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I am in the process of designing a home-office PC for my dad. His criteria and usage stats are as follows:

  • He wants it to be FAST. He hates it when computers get slow. (He approved usage of SSD to further this goal)
  • He currently uses ~80gb
  • He typically uses the computer to surf the internet, stream videos, listen to iTunes, do basic Microsoft Office work, keep track of business and personal financial records, etc.


Current Setup:

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Processor: Intel Pentium G860 Sandy Bridge
Motherboard: ASUS P8B75-V LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG 840 Pro Series MZ-7PD256BW 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT
Optical Drive: SAMSUNG DVD Burner SATA Model SH-224BB - OEM
PSU: CORSAIR CX430M 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
post #2 of 25
What's the budget of the build? Shouldn't be a bad machine at all for it's intended purposes.
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get a quad core if you can afford it. and 8GBs of ram. no custom built PC today should come with anything less then 8GBs
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I swore I read 8GB of ram lol, yea definitely no savings in sticking with 4GB, 8GB is cheap.

Edit: this kit should be good and cheap.

Edit 2: Also there is a deal on a decent Cooler Master Elite 310 ATX case on tiger direct currently $10 AMIR.
Edited by xyexz - 2/23/13 at 10:54am
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Originally Posted by xyexz View Post

What's the budget of the build? Shouldn't be a bad machine at all for it's intended purposes.

No solid budget, he's letting me figure it out first and then he can make adjustments as necessary. Let's try and keep it under $600 after shipping.

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Originally Posted by jrl1357 View Post

get a quad core if you can afford it. and 8GBs of ram. no custom built PC today should come with anything less then 8GBs

My gaming computer doesn't even use more than 3gb when not in a game. I doubt he'd be using that much. I guess I can order a quantity of two on the RAM in my list if it's really necessary. I can double up on that dual channel kit without a problem, right?
post #6 of 25
It's the fact that windows uses the ram for other things and it'll save on caching etc, what OS are you running?

You could double up on the ram but the motherboard maxes out on 32GB, I'd get a 2 x 4GB kit and leave room later for upgrades.
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I would get one of the quicker core i3s for this build.
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post #8 of 25
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It's the fact that windows uses the ram for other things and it'll save on caching etc, what OS are you running?

You could double up on the ram but the motherboard maxes out on 32GB, I'd get a 2 x 4GB kit and leave room later for upgrades.

Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Ultimate, as I have access to both CDs. Also, there's no point in me spending extra money on 1600mhz RAM as the processor only has a 1333mhz memory bus - it can't support 1600mhz. I'd need a minimum of an i3 to get 1600 RAM
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Well I was thinking of future upgrades since the price difference is so little, ultimately it's up to you, I'm just giving you recommendations since that's what you asked for wink.gif
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I would get one of the quicker core i3s for this build.

It honestly wouldn't buy much of anything over additional cost and better 3d performance which OP isn't after.

http://cpuboss.com/cpus/Intel-Pentium-G860-vs-Intel-Core-i3-2100

Edit: I'm using a G550 in a htpc build that sees some light usage with office doc reading, browsing youtube, ocn etc and it's perfect for the basic user. It runs XBMC as well on iGPU and provides full playback of bluray rips and other various formats without a hitch, uses about 10-20% cpu at most during these activities.
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