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November 11, 2012 7:56:31 AM

Hello, I am new here and new to building computers. I recently built my first PC and found it to be a very rewarding experience :D  Now the "old computer" that I had is being used by my wife, and its a little outdated to put it nicely (pentium 4, 1 GB DDR RAM, Nvidia MX-4000), so I am going to build her a PC for Christmas.

She uses it mainly for internet (Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, etc), some photo editing (nothing major though, usually using Photoscape) and if I can convince her maybe a little gaming lol. Her big complaint of our outdated computer is that it takes forever to watch videos (she has very little patience lol).

SOOO, onto the build... heres what I was thinking and have some questions and am open to suggestions or alternatives to these components.

CPU
Intel i3-2100 3.1GHz/ Intel i3-2120 3.3GHz $119.99-124.99
or
G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz/ G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9 GHz $63.99-69.99

MOBO
ASROCK B75M-DGS Micro ATX $54.99

GPU
Gigabyte GV-R667D3-1GI Radeon HD 6770 1GB $69.99

RAM
Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600 $37.99

I don't have a PSU or case picked out yet, maybe some suggestions would be helpful on those. Should I go with 500W PSU or will a 400W PSU be sufficient?
On the CPU, I'm torn between spending the extra money to get an i3 or saving $60 and get the G850. Should I get an aftermarket cooler for it or is the stock one good for this use (my gaming PC has a Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO)?

Does this build look ok for my needs? All suggestions welcome as I am still kind of new to all of this :) 

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November 11, 2012 7:57:42 AM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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November 11, 2012 12:29:30 PM

Hello.
If you think of getting i3- get ivy bridge ones(i3-3xxx). G850 is also very nice and will suit your wifes needs completely. Also no need for another cooler, unless there's gonna be some oveclocking. As for Ram 4GB is enough even today.
For good quality PSU go for Seasonic / Corsair / Antec
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November 12, 2012 9:10:57 AM

I am not planning on overclocking so I will prolly just stick with the stock cooler. I'm leaning towards getting the G850. Is the 6770 a good budget GPU or are there other options that are better? Also any recommendations on "cheap" case?
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November 12, 2012 9:36:55 AM

jason944 said:
I am not planning on overclocking so I will prolly just stick with the stock cooler. I'm leaning towards getting the G850. Is the 6770 a good budget GPU or are there other options that are better? Also any recommendations on "cheap" case?

For cheap but good quality cases look up Cooler Master.
If no overclocing stock cooler is just fine.
As for gpu, this one scores a little better than 6670: GeForce GT 545
And this one has very good price/performance ratio Radeon HD 4870
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November 12, 2012 10:19:25 AM

What is your budget anyway? If you have a budget that we can work on then we can help you better.

Getting the G850 and 7750 would be better.

Where are you buying this? Are you American, European, Canadian, Pinoy??
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November 12, 2012 9:55:20 PM

cutebeans said:
What is your budget anyway? If you have a budget that we can work on then we can help you better.

Getting the G850 and 7750 would be better.

Where are you buying this? Are you American, European, Canadian, Pinoy??


Budget is around $400. Could go over if necessary but would like to stay around there. I will be buying everything through Newegg prolly and I live in the States.
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