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So, the scoop. A friend was talking about building herself a computer, and I offered assistance. She wanted to do a pre-built bundle deal, but I figured I could do her one better. So, I asked what she wanted:

She wants to have a Core i5 powering her system. I tried to debate this, AMD would make this easier, but this was a no go. As far as I know, she doesn't plan on OCing her system. She uses her computer for all the basic necessities of school, and she also currently enjoys playing The Sims and Roller Coaster Tycoon. She does not, and has no plans to, play any graphically intense game.

From what I gather, this system is going to be running for more than a couple of years. I think she is/was using a dinosaur of sorts, but her details are nil on the current system. I wanted to pick out parts that would not only suffice for what she is currently doing, but would be able to run what may interest her in a couple of years.

Here is what I have been able to do:

NewEgg wishlist

I would prefer if we stuck to only ordering from NewEgg, as this would make purchasing easier. I don't know the time frame for her purchase either, so if possible, avoiding limited tim deals would be superb.

... As I typed this out, I'm beginning to think that dropping the i5 down to one of the lower models, as well as switching to ATI, may be the easiest way to bring cost down. I'll wait to see what you guys think though!
 
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Yeah i would drop the cpu down a bit, at least not get the K version if no overclocking. I can play left 4 dead 2 on medium settings with the just onboard from my 2500k, and that is at 1920x1080. so money could be saved not even getting a video card. Then you could drop the power supply down near 300w or even less. imo the motherboard could be a bit overkill. i own that motherboard and from what you say about not gaming and not overclocking maybe a micro atx board would do. another concern of mine would be the ram. xmp profile usually works to get it to 1600 but it could cause instability and become a pain for her. Gskill has a some nice value series ram that can be run at 1333, 8-8-8-24. Just a few ideas wink.gif
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What worried me about staying with the IGP was "future-proofing" the system. I wanted to make sure that in the event that her usage did change down the road, she would be covered instead of searching for new options.

About the motherboard... I didn't think of dropping down to a mATX board to save on cost. That's an easy change, thanks!

edit: Looking into this, switching to a H67 mATX mobo does save $20, but she loses the ability to OC. I suppose that if I decide to drop the i5 down as well, this would be a nice combination savings. I'm going to leave both of them in the cart for now.

edit 2: Did some research, performance should be fine with a lower i5 and this board.

I have always bought G.Skill RAM, and the 1600 is only ~$8 more. I suppose, in a crunch, I could drop this, but for the moment, I don't see why I would.
Edited by stu. - 5/8/12 at 6:43pm
 
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When we drop the price of the board that much, how much do we suffer in terms of longevity? This is my biggest concern with these other options.
 
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yeah i understand, there are some different boards with better reviews for sure. really if she has the money to spend then get whatever you can to keep it future proof. it all depends on the money .
Good luck im gonna go watch deadliest catch tongue.gif
post #7 of 13
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Your help is much appreciated! I'm trying to keep the build cheap, but still supply a high quality system... which can be quite difficult apparently. I did switch to a Core i5 2300 and a mATX H67 board, which saved about $60 all together.

Currently at $760.87 after shipping. So close! However, I'm afraid that I may need to a purchase an OS as well... that's going to throw a wrench in this build.
Edited by stu. - 5/8/12 at 6:49pm
 
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I would go Ivy, 1TB, and MITX
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if you absolutely need to cut the budget by 12 bucks you can get a cheaper case, but i think having a very good light small case will allow it to be easily transported and avoid getting abused
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Is the IGP of Ivy Bridge going to be capable of running these games without a hitch? Also, I read that Sandy Bridge IGP suffered in regards to video playback (24hz), is this still an issue?
 
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I'd say opting for a 2400 is a good compromise. If she doesn't want to overclock, a K version is kind of a waste, but the plain 2500 doesn't save you much money.
If you want to save on a video card and go with integrated, try for an IB with HD 4000 graphics. It'll be a nice boost from HD 2/3000.
I know you said to avoid time dependent deals, but you can a 1080p monitor refurb for the same price. Link
As for motherboards, the difference between H61 and H67 is RAID support. I'm a fan of Asrock and Gigabyte.
The only other thing is the power supply. I'm not sure how much you need, but that's something you don't really want to cheap out on either.
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