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I was tasked with building a PC for my brother in law's church for very basic tasks. It really needs to do a few main things, support a 1024x768 projector, two monitors, and not crash in the middle of service like the current one does
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. The budget is tight ($500-600) but again it doesn't need to be a powerhouse.

What I'm currently set on but I can be swayed...

FX6300
GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 (lacks sata 6.0 which sucks)
8GB of DDR3
240GB PNY SSD
Nvidia 2GB 740 GPU (cheapest card that supports 3 displays)
Windows 8.1

Motherboard must be micro ATX and the AMD micro ATX selection is terrible. This is one reason I'm considering an i3 system.

Thanks in advance for your input.
 

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Well the lack of quality micro ATX AMD boards was a big turn off and I didn't want to go the FM2 route so here's what I ended up with...

1 x ($124.99) Intel Core i3-4160 Haswell Dual-Core 3.6GHz L $124.99
1 x ($99.99) Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit - OEM $99.99
1 x ($89.99) PNY Optima SSD7SC240GOPT-RB 2.5" 240GB SATA III In $89.99
1 x ($84.99) MSI N740-2GD3 GeForce GT 740 Graphic Card - 1006 M $84.99
1 x ($76.99) G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR $76.99
1 x ($69.99) ASRock H97M Anniversary LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SA $69.99
1 x ($41.99) SilverStone PRECISION Series PS09B Black Steel / P $41.99
1 x ($29.99) EVGA 100-W1-0430-KR 430W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS C $29.99
1 x ($19.99) SAMSUNG DVD Burner 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL - OEM $19.99
1 x (($38.50)) DISCOUNT FOR PROMOTION CODES($38.50)

4 promo codes almost knocked off $40 so that was a huge plus.
 

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Build a G3258 based system.

Also, you won't notice the difference between sata 2 and 3 with what you'll be doing. I own an 78LMT-USB3 and I love it (even though I'm not using it)
 

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Why go with 740 ?
i3 itself already has support for 3 displays, so no need for a dedicated gpu.
Also you can easily get away with a cheapish h81 mobo and 4GB of ram. More ram and better mobo absolutly wont make a difference for a given workload (hell, if it wasnt for 3 displays, you could easily grab something j1900 based).
 

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Build a G3258 based system.

Also, you won't notice the difference between sata 2 and 3 with what you'll be doing. I own an 78LMT-USB3 and I love it (even though I'm not using it)
With Sata 4th gen on the horizon, I didn't want to be 2 generations out of date with a brand new computer. The G3258 is priced nicely but I won't be overclocking since stability is #1 priority here.
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Originally Posted by hojnikb View Post

Why go with 740 ?
i3 itself already has support for 3 displays, so no need for a dedicated gpu.
Also you can easily get away with a cheapish h81 mobo and 4GB of ram. More ram and better mobo absolutly wont make a difference for a given workload (hell, if it wasnt for 3 displays, you could easily grab something j1900 based).
I still like the idea of a dedicated card for a media machine. H81 boards are pretty low end and to go with that Z97 board was only $10-20 more. A no brainer imo.
 
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