Lenovo H430 $267
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i3-2130 3.4GHz 3MB Cache Processor
4GB DDR3 1333 MHz Memory
1TB SATA Hard Drive
Integrated slot-in DVD reader/writer Optical Drive
I have a motherboard( ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 ) a case and a PSU that I got FAR. I need to make a system for my wife as cheap as possible. The final cost for the Lenovo was $267, can I do better if I just buy the ram, the CPU and hard drive? What do you guys recommend for the CPU that is comparable to an i3 or preferably an i5?
The OS might not be an issue as I have a key for Windows 8 from my school. I also have some old HDD wich i might used if I go the AM3+ route.
How do these two CPU compare to an i3 or i5? How are they in peformance? There will be no gaming but I do want the system to be able to handle most things without slowing down. I might buy an ssd but its not an option for now.
Maybe go for an APU. Remember, if you get an AM3+ board you'll need a GPU as well. The A-10 5800k would be a good option, though an i3 would still have lower power consumption and better per core performance. No doubt the APU would last you longer, though.