Help on cheap machine

:D Hello, my young cousin (16) is in need of a machine and he asked me to build one for him and I need help or second thoughts in doing so. Since he got school in front of him, I'm trying to build something easy on his pockets while still as value sensitive as possible. He is probably gonna do school work on it, and perhaps some very light gaming. When I meant cheap, I meant REALLY cheap. Overall, we're aiming for about $430 USD or lower, So if you guys can help me out in dollar crunching or second thoughts, please do help :)

This is what I got so far:

DVD Burner drive: Lite-on 20x sata

Case: Foxconn case (with 300 watt PS [Most possibly and 80+])

Hard Drive: WD 320gb sata 8mb

Motherboard: MSI 740g

Video Card: HIS 4650 512 ddr2

OS: Vista Premium 64-bit

Processor: Athlon x2 Be-2300 1.9ghz

Ram: 4gb (2x2) ddr2 800 G-skill ram

My build so far comes to $431.46 not including a 5 discount off a bundle (CPU and Ram). Am I missing something? Can you guys beat my build?
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  1. IMO, try to fit this in -




    for like 30-40 $ more than your AMD combo. With easy overclocking you can avoid potential CPU bottlenecks. Do either of you maybe have a copy of XP? Or do you need vista for a particular reason? That would save you a tremendous amount of money for such a low-budget build and allow you a slightly better video card like the HD4670.
  2. We do not exactly need Vista, but unfortunately, none us have an extra OS lying around. Perhaps I should invest in a full retail one later :D

    However, knowing the AMD CPU is weak, I will try to crunch the E5200 one into it. I might just help him out a bit (He's a devoted lawn mower :D)
  3. you might want to look at this CPU: Open Box: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200 Brisbane 2.7GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor

    Its not that much more and it is a good jump for $5. Though the E5200 is a good CPU it is about $30 more expensive. Give me a sec and I will give you what I would suggest for this build. I have been where you are before.
  4. Here check this out. This may be a little more then your budget but not by much. If you can find some money somewhere this would be nice.


    Rosewill Wind Ryder RZLS142A-P YE Dual 120mm Cooling Fans and Mesh Design Front Panel Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail


    ASRock A780FullHD AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail


    AMD Athlon X2 BE-2400 Brisbane 2.3GHz Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core Processor Model ADH2400DOBOX - Retail

    Power Supply:

    FSP Group SAGA+ 400R 400W ATX12V Power Supply - Retail

    Hard Drive:

    Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500AAJS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    Video Card:

    HIS Hightech H465FS512P Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail


    Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664AA800 - Retail


    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

    Optical Drive:

    LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model DH-20A4P-04 - OEM

    Total before shipping: $440.90 ( $430.90 after rebate)
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