Mid-range multipurpose build


Junior Member
Sep 8, 2010
I'm putting together an upgrade/new build to replace my desktop. I'm looking forward to having one of those new-fangled cases that actually has USB ports on the front ;) I haven't kept up with hardware news in the interim, so I'd appreciated it if anyone could point out any glaring mistakes.

1. What YOUR PC will be used for.
Multitasking, photo editing, some light programming/number crunching, a little gaming

2. What YOUR budget is.
Below it comes to ~$600. More would be okay if it would be a significant improvement. Of course less would be nice too.

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.

4. IF YOU have a brand preference.
Not particularly

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
Hard drive (fairly new), wimpy GPU (ASUS EAH3650 SILENT/HTDI/512M Radeon HD 3650), monitor and peripherals.

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
Default for now, but maybe overclock later

8. What resolution YOU plan on gaming with.

9. WHEN do you plan to build it?
Thinking to order in the next week or so

CPU: i5-750 $195
or would an i5-760 be worth it for $15 more?
I think this is a bit more CPU than I need now, but I'm hoping to keep this build for 3-5 years. Does that sound reasonable, or should I drop down to a Phenom x4?

MB: GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $105
Any other motherboard suggestions?

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) $80

Case: Antec mini P180 $113
I want a case less than 17.5" tall. I'm a bit worried about the fan on the top of this one, but the shelf above it doesn't go all the way to the back, so I think it will be okay.

PSU: Corsair VX550W just went up $30, so maybe:Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W $45+$2
Would this be enough for me, even if I put in a more significant graphics card?

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $30+$3
I've always used the stock cooler, but I'm worried about it in a small case with limited AC in the summer, and the option to OC would be good. Will this be sufficient? And not too loud?

GPU: I already own Radeon HD 3650. Obviously this is a gaming bottleneck, but I don't have much time for gaming right now anyway. I haven't bought any new games the past couple years, so I'm not sure how much I could do with this at 1280x1024?

HDD : I own a fairly new WD.

DVD RW: Lite-On 24 X iHAS424-98 $20+$4

My plan is upgrade in a year or two with 4-8GBs of memory, an SSD, a video card, and perhaps a new monitor.

Any comments would be appreciated.



Platinum Member
Apr 26, 2007
saw this on slickdeals, a bit more wattage than you need (650), but 62$ AMIR
you'd be fine even with the 450w corsair, though its about the same as the 650w
the hyper 212 is a nice cooler for mild OCing
<3 mini p180

the antec earthwatts is a good PSU also, so if you want to save the money its fine going that route.
honestly though you might wanna think about saving for a new/2nd monitor ;) since it looks like your using a CRT and those are probably the best for photo editing, so i dunno
just think that more resolution could help with the programming
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Senior member
Dec 8, 2009
Looks like great picks. I'd jump on that 650TX for $60 AR. Newegg charges tax to Cali, so I'd get it on TD. You only pay $13 more for support for better video cards if you ever decide to upgrade your monitor + GPU.


Junior Member
Sep 8, 2010
I think I will go with the 650TX. It's definitely more than I will ever need, but the review I read said it's still pretty efficient at low power, and very quiet, plus it has a 5 year warranty. I'm not in CA, so I can buy from Newegg :)

A new monitor would be a great upgrade for me (especially for photo editing, since the one I have is an LCD anyway), but I don't have space enough right now for anything too big. However I hadn't quite realized how cheap monitors are these days until you got me to look them up, so I will definitely think about a new, somewhat bigger monitor.

Thanks for the advice, and for looking over my build!