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New General Use Build

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December 26, 2012 4:49:32 PM

I'm planning on building a general use build for my younger siblings (four of them, youngest is 5) and I'm budgeting at around $600 for the hardware and case (plus eventually perhaps a screen and mouse/keyboard, but that's not part of the main budget, since we have spares of those lying around). Not looking for any big bells and whistles, just a decent build capable of handling browsing, schoolwork, and movies (perhaps gaming, but we'll get to that in a second.) I like putting machines together, but any combo deals or cost effective prebuilt deals would be OK.
If possible I'd like to build it on a micro ATX form factor, but price/performance is more important to me than form factor.

About gaming: I have a spare GTX 560ti that I recently pulled out of my mid/high end gaming build (Dual 660ti FTW edition now) and I'm considering dropping this into the new system. Without straying too far from my $600 budget (maybe go up to $800, if absolutely necessary) what would I need to make sure this graphics card isn't handicapped by the rest of the hardware?

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December 26, 2012 5:02:58 PM

You can do i5 build:

i3 build:

Both fit your situation, i5 just brings more oomph.

Oh and there's also this possibility
December 26, 2012 5:07:37 PM

Corsair Carbide Series 200R Computer Case $49.99
Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB $54.99
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series TX650 V2 650W $89.99
Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) $49.99
ASRock H77M LGA 1155 Intel H77 $69.99
Intel Core i5-3330 Ivy Bridge $189.99
win 7 64bit home prem. $100.00

with the 560ti
Total $604.94

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December 26, 2012 5:48:41 PM

I like butremore's i5 build, but use the Corsair 200r case. Probably best case for the price. Small suggestion, but that's the change I'd make.
December 26, 2012 6:12:21 PM

The i5 build from butrmore is good..only thing i'd change is to get a low profile RAM..and if you do want to bring down the cost a bit the i3 3220 is not at all a bad option..

edit: and the CM haf case is good too..of course it depends on personal preference..
January 14, 2013 3:46:31 PM

Best answer selected by 8bit_architect.