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Old 10-02-2012, 11:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all
First time computer builder here looking for opinions.
I am most interested in longevity and the ability to upgrade piece by piece in the future.
I will use this computer for light photo editing and large quantity storage of photos, duplicating and storing large quantities of both audio and video, YouTube, I-Tunes, Google Earth, News and Weather , General Web Surfing, and so on.
I have already gone over my intended budget, but am fine with that if the quality is worth the money.
Right now I am at almost $900.00
So here is what I have chosen, and would like to know what you think, good, bad, and the ugly.
Also is this everything I will need or have I missed something?
I will not need a Monitor, Keyboard or Mouse.
One other question is will the Intel HD Graphics 2500 in the CPU do what I have described, or will I need a GPU?
Thanks in advance, and Have a Great Day.

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Old 10-02-2012, 02:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks good, but the HAF and HX are not needed at all really. You can drop the board to an ASRock Pro 3 and the CPU to the i5 3330. Then if you drop the HX to a TX that will save a bit more money. Having such a large case really isn't necessary unless you are gaming and have GPUs that need a lot of air flow.
Depending on how long you want to wait to upgrade you will probably wind up needing a new motherboard/CPU/RAM anyways.
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Old 10-03-2012, 05:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If it's in your budget, you might want to invest in an inexpensive video card. I don't know just how good Intel's integrated 2000 hd graphics are but it may have some trouble playing 720p youtube videos if your internet speed permits that in the first place.
I bought a pc with integrated video (Intel GMA x4500) one time and ended up having to buy a video card and a big enough case after like a year because I couldn't do much. But that's just my experience with intel's integrated graphics.
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HD2000 and up can play 1080p BD fine.
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That's pretty impressive for something made out of leftover 32 nanometer processor parts
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Ivy Bridge is 22nm. Also, the HD 2000 is when Intel's IGP stopped sucking so hard due to competition from AMD's APU.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Integrated graphics have been infamous for sucking really really really hard for years. I find this interesting that Intel's hd series is actually worth something now. What crazy new thing will they come up with next? Flying pigs?
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When competition drives somebody to be better, it usually happens.
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Hello all
First time computer builder here looking for opinions.
I am most interested in longevity and the ability to upgrade piece by piece in the future.
I will use this computer for light photo editing and large quantity storage of photos, duplicating and storing large quantities of both audio and video, YouTube, I-Tunes, Google Earth, News and Weather , General Web Surfing, and so on.
I have already gone over my intended budget, but am fine with that if the quality is worth the money.
Right now I am at almost $900.00
So here is what I have chosen, and would like to know what you think, good, bad, and the ugly.
Also is this everything I will need or have I missed something?
I will not need a Monitor, Keyboard or Mouse.
One other question is will the Intel HD Graphics 2500 in the CPU do what I have described, or will I need a GPU?
Thanks in advance, and Have a Great Day.

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