$140 -15 combo Intel Core i3-2105 dual-core 3.1 GHz w/ Intel 3000 graphics should be adequate for the uses that you've described.rogthewookiee wrote: CPU
$195 i5-2400 3.1 GHz quad-core w/ Intel 2000 graphics
That motherboard lacks USB 3. Consider these, instead:rogthewookiee wrote: MoBo
$89 +7½ shipping ASUS P8H67-M LX µATX
For the same price, you can get a drive that is bigger, better, faster, quieter, cooler and more energy-efficient:rogthewookiee wrote: HD
$60 WD Caviar Black 500 Gb
Have you considered Blu-ray for $60?rogthewookiee wrote: Optical
$21 +5 shipping ASUS DVD burner
Have you considered less expensive options?rogthewookiee wrote: CPU Cooler
$90 Noctua C14
If you're not absolutely strapped for cash, don't buy a new motherboard without SATA III and USB 3. I also suggest getting a motherboard with four DIMM slots, even if you start out with only two 4 GiB DIMMs installed. There are sixteen micro-ATX LGA-1155 motherboards listed at Newegg that meet these criteria. The cheapest one is only $80. Newegg has just dropped the price of the Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 to $100. That's just $3½ more than the USB3-lacking H67 motherboard that you had selected.rogthewookiee wrote:The motherboards listed are at least $25 more and have as similar number of reviews overall but less positive ones. Motherboards on newegg tend to have terrible reviews in general though.
Flip-mode said that the Scythe SCRT-1000 worked in the Antec NSK3480 for his build:rogthewookiee wrote:I had looked at other coolers yeah, but I was having a hard time picking one that I thought would fit in the smaller case for sure.
That's an ATX motherboard and case. I thought that you were interested in micro-ATX like the $100 Gigabyte GA-A75M-UD2H and the $96 Antec NSK3480?
How about the $200 0.12 TB Corsair Force 3 or the $140 0.10 TB Kingston SSDNow V+100?rogthewookiee wrote: RAM G Skill 8 GiB PC3-10600 $55 -10 code "EMCKCHB22"
HD Spinpoint F3 1.0 TB $60
Same monitor, speaker, optical, and OS. The total is $758 with shipping.
This SSD? 0.06 TB Crucial M4 $105
or this SSD? 0.13 TB Crucial M4 $215
The SSD would need to be big enough to house most of the stuff they want. I'm not sure that a 64 GB one would work, but maybe?
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