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May 24, 2014 4:31:26 PM

This computer will be for internet browsing and Microsoft office. I want to keep it under $500 including the monitor. Is there anything I could change to save money or get better performance?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3Qgua
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3Qgua/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3Qgua/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($44.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus A55BM-K Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($51.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.44 @ Amazon)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($36.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: ViewSonic VA2246M-LED 60Hz 22.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $495.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-24 19:28 EDT-0400)
May 24, 2014 4:44:41 PM

not much else you can do with such a low budget
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May 24, 2014 4:48:11 PM

I changed the cpu to an Intel Celeron. A few sites said it had better performance.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3QhdE
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3QhdE/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3QhdE/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Celeron G540 2.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.41 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61M-S1 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($42.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.44 @ Amazon)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($36.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: ViewSonic VA2246M-LED 60Hz 22.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $492.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-24 19:47 EDT-0400)

Better?
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May 24, 2014 4:53:42 PM

Zeph_yr, why spend more money on old tech?

CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($56.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.24 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($36.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Micro Center)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: ViewSonic VA2246M-LED 60Hz 22.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $489.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-24 19:49 EDT-0400)

Comparison of your AMD processor v's the new haswell Pentium. As you can see it performs significantly faster. Also if you are going with 4gb RAM (which is adequate) I would suggest it in a 2x2 configuration to take advantage of the dual channel memory controller.

http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/154/AMD_A4-Series_A4-5...

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May 24, 2014 4:56:40 PM

You should always use a dual channel memory kit. 2x2GB is better than 1x4GB. 1080p monitors fan be had for $99... wouldn't spend 120 on a veiwsonic for an office machine. And that PSU is normally $25
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May 24, 2014 5:04:31 PM

Poprin said:
Zeph_yr, why spend more money on old tech?

CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($56.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.24 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.43 @ OutletPC)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($36.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($34.99 @ Micro Center)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Monitor: ViewSonic VA2246M-LED 60Hz 22.0" Monitor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $489.59
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-24 19:49 EDT-0400)

Comparison of your AMD processor v's the new haswell Pentium. As you can see it performs significantly faster. Also if you are going with 4gb RAM (which is adequate) I would suggest it in a 2x2 configuration to take advantage of the dual channel memory controller.

http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/154/AMD_A4-Series_A4-5...



That's probably the best general purpose PC for less than $500.


So I'm just going to list as low cost of one as possible, even if it's not worth the sacrifices.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD 2650 1.45Ghz Dual-Core Processor ($31.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock AM1B-M Micro ATX AM1 Motherboard ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.24 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Pipeline HD 250GB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($31.70 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Mwave)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS197D-P 18.5" Monitor ($89.24 @ B&H)
Total: $398.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-24 20:03 EDT-0400)

I have a weaker netbook that's fine for internet browsing.
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May 24, 2014 5:17:04 PM

The person I'm building this for currently has a 17", 1024x1024 Samsung and wanted to get something bigger and sharper. I've had good experiences with Viewsonics so that has to stay unless there's some crazy good deal on another one.

Are there any differences between the ASRock motherboard I listed in my updated build or the MSI one Poprin used? MSI doesn't have the best quality control.
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May 24, 2014 5:32:27 PM

zeph_yr said:
The person I'm building this for currently has a 17", 1024x1024 Samsung and wanted to get something bigger and sharper. I've had good experiences with Viewsonics so that has to stay unless there's some crazy good deal on another one.

Are there any differences between the ASRock motherboard I listed in my updated build or the MSI one Poprin used? MSI doesn't have the best quality control.


All I would say is I've used 3x MSI boards in the past 6 months. An FM2 E55, 1155 B75 and I setup an unRAID server in my house for 24/7 operation with an MSI 760g-P34 and it's been running for a month without fault. I've had no problems with MSI.
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May 24, 2014 5:35:46 PM

Rationale said:

So I'm just going to list as low cost of one as possible, even if it's not worth the sacrifices.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD 2650 1.45Ghz Dual-Core Processor ($31.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock AM1B-M Micro ATX AM1 Motherboard ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.24 @ Adorama)
Storage: Seagate Pipeline HD 250GB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($31.70 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Mwave)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24F1ST DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
Monitor: Asus VS197D-P 18.5" Monitor ($89.24 @ B&H)
Total: $398.13
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-24 20:03 EDT-0400)

I have a weaker netbook that's fine for internet browsing.


Way to go frugal I like it! I'm considering an AM1 build for a media PC, just want to see what it can do. It's so damn cheap!
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