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Hello, I'm looking to buy an upgradable over time computer. A video card will be purchased later when I have the money. $500 was my absolute limit.

COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB

GIGABYTE GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3

Core i5 3.1hz
Edited by sbuck333 - 5/12/11 at 1:53pm
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As for the power supply it would probably start up and run that at stock clocks with no external graphics card and that's about all. The cx500 corsairs are about the same price with almost double the 12v amps.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139018

Hopefully this isn't replacing the system in your sig.
Edited by Hatfieco - 5/12/11 at 12:22pm
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Ok well....

Poor choice for the motherboard + cpu combo. No need for a $200 mobo for an i3. Go with something like this: ASUS P8H67-M LE for $104

HD: F3 1tb for: $65

Ram: Ripjaws 1600 cl9 1.5V Cheaper than the generic ram you linked: $40

CPU: If thats what you want then stick with the 2100: $125

PSU: Antec Earthwatts 500w For $70

Another option at psu is the Seasonic 520: for $80. Slightly better and just a personal preference if its worth the $10.

Total is at ~$400. That gives you ~$100 for a case that is mostly about personal preference. You might also need a dvd burner which will add ~$23. A nice case I recommend is the storm scout. Only $80 right now after promo code and free shipping...only $70 after mail in rebate also.
Edited by CRosko42 - 5/12/11 at 12:26pm
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Go with this or this. They are around the price of the Seasonic unit and have higher wattage. They are both decent units.
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x2 on the Samsung f3 HD
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Nah, its for family. I will definitely look into those psu's thanks very much.
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Yeah, definitely ditch that motherboard if your getting a locked i3. Get yourself an h67 board, it seems to fit your needs a bit better.
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Yeah, definitely ditch that motherboard if your getting a locked i3. Get yourself an h67 board, it seems to fit your needs a bit better.
Z68 does offer SSD caching which could be useful later on down the road if the OP decides to get a small SSD to pair with the HDD to speed up program response time and would be perfect for a family oriented computer, but I otherwise agree, there is no need for a $200 motherboard considering the rest of the rig.
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Get something other than asrock since they're not known to make very reliable boards. For the psu, you should get the ocz modxtreme 500w for $35 after MIR. Get i5-2400 it will perform much better than that i3. Get a cheaper mobo if you'd like to save more to put in a better cpu like i5 2400.
    
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Z68 does offer SSD caching which could be useful later on down the road if the OP decides to get a small SSD to pair with the HDD to speed up program response time and would be perfect for a family oriented computer, but I otherwise agree, there is no need for a $200 motherboard considering the rest of the rig.
If OP does feel that way, there are much cheaper z68 boards out there. Like this one for example.
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