A relative wants a desktop for his 14yo son, capable of light gaming. He specified a desktop form factor so the kid could not pick it up and move it into his room where he's not supervised. I think the father is underestimating teenage deviousness, but whatever, that's not my arena.
I'm glad the Ivy Bridge i3 has dropped, as I am interested to see how it performs.
The only thing that stopped me from going for an SSD in this is the light gaming requirement--if the kid puts a couple games on it, I don't want a 120 GB SSD (equivalent in price to a 1TB MHDD) to fill up and slow to a crawl.
Anyways, have at it and recommend better components--I admittedly splurged a tad on the KB/mouse as I don't want to purchase $10 OEM components that break in a couple months.
I am probably the least happy with the cost of the HDD, and a little unsure of the video card considering its $100 price-tag. Please let me know if you have better alternatives.OS
: Owned (Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English)CPU
: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz LGA 1155 Dual-Core (3MB Cache, 3.3GHz)
- $130Mobo: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77
: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
- Free with moboGPU
: PowerColor AX7750 1GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7750 1GB
: Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB
: COOLER MASTER GX 450W RS450-ACAAD3-US 450W (Bronze/Active PFC)
- $27 after MIR/rebatesODD
: ASUS 24X DVD Burner
: COOLER MASTER Elite 431 Plus RC-431P-KWN2
- $30 (after MIR/discount)Monitor
: Acer S201HLbd Black 20" 5ms LED-Backlight LCD monitor 1600x900
: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Keyboard
: Logitech G400 Black 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical
: TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless Adapter High Gain IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0
- $25Total shipped: $740--
If we lose this freedom of ours, history will record with the greatest astonishment, those who had the most to lose, did the least to prevent its happening.