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New work PC - Budget $350-$400

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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  1. 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.
  2. 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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    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)
  4. 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?
  5. 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=N82E16817151085

    If you wanted to shave a few dollars off to keep this close to $350 you could get by with 4GB memory.
  6. Actually anywhere around the 350$ 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
  7. 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.
  8. Best answer selected by Claimintru.
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