Hi I would really appreciate it if you guys could help me out. I am planning to build a pc for my family under US$500, including the monitor. I live in New Zealand so prices differ slightly, but are approximately the same. Also, the cheaper the better . Correct me if I do anything wrong:
Approximate Purchase Date: within 2 weeks
Budget Range: US$500 Before Rebates & shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the internet, playing browser-based games (e.g. Moshi Monsters, Stardoll, Addictinggames, etc.), word processing, listening to music, watching movies
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Do you need to buy OS: No, have 3-user licence
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Just use pcpartpicker.com so I can get rough estimates
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Parts Preferences: Sort of think I should get an AMD APU for the budget instead of purchasing a separate gpu
SLI or Crossfire: No, not planning to drop money on a gpu currently
Additional Comments: Would like to have a relatively quiet PC, with a small tower (i.e. one thats maximum motherboard size is micro-atx). Also planning to be used for at least 3 years without any upgrades, if possible. Also planning to include the following parts:
I'm having a really hard time with that. New Zealand prices are super high. At least the ones on PCPartPicker. Everything is like 50% more than here in the USA. Maybe it's just me but PCPartPicker seems to have limited options for your place. What stores do you have access to? Any links to their sites?
the prices in Australia are not that close, but they're lower then new zealand... the prices for the things you're quoting i'm not even finding in ausieland... frankly... i'm not sure what you want can be done for your budget if you insist on THAT SSD. With the monitor, ram and SSD, i can't do it...
in the usa that would be under your budget by a bit... worse... in new zealand that build would be like $150 more expensive. I hate to tell you this, but it can't be done for 500 in new zealand... not with those parts. in a few minutes i'll post a newzealand 500 pc.
@ingtar33: OP lives in New Zealand, not Australia.
I know. i took one look at new zealand prices and started looking around. i don't know what international shipping costs are from ausieland to newzealand are... but i suspect they're sorta reasonable. hence why i tried that way.
in the end it simply isn't possible for op's request.
Oops I guess I should of searched beforehand . Sort of lazy to reply to all the posts, so I'll just say that I will save more money (and do my research) before I build. I can only select one best answer, but I must say thanks to everyone!