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September 7, 2012 7:58:04 PM

Building a home-office computer for a friend. Appreciate your feedback
1. CPU -
Intel 3.30GHz LGA 1155 Core i3-3220 Processor - $109.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
Perhaps overkill but he tends to keep his computers for a long time.
2. Motherboard and Memory
Couldn't resist this deal
GIGABYTE GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
with free 2x4GB memory thrown in
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
3. Power Supply
Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W Continuous Power ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $32.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4. Case
Was looking for something with atleast 1 USB 3.0 port on the front panel
Xigmatek Asgard Pro ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
5. DVD Burner
Samsung 22X DVDRW Burner with Dual Layer Support - $17.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
6. Hard Drive
HGST Deskstar 7K1000.D 1TB 7,200RPM 32MB Cache SATA - $64.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
7. SSD
Samsung 830 Series MZ-7PC128B/WW 128GB SATA 6.0Gb/ - $99.99
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
8. Graphics - Onboard HD2500 on i3-3220
9. OS - Windows 7 Home Premium

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 7, 2012 8:17:50 PM

For an office PC, this looks pretty right to me. Hes not going to be running dual monitors or anything from it?

Edit: Are you focused on price? There are probably some classier looking cases you could pick if this is sitting out somewhere (i.e. aluminum not plastic).
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September 7, 2012 8:20:09 PM

No. He is running a 1680x1050 right now.
I was looking for the cheapest case with atleast one USB 3 port. This appears to be Steel/Aluminium case. From the specs
Material- Steel Aluminum
Bezel Material- Aluminum, Meshed
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September 7, 2012 8:21:50 PM

Overspecced.

- Get an G530 or wait a week or two for Ivy Bridge Celeron's.
- Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO (keep everything cool, stock heatsinks don't)
- HA! Forget Z77, get Gigabyte's H77M-D3H
- Corsair CX 430 v2 for the PSU
- CM Storm Trooper for the case (2 USB 3.0 front panel, will last and last)

That way you save a pile of cash and you have a better balanced system. Unless your friend will be ripping Blu-Ray's 24/7 you don't need more.
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a c 84 B Homebuilt system
September 7, 2012 8:22:24 PM

The parts look very good to me.

I am not enthused by the case though.

I happen to like small cases, and lian li makes some of the best.
A case is something you will see and touch every day.
Spend extra if you have to for something special.

If the case will be on top of the desk, then you might want to consider a ITX based build
Check out the LIAN LI PC-Q03A
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Even smaller is the PC-Q07. No front usb3.0 though.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 7, 2012 8:25:27 PM

Great.

Only other thing I see - Are you sure the processor comes with a heatsink? Its refurbished ... and I dont see microcenter saying that it does. Not a big deal though - maybe another $15-$20 to buy a cheap one if you need to.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 7, 2012 8:31:10 PM

geofelt said:
I am not enthused by the case though.

I happen to like small cases, and lian li makes some of the best.
A case is something you will see and touch every day.
Spend extra if you have to for something special.


Hah. This is exactly why I asked that question earlier. I was going to suggest as smaller Silverstone.


As for the other comment above. Yea - you can always spend less if you want ... but the PC you have here will last pretty decently.
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September 7, 2012 8:40:32 PM

deadlockedworld said:
Great.

Only other thing I see - Are you sure the processor comes with a heatsink? Its refurbished ... and I dont see microcenter saying that it does. Not a big deal though - maybe another $15-$20 to buy a cheap one if you need to.


Ouch! I didn't realize it was refurbished. Thanks for pointing this out. Microcenter sells CPUs at lower price than Newegg and amazon - So I wasn't surprised by the price.

I am not opposed to adding a separate coolermaster.
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September 7, 2012 8:42:19 PM

Smeg45 said:
Overspecced.

- Get an G530 or wait a week or two for Ivy Bridge Celeron's.
- Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO (keep everything cool, stock heatsinks don't)
- HA! Forget Z77, get Gigabyte's H77M-D3H
- Corsair CX 430 v2 for the PSU
- CM Storm Trooper for the case (2 USB 3.0 front panel, will last and last)

That way you save a pile of cash and you have a better balanced system. Unless your friend will be ripping Blu-Ray's 24/7 you don't need more.


Microcenter sells G630 for $49.99 - I don't mind waiting for Ivy celerons - Do they have better graphics?
I chose Z77 because of the memory deal.
ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 was my other choice
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CM Storm Trooper appears to be nearly $150 - Not sure I want him to spend so much on a case.
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September 7, 2012 8:53:37 PM

ramkal said:
Microcenter sells G630 for $49.99 - I don't mind waiting for Ivy celerons - Do they have better graphics?
I chose Z77 because of the memory deal.
ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 was my other choice
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CM Storm Trooper appears to be nearly $150 - Not sure I want him to spend so much on a case.


Sorry, meant Storm Enforcer (half the price roughly). I'd get Gigabyte over Asrock every day due to quality issues. The Ivy celerons should have a small boost to graphics. You definitely don't need Z77.
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a b B Homebuilt system
September 7, 2012 10:06:25 PM

I'm not necessarily in agreement with nerfing the processor - for longevity if nothing else. Even office applications can weigh down a processor if you open enough outlook windows.

In fact, if you wanted to bump up to $140s you could get the better Intel 4000 graphics (and stock cooler) instead of the 2500 graphics ... It just seems like a better deal. (not at all required, just an idea.)

Intel Core i3-3225 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Intel HD Graphics 4000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 7, 2012 11:27:45 PM

deadlockedworld said:
I'm not necessarily in agreement with nerfing the processor - for longevity if nothing else. Even office applications can weigh down a processor if you open enough outlook windows.

In fact, if you wanted to bump up to $140s you could get the better Intel 4000 graphics (and stock cooler) instead of the 2500 graphics ... It just seems like a better deal. (not at all required, just an idea.)

Intel Core i3-3225 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 55W Intel HD Graphics 4000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


What longevity? Opening outlook windows would be fine with the OP's SSD. No CPU bottleneck. A celeron is enough for a basic PC - it can even catch up to a 8150 in some benchmarks.
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