$500 Office PC build


Mar 9, 2011

I'm building a computer for my dad's office for work such as printing, scanning, and using web applications. It's not going to be used for anything too specialized. I'm not too experienced with planning builds so I would really appreciate some help.

Approximate Purchase Date: asap

Budget Range: Around $500 (no more than $550)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Office work, surfing the web and using web applications, scanning and printing

Parts Not Required: Monitors, keyboard, graphics card (integrated is fine), operating system, and mouse

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Country: No Preference

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: none

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

Additional Comments: Needs to have dual monitor support, preferably with 8gb of ram

I found a build online and tinkered with it. Overall, it should come to about $450. Could you give your opinion on it or if there are any better alternatives?

Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100
Model #:BX80623I32100
Item #:N82E16819115078

BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:H61MGC
Item #:N82E16813138332
$54.99 -$5.00 Instant $49.99

G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT
Model #:F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT
Item #:N82E16820231422

Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:ST1000DM003
Item #:N82E16822148840
$109.99 -$10.00 Instant $99.99

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD Burner, Bulk Package Black SATA Model AD-7280S-0B - OEM
Model #:AD-7280S-0B
Item #:N82E16827118067

Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-550 550W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V ...
Model #:Hive-550
Item #:N82E16817182131
$79.99 -$10.00 Instant $69.99

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
Model #:RC-430-KWN1
Item #:N82E16811119227
$59.99 -$15.00 Instant $44.99


Thank you very much for your help!



May 24, 2012
I think 8 GB of RAM is way to much for office go for 1 stick of 4 GB then if you are ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231423 )going to play games or edit photos etc. buy the second one. Also just one stick of memory means single channel so there is some performance loss, you could try a 2x2GB ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231394 ).
Try a smaller HDD a 500GB one, the HDD prices are high. And I think you could buy this case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154109 instead of that you want right now,again you want a office build not a gaming, editing etc. so.

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