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September 15, 2012 6:37:33 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: Few days possibly

Budget Range: $300-400 ~
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: CPU, Motherboard, Hard Drive, DVD- Drive, Case (not needed but would be nice), memory

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg, frys, amazon

Location: Sacramento, CA

Parts Preferences: Prefer quality components from Asus, Gigabyte , etc along with an intel cpu.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Old P4 system finally conked out.


I gathered a quick system build on newegg using these parts.

Intel Pentium G850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asrock H61M/U3S3 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G-skill value select DDR3-1333 2x4gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F4 320gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Good Old DVD Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Win 7 HP 64bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks if you guys can help me out. This is a non gaming build for my parents. They usually download and watch movies, dramas, and songs and burn/convert them for storage. The old system was a Win7 Professional 32 bit (student upgrade from XP) utilizing a Socket 478 Pentium 4 2.8ghz, 2.5gb of ddr400 ram, 80gb ATA/IDE hdd, my old asus 500w psu, el cheapo case, couple of dvd/floppy drives.


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September 15, 2012 6:39:46 AM

Looks good. What PSU?
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September 15, 2012 6:46:41 AM

Just my old Asus (delta built) 500W psu. Still works fine ; though not 80+ but used to support my i7-920 + gtx 260 system easily in the past.
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September 15, 2012 6:50:04 AM

Get 4GB of RAM at most.
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September 15, 2012 6:56:48 AM

Don't get that cheapo mobo. Get a Gigabyte H77M-D3H, so you have the full amount of upgrade options in the future. For the RAM get an 8GB crucial kit, preferably 1600MHz. Finally drop the creaky HDD, get a 128GB Samsung 830 SSD. Change the CPU to a 620 or G2120. Then your parents definitely won't complain.
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September 15, 2012 6:59:35 AM

No point in upgrading within the LGA 1155 socket because next year Haswell will replace it.
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September 15, 2012 7:01:47 AM

Ram is cheap these days... any reason to not get more 8gb of ram? @ azeem

@Smeg - fit that under $400 and i'll consider it. If not then don't bother as I've already tried to price a H77/ PG2120- i3220 system and it took up $200 for those two components.

Also my parents are not complaining. It's the fact that their old P4 system is conking out and we need one ASAP in the case that it's a no go for fixing it (seriously... even my parents know it's worthless to put more than $50 in a 8 year old system).

* My philosophy = Get the best for what you can afford today or else you'll be always waiting for the next big thing*
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September 15, 2012 7:07:02 AM

Because cheap doesn't make something worth getting if it won't provide enough of a performance increase. For daily regular usage, it won't even use 2GB of RAM.
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September 15, 2012 7:22:44 AM

azeem40 said:
No point in upgrading within the LGA 1155 socket because next year Haswell will replace it.


Is it 2013 now? Did I miss something? LGA 1155 is more than enough for a parent's build. Who cares about Haswell?

To the OP, at least get an H77 board with a G620, you want SATA_6 and USB 3 and a SSD to make this system last. Not a cheap mobo that will die in 2 months with poor features.
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September 15, 2012 7:30:10 AM

Smeg45 said:
Is it 2013 now? Did I miss something? LGA 1155 is more than enough for a parent's build. Who cares about Haswell?

To the OP, at least get an H77 board with a G620, you want SATA_6 and USB 3 and a SSD to make this system last. Not a cheap mobo that will die in 2 months with poor features.

And I am saying upgrading within a socket is wasting $ than making use of it. Quit being a douche.
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September 15, 2012 7:36:42 AM

azeem40 said:
And I am saying upgrading within a socket is wasting $ than making use of it. Quit being a douche.


Are you blind as well as deaf and stupid? Its a basic build. The G620 will last for now and there is an option to upgrade down the track if required. I would recommend the same thing with Haswell. What, this build needs a 3770K?
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September 15, 2012 7:39:09 AM

You are the one saying "you can upgrade in the future" when there is no point in upgrading within the same socket in CPUs..
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September 15, 2012 7:41:29 AM

azeem40 said:
You are the one saying "you can upgrade in the future" when there is no point in upgrading within the same socket in CPUs..


