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~$500 Utility build - Looking for advice and blessings

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October 22, 2012 9:50:11 PM

Hello Ladies and Gents.

I have been out of the hardware scene for quite some time (~5 years) so I'm pretty much clueless at this point.

I'm trying to put together a cheapy utility box to replace my old workstation that finally died.
I've read up some and I know this place is THE place to go for all the good info so here it goes:

I kicked around the articles somewhat and come up with this:

I'm sure I can shave down the price some, I don't need many bells/whistles besides the RAID.
And here is the rest of the info:

Approximate Purchase Date: This week, ASAP

Budget Range: 500-600

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing, some light video editing, random gaming (I still place CS:S and some other games, nothing insanely graphics driven), MUDing, Streaming to the PS3, storage

I do NOT need: any peripherals, and I have an assload of data on a pair of 2TB drives which I need to run in a RAID0

Nothing will be re-used from the old box, its all shite (dell from an old job)

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg is my go-to but I'm open to other sites

Location: Long Island, NY USA (Huntington)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type : None

Overclocking: Nope

SLI or Crossfire: Nope

Your Monitor Resolution: native res for my monitor is 1680X1050 at 60hz

Additional Comments: Quiet and cool are good, need a decent case, not looking for neon etc. MOBO needs to support RAID. Was looking to use an SSD for boot

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Ole Betsy Died in a move (SWOLLEN CAPS=BAD)

Thank you kind folks for your time.
October 22, 2012 10:18:30 PM

For light video editing and pretty much some sporadic gaming I would say that you go do slightly better. Especially for the buck.

Check out my $400 build here:
Generally I wouldn't recommend AMD but for your budget, the new A10-5800K is a great chip. Gives you 4 cores to multitask well, and the on the die 7660D is a great GPU, it'll be good enough to run CSS decently I'd assume. If not, it's still got room left in the budget to buy a better GPU.

As you do want an SSD, swap the HDD for the SSD:
October 22, 2012 10:24:11 PM

what is wrong with the old PC?

are you saying the two 2TB drives ran in RAID0 on the old computer?
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October 22, 2012 10:26:30 PM

Wups. Two 2TB drives in a RAID1 for storage. They are not the OS drive.
October 22, 2012 10:51:31 PM

I am concerned about transferring the RAID1
October 22, 2012 11:02:49 PM

Should be fine, its a software mirror done in MS, its dreadfully slow but should be easy to move.
October 23, 2012 3:43:22 AM

Raid 1 should be pretty easy to move, if its anything like my build. Windows should just adjust to the new hardware. I upgraded everything besides the HDD as well recently.

However, do backup just to be safe.
October 23, 2012 4:32:17 PM

check this out

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: Intel Pentium G2120 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($127.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Patriot Intel Extreme Master, Limited Ed 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7750 1GB Video Card ($92.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec One ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $481.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

I like it. I think I'm going to swap the mobo to this:
As I really like the ASUS products and after rebate comes out to the same price. It also comes with RAM with similar timings with the one you recommend, but I'm a bit worried, seems like a no-name brand to me.

I also think I'm going to switch out the GPU manufacturer for ASUS also, its only a few more bucks after rebate.

I'm likely going to pull the trigger today if nobody see's anything glaringly wrong with the mono or ram selection or if that GPU is a dud.

Thanks for your time!