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Old 05-23-2011, 05:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Building new computer, suggestions?

My uncle is in dire need of a new computer, but doesn't have a lot of money to spend.

I told him I would price out a computer for me to build for him.. how does it look?

Let me know if you see any incompatibilities or if you know a better part for the same price or cheaper.

Mobo:
- Newegg.com - ASRock H61M-VS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Processor:
- Newegg.com - Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz 2 x 256KB L2 Cache 3MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I32100

Graphics Card:
- Newegg.com - HIS H467QR1GH Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Power Supply:
- Newegg.com - Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Ram:
- Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK

Case:
- Newegg.com - Rosewill CHALLENGER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 140mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan

Already have a hard drive for him to use so skipped that. Price comes out to be $396 with Shipping.

Thanks for your help!
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Default Re: Building new computer, suggestions?

Everything looks fine, but you could save a lot of money and gain much performance with AMD. I'll let Trotter get this one.
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Here's some savings:
1x AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX
1x BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard


The CPU is potentially unlockable to a quad. The motherboard has an ATI Radeon HD 4250 which will handle casual games and older titles decently (about equal to a 9600GT) so you could probably get away with dropping the video card unless he is a gamer. If he IS a gamer then take the savings and go with a beefier card.

You didn't specify whether the hard drive he has is SATA or ATA/IDE. The board I linked to will handle either. It can also unlock cores and has VGA, DVI, and HDMI ports so he could use either a monitor or TV with it.
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What will he be using the computer for? If he's not a gamer you won't need a video card with that motherboard and CPU. And you can always buy one later if he wants to upgrade.
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