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Hi guys. Due to some unfortunate events my cousin is in need of a new PC. It will be used mainly for web surfing and word processing but I would also like to have some room to upgrade if needed. I have a fair amount of experience building computers (including the one in my signature) but I would still love some advice/suggestions as to what parts should be included. I am very partial to Intel CPUs.

She already has a decent Samsung monitor, keyboard and mouse so I do not need to worry about any of that. Here is what I have in my Newegg (I am willing to use Amazon too) shopping cart right now...

CPU
Intel Core i3-3225 Ivy Bridge 3.3GHz LGA 1155 - $114.99 (combo with case)

Mobo
GIGABYTE GA-H61M-HD2 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS - $54.99
or
GIGABYTE GA-B75M-HD3 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard (though it has some bad reviews) - $69.99

Case
Cooler Master N300 - Mid Tower Computer Case with Meshed Front Panel - $49.99

OS
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - $99.99

HDD
Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - $74.98 (combo with DVD drive)

DVD Drive
LG 24X DVD Burner - Bare Drive Black SATA Model GH24NS95

Wireless card
Rosewill N900PCE Wireless N Dual Band PCI Express Adapter - $33.99

A few notes:
I have a Corsair HX750 (overkill I know but it saves $), 2x4 GB Kingston HyperX RAM, and an Intel 520 series 120GB SSD sitting around that will also be included. Combo deals include case/CPU and HDD/DVD drive. I realize one of the mobos does not include any SATA III ports or USB 3.0. I do not really care about USB 3.0 for this build. Not sure if it is worth the extra $ for a mobo with SATA III or not. I am most concerned about the mobo.

Thanks for the help! Please let me know if you need any clarifications.
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4G Corsair Vengeance 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samung 830 Pro SSD Samsung 840 EVO SSD Western Digital Caviar Blue Sony DVD 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
5 case fans  2 CPU fans Windows 10 64bit Asus PB278Q 1440p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated keyboard Corsair HX1050 Cooler Master HAF 912 Logitech G700S 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Black Yahmaha AV receiver Polk Audio 5.1 Audio-Technica ATH-M50x 
CPUGraphicsRAMOS
Intel Core 2 Duo Nvidia GeForce 9400M 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 OS X 10.9.2 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4G Corsair Vengeance 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samung 830 Pro SSD Samsung 840 EVO SSD Western Digital Caviar Blue Sony DVD 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
5 case fans  2 CPU fans Windows 10 64bit Asus PB278Q 1440p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated keyboard Corsair HX1050 Cooler Master HAF 912 Logitech G700S 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Black Yahmaha AV receiver Polk Audio 5.1 Audio-Technica ATH-M50x 
CPUGraphicsRAMOS
Intel Core 2 Duo Nvidia GeForce 9400M 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 OS X 10.9.2 
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Looks like you're pretty close on what you will need. No, you don't "need" SATA III and the only time you'd see a difference is with a RAID setup for your transfer speeds. Below would be my suggestions which aren't much different than your original direction but I did include a couple upgrades for more/faster storage and a bit faster processor.

PCPartPicker part list / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3240 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($117.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.19 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: Rosewill N900PCE 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $442.57
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-21 15:03 EDT-0400)
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Thank you very much for your suggestions, BYOGamingPC.

I have very little experience with wireless network cards and the different types of PCI slots so forgive me if this is a stupid question. Will the wireless network card work with the mobo you suggested? It looks like it can only fit in the smaller PCI-E slots like those on the GIGABYTE GA-H61M-HD2.

