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August 10, 2012 3:10:50 PM

In the past I have bought desktops from Dell and while they seem fine not sure I got the best bang for the buck and now I want to replace my 5 year old Dell Vostro 200 Intel Pentium Dual Core E2160 / 1.80 GHz

From my limited knowledge I was thinking going to i5-3570K which I read has good integrated graphics but would it be better to get a different i5 plus a video card. It seems cost are about the same for mobo with the 3570k and a set up with a video card. Suggestions would be appreciated on a build including 8gb ram and decent power supply. Saw this case which I liked Antec 302 which has USB 3 on front. Want to stay with current monitor for now, not sure I can find my digital coonnection it came with currently hooked up vga

Approximate Purchase Date: This month

Budget Range: up to $800 can all in

System Usage from Most to Least Important: mainly surfing but do some photo editing

Are you buying a monitor: No will continue to use my Dell 2209WA ultrasharp

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: ncix.ca -would also have them build it

Location: Near Toronto, Ontario Canada

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: I prefer Intel

Overclocking: Doubt it

Your Monitor Resolution: 1680x1050
http://accessories.dell.com/sna/products/displays/produ...

Additional Comments: No gaming my Dell is very quiet which is a plus, I am finding network connection problems with my Win 7 laptop and my desktop XP and it runs slower than ever everytime I upgrade Firefox and AV, I do scan for mal so it isn't that. After 5 years time to get a new one and use this older as a backup.

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August 10, 2012 4:22:46 PM

if you dont want to get a video card, you can get a i5 3470 instead since it has hd4000 graphics which are much better than hd2500
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August 10, 2012 4:23:29 PM

yeah ncix. you dont need OS since when they build the system, they put windows on it

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/eiiJ

this is what i would more or less get. the prices are not always up to date. please check the ncix sale banner. if you want a video card, id suggest the msi 7850. currently 219.99 after MIR under the sale banner
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August 10, 2012 5:22:38 PM

Thanks for the pcpartpicker re the i53470 did you mean possibly a different CPU number? Maybe the writer was mistaken but a review indicates hd2500.

" the Core i5 takes a step back into a gloomier past. The HD 2500 graphics circuitry built into the Core i5-3470 takes us back to the dark ages of 2011, when sluggish Intel graphics were only suitable for casual and retro games."

Can someone comment on whether going with an i53570k bundle
NCIX Bundle Deal Intel Core i5 3570K Unlocked Processor & Gigabyte GA-Z77-D3H CrossFireX Motherboard $349.99 @NCIX

instead or would the following be better
CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($199.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H77-DS3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($99.99 @ NCIX)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card ($94.99 @ NCIX)

The bundled 3570K is about $50 less
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August 10, 2012 5:34:14 PM

The 3570k has HD 4000. The non k versions only have HD 2500.
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August 10, 2012 6:10:37 PM

to the op if you can wait till the end of next month intel and nvidia are dropping new ib cpus and nvidia is dropping the replacement video card for the 560 ti. when that happens the 550/560 going to drop in price or you have another option then the low end 550ti.
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August 10, 2012 8:06:34 PM

Thanks for the tip on waiting until next month. I am in no rush,

I still am confused as to whether the performance I will get from using just the 3570k rather than the i5 -3450 (or similar) plus a low end video card will be comparable or will the video card provide much superior results. Maybe that should be a topic for a separate thread.
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August 10, 2012 11:51:48 PM

I have put together a potential build maybe someone could comment or make suggestions to improve. Price is about $85.00 less after a bundle discount and mail in for the CPU & MOBO

http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/ekhp

If I was to move down to i3 system can I save quite a bit and are there any decent recommended cpu with good integrated graphics?
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August 11, 2012 12:01:17 AM

bad cpu but very good graphics: look at amd APUs
very good CPU but mediocre graphics: look at intel i3s or i5s
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