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Intel-Based Office PC

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 1866MT/s RAM trump burritobob’s newer Core i3/1600MT/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 8GB of overclocked DDR3-1866 from Corsair.

The low-cost PNY XLR8 SSD provides a 120GB speedy system drive, while a 500GB 7200RPM Hitachi hard drive packs plenty of storage space. We're 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 mastrom101 was $499.91. The current prices of his machine can be found in the BestConfigs shopping tables.

  • Dark Lord of Tech
    That's a nice budget build.
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  • antemon
    now I'll admit that I'm no expert, since I'm not in any way shape or form, but wtf?

    The office PC has a better GPU than the HTPC? Flashy case for office use. I get that the CX430 is used here since it's a solid PSU, but branded memory?

    1000USD for 'budget' gaming builds? you should at least aim to be a little closer to console prices since we're talking about budget gaming
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  • Hutchinman
    The total for the budget based AMD gaming system is wrong. There is no way in hell Amazon is selling the MSI Twin Frozr 7950 for $105.

    Your system mistakenly links the Amazon page for the MSI AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB. Fix your system Tom's.
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  • budget creep strikes again.

    Is it still a budget PC if it can max out every game you own at 1080p? if it costs a lot of money (relative to the gaming market) and places well in the top 10% of peers?
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  • lancelot123
    What in the hell happened to the prices for the Intel Office PC? Says it was originally built for $500, but now it is saying $714. That is a HUGE difference. Not even sure what would be discounted, especially by that amount, unless the CPU was free.
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  • Drejeck
    Office PC like that impacts a lot on power consumption, assumed your office goes a lot away from just excel, java-browser administration tools, powerpoint and the likes. That AMD office build is more like a budget multimedia machine with gaming purpose. The HTPC obviously suffer from the case price and thus goes with a lower performance videocard.
    All builds underestimated SSDs and had just an HDD.
    Ok, I get this. There are a lot of hardware prejudices.
    DVD burners in 2013? From what country are you? I spent 4000 euros on my PC and the Asus BD usb3 I got came 6 months later...
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  • Sangeet Khatri
    In the Bugdet AMD Based Gaming PC. I would have the || Asrock Extreme 3 board + Corsair 300R + 128GB SSD with a 3GB 7970 || from my build as compared to the || Asrock Pro 3 + Rosewill Case + No SSD with 770 2GB ||

    Also most games now are starting to push more than 2GB VRAM. Hence this is where the extra 1GB RAM of the 7970 would be much more useful.

    Just an opinion..
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  • cats_Paw
    MixroATX gaming section:
    40% people chose "AMD" Radeons build... wich happens to use.... an INTEL! :D.

    Toms is starting to be my favorite humor page.
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  • bemused_fred
    12078455 said:
    The total for the budget based AMD gaming system is wrong. There is no way in hell Amazon is selling the MSI Twin Frozr 7950 for $105.

    Your system mistakenly links the Amazon page for the MSI AMD Radeon HD 7770 1GB. Fix your system Tom's.

    Ha ha! Now's my chance!

    12079601 said:
    Also most games now are starting to push more than 2GB VRAM. Hence this is where the extra 1GB RAM of the 7970 would be much more useful.


    2GB seemed to be fine for 2550x1600 in the gtx 770 review.

    'Grats on your entries, BTW!
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  • Yuka
    An office PC would rather have a discrete Video card than an SSD or some HDDs in RAID 0 or 1? For real?

    Other than that, pretty standard choices, which makes them good choices, I guess.

    Cheers!
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