New build Help!!!

Approximate Purchase Date: in 2 weeks
Budget Range: $650-750
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the internet, Watching movies, Basic Applications (Word,Image viewing applications), Office work(VPN), No games.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts I already have : Logitech Wireless keyboard and mouse

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 7

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Location: Fremont, CA US

Parts Preferences: i5-3470, SSD, preferrably small form factor(Micro or MIni),

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Your Monitor Resolution: Dell 23-inch Wide ST2320L 1920x1080 full HD

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet, fast, reliable and future upgradeable PC.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I always wanted to have a desktop, now two of my laptops are due for upgrade. Also I like to leave the desktop running, the laptops get hot if I leave overnight. It’s time for me to get my Desktop.
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  1. For that kind of work, you'd be OK with an i3 or Phenom II.
  2. Will i3 be future-proof for 3 years, I will not be ready to upgrade before that. Which i3 you recommend?
  3. You can't futureproof anything. Office work doesn't need much processing power. i3, Phenom, or FX would be good for your needs. But, get the i3 2120/3220.
  4. Is the below a good build.

    let me know if anything can be changed for better or if I missed anything. This is my first build and I will be buying in a week or two.
  5. rajboo said:
    Is the below a good build.

    let me know if anything can be changed for better or if I missed anything. This is my first build and I will be buying in a week or two.

    Do you really need such an expensive case? Consider changing to:

    Fractal Design Core 1000 Micro ATX Computer Case w/ 1 x 120mm fan $37.98 shipped

    I would also change PSU to either:

    XFX 450W Core Edition Single Rail ATX 12V 34A 24PIN ATX Power Supply 80PLUS Bronze $54.99 shipped before $10 rebate
    CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 (CMPSU-430CXV2) 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $46.98 shipped before $10 rebate

    The XFX is the better of the two but it's $8 more expensive.
  6. Thanks Obsama and Lighter.
    I added that case for the USB 3.0, I will update the case and PSU.
    Is my build compatible otherwise.
  7. I updated my build with the PSU and kept the same case. If this build looks compatible I will be buying in a week. can some one help me for compatibility check ?
  8. Best answer
    I don't see any compatability issues with your build, but there are a couple of things about I question:

    1. Why are you getting the i3-3225? It's $25 more than the 3220 and the only advantage it offers (AFAIK) is better graphics. You're not gaming, so what purpose will be better graphics serve?

    2. Is the only reason you're staying with that case the front USB 3.0 ports. If so it would be cheaper to get a USB 2 case and then add and adapter to get USB 3.0. Something like:

    Biostar USB 3.0 Aluminum Front Panel CABLEUSB30 - Black $12.99 with free standard shipping

    3. I'm not sure it will help you much given your current computer uses, but I'll point out that if you go with that adapter and the Fractal Design Core 1000 case you can afford to upgrade the CPU to the i5-3470 you originally wanted.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($34.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($44.99 @ NCIX US)
    Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($63.98 @ NCIX US)
    Total: $543.92
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    So around $557 with the adapter, the same as your build.
  9. Thanks Lighter.I like HD4000, I read somewhere it follows the open standards thought will be interesting Linux might take advantage of this. At some point I will experiment ($25 dollars is what I am paying for). Also I like the Hyper threading and would stick to i3 as I may not take full advantage of core i5. I changed the case after your suggestions. Guess the build is finally shaping up, I will order this weekend.
  10. I'm entering this conversation a bit late, but, unless I've missed something, why no conventional hard drive. An SSD is great for OS, and stuff to which you need fast access, but it's not cost effective for other stuff. You will soon find a 120GB SSD full of a lot of mundane stuff, that really belongs, on a conventional drive. Even if you only add a small, slow, cheap HDD, I would have thought it worth that small expense.
  11. I did not mention it before, I have a WD my book live for 2 TB which I will use for storing files.
  12. I have question on the memory, do I need DDR3 1.65v or 1.5 V for my build.
  13. Best answer selected by rajboo.
  14. rajboo said:
    I have question on the memory, do I need DDR3 1.65v or 1.5 V for my build.

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