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Opinions wanted/needed on 2 budget office builds.

So its time my office got a new computer. My current work computer is a 5yr old windows 7 desktop. Standard hp prebuilt we purchased awhile ago for a few hundred dollars (325$ I believe) and its been pretty decent to us. Its time we expanded and got a second tower so off to the internetz I went to see what kind of deals I could find. While looking around I found that there really wasn't a whole lot that I saw that looked to me like a good deal. Being that I have a few parts lying around and have built some computers before I though maybe I would take a look at doing a budget build. Normally I would just buy a prebuilt for this sort of thing because building a computer and buying and operating system for 300$ or so is not normally plausible and it ends up being way more affordable to just buy it prebuilt. However this time I happen to have a copy of windows 7 lying around and a 450W power supply so that right there shaves off 150$ of what I would be spending.


So.... before I post 2 of the different builds I have in mind heres what I am looking for in a computer and what I will be using it for.


Ive got roughly 300$ to spend (give or take a little for shipping or tax, ect) and I need just a basic computer with windows 7. Its gonna be used for office work (Email, text docs, lots of printing, network storage, internet, videos, basic media, and maybe a flash game or 2 on facebook or something). I do however obviously want to get the most powerful computer I can get for the money so that I wont have to go out and buy a new 1 in 8 months when the cheapo I just bought slows so far down its unusable.


Heres my 2 builds that I have been toying around with

Intel build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/randomsteve95370/saved/dw22FT

Amd build:
http://pcpartpicker.com/user/randomsteve95370/saved/6dVD4D


Now I do tend to lean towards Intel over Amd just because I have had good experiences with Intel cpus, sockets, heat sinks, ect in the past. That does not however mean that I won't do an Amd if there are benefits to that route.


So what do you guys think? Obviously the Cpus are the biggest factor so are those 2 Cpus any good, which of the 2 would be a better choice in your opinion? Or should I get something different entirely? My next question would be about the MoBo's. Decent ones or do you have one you would suggest instead? And then of course the ram. Should I go cheaper, more expensive? Does it matter really for a budget built? And that case is one I grabbed real quick as it seems to be the go to budget case, is that correct? or can I get something better?

And last but not least, Is there a prebuilt out there for around the same 250-300$ range that is just as good if not better then what I have here? I would prefer to go the prebuilt route if I can find one that fits the bill that way I won't have to use my parts if I dont need to.


Anyway budget building is a little new to me so I thought I would reach out and ask some of you guys with more experience for a little bit of wisdom and/or foresight. :) Thanks guys
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    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($112.49 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
    Case: *NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.98 @ OutletPC)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $313.36
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    *Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-18 19:46 EDT-0400

    Since you said just flash games, I see no point in the AMD APU personally. I got you better ram that will work more efficiently with the integrated graphics. You could really even go for a G3440 if you wanted to save some money.

    Edit: I'd never buy a prebuilt, ever :P They mix in to many good/bad components and overprice them.
  2. jaraldo said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($112.49 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.92 @ Amazon)
    Case: *NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.98 @ OutletPC)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $313.36
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    *Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-18 19:46 EDT-0400

    Since you said just flash games, I see no point in the AMD APU personally. I got you better ram that will work more efficiently with the integrated graphics. You could really even go for a G3440 if you wanted to save some money.

    Edit: I'd never buy a prebuilt, ever :P They mix in to many good/bad components and overprice them.


    That ram looks like a good upgrade for only a few bucks. You said that you see no point in the AMD APU because I wont be doing much in the way of graphics. Does that mean you feel the Amd is a better processor? I find that intels lower core/threads mean they preform worse in a slugging match in a program that can utilize all of the amds cores but that the intel preforms better on a single core basis. How do you view this? Also as to the Pentium you suggested that would be a money saver but do you think the extra 20-30$ is worth the drop in performance I would receive?


    Edit:

    What is your opinion on this ram
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    over the ram you just suggested? its 1600 instead of 1866 but as far as I cant tell my selected MoBo can't take the full 1866 anyway and the 1600 ram has a lower Cas Latency of 7 instead of 9. Thoughts?
  3. Well, the AMD APU has better graphics, but I believe the i3 does better in normal usage, because the processor is better.
    http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/349/AMD_A6-Series_A6-6400K_vs_Intel_Core_i3_i3-4130.html
    Since the AMD you choose is older, this new generation i3 is actually equal to it in graphics performance and 50% more in processor power.

    As for either of them being a office computer, you really don't need much for things to be adequate and both would be great. But I think the i3 fits the office profile better, while the AMD apu is aimed at cheap gaming. I know I still see people on 7-10 year old computers at some stores and so I think spending extra for the i3 for longer lasting relevance is a good thing. Just my view.

    I have an i3-3220 in my budget build and it performs as good as my overclocked i5-2500k in day to day average usage.
  4. OK cool thats kinda what I already thought but its nice to hear it from someone else as well. As far as the ram goes is there any point in buying 1866 ram when the MoBo can only do 1600?
  5. nope lol, sorry thought that one had 1866 (OC) . :P

    1600 would be good enough anyways. 1866 is recommend when you are gaming with integrated and I don't believe it's that large compared to 1866. (5-8% maybe)
    I mean, this is an office computer at heart after all :)
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