Under $500, media, No Gaming

Ok, so in order to make things easier I want to follow the rules: here I go.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: in the next month or two

Budget Range: hopefully no more than $500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: downloading and streaming movies, running photoshop, and other similar programs for my design and photography work

Are you buying a monitor: I may buy a larger one in the future so I would like to be able to run dual monitors, one being my TV to watch movies while I work

Do you need to buy OS: No

Location: New York City

Parts Preferences: I like the Prodigy Mini-ITX

Overclocking: Maybe but I dont think I need this for what I will be using it for will I?

SLI or Crossfire: Yes / No / Maybe

Additional Comments: The quieter the better

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Tired of working off of my laptop all the time, want something new and powerful.
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  1. newcdn said:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xqus

    Monitor not included.



    Is there a reason that I shouldnt use the Prodigy case? I'm very partial to it for its size and it looks pretty nice
  2. Hi, if this is not for gaming, you don't need the discrete card, the i3-3225 has the intel hd 4000 graphics, it suits you, it has a good mini tower case.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($127.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $394.93
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


    If you must include the bitfenix case, you have to spend more on the mobo :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($127.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
    Case: BitFenix Prodigy (White) Mini ITX Tower Case ($79.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $459.93
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
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