Low budget $250, Average Use PC

Approximate Purchase Date: Within a week

Budget Range: $150-$250 Before rebates (Not too big a fan of anything not from corsair in terms of rebates, lots of bad experiences)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Basic net use and burning cds etc.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: USA

Overclocking: No

So I'm trying to build a friend a budget pc. He has a pretty low budget so it's not much to work with, but I know it's possible. I figured maybe some kind of combo build from newegg since I notice they have some pretty nice discounts like -$35.00 etc etc with the DIY build things, and I know even small amounts off the price really add up on such a low budget. He has a 1TB external HDD, so he doesn't need a large HDD. He just wants something modern (He has a 10 year old Dell with 512 MB of Ram, so damn near anything will probably surprise him in terms of speed) with a pretty low budget, but he asked if it was possible to get 2-3 burners into the computer so he can burn multiple cds at a time. I'm not sure if it's possible on the budget..and he said if it's not, just leave a burner or two out (naturally he needs at least 1). He also asks if it's possible to get 2 monitors hooked up so maybe he could watch movies, but again I'm not sure in that department honestly. Thanks!
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  1. Look for pre-builts on the used market.

    Refurbished with warranty.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2080P48393
  2. i know you asked for newegg but when looking for the cheapest of the cheap . . but NO rebates!

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G550 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Microcenter)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.94 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill FBM-02 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($21.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $247.84
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 02:28 EDT-0400)
  3. qbsinfo said:
    i know you asked for newegg but when looking for the cheapest of the cheap . . but NO rebates!

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G550 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Microcenter)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.94 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill FBM-02 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($21.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $247.84
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 02:28 EDT-0400)


    I was going to say there's no way you could do a PC for $250, but I'm definitely man enough to admit when I'm wrong. :lol:
  4. I was able to make something but I could use some feedback! Gonna just give direct newegg links since I don't think pcpartpicker would show the combo thing.

    Case with PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811148064 (Garbage I know but blah budget)
    Optical Drives: 3x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
    Motherboard/HDD/Ram/Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1270884

    Now that came out to $267.94, but I'm sure he won't mind paying a bit more..but is it really that simple? I mean can I just throw 3 optical drives in there and use them all like that?
  5. Grimsilver said:
    I was able to make something but I could use some feedback! Gonna just give direct newegg links since I don't think pcpartpicker would show the combo thing.

    Case with PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811148064 (Garbage I know but blah budget)
    Optical Drives: 3x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
    Motherboard/HDD/Ram/Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1270884

    Now that came out to $267.94, but I'm sure he won't mind paying a bit more..but is it really that simple? I mean can I just throw 3 optical drives in there and use them all like that?


    3 optical drives? :??:
  6. Aye, he wants 3 lol.
  7. Grimsilver said:
    I was able to make something but I could use some feedback! Gonna just give direct newegg links since I don't think pcpartpicker would show the combo thing.

    Case with PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811148064 (Garbage I know but blah budget)
    Optical Drives: 3x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
    Motherboard/HDD/Ram/Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1270884

    Now that came out to $267.94, but I'm sure he won't mind paying a bit more..but is it really that simple? I mean can I just throw 3 optical drives in there and use them all like that?


    a FM1 socket motherboard with a low end llano?
    a no name PSU that comes with a case?

    i thought you said this guy was your friend????


    j/k except the part about the PSU - get an antec, corsair - -something that won't blow up but that mobo, APU ram hdd deal looks good but it is very very low end . .
  8. qbsinfo said:
    Grimsilver said:
    I was able to make something but I could use some feedback! Gonna just give direct newegg links since I don't think pcpartpicker would show the combo thing.

    Case with PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811148064 (Garbage I know but blah budget)
    Optical Drives: 3x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
    Motherboard/HDD/Ram/Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1270884

    Now that came out to $267.94, but I'm sure he won't mind paying a bit more..but is it really that simple? I mean can I just throw 3 optical drives in there and use them all like that?


    a FM1 socket motherboard with a low end llano?
    a no name PSU that comes with a case?

    i thought you said this guy was your friend????


    j/k except the part about the PSU - get an antec, corsair - -something that won't blow up but that mobo, APU ram hdd deal looks good but it is very very low end . .


    I have tried but I dunno if it's even possible on the budget he has. The damn optical drives add on so much lol. Might just tell him it won't happen with all that he wants with so low of a budget, unless there is something I'm missing lol.
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