How cheap can I build core i3 pc?

Posted on 2012-08-27
Last Modified: 2013-12-27
I just ordered parts to build a new pc as following;

Intel Core i3-2100 3.1Ghz - 90
Intel DH67VR motherboard - 70
RAM DDR3 10600 2x2GB None ECC, Unbuffered (listed in compatibility - 32
SATA 6.0 500GB  - 49
No Case

I didn't buy case and dvd, will reuse what I have.
Anyone can build cheaper core i3 computer with origial or OEM intel motherboard, 4GB ram, STATA 6.0????
I spent 3 hours to check cheap price and comparability list. It's been 3 years I ordered computer parts, but this is no longer fun for me.
Question by:crcsupport
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    That seems a pretty good price to me. You might be able to shave off a few more pennies if you really tried, but I suspect that your time is worth more than that...

    Just make sure that your PSU is up to the job; you have good quality components, so you don't want to jeopardise them unnecessarily with an ageing power supply.
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    You did fine ...

    $90 is an excellent price for the i3-2100.

    $70 is a good price for the Intel board.    If you really wanted to build as cheaply as possible, you could use a less-expensive board [e.g. ]  ... but that $45 board doesnt' have USB3 ports (a significant loss from the Intel board) or SATA-6GB ports (irrelevant -- SATA-3GB is still much faster than the hard drive you're using).

    You could have saved ~ $10 on the memory:
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Kinda shocking to say, but I find tends to beat the prices on many things newegg sells these days... CPUs, motherboards especially.
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    That's true - I got my i7-2600K for less from there, and right now they have the AMD Phenom II X5 1045T for $90, and it scores 5004 on Passmark, vs 3864 for the i3-2100.  They have a motherboard for $55 to go with it:  If you want value, the AMD cpus tend to dominate this area.  If you're planning on upgrading to a more powerful Intel cpu in the future, then the i3 will be better.
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    by:crcsupport has very good price range. Thanks. I'm almost near to build my own pc at home. It will be AMD
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    If there's a Micro Center close to you, you can get everything locally.
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    Micro-Center does have excellent prices -- but most of them are for "in-store pickup only" => so unless you live close to one of their stores you can't really take advantage of them.

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