont think about upgrading the CPU later. it doesnt make much sense to blow 100 dollars in something that is temporary.

for now, you can drop the hard drive in my build. my build has overall better components

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June 21, 2012 1:23:42 AM

Ok. Drop the HD and replace it with an SSD. That works. Thanks for the help.
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June 21, 2012 1:23:59 AM

Best answer selected by Prakis.
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