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First "Office" Build. Help review Mobo/CPU (Intel) choices b4 final

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August 12, 2012 8:07:32 PM

Hi all,

Never built before. Upgrading a PC with a bad motherboard (was Sempron 3000). Has a good 350W PSU and SATA drives.

Desired: Reliability, no conflicts, no drama, no overclocking, no gaming, no separate GPU - and no budget (below $200 would be great).

Office use PC. (By reviews the AMD A8-3850 APU would have blown away Intel if there were ever to be any 3D rendering or gaming). But there's not, so seems the Intels (HD Graphics) give more bang for the buck.

Here's what I have. Newbie is not sure how to pick 'em. Hope they are compatible. Comments and suggestions appreciated.

Intel Motherboard (need micro ATX for the case)

1) Gigabyte ($65) GA-B75M-D3V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
2) Intel ($90) BOXDB75EN LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
3) ASUS ($70) P8H61-M LX PLUS (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS


I'm not sure what the different levels of "Intel HD Graphics, -2000, -3000" actually mean performance wise.

MIN ($64-$88)
1) Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G620 ($64)

Newegg doesn't list "HD Graphics 2000" for the G620, but some sites do. It does list the
2) G850 ($88) with the "-2000 "

MAX ($115-$135)
3) Least expensive Intel Core i3-21xx Sandy Bridge "HD Graphics 2000" ($117)
4) unless the "HD Graphics 3000" of the 2105 is so much better ($134)

So the range of the above is $125 to $225.

Thanks much.

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August 12, 2012 8:13:35 PM

Well, your budget is VERY low so its going to hard to pick the parts, if all you need is the motherboard and CPU this is what i'd get for an office PC

CPU: AMD 3870k APU (it beats intel HD graphics 4000)

Motherboard: Asus F1A55-M LX PLUS

note that you might need a DDR3 Ram kit (8gb of ram cost about 40$ only)

Edit: and before you ask, yes, the integrated GPU in the 3870k is better than any intel HD graphics
August 13, 2012 3:21:02 AM

Thanks for the advice. And the specific models. Didn't realize there were faster A8s.
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August 13, 2012 3:22:18 AM

no problem! if thats all then pick a best anwser and close this thread so everyone can see it
August 13, 2012 5:51:51 PM

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