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New work PC - Budget $350-$400

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February 8, 2013 5:11:32 PM

Looking for a straightforward work/office computer that will mainly be just using excel, internet explorer, etc. I live in the US so parts anywhere from newegg,tigerdirect etc would all be fine.

HDD space isn't much of an issue, even 250GB would be plenty, even less would work - for example the old windows XP machine I'm using now is only using 30GB or so.

Integrated Gfx are fine too, as well as a boring looking case etc :)  I do have a slight preference for Intel CPU's however.

Could you guys suggest anything that would work for my $350-400 budget? I know its not a ton but should be enough for what I need to use the computer for

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February 8, 2013 5:33:46 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.87 @ Compuvest)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $444.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-08 14:33 EST-0500)

Since you won't need integrated graphics we can fit an i5 :) . Also i would really just get a 1tb drive, because there $10 more than the cheapest 320gb lol.
February 8, 2013 5:38:01 PM

Lol wow, thats looking pretty nice - and yeah. I was curious with SSD's if it might be better to get around ~180-200+ GB SSD and use that as the only storage drive, and maybe an i3 instead? Like which would create a smoother overall experience - or would the SSD being the only drive = too much wear and tear from writes?
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February 8, 2013 6:03:27 PM
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G2120 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($77.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($93.99 @ Adorama)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $355.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-08 15:01 EST-0500)
February 8, 2013 6:18:33 PM

blake1243 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.87 @ Compuvest)
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion ATX Mid Tower Case ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $444.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-08 14:33 EST-0500)

Since you won't need integrated graphics we can fit an i5 :) . Also i would really just get a 1tb drive, because there $10 more than the cheapest 320gb lol.


where is the memory?
February 8, 2013 6:40:06 PM

drunkducki said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G2120 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($77.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($58.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($93.99 @ Adorama)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $355.80
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-08 15:01 EST-0500)


Great looking build. I would go for this one. I would much rather spend the extra money on an SSD than the CPU. The G2120 should be more than enough.

You could maybe do better on the PSU. Here is a Bronze certified Seasonic for about $10 more:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you wanted to shave a few dollars off to keep this close to $350 you could get by with 4GB memory.
February 8, 2013 7:34:32 PM

Actually anywhere around the 350$ pricepoint is better since I'd still have to buy a copy of 64 bit win7. I'd spend the extra money for the better PSU since I tend to have bad luck with them
February 9, 2013 2:20:58 AM

The g2120 is a great CPU. But since your not gaming, i wonder if a quad core AMD like the 965 might benefit you more.
February 16, 2013 4:03:57 AM

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