I need some help trying to piece together a budget system, hopefully around $500 or the lesser the better!
The system will be used for Quickbooks, MS Office, maybe some Media Center stuff, but nothing serious. I can get an ACER with OS and running for $500, but I'd rather build something better for the price, or equivelant for less if possible.
And that will give you a total so far of $423.43 with shipping. Start from here and upgrade the parts as you feel necessary. Of course if you already have a copy of windows you are going to be able to upgrade to much better parts since right now that's the most expensive part of the system.
Used a 500w power supply in case you want to add a graphic card in the future, you could save $20 for a eathwatts 380w if you'll never add a graphic card. Motherboard was picked for it's excellent on board video and it's upgradability. Can take the most recent quad core AMD CPU if you ever want to upgrade it.