What are you babbling on about? You can go from a Celeron 530 to a 3770K. Drop in replacement if required. There is a point. You are missing it entirely.
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September 15, 2012 7:00:27 PM

So anyone else got any other opinions? This build seems pretty solid with a few changes here and there i suppose...
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September 15, 2012 7:13:14 PM

No, keep your build. It is just fine.
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September 15, 2012 9:16:05 PM

k. Thanks mate.
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September 15, 2012 9:16:26 PM

Best answer selected by lilotimz.
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September 15, 2012 9:44:40 PM

Smeg45 said:
What are you babbling on about? You can go from a Celeron 530 to a 3770K. Drop in replacement if required. There is a point. You are missing it entirely.

Yeah, he is going to get a 3770k for a parents computer. Quit giving advice that doesn't relate to the OP's uses.
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September 15, 2012 10:30:01 PM

azeem40 said:
Yeah, he is going to get a 3770k for a parents computer. Quit giving advice that doesn't relate to the OP's uses.


Its the upgrade path from the G620. Congratulations on making the OP buy a heap of junk that is already creaky and outdated, much like you advice.
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September 15, 2012 10:33:35 PM

Smeg45 said:
Its the upgrade path from the G620. Congratulations on making the OP buy a heap of junk that is already creaky and outdated, much like you advice.

I could care less what you think of my advice. You need to learn to give advice according to the uses of the Op, not what YOU think is best. Have a nice day.
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September 15, 2012 10:36:26 PM

azeem40 said:
I could care less what you think of my advice. You need to learn to give advice according to the uses of the Op, not what YOU think is best. Have a nice day.


A rubbish motherboard with a horribly slow HDD makes for a rubbish foundation. That is your advice.
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September 15, 2012 10:38:25 PM

Smeg45 said:
A rubbish motherboard with a horribly slow HDD makes for a rubbish foundation. That is your advice.

Whatever you say LOL. You keep thinking any other motherboard is needed for a parent's system.
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September 16, 2012 2:51:28 AM

Smeg45 said:
A rubbish motherboard with a horribly slow HDD makes for a rubbish foundation. That is your advice.


Sure thing smeg. It's not like i can't do a proper build but the advice you've given so far is not up to par for the requirements I've laid out. As I've said before, I tried to price match such a system but it takes up too much money.

Using the parts you recommended...

G2120 $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung 830 SSD $94
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

^ This right here is already about $300. How am I to get everything else? Adding windows 7 is $100 and will break my budget threshold ($300-400) after adding in the rest of the components.

I am well aware of the needs of my parents and I assure you they will NOT be upgrading to a 3770k or whatever. I'll probably give them my " heap of junk that is already creaky and outdated" i7-920 system (that is 4 years old and still matches up to the latest and greatest within 10-15% in raw performance).

I appreciate you trying to help me and this here was a lively 'discussion' but do conduct yourself better and avoid personal attacks. I've been here for years and learned a lot from others during my time by reading threads where there are very knowledgeable debates. Personal attacks should never be used no matter what your stance is.

Thanks again.
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September 16, 2012 4:08:59 AM

Stinginess buys you rubbish. Lucky I'm not the one using that POS $300 waste of effort.
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September 16, 2012 4:14:16 AM

I am also lucky I give better advice to a majority of the people here while you give crap.
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September 16, 2012 5:44:13 AM

Smeg and azeem... you both make valid points, but if you really want to start insulting each other over this one, please do so via PM. There is no need to clog up the thread. If the OP wants to buy a lower end part for a system, you're welcome to try to persuade them not to. Persuading is all you can do though. Remember that you are not making the purchase for them.

Once you have stated your point regarding the hardware and any suggestions for alternatives you can find, it's up to the OP to make their own decision. Arguing about it here the way you two are doesn't help anyone.
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September 16, 2012 5:48:27 AM

I am not even trying to tell him to get better parts because the ones he has in the OP are just fine for his parents.
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