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What do you guys think of my build plus does it work?

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August 14, 2012 3:20:17 PM

im not a gamer this isnt for gaming. thats why theres no video card. also not shown but there will be a 500gb blue caviar HDD.

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August 14, 2012 4:18:16 PM

If it is not for gaming, then why do you have 8gb RAM? you will never need more than 4gb for a basic PC... also, a SSD isnt needed in your case, just a plain HDD will do. what will it be used for?
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August 14, 2012 5:45:54 PM

Looks good. Should be fine for many years of regular pcing. I guess you already have a non-oem copy of windows or are you going to get a oem copy and just didn't list it.
August 14, 2012 6:06:49 PM

Looks quite good, but I'd pass on the Raidmax case. The Antec Three Hundred Two, Cooler Master HAF 912, and XClio Touch 320 are all better options.
August 14, 2012 6:08:11 PM

And yes, it does "work".
August 14, 2012 6:09:21 PM

Forgot to mention, you can get 1600 MHz RAM for almost the same price as the kit you plan to buy.
August 14, 2012 6:40:57 PM

is 1600 mhz ram better? can you please link the kit for the same price. also how fast will this computer be? like say if i added a video card could i run games?
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August 14, 2012 7:41:54 PM

strife_ff7 said:
Yes 1600 is better. Here is a link to corsair 1600 8gb $45 w/ promo code

You could add a hd 7770 for low-med gaming or hd 6870 med-high gaming. You would have to get a 500w psu to use the 6870.

The 1600 mhz is not better for the build. An i3 2120 is designed for 1333 mhz RAM, so if you put in a 1600 mhz RAM it will automatically reduce to 1333 speed in bios unless you OC it. There is little noticeable difference to the user.

If 1333 mhz is cheaper, just go with it. Spending more for 1600 mhz will have no gains.

Should natantantanta chooses to upgrade to an Ivy Bridge CPU in the future, 1600 mhz RAM will be more appropriate.

For regular non-gaming use, 4 GB is more than enough. If using photo-editing/video editing programs, then 8 GB would be more useful.
August 14, 2012 8:15:59 PM

how much would it cost to upgrade to ivy bridge
a b B Homebuilt system
August 14, 2012 8:22:55 PM

Current Ivy Bridge CPUs are around $200 for non-k series. If you plan to OC, then it's around $230. If you live near a microcenter, then it'll be $190 for the i5 3570k + $50 for a z77 motherboard bundle.

Also, there is no need for current versions of the Ivy Bridge CPU for a non-gaming purpose. Right now the only available Ivy Bridge CPUs are for enthusiasts.