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So, this really isn't meant for gaming, and no it won't play Crysis, but it can indeed encode audio & video, and well too I might add. The idea behind building an i3-2100 System is for other things, like HTPC, client boxes, or Kid's computers. Essentially I will shooting for < $400 here! So Let's see what I can come up with.

Intel Core i3-2100 (3.1 GHz) $125
ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $75
2 x 2 GB Crucial 1333 MHz RAM Memory Modules $38
Seagate 500 GB HDD 7200 RPM SATA III $40
LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner 24x $19
(Optional) Internal Media Card Reader $18
SeaSonic SS-350ET Bronze 350W ATX12V V2.31 80+ Bronze Cert. PSU - OEM $42
HEC 6T Series 6T18BB Black 0.6mm SECC MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case $25




Total Price (w/o Shipping or Taxes) = $382 ($364 w/o the Memory Card Reader)
(See notes in the threads below this one, if you have a MicroCenter near you, you can build this for about $300! w/ savings)

That's not a bad price for a pretty good Dual Core System with better than "onboard" graphics, sure it's not a gaming machine, but it can do almost anything else you want it to, and some light gaming too! But is it worth $382? You bet! Can you find it for less in the stores? Probably, but you don't want their Cheap Power Supplies, Motherboard (Often Biostar Board Inserted), and HDD do you? So if you want quality, build it yourself, always!

Add the cost of windows and this computer is gonna run you about $492 + Tax/Shipping etc.. ($410 +Tax if you have a MicroCenter Near You)

That's not bad for a quality desktop, though you can get cheaper, you know the quality is going to start to go down that route.

My conclusion is, the i3-2100 will be a great & cheap HTPC computer, or a computer for general purpose. Furthermore, because it can encode video & audio well, plays back video almost flawlessly, and is a very responsive computer, I think it's worth noting because of it's cost, overall it's an A+ Selection, for sure. The only con I have against the i3-2100 is it's not a quad core CPU, but with hyper-threading it at least isn't a pure dual core and can give a bit more performance than normal Dual Cores can deliver, and that's great, really.


FEEDBACK Appreciated...
Edited by _GTech - 8/12/11 at 6:15am
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Does KC stand for Kansas City? I'm only asking because Kansas City has a Microcenter and you could probably save alot on the i3/asus P8H61 combo compared to Newegg.

Their price on the I3-2100 is already $25 cheaper and they are running a special for $40 Off when you buy a 1155 cpu+motherboard:

http://www.microcenter.com/specials/...e40_promo.html

It would be pretty awesome if you could find enough cost savings to add a dedicated GPU to this <$300 build.
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Yes that stands for Kansas City, and yes, it's $25 Cheaper for the i3-2100 if you have a MicroCenter near you!
+ $40 off the Motherboard too! (Save $65 Total, YAY!) $300 w/o Media Card Reader, now that's a deal!

You don't really need a dedicated GPU, the integrated GPU in the CPU is good enough for everything but serious gaming, really it is, granted it's not awesome, but it's good enough. I can play some games believe it or not though. Besides if you really wanted to game seriously, you would want a Quad Core CPU & a real Graphics Card, at least GTS 450 or something better, but that would bump the price substantially. AnandTech really loved this CPU as well, here is AnandTech's Review, their verdict was: A Near Perfect HTPC!


Thanks for pointing those things out...
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Edited by _GTech - 8/12/11 at 6:06am
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Looks like a very nice build, especially with that price range. For the average person who doesn't game much, this would be a perfect build imo.
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If you have room in your budget I'd recommend switching the i3-2100 out for an i3-2105. The 2105 has the same clock speed and cache but it has HD Graphics 3000 while the 2100 has HD Graphics 2000. 3000 is about twice as powerful as 2000.

I think the price difference is about $20.
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You don't really need a dedicated GPU, the integrated GPU in the CPU is good enough for everything but serious gaming, really it is, granted it's not awesome, but it's good enough. I can play some games believe it or not though. Besides if you really wanted to game seriously, you would want a Quad Core CPU & a real Graphics Card, at least GTS 450 or something better, but that would bump the price substantially. AnandTech really loved this CPU as well, here is AnandTech's Review, their verdict was: A Near Perfect HTPC!


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Not really. Integrated gpu is garbage,and i3 is more then enough for decent gaming rig. All you have to do is put an 460 or 560 ti in there and it will play crysis or any other game except maybe bfbc2 or gtaIV which are very cpu intensive
So add about 200$ for gpu,and for $582 you have decent rig
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^ Odds are though, people who look for an <400 system budget range are not going to be focusing on gaming (Or can't really expect to in that range). That being said, my roomie plays most of his games (Including L4d2) on a older $50 card. If you wanted to add 50-70 bucks there are plenty of decent cards in that range that would handle average games that a non-gamer would toy with. I don't think that is the point of the build though, but its something.
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