$500 PC System Build (non-gaming + need everything) - HELP!

I have about $500 and I need everything...basically, I have no PC parts at all. So I need a case, ram, cpu, video card, motherboard, hard drive, cd-rom, psu, monitor, soundcard, keyboard/mouse, speakers etc. I would like the fastest and best pc possible for this amount of money and the fact I need to buy almost EVERYTHING.

I do NOT need an amazing/good video card...this is a NON-GAMING PC and I do NOT need an Operating System like Windows, I already have that. This PC will be for home application use mostly.

Can someone please make/post me the very best PC for around $500? remember this is from scratch, I need almost everything besides an OS.
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  1. Best bet, go to tigerdirect.com, they usually have refurbished OEM machines like gateway, etc. I have seen them in the 300 dollar range, then add a monitor.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2727007&CatId=2663

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2974576&CatId=170

    PC was 349 I think, and Monitor is like 149 for 19 inch widescreen, should put you just over 500 with shipping. I mean I don't think you'd beat that deal if you don't want to game. If you do, look at the specs, but I think it has a PCI express slot so you can add a video card if you decide on some gamin later.
  2. Better of buying a name brand and getting a warranty.
  3. qmalik said:
    I have about $500 and I need everything...basically, I have no PC parts at all. So I need a case, ram, cpu, video card, motherboard, hard drive, cd-rom, psu, monitor, soundcard, keyboard/mouse, speakers etc. I would like the fastest and best pc possible for this amount of money and the fact I need to buy almost EVERYTHING.

    I do NOT need an amazing/good video card...this is a NON-GAMING PC and I do NOT need an Operating System like Windows, I already have that. This PC will be for home application use mostly.

    Can someone please make/post me the very best PC for around $500? remember this is from scratch, I need almost everything besides an OS.


    buy a dell. see if you can get one through med/large biz that has Ubuntu preinstalled. that way, you aren't paying for an OS.
  4. Do you have to have a desktop?

    Dell Vostro 1500 15.4" Notebook $399, Feb 12
    http://www.dealsea.com/exec/j/4/?pid=26225&lno=1&afsrc=1
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    P459-1236 H :: PCChips A13G+ Socket AM2 Barebone Kit - v3.0, AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 2.20GHz OEM, 1GB DDR2 PC4200, ATX Mid-Tower Case, 450 Watt Power Supply (20.5 lbs)
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  6. qmalik said:
    Can someone please make/post me the very best PC for around $500? remember this is from scratch, I need almost everything besides an OS.


    How about:

    GIGABYTE GA-MA69VM-S2 AM2 AMD 690V Micro ATX AMD Motherboard = $60
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ Brisbane 2.2GHz AM2 65W Processor - Retail = $64
    A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 = $46
    LITE-ON BLACK SATA 16X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM = $24
    WD Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA- OEM = $75
    IN WIN IW-C589T.J350BFU2AD ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply = $55
    Logitech Value 100 Black PS/2 Standard Keyboard - OEM = $7
    Logitech SBF-90 Black 3 Buttons PS/2 Optical Wheel Mouse - OEM = $5
    Logitech S120 2.3 Watts (RMS) 2.0 Speaker System - OEM = $12
    Acer AL1706Ab Black 17" 8ms LCD Monitor 270 cd/m2 500:1 - Retail = $150

    Total = $498

    The system g-paw put together uses the 690G chipset which has HDMI built in, and he includes a floppy, better speakers, faster DVD burner, etc. I think the In-win case looks better than the Rosewill, and there's a lot to be said for 320G of hard drive space.

    You still get manufacturer's warranty by buying parts and putting it together yourself. Only that you have to do a little bit of self-support to figure out which part isn't working before RMA'ing it. You really don't want to send a part back only to have them return it saying it works perfectly :(
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