Five Intel-Based Office PCs squared off in this quarter’s BestConfigs.
The reader poll ended in a near tie between mastrom101 and burritobob’s builds, but mastrom101’s Ivy Bridge-based Core i5 and 1866 MT/s RAM trump burritobob’s newer Core i3/1600 MT/s combo.
Congratulations to forum member mastrom101 for having his recommended build picked by the Tom's Hardware community this quarter!
The Intel-Based Office PC is once again geared more towards a quiet, energy-efficient office than its AMD counterpart. After all, the HD Graphics 4000 engine inside Intel's Core i5-3470 is plenty fast enough for Excel, right?
ASRock's B75M-DGS R2.0 keeps it all together with room for upgrades via a PCIe 3.0 slot.
The Core i5 is paired up with 8 GB of overclocked DDR3-1866 from Corsair.
The low-cost PNY XLR8 SSD provides a 120 GB speedy system drive, while a 500 GB 7200 RPM Hitachi hard drive packs plenty of storage space. Just two systems in and Corsair’s CX430 makes its second appearance in this quarter’s BestConfigs. This 80 PLUS Bronze-certified model is a favorite entry-level power supply.
The $500 data entry beast is sheathed in Cooler Master’s N200. Mastrom’s choice is squatter, and likely considered more office-appropriate than some of the gaming-oriented enclosures that were suggested. Asus' DRW-24B1ST fills in as the obligatory optical drive. That's a similar model as nix327 chose last quarter.
The total build price when originally configured by mastrom was $499.91. The current prices of mastrom101’s build can be found in the BestConfigs shopping tables.