Building Computer, Help Choosing Parts?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by mrcowdude20, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. mrcowdude20 macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    I am building a computer (desktop) and it will be used for email, internet, and some (tiny bit) of gaming. (I mean tiny...) Will this computer fit my needs, and will it all work?

    My needs are as follows:
    VGA and DVI Connections
    At Least 3 USB Ports

    The case: Antec One Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower - $49.99
    The power supply:Antec NEO ECO 520W Power Supply - $54.99
    The motherboard: ASUS P8H61-M LGA 1155 Micro-ATX Intel Motherboard - $74.99
    The CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1Ghz Quad Core Processor - $189.99
    The memory: G Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333 RAM - $29.99
    The storage: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive - $59.99
    The graphics card: AMD Radeon HD 6750/Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 - $105.99/$109.99
    The optical drive: ASUS 24x CD/DVD Burner - $20.99

    The total: $590.92
    ( I want to put Linux on it, but would Linux have wifi? )
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Looks decent. A cheaper AMD rig would do just fine too though, you don't need the power of i5. Most desktop mobos don't have WiFi in them so most likely you will have to get a USB WiFi adapter. Shouldn't be more than 20$ though.
  3. mrcowdude20 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    ok, thanks!
  4. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    The new A8 AMD chips and F1 motherboards will give you excellent performance all around. The APU has decent discreet level HD 6xxx built into the CPU. Cheap.
  5. firestarter macrumors 603


    Dec 31, 2002
    Green and pleasant land
    What do you want to get out of this build, mrcowdude20?

    If you just want a cheap machine to run Linux or Windows, you can pick up a 15 inch Dell laptop for less money than your parts list above.

    Remember to budget for Windows (unless you're planning on just playing Linux games, whatever they are!).
  6. MusicEnthusiast macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2010
    Los Angeles
    With the core i5 in that system, you might want a larger power supply. I am running an i7 with a 750w power supply, but that's because I play graphic-intensive games. At least a 650 would be ideal. Here's my 750 just to see where you might be looking price-wise. Chose this primarily for good reviews (they are part of OCZ) and the 7 year warranty.

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