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help: 400-500 build for a friend

post #1 of 5
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my friend needs a computer for everyday task and asked me to build a computer for him
budget is $400-$500

i just put somethin together really quick... if u guys can help improve it (price/performance)

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core
$120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115078

GIGABYTE GA-H61M-D2P-B3 LGA 1155 Intel H61
$80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128482

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit
$35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231190

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-520 520W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified
$55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371047

SAPPHIRE 100292DDR3L Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP
$40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102882

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5"
$60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148697

Antec Three Hundred
$60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129042

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner
$23
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151235



total is ~$450 after rebates
May 2011
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500K @ 4.3 GHz ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) SLI Galaxy GTX 460 768MB G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) 
CoolingOSPowerCase
CM Hyper 212 Plus Windows 7 SeaSonic X X650 Gold CM Storm Scout 
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May 2011
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Intel i5 2500K @ 4.3 GHz ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) SLI Galaxy GTX 460 768MB G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) 
CoolingOSPowerCase
CM Hyper 212 Plus Windows 7 SeaSonic X X650 Gold CM Storm Scout 
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post #2 of 5
Looks good except get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1tb quick reliable and cheap! I wouldnt touch seagateright now.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185
My System
(18 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 4960X IV-E @4.7GHz/1.35v ASUS Sabertooth X79 Aorus GTX 1080 Ti 11G Corsair Dominator Plat. 32GB DDR3 2400Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
750GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD Seagate Firecuda 2TB SSHD Corsair H100i v2 w/ GT AP-15's Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 34UM88C-P Logitech G810 Corsair HX850W Pro Series Corsair 750D 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G900 Logitech Hard Pad Creative SB X-Fi Titanium HD  Corsair SP2500 2.1 Speaker System 
AudioOther
Sennheiser HD 598 NZXT Hue+ 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 4960X IV-E @4.7GHz/1.35v ASUS Sabertooth X79 Aorus GTX 1080 Ti 11G Corsair Dominator Plat. 32GB DDR3 2400Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
750GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD Seagate Firecuda 2TB SSHD Corsair H100i v2 w/ GT AP-15's Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 34UM88C-P Logitech G810 Corsair HX850W Pro Series Corsair 750D 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Logitech G900 Logitech Hard Pad Creative SB X-Fi Titanium HD  Corsair SP2500 2.1 Speaker System 
AudioOther
Sennheiser HD 598 NZXT Hue+ 
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post #3 of 5
i dont think you need that much power, back down to 430w? also ^ i agree
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(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k Asrock p67 extreme4 saphire 6870 ripjaws X 1600mhz 8gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
seagate 250gb 5400rpm vertex 3 max iops hp dvdrw cooler master v8 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
win7 Acer s230hl logitech k350 corsair tx650 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
nzxt m59 logitech m510 wowpad microthin jbl audio stereo speakers 
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facebook machine
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k Asrock p67 extreme4 saphire 6870 ripjaws X 1600mhz 8gb 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
seagate 250gb 5400rpm vertex 3 max iops hp dvdrw cooler master v8 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
win7 Acer s230hl logitech k350 corsair tx650 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
nzxt m59 logitech m510 wowpad microthin jbl audio stereo speakers 
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post #4 of 5

Might be able to work around this bundle deal:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...t=Combo.687210

Not liking the stock PSU in the case, but it'll probably be fine for that video card.

Much rather suggest the Samsung F3 1TB drive too.

But the bundle is cheap.

Otherwise, I find this to be a better improvement:

CASE:


CPU+MOBO: Intel Core i3 2100 + GIGABYTE GA-H67M-D2-B3
RAM: G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430
GPU: SAPPHIRE 100289VGAL Radeon HD 5670
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST

~$480
Edited by Tig Ol Bitties - 7/18/11 at 7:09pm
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 2500K @ 4.6GHz 1.34v Asus P8P67 B3 2GB XFX Radeon 6950 (Shaders Unlocked 880/1375) 8GB G Skill Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB Samsung F3, 2TB WD Green Asus DRW-1814BLT Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Westinghouse LVM-37W3 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse Corsair HX650W Cooler Master Stacker STC-T01 Logitech G5 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 2500K @ 4.6GHz 1.34v Asus P8P67 B3 2GB XFX Radeon 6950 (Shaders Unlocked 880/1375) 8GB G Skill Ripjaws 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB Samsung F3, 2TB WD Green Asus DRW-1814BLT Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Westinghouse LVM-37W3 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse Corsair HX650W Cooler Master Stacker STC-T01 Logitech G5 
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post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
thanks for the help guys... is there a better processor/MB combo on this budget?
maybe the AMD fusion?

im gonna try to get him to spend a little extra for a 2500k
May 2011
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500K @ 4.3 GHz ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) SLI Galaxy GTX 460 768MB G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) 
CoolingOSPowerCase
CM Hyper 212 Plus Windows 7 SeaSonic X X650 Gold CM Storm Scout 
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May 2011
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500K @ 4.3 GHz ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3) SLI Galaxy GTX 460 768MB G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2x4GB) 
CoolingOSPowerCase
CM Hyper 212 Plus Windows 7 SeaSonic X X650 Gold CM Storm Scout 
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