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Old 11-02-2013, 01:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, building my Dad a new computer since his is ~10 years old. I've not kept up with hardware at all since upgrading my PC, so I wanted some opinions on my build before I go for it. He just needs it for general use (email, documents, photos etc).

Here's what I've got. Total = $237.94
Mobo: MSI FM2-A75MA
Processor: AMD Duel Core @3.4
RAM: Using a stick of 4g DDR3 kingston I have lying around.
PSU: Corsair CX430 or Antec Basiq BP350
HDD: 500GB Barracuda
CD: The cheapest one
Case: Using his old case. Can't remember what it is, but it's an atx.
Video: On board.

I am looking at both PSU. I would love to get the CX430, but it's not in stock and my Dad wants this asap. The Antec has good reviews at the 450+ models, so I assumed the 350 would be reliable as well. Power shouldn't be an issue since I'm using on board graphics.

Thanks guys. Hoping to order today.

Note: I don't use Mail In Rebates.

Also, NCIX is preferred since shipping is so cheap because I live near it. I can potentially go pick up the parts too.
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Old 11-02-2013, 02:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get these instead.
Intel Pentium G3220 Dual Core 3.0GHZ Processor LGA1150 Haswell 3MB Cache Retail
Gigabyte GA-H81-D3 ATX LGA1150 H81 Express DDR3 PCI-E16 2XVGA GBLAN SATA3 USB3 Motherboard

Antec 350 will be fine.
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Old 11-02-2013, 02:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Is the intel still faster than the AMD at 3.4? I know this is true with the i5 versus the Phenom.

Also we've decided on this guy for the PSU: Antec Basiq VP450 450W Power Supply ATX12V V2.3 Dual +12V Rail 120MM Fan 80% Efficiency
Seems like a great little PSU for only slightly more than the 350.

Also do you think the USB 3 is worth it over the MSI board that is cheaper?
http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=916...anufacture=MSI

Edit: Ordered the parts. Thanks for the help Mguire. I went with the intel and the Antec 450 psu.
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To put you at ease, yes it's much faster.
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