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Old March 20, 2011, 05:49 PM
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H61, H67 - No overclocking enabled, Intel HD2000/3000 IGP enabled, cheaper
P67 - Processor overclocking enabled, Intel HD2000/3000 IGP disabled, expensive

So basically from what you've told a Core i5 2400 + H67 motherboard should be good enough. It does not overclock and you can use the HD2000 IGP on the Core i5 2400 and save a little bit of money instead of buying a discrete GC.I do advise getting at least a low mid range discrete GC. Add to that a Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch and you have a nice PC for your daughter.

The USB 3.0 motherboard header is not very common yet unless getting the expensive Asus P8P67 Deluxe with front USB 3.0 front panel. Most cases still use the method like your HAF-X.
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Old March 20, 2011, 05:53 PM
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Compare Intel® Products [H67/P67/H61]
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Old March 20, 2011, 06:20 PM
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Currently trolling for a case online - looking at the Cooler Master 430. Needs to be under 19.5 inches to slide in the desk area.
I would either splurge on a mod friendly case and let your kid draw/paint all over it or just build one from scratch if you have the tools. Then cheap out on cpu/ram.

Unless of course this is for your hobby and your kid is benefiting from it and not the other way around. Nothing wrong with that of course...
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Old March 20, 2011, 06:27 PM
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Well this is what I got so far. More thoughts and suggestions ? Guess this should go in the new build forum but since we are all here . . .

O.S. - Windows 7 Home Premium 64 $99.00
Case - Cooler Master Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 $49.99
PSU - Cooler Master Silent Pro M600 $69.99
Processor - Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost) 1155 BX80623I52400 $189.99
Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX $135.00
RAM - Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 $59.99
Video Card - Gigabyte GV-N450OC-1GI GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB $114.99
Software - Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Student 3-User $119.99
Keyboard/Mouse - Logitech MK200 Black USB Wired Slim Mouse and Keyboard Combo $25.00
Hard Drive #1 - WD Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" $39.99
DVD Drive #1 - Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS $17.99
Monitor - ViewSonic VA2231WM Black 21.5" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor Built-in Speakers $149.99
CPU cooler - Corsair CWCH50-1 CPU Cooler $71.36

TOTAL $1,143.27
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you can get a haf 912 in the same price range
get an eathwatts or an enermax psu
do try to get an h board, just for kicks(and be able to use the onboard)
the 450 is a weak card, dont think its worth 115$
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Unless of course this is for your hobby and your kid is benefiting from it and not the other way around. Nothing wrong with that of course...
Well I must admit that I am having fun with this. I am trying to use quality stuff.
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you can get a haf 912 in the same price range
get an eathwatts or an enermax psu
do try to get an h board, just for kicks(and be able to use the onboard)
the 450 is a weak card, dont think its worth 115$
I am looking at the 912 - it is a bit taller than the 430
looking at those PSUs
the H board is out of stock right now
what other card would you suggest at that price point or a bit lower?
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if there is no gaming or much involved, onboard is fine.
if there is gaming involved, it depends. what game,resolution,and of ocurse quality settings involved.
the 450 is not a good bang per buck.id rather buy a used 5770 for 75 or so
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Couple thoughts. As mentioned above, if this will not be used for gaming then the onboard will definitely be enough (no dedicated graphics required). Drop the cooler master power supply and grab a seasonic, corsair, most antec or xfx (thats my personal order of preference). Also I don't think there is any need for a $70 cpu cooler. Stick with stock heatsink or get something much cheaper and quiet. Then up the Hard drive to a WD black model or a seagate (7200.12 models have treated me very well).
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The ELite 430 is a good case, though perhaps adding an additional fan wouldn't hurt on the cooling front.

Going to echo the sentiments of the other members here and tell you to drop the coolermaster PSU. Just not worth the risk on running your system. Until CM starts using better OEM's for their designs, their Power suppliers are not ideal.

The 450 is an okay GPU, if you are not using the onboard though there are better options.
Depends on your budget, your resolution and what you play.
If you dig around enough though you could find a 768MB GTX460 for dirt cheap and that would at least give you a very solid GPU platform if its needed.

For your PSU, grab one of the Corsair Builder Series, or Seasonic, XFX etc.
Better and safer for your gear choice.

Good luck, your build looks like its taking shape.

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