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Hello everyone. I've been helping a local firm build new machines for their employees and I was hoping to get a little feedback and some suggestions to other options. I went through the part picker and selected what I've been using for builds.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($118.79 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($66.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($58.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Cooler Master Centurion 5 ATX Mid Tower Case ($60.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($62.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($135.62 @ Outlet PC)
Other: Rosewill NEC 4+1 Port USB 2.0 PCI Card ($8.99)
Total: $561.31
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-13 11:20 EST-0500)

There are a few changes that I've made recently because I normally order everything from Newegg. Recently though, they have been out of the Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D power supply that I normally prefer to use, so I switched to the PC Power & Cooling model. Also they have recently been out of stock with the Antec 300 Steel Case, which I prefer over the Centurion. Basically I'm just looking for suggestions for a law office environment. I know that 500GB drives might be overkill, but it's relatively cheap, so why not.

Ideally I would like to keep the total right around $550-$590 out the door. Again, with Newegg being the primary vendor.
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  1. Check my office Build at my blog (address is in my signature, look the 500$ all in one PC)

    If you want to save some money tell me so I can made changes according to your needs!
  2. I would change the APU with either

    AMD A8-5500 Trinity 3.2GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7560D AD5500OKHJBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113288

    or

    AMD A8-5600K Trinity 3.6GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7560D AD560KWOHJBOX

    the memory with

    Kingston HyperX XMP Blu Red Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX16C9B1RK2/8X
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104339

    and either leave the SSD or add a smaller one just for OS

    Kingston SSDNow V300 Series SV300S37A/60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820721106
  3. michxymi,

    I think you responded to the wrong thread. I'm not using AMD APUs or an SSD.
  4. btw is it by purpose you pick old sandy i3?
    we all know ivy i3 is better and has similar price
  5. deedubbadoo said:
    michxymi,

    I think you responded to the wrong thread. I'm not using AMD APUs or an SSD.


    In the build I told you to look up I have used AMD's APU and a SSD. I just give you some suggestions on how to make it cheaper without loosing perfomance :p
  6. AMD Radeon said:
    btw is it by purpose you pick old sandy i3?
    we all know ivy i3 is better and has similar price


    It isn't just a mistake on my part.
  7. michxymi said:
    In the build I told you to look up I have used AMD's APU and a SSD. I just give you some suggestions on how to make it cheaper without loosing perfomance :p


    Ahh sorry about that michxymi! I didn't click through your link yet.
  8. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($22.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill RANGER-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Other: Rosewill NEC 4+1 Port USB 2.0 PCI Card ($8.99)
    Total: $566.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-13 12:03 EST-0500)

    switch i3 and mobo to newest generation
    get 1x4GB ram to leave room for upgrade (mobo has only 2 slots ram)
    for office, it is important to use microATX compact size case
    and i add an SSD for better multitasking, open/close programs+files :)
  9. AMD Radeon said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($22.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Rosewill RANGER-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Other: Rosewill NEC 4+1 Port USB 2.0 PCI Card ($8.99)
    Total: $566.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-13 12:03 EST-0500)

    switch i3 and mobo to newest generation
    get 1x4GB ram to leave room for upgrade (mobo has only 2 slots ram)
    for office, it is important to use microATX compact size case
    and i add an SSD for better multitasking, open/close programs+files :)


    That build looks pretty good AMD Radeon! My only concern is with the case. Since this is a law office, I try to shy away from a case with lights. Do you know if the lights can be disabled? If not, I could always try and find another case for around the same price.
  10. as you wish
  11. Best answer
    swap the case with fractal design core 1000

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($22.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Other: Rosewill NEC 4+1 Port USB 2.0 PCI Card ($8.99)
    Total: $576.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-13 12:28 EST-0500)
  12. AMD Radeon said:
    swap the case with fractal design core 1000

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($61.97 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($22.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: A-Data Premier Pro SP600 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($59.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($49.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Other: Rosewill NEC 4+1 Port USB 2.0 PCI Card ($8.99)
    Total: $576.87
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-13 12:28 EST-0500)


    Thanks for all of the help AMD Radeon! The Fractal case does make a huge difference. I have one more machine to build with my current parts but moving forward, I will switch to this new setup. I love the inclusion of the SSD too. I've been thinking about integrating them somehow. I think it will make quite a difference in speeds.

    Thanks again!
  13. Best answer selected by deedubbadoo.
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