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Basic build for Windows apps, graphic editing in Photoshop, and surfing for a friend. Space saving design with a CoolerMaster Elite 120 and very quiet. Addition of a Silverstone Blue LED fan on the internal drive cage made for cool blue glow effect. Intel HD graphics more than sufficient for the task at hand with the potential of PCIe Graphics Card later.

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  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

If it were for editing I would've recommended going with an i5. Even though the i3 is still very good.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, the i5 would have been smoking but for the work the editing user does the performance different probably would not even be noticeable. I'm trying to fight the temptation to overbuild :)

  • 83 months ago
  • 2 points

Bravo. This is a really nice budget build. I would've recommended going with an i3-3225 because it comes with Intel 4000 Integrated Graphics and it's about 10$-15$ more but I can't do anything now that you've already built it. Still pretty nice though. I have a similar build that I'm going to do for my mom, how's this pc running for you?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Cheers and good point on the 3225 with the better HD graphics. Always depends on the sales of the week you are building and the 3220 was a good deal that week.

So far the feedback from my friend is very good. It is lightning fast for what she wants to do with it. She is not pushing it too far but she does photography and Photoshop so not a light user either.

She wanted XP back on it for compatibility with some old apps so I could not run proper benchmarks but so far so good on the hands on experience.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

this is a very well-planned build, especially considering your friend may not be doing anything too intensive to warrant anything more than an i3 and 4GB of RAM.

i'm actually considering using that case in a small form-factor gaming build for a family member. how do you like it?

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the feedback. Since she did not need anything for gaming, a quiet, quick, non-overkill PC that still had the cool factor was an ideal solution.

I really like the CoolerMaster case and would use it again. I also considered the Bitfenix Prodogy or the Silverstone PS07 but for the $40 price gap it was not worth it for the budget build.

The case was easy to work with, had plenty of space for an internal fan on the drive cage and great airflow all around. It also took a normal non modular ATX Power Supply and there was still room to breathe after the cable routing. It may be tight with an aftermarket CPU cooler though.

  • 83 months ago
  • -1 points

I built in it for a family member as well. I really like it. For its price, it does a great job.

  • 83 months ago
  • 1 point

I think that in the future you should upgrade the psu for personal preference and so you dont blow your system!