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[New build] Another 'help me is this a good build thread'!

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January 25, 2013 2:15:02 PM

Hello all,

I need to build a computer for under $400. I will primarily be surfing the web, doing lots of Microsoft Office work, and watching 1080p videos. I will occasionally be playing games, and would like to be able to play future games like the new Sim City, etc., on my TV at 1080p with a decent framerate. I will *probably* being using this as an HTPC. I'm not thinking I need a monitor at this point. This will be in replacement of my 27" iMac with a core i5.

Is the following build a decent one, or do you guys have alternative recommendations that would be better?

http://www.gamersnexus.net/pc-builds/46-pcbuildupg/977-...

I am absolutely new to this and know nothing about building computers.
January 25, 2013 2:32:15 PM

$400 to replace an i5 27" iMac? That's like trading in your BMW 330 for a Honda Fit.

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January 25, 2013 2:37:50 PM

I know :( . But I'm on a serious budget now.
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January 25, 2013 3:09:33 PM

What happened to the iMac? I can't follow that link due to web filter, so please past specs or use pcpartpicker and I can tell you if it will work.
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January 25, 2013 3:17:30 PM

Family member will be using the iMac ;) .

These are the specs:

CPU: AMD A10-5800k / 7660D
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB 1600MHz
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35
Case: IN WIN BK644 w/ 300W PSU
Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM
Media: Lite-on Optical Drive

Split between Newegg and Amazon, it comes out to be about $350.

Honestly, I almost always use the computer for web surfing, office, and watching video. Just want the option of being able to play future games, like the new SimCity, if I get spare time :) . Since I'll be hooking it up to my HD TV, it would need to have HDMI out and be OK at 1920x1080.
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January 25, 2013 3:43:14 PM

Yeah, that should be a pretty good build for what you describe. I'd probably consider a better case and power supply, but it will work.

Now that will support 1080p resolution for general/video use, but in games you will probably have to pick 720p resolution to get good performance.

Did you factor in an operating system?

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January 25, 2013 3:49:22 PM

I could probably afford and extra $50-100 on that build if it could be justified with a much better GPU/CPU, or better case/power supply if you think it's worth it.

It'll probably have to be Windows 8 or 7, because I often use Microsoft Office for work.
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