Thanks again for the help!
 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4G Corsair Vengeance 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samung 830 Pro SSD Samsung 840 EVO SSD Western Digital Caviar Blue Sony DVD 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
5 case fans  2 CPU fans Windows 10 64bit Asus PB278Q 1440p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated keyboard Corsair HX1050 Cooler Master HAF 912 Logitech G700S 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Black Yahmaha AV receiver Polk Audio 5.1 Audio-Technica ATH-M50x 
CPUGraphicsRAMOS
Intel Core 2 Duo Nvidia GeForce 9400M 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 OS X 10.9.2 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-3570K ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming 4G Corsair Vengeance 1866 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samung 830 Pro SSD Samsung 840 EVO SSD Western Digital Caviar Blue Sony DVD 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
5 case fans  2 CPU fans Windows 10 64bit Asus PB278Q 1440p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Illuminated keyboard Corsair HX1050 Cooler Master HAF 912 Logitech G700S 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Black Yahmaha AV receiver Polk Audio 5.1 Audio-Technica ATH-M50x 
CPUGraphicsRAMOS
Intel Core 2 Duo Nvidia GeForce 9400M 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 OS X 10.9.2 
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I built a new workstation for my wife several months ago using the exact same i3 CPU. I went with the Gigabyte H77N-WiFi mini-ITX MoBo. You won't need a separate WiFi card and the price point is almost equal given that. I went with a passively cooled Lian Li PC-Q27 case and it has a really small footprint on her desk. Picture of the build and specs are HERE.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-4790k  ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2 ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX 16GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
256 GB Samsung 850 PRO WD 2TB Caviar Black Noctua NH U12S Win8.1 
MonitorPowerCase
NEC MultiSynch P221W SeaSonic G 650 Fractal Design Define R5 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Intel i3-3225 Gigabyte H77N-WiFi 4GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 1600 120 GB Samsung EVO 840 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB WD Blue LG Blue Ray DVD Reader Noctua NH-L9i Win7 
KeyboardPowerCase
Logitech K-400 Seasonic G360 Lian Li PC Q-27B 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7-4790k  ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2 ASUS GTX 960 2GB STRIX 16GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
256 GB Samsung 850 PRO WD 2TB Caviar Black Noctua NH U12S Win8.1 
MonitorPowerCase
NEC MultiSynch P221W SeaSonic G 650 Fractal Design Define R5 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Intel i3-3225 Gigabyte H77N-WiFi 4GB Crucial Ballistix Tactical DDR3 1600 120 GB Samsung EVO 840 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
500GB WD Blue LG Blue Ray DVD Reader Noctua NH-L9i Win7 
KeyboardPowerCase
Logitech K-400 Seasonic G360 Lian Li PC Q-27B 
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Thank you very much for your suggestions, BYOGamingPC.

I have very little experience with wireless network cards and the different types of PCI slots so forgive me if this is a stupid question. Will the wireless network card work with the mobo you suggested? It looks like it can only fit in the smaller PCI-E slots like those on the GIGABYTE GA-H61M-HD2.

Thanks again for the help!

It wasn't a stupid question but yes, it will work with that motherboard.
post #6 of 6
AlanG's suggestion is a winner IMO. You get a nicer quality board with Wifi built in and the opportunity to shrink the build down. I just used giga's FM2+ ITX+wifi board (similar) and it is proving to be very nice.
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 990X EVO R2.0 Sparkle GTX460 768MB ballistix tactical 2 x 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Toshiiba THNSNH 256GB Enterprise RE3 1TB Asus BD combo drive Artic A30 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Manjaro Linux Samsung 21.5" LCD E2009WFP E2009WFP 
PowerCase
Seasonic G 550W Modular Fractal Design Core 3500 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-6300, 4.7 GHZ@1.43V GA-970A-UD3P GTX 460 768MB Mixed DIMMs. 2x4GB + 2x8GB @ 1600-8-8-8 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Toshiba THNSNH 19nm 256GB 1TB Spinpoint F3 WD RE3 1TB WD RE3 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
yes CM Seidon 120V SolydK OpenSuse 13.1 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Linux Mint 9-32 bit // Linux Mint 17-64 bit  Manjaro Xfce Samsung 21.5" HannsG 21.5" sideways! 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Sticky ATNG Rosewill Green 630W NZXT Gamma Basic Microsoft corded 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A10-6800k 4.8GHZ @ 1.375V, 1.2GHZ iGPU Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI HD8670D Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate ST1000DM003 Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Zalman CNPS5X Linux Mint 15 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG IPS224V-PN Logitec K360 FSP 400W Aurum S 80+ gold Prodigy 
Mouse
logitec M235 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 990X EVO R2.0 Sparkle GTX460 768MB ballistix tactical 2 x 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Toshiiba THNSNH 256GB Enterprise RE3 1TB Asus BD combo drive Artic A30 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Manjaro Linux Samsung 21.5" LCD E2009WFP E2009WFP 
PowerCase
Seasonic G 550W Modular Fractal Design Core 3500 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-6300, 4.7 GHZ@1.43V GA-970A-UD3P GTX 460 768MB Mixed DIMMs. 2x4GB + 2x8GB @ 1600-8-8-8 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Toshiba THNSNH 19nm 256GB 1TB Spinpoint F3 WD RE3 1TB WD RE3 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
yes CM Seidon 120V SolydK OpenSuse 13.1 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Linux Mint 9-32 bit // Linux Mint 17-64 bit  Manjaro Xfce Samsung 21.5" HannsG 21.5" sideways! 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Sticky ATNG Rosewill Green 630W NZXT Gamma Basic Microsoft corded 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A10-6800k 4.8GHZ @ 1.375V, 1.2GHZ iGPU Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI HD8670D Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate ST1000DM003 Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Zalman CNPS5X Linux Mint 15 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG IPS224V-PN Logitec K360 FSP 400W Aurum S 80+ gold Prodigy 
Mouse
logitec M235 
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