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January 25, 2013 12:35:32 AM

I am looking to build a few computers to teach a few friends the process that goes into it. After they are built I am going to use them for my business. Im looking for something reliable with an Intel I5, 4 GB ram, and a ssd. This isn't a gaming build so im not looking at getting the most amazing. The software we use is upgrading and we need to keep up with it. We won't need a video card for this as the software is not graphic intensive. With the OS included, is their any way to keep this under 600$ and still get a good, reliable, and long lasting PC?

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a b B Homebuilt system
January 25, 2013 1:38:23 AM

Well, just get an i5 3470, 4gb 1600 ram. A b75 mobo. 350w psu. A nice looking case. A 128-256gb ssd. I can't imagine that you would need more than that.
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a b B Homebuilt system
January 25, 2013 1:47:34 AM

TheN00bBuilder said:
An ok build here; http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zra5


DO NOT get this PSU. Even at low wattage its important to have a reliable unit. Stick with Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.
January 25, 2013 1:50:27 AM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zrdn
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zrdn/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zrdn/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($144.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $591.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-24 22:49 EST-0500)
January 25, 2013 2:02:20 AM

admbautista said:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zrdn
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zrdn/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zrdn/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($144.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $591.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-24 22:49 EST-0500)


+1

You can always change the case to look a bit more "professional" if you want to have a specific "image" in your workplace.

The Samsung SSDs are awesome, but they do come with a premium. Something cheaper with same quality would be the Intel 520 120GB SSD.

The above build should last you 3-5 years depending on what applications you run on the systems.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 25, 2013 2:04:04 AM

tiny voices said:
DO NOT get this PSU. Even at low wattage its important to have a reliable unit. Stick with Antec, XFX, Corsair, Seasonic.

I have one, and its pretty nice. I couldn't afford a big name bacause my budget for the whole pc was 120 dollars, and it runs great.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 25, 2013 2:07:04 AM

What hardware are you running on it?
January 25, 2013 2:07:36 AM

TheN00bBuilder said:
I have one, and its pretty nice. I couldn't afford a big name bacause my budget for the whole pc was 120 dollars, and it runs great.


You may had a great one, but others may not. Better get one of the reliable PSUs out there.
Check this out.
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/permalink/323050/323050/...
a b B Homebuilt system
January 25, 2013 2:11:32 AM

TheN00bBuilder said:
I have one, and its pretty nice. I couldn't afford a big name bacause my budget for the whole pc was 120 dollars, and it runs great.


Doesn't mean it's not a horrible idea; perhaps you got lucky and got the one good one, but Logisys is about the worst PSU brand out there.
January 25, 2013 3:16:52 AM

DarkSable said:
Doesn't mean it's not a horrible idea; perhaps you got lucky and got the one good one, but Logisys is about the worst PSU brand out there.


Amen to that. Remember that your PSU is hooked up to EVERYTHING in your pc, when it blows it will take stuff with it be it you CPU, Motherboard, GPU, hard drives if not everything :/ 

<--speaking from IT support experience
January 25, 2013 11:34:24 AM

Thanks for the input guys, but is it possible to get an ASUS motherboard in there? Im familliar with the bios so if anything goes wrong I can get to it a little easier.
January 25, 2013 1:05:59 PM

ASUS board should be fine. Look for one with same chipset
January 25, 2013 4:19:03 PM

If you can find a asus p8h77m-le, better. if not, you can change to b75. Not much of difference.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zwrz
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zwrz/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zwrz/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8B75-M LE Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $591.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 13:17 EST-0500)

I intend to give you an matx build because it would be better on your part.
January 25, 2013 4:28:49 PM

admbautista said:
If you can find a asus p8h77m-le, better. if not, you can change to b75. Not much of difference.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zwrz
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zwrz/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zwrz/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Asus P8B75-M LE Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($57.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $591.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 13:17 EST-0500)

I intend to give you an matx build because it would be better on your part.


Seems like a fine build, I might upgrade to a mid-atx tower. Any suggestions?
a b B Homebuilt system
January 25, 2013 4:33:53 PM

^Why go larger if you don't have to?
January 25, 2013 8:22:49 PM

DarkSable said:
^Why go larger if you don't have to?


I've got an interesting situation over here, and I would like it to be a bit easier to install. Micro-ATX cases from what I've heard are not fun to install.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 25, 2013 8:35:19 PM

Ahh, gotcha.

Usually it's not so much that it's hard to install, just that you have to be careful what order you put things into the case in.
a b B Homebuilt system
January 26, 2013 2:21:25 AM

tiny voices said:
What hardware are you running on it?


I have an ASRock N68c-GS FX
AMD Athlon 64 240 3800+
(soon) MSI TwinFrozr 5770
SATA 80GB Hard drive

and it draws only 220 watts.
January 26, 2013 4:24:02 PM

Actually for me, building in a matx is not harder. Because most of the stuffs you need to put in to the mobo can be done when it is not in the case yet. then installing the mobo in the case is almost similar to atx and full. Others just say it is easier to build in mid/full because you'll have a lot of space to deal with. But with your build you don't need a lot of space. You dont even have a gpu to install with.
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