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Old 12-16-2012, 05:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A girl from work bought this HP HP Pavilion p7 1451 Desktop Computer with Next Gen AMD A10 Accelerated Processor by Office Depot for her boyfriend for Christmas. She mentioned he will be playing Diablo 3. I told her to go and return that and let me build her a PC instead. She eventually gave in and I came up with this build. She paid $599.99 for the HP, but is ok with going up to $650

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Case: Antec 300 - Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

PSU: OCZ PowerXstream 600w - Newegg.com - OCZ ModXStream Pro 600W Modular High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

CPU: Intel i3-2100 - Newegg.com - Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100

Mobo: ASRock Z75 Pro3 - Newegg.com - ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155 Intel Z75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

RAM: G.Skill 8GB - Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL

HDD: Samsung 1TB - Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST1000DM005/HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Vid: HD7850 - Newegg.com - MSI R7850 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Burner: CD/DVD - Newegg.com - LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - CD / DVD Burners

How does that look?

Money is slightly tight for my friend, so shaving off even a few dollars is what she wants to do.

1. I went with the i3-2100 instead of the 3220 because of the $15 off promo that comes with the 2100. Bad idea? Should I just go with 3220 because it is a newer gen and slightly faster?
2. Go with the PSU above or go with this instead? Newegg.com - CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
3. Are the 300 still a good way to go? Or is there a better cheaper alternative? Maybe the NZXT Source 220?

System will be used on a 27" Samsung with 1920x1080 resolution.

Main game will be Diablo 3 for now. But he does like other games like Skyrim.
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Go with the 3220 instead since you are going with an i3.

I would drop the board down to a B75 to lower the price a tad.
Newegg.com - ASRock B75M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Then get this PSU in its place.
Newegg.com - SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

I would also spend a tad more and grab the GTX 660 instead as well.
Newegg.com - EVGA 02G-P4-2660-KR GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

The Corsair 200r seems like a better deal than the 300 these days.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Whats the point in getting such a big hard drive? I don't know anyone who comes close to using a TB. I'd grab a small SSD instead and add in a cheap HDD for storage if you need it.

Would you say that PSU is a better option than the Corsair TX650? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139020

I'm personaly going with this motherboard over the pro 3. Nothing special, but has most likely everything you need and better reviews. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157303

And heres a pretty good case with usb 3.0, could save ya $20.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811553003
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You now know somebody who uses that much space and much more. Oh yea, I should mention that 2 of my 1TB drives that are full aren't hooked up due to lack of space in this case. They are still in my server case.

I wouldn't say it's a better option, but similar. Seasonic makes the guts of the TX650.

I went with everything I mentioned in my post to save some cash to get the better CPU, PSU, and GPU in regards to dropping some other things such as the motherboard. While still maintaining quality parts.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Holy jigaboo ***.. Thats crazy!

I can't say many people will have that much storage.. 240gb is actually more than enough for me
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I have 2TB of stuff in my rig, but I use mine as my media server as well.
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