Budget Build

Discussion in 'Build Your Own PC' started by KQFan, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. KQFan

    KQFan

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    Will be my 3rd build. Last was LGA775 based in 2009. Still flies for what I throw at it.

    Now I need a sub $500 machine that won't have much thrown at it either. Not based around any gaming and Photoshop probably most taxing thing used.

    I have OS (Win 7) and monitor, need the rest.

    See a preference for Z68 based NB but wonder if this is necessary for a true budget build. Prob won't use SSD cache on this machine, no overclocking, etc. Tempted to just buy a prebuilt Acer on Newegg but I'd rather have control.

    Wanted to land on a motherboard first, so I wonder about:
    ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    versus
    ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

    Thanks for any comments to get me started.
     
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  3. KQFan

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    Hey GLC, thanks for the granny (from the other thread) build specs! Actually that's just about all this build required. Replacing a Dimension 4400 with only 80gig that was 99% full, mostly of family iTunes stuff. 500gig should last for a while and it's all I want to spend with drive prices where they are.

    Sometimes the forum is all gaming builds and it's hard to find specs on a celeron based run of the mill box.
     

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