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Hey everyone! I've been revising my budget build and here's the latest specs.

Its main use will be Internet surfing, photo editing, watching movies, but I also want it to be sorta futureproof (IvyBridge CPU upgrade later possibly).

No gaming, no overclock. Want a quiet system.

CPU: Here's where I'm having trouble deciding. These are my options:

G530, $49
G540, $58
G620, $70
G840, $82
G860, $95
i3-2100, $117

These aren't the exact prices I'll be paying (prob. lower), but the ratios should be accurate. Which one would you pick that is the best balance of performance/price/long-term relevancy?

Mobo: H67 board...any budget suggestions?

Memory: 4GB

GPU: on-board GPU

PSU: Neo Eco 400W

HDD: WD Blue 1 TB

SSD: none

DVD Drive: I have an old 52x CD-ROM drive I was thinking I could reuse in this build...do you still think it's necessary nowadays to have a DVD drive?

If so, I'll go for the LITE-ON IHAS524. Oh wait, I prob. need the DVD drive to install Windows anyway lol.

Case: Still deciding...feel free to suggest something cool-looking, but also provides good soundproof + cooling

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
    
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post #2 of 10
i3-2100 everyday of the week.
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post #3 of 10
just get the i3 2100 will be plenty for everything you need to do
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i3 will ensure future proofing to some degree. The rest are pretty dead CPU's.
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i3 will ensure future proofing to some degree. The rest are pretty dead CPU's.
How so? If the G530 is half the price he can always drop in a faster CPU if he wants. In most cases the G530 isn't that much slower than the i3.
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the i3 2100 is an AWESOME processor IMO. i built my friend a computer using that CPU and he loves it. the i3 2120 just got a price cut which makes it the same price as the 2100, but it is clocked higher. not sure if there are any other differences.
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This Article Goes well in the the G540's favour

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu...0_8.html#sect0
Edited by ehpexs - 10/24/11 at 5:26am
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MV-3V4G3D/US 480 GB Intel 730 SSD, 2TB WD black A bunch of Gentle Typhoons Win 8 64 bit 
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CROSSOVER 27Q LED-P CROSSOVER 27Q LED-P CROSSOVER 27Q LED-P LG 55" IPS TV 
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use this case



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129095

with the g540 cpu mentioned above.

profit
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Quote:
Originally Posted by adjas View Post
use this case



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129095

with the g540 cpu mentioned above.

profit
If you're looking for expansion in the future, do not go book-sized PC. Keep a normal computer, even a mATX mini tower would give you tremendously more expandability/future-proofing than an ITX PC would.
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i7 3770k Gigabyte Sniper M3 1155 mATX CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz 1TB WD RE4 
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2TB WD Red 2TB WD Red 4TB WD Red 4TB WD Red 
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1TB RE4 2x3TB WD Red LG 10x BD-R Corsair H80i w/push pull 
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Silverstone TJ08B-E R.A.T. 7 An ergonomic one 
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i7 3770k Gigabyte Sniper M3 1155 mATX CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz 1TB WD RE4 
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2TB WD Red 2TB WD Red 4TB WD Red 4TB WD Red 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by adjas View Post
use this case



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129095

with the g540 cpu mentioned above.

profit
Quote:
Originally Posted by CTRLurself [Knyte Custom] View Post
If you're looking for expansion in the future, do not go book-sized PC. Keep a normal computer, even a mATX mini tower would give you tremendously more expandability/future-proofing than an ITX PC would.
If we are branching this build out to include more components, to me Fractal Design Cases offer the best value for money when it comes to cheaper cases.

Depending on what size you what the Micro ATX case is $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811352009

And the ATX case is $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811352010

With both the price is also lower. Yes you can get better prices, but to me these represent the best value for money in this segment.

If you need to get a power supply get either an Antec Earthwatts or a Lower End Seasonic power supply. (Both are easily found on newegg.)

For harddrives, if you can try not to buy one right now. The prices are about 2x what that were a few weeks ago due to flooding and such.

With motherboards and ram, it depends on what you need. You can pick up MSI matx boards for under $50, ATX boards are a lot more expensive at about $100+.

Ram is a steal right now, spending on how much you need you should be paying $20/4GB (give or take depending on what you need.)
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Intel 3770k @ 4.5 GHz EVGA Z77 FTW Asus R9 290 Asus R9 290 
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MV-3V4G3D/US 480 GB Intel 730 SSD, 2TB WD black A bunch of Gentle Typhoons Win 8 64 bit 
MonitorMonitorMonitorMonitor
CROSSOVER 27Q LED-P CROSSOVER 27Q LED-P CROSSOVER 27Q LED-P LG 55" IPS TV 
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EVGA 1200watt Gold PSU Fractal Arc Midi  Rat 7 Big Steelseries One 
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Schiit Modi DAC Schiit Magni Headphone Amp DT 880 600 Ohm Headphones Fanatec H Shifter, Fanatec Clubsport Base, Fana... 
OtherOther
Rheosmart 6 Fan Controller G27 in holder 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Intel G1610 Asus P8B75-M LE Corsair ValueSelect 16GB 80 GB boot HDD, 25.64 TB Zfs Pool 
Optical DriveCoolingOSPower
DVD Writer Gentle Typhoons Arch Linux 64 bit Seasonic 640 watt 
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Fractal Define R2 Dell Perc H310 Raid Card NZXT| SENTRY MESH R Fan Controller 
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My Money Pit
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NAS
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel 3770k @ 4.5 GHz EVGA Z77 FTW Asus R9 290 Asus R9 290 
RAMHard DriveCoolingOS
MV-3V4G3D/US 480 GB Intel 730 SSD, 2TB WD black A bunch of Gentle Typhoons Win 8 64 bit 
MonitorMonitorMonitorMonitor
CROSSOVER 27Q LED-P CROSSOVER 27Q LED-P CROSSOVER 27Q LED-P LG 55" IPS TV 
MonitorMonitorMonitorKeyboard
24" LG IPS 24" LG IPS 24" LG IPS Das Ulimate S 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
EVGA 1200watt Gold PSU Fractal Arc Midi  Rat 7 Big Steelseries One 
AudioAudioAudioOther
Schiit Modi DAC Schiit Magni Headphone Amp DT 880 600 Ohm Headphones Fanatec H Shifter, Fanatec Clubsport Base, Fana... 
OtherOther
Rheosmart 6 Fan Controller G27 in holder 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Intel G1610 Asus P8B75-M LE Corsair ValueSelect 16GB 80 GB boot HDD, 25.64 TB Zfs Pool 
Optical DriveCoolingOSPower
DVD Writer Gentle Typhoons Arch Linux 64 bit Seasonic 640 watt 
CaseOtherOther
Fractal Define R2 Dell Perc H310 Raid Card NZXT| SENTRY MESH R Fan Controller 
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