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[Build Help] $575 Budget || Non-Gaming Computer || Asking for quick help!

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Let me first open with a statement of gratitude. I have come to these forums every time I was uncertain on a build order and have received excellent advice and criticisms. I cannot begin to thank everyone who contributes to this site that makes it what it is today.

I am inexperienced with budget and ultra-expensive builds. I openly admit this. I appreciate harsh criticisms and accept any useful tips or recommendations that are provided. You do not have to be kind or gentle with your suggestions.

Alright, on to my objective. I need to build a sub-$575 (maybe $600) build. This price is firm. If I could get it closer to $500, I would. The computer will be used for music composition (writing sheet music, not making music), e-mail, Facebook, & Skype. Nothing taxing or too demanding but with the caveat that the computer should be somewhat future-proof (as much as it can be for this price range). The person I am build a computer for only gets a new one every 6-8 years so it needs to be able to last for awhile.

I am fairly sure I want an H77 board with HD4000 Graphics (provided by the i3-3225) but other opinions are welcome. The use of an SSD is firm, the specific SSD is not. I would truly prefer a modular or semi-modular PSU with at least 80 PLUS Bronze certification. The keyboard and mouse must be included in the final budget and the keyboard selection is firm.

Almost everything else is open to debate and discussion. The urgency stems from the persons desire to place an order by Friday evening due to financial reasons.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3225 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($126.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI ZH77A-G43 LGA 1155 ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($92.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 400W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($53.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($19.96 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Microsoft Natural 4000 Wired Ergonomic Keyboard ($31.99 @ Adorama)
Mouse: Logitech G400 Wired Optical Mouse ($34.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $567.84
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-28 22:23 EDT-0400)

Let me say thank you in advance to anyone who contributes to, or even reads, this thread. I appreciate the time some of you take to help others and it does not go unnoticed.

Have a good day!
Edited by Xvelocity - 3/28/13 at 7:47pm
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Your wish list seems pretty good and well selected, though it's going to take a lot of taking care of and maintenance to keep it running for 6-8 years tongue.gif. Other then that it seems great. But if you would like a case that looks a bit cooler go for the Bitfenix Shinobi with Side Window . That's about $20 extra. If you need any extra help, just ask on this thread or PM me.

Hope this helped thumb.gif
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Actually, the core concept of your build is pretty solid, but I have a couple ideas.

First, I was thinking more along the line of perhaps a B75 board to go with that i3-3225. From the chart below (in spoilers), the only differences between the two chipsets (H77 vs B75) is that the H77 has 2 SATA-III ports + "Smart Response Technology" vs. 1 SATA-III port and no "SRT" for B75. SRT is largely useless, and this build only needs 1 SATA-III port for the SSD.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Also, I don't see the point in getting an aftermarket HSF for an i3. It can't be overclocked, and generally runs pretty cool. The stock cooler should be sufficient.

Anyhow, this build is based on dropping the HSF and moving down to a B75. With those savings, I managed to double the RAM from 4GB to 8GB (which will help long-term) as well as add a 1TB HDD for auxillary storage. To pull that off however, I had to use every penny in your maximum stated budget.

CPU: i3-3225 $127 @ NCIX US
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H $73 @ Newegg
RAM: Corsair Vengeance CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9 2x4GB DDR3-1600 $48 @ Amazon
SSD: Samsung 840 120GB $93 @ Amazon
HDD: WD Blue 1TB WD10EZEX $70 @ NCIX US
DVD: LG GH24NS95 $18 @ Newegg
PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 400w $54 @ Newegg
CASE: NZXT Source 220 $50 @ Amazon
KB: MS Natural 4000 $32 @ Adorama
MOUSE: Logitech G400 $35 @ Outlet PC

TOTAL: $600 even

I'm not an expert at mice, so I kept that model the same. The original case, PSU, and SSD you picked were all solid budget selections, thus I didn't see a need to change them either.
Edited by svenge - 3/29/13 at 2:02am
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