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First computer build opinion

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September 28, 2012 3:42:25 AM

I am building a computer for the first time and I would like some feedback of my choices. I tried to be as cheap as possible but I wanted to keep expandability and upgradability in mind. I might make it a gaming computer further down the line but I'm never going to be looking for some kind of super high-end gaming computer. I'm also thinking that I may make it a computer for video editing.
I decided against buying a graphics card simply because I wanted to see how my build would work without one and what I mostly use it for first and then shop accordingly.

This was, and still is, mostly designed to be a learning process so try to be nice if there are some things that I still need to learn
So here it is, keep in mind that I went 150$ under my budget. So if there is a place that you feel would be drastically improved by putting some extra money there please let me know.

Antec 300 Mid ATX tower case

ASRock B75 PRO3-M LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

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

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

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 28, 2012 4:01:42 AM

Looks pretty good but I would suggest you use the Antec Three Hundred Two case so you can actually plug in the front panel USB 3.0.

I'm Also not really impressed with the PSU because it only has one 6 pin PCIe connector. Thermatake is not really all that great. I would suggest a Corsair 500W instead. That would also provide a little headroom if you decide to get a good graphics card in the future.

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a b B Homebuilt system
September 28, 2012 4:12:44 AM

You said you might be doing some video editing and gaming I think an i5 would be a better fit. Get an i5 3470
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September 28, 2012 4:34:10 AM

Thanks for the advice JKatwyopc.
Strife, I don't know too much about processors (sad, I know). What would make This processor better than the one I have now?
a c 105 B Homebuilt system
September 28, 2012 4:41:00 AM

An i3 is dual core with Hyperthreading, so you have two physical cores and two "Virtual" cores using the resources the two physical have left over.

An i5 is a proper quad core without hyperthreading, so 4 physical cores.

An i7 is a quad core with Hyperthreading, so four physical and 4 "Virtual" cores.

When you are doing CPU intensive activities like Video Editing, the more cores (and RAM come to think of it) the better.

Also I agree with Jkat on the PSU, would swap it out for a better quality unit.
a b B Homebuilt system
September 28, 2012 4:43:24 AM

i3 has 2 cores and an i5 has 4 cores. The i5 will be much better at video editing and playing cpu intensive games.
September 28, 2012 4:48:13 AM

Yeah I was thinking about the i5 but I saw that it didn't use hyperthreading so it seemed kind of pointless.
Would it be better to keep the CPU I have now and just invest in better RAM/ graphics card whenever I start to get a better feel of what I'm going to use the computer for?
a c 105 B Homebuilt system
September 28, 2012 4:57:58 AM

Just because it doesn't have Hyperthreading doesn't mean its pointless. An i5 will slaughter an i3 in everything, regardless of the i3's Hyperthreading.

You dont have a graphics card in the rig, anything would be an upgrade over integrated graphics.

And the RAM you have is fine, just need more of it if you are serious about video editing. Though the CPU is the bigger factor in rendering performance.
September 28, 2012 5:05:13 AM

i5 it is. Thanks for the feedback guys. I can't wait to get my hands on it and make one of my own :D 
September 28, 2012 5:05:40 AM

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