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September 17, 2012 12:33:12 AM

Looking to build a home office computer for my parents. While I'm fine putting these things together I always have a hard time finding the best bang for the buck.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week

Budget Range: $500-$600 before or after rebates.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet, office use, listening to music, watching videos, light gaming.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Everything except monitor, mouse, keyboard, and speakers. If budget fits would like to squeeze in a new set of speakers for them also.

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: Nebraska

Parts Preferences: Have always used AMD for my gaming builds but not sure if they are the best for office builds?

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024

Additional Comments: Need alot of memory as they have alot of documents/items they save to their computer. They would like something that is quite

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Parents upgrading from their ancient computer
September 17, 2012 10:23:34 PM

Here is something I threw together. How does this build look for the money?



ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $19.99

Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case $29.99

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

-$30.00 Instant
$109.99
$79.99

Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W ATX12V V2.2 Intel Core i7 Compliant Dual 80mm Fans Full Cable Sleevings Power Supply

-$6.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$45.99
$39.99

G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT

$33.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

$99.99

BIOSTAR B75MU3+ LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

$69.99

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100

$119.99

Subtotal: $493.92

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September 18, 2012 12:15:14 PM


For home office use there is no real advantage either way between AMD or intel. since you are comfortable with AMD I went that router with this build.

the A8 APU' graphics should able to run games fairly well @ 1280x1024 as long as you keep the AA/AF turned down. I put a SSD in the build vice a dedicated GPU, but left the option at the bottom for you to swap. you can drop the price down if you can re-use their old DVD and HDD. I would use the SSD as a boot/apps drive and their old HHD as mass storage (if they are SATA)

I would go without the dedicated GPU to start with, you can always upgrade later. AMD just annouced price reduction on the HD 7770 to compete with the new nVidia products. the HD 7770 would be an ideal medium/light gaming card.


LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS90 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$16.99

NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Brush / Plastic” ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$44.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$69.99

CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$44.99

Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model BLS2KIT4G3D1609DS1S00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$40.99

Kingston HyperX 3K SH103S3/120G 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) (Stand-Alone Drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$94.99

ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$74.99

AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$109.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99
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$597.91 +$18.01 = $615.91 -$20MIR = $595.92


MB/CPU Combo (saves $13) ($583.92 final price)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Options:
swap the SSD for a dedicated GPU HD6670(slient)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

when prices come down a HD 7770
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 21, 2012 3:05:06 AM

Still debating if they need/would notice having a SSD in the computer. Here is another one I threw together combining some things from both builds with no SSD. All I know I was told is they want it to run fast(not load windows fast, but internet browsing, etc fast and lots of storage). Will be ordering tomorrow night.




LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH24NS90
$17.99


Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case

$29.99


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
-$40.00 Instant



$149.99
$109.99

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Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W ATX12V V2.2 Intel Core i7 Compliant Dual 80mm Fans Full Cable Sleevings Power Supply
-$11.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


$45.99
$34.99

1

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBXL

$37.99

1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
$99.99

1

Rosewill RFA-120-K 120mm Case Fan
$7.99

1

AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3870WNGXBOX

ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

-$10.00 Instant
-$13.00 Combo



$194.98
$171.98

Subtotal: $510.91


Shipping: $11.29


Grand Total: $522.20

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September 21, 2012 1:32:39 PM

no issues except the PSU Thermal take's lower end PSU's are garbage. it is also only > = 65% efficient and only has 2 SATA connectors.

Go with the Corsair CX 430v2 I linked in my build above, it is 80+ Certified and is better built. you parents will like the lower power bill and you will have some expand-ability (4 SATA connectors)
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