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~$300 general purpose/1080p playback build

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October 10, 2012 5:58:12 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Within 1-2 months
Budget Range: About $300 after shipping and rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: 1080p playback, general purpose apps and Internet, light gaming
Are you buying a monitor: No (will be using the Acer S211HLbd)
Do you need to buy OS: No (will be running Windows 7)
Location: Central MA
Overclocking: No preference
SLI or Crossfire: No preference
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

The only thing I've set my eyes on is a CPU:
Intel Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge 2.4GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G530

- I'd like to avoid buying a discrete graphics card if possible (3D gaming isn't a super high priority at the moment).
- I'd also like a motherboard with decent audio (although 8-channel audio isn't necessary; I'll often be using headphones).
- I don't want a BD drive.
- I want a ~500 GB hard drive (I'm considering the Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive).


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October 10, 2012 6:01:25 AM

I would actually suggest an AMD Trinity chip, as they are pretty cheap and have good integrated graphics. Will make a build.
October 10, 2012 6:24:43 AM

Can't fit one in, so a build based around a A6-3670k:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-3670K 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI A75A-G35 ATX FM1 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax Super Hurricane (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
Total: $301.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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October 10, 2012 3:30:54 PM

Thanks! It's more power than I need but that's quite a deal. I'll consider it.

Anyone have a lower-power/price build that still meets my needs?

EDIT: What do you think of the MSI A55M-P33 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS for the build above? It's missing out on some bells & whistles (USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s would be nice, although I don't need HDMI), but I can get it for $38.
October 10, 2012 8:35:10 PM
October 11, 2012 3:06:06 AM

That Rosewill PSU doesn't look particularly great, so I'd stick with the CX430V2, as it's only $25 after rebate.

The Hitachi drive I linked is twice the capacity for the same price, and should be similar performance.

Looks good though.
October 11, 2012 5:23:49 AM

It looks like the CX430V2 is $35 after rebate. What do you think of the Cooler Master
October 11, 2012 5:27:15 AM

So it is. Rebate just went down to $10. Cooler Master PSUs aren't very good though, but I think it should be better than that rosewill one.
October 11, 2012 6:05:34 AM

I'm considering the PC Power & Cooling PPCMK3S400 now, which with rebate is also down to $35 for the time being. Seems like a steal at that price anyway.