Here is what I WON'T need included:
Everything else must be purchased.
Needs: The PC will need to mostly handle general office work, must be great at multitasking, may have to do occasional Photoshop work, but will almost never have to deal with video editing, will not need to be good at gaming.
And that will give you a total of $487.94. The 1TB Black is only $20 more if you need the space and I guess you can drop down to more standard DDR2 RAM to save a couple of bucks. Since I was thinking budget build I picked a DDR2 motherboard, but then I realized you aren't going to need a separate dedicated video card . I suppose you can go with an AM3 rig instead especially with the excellent GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P at only $79.99, but it does require a dedicated video card as it doesn't have onboard video .
The cpu and mb are great quality, powerful and should last well
the 22inch lcd in that budget surprised even me but in productivity aps a bigger screen is worth it IMO
The cost cutting was with the case and power supply which are fairly basic but will work fine
There no graphics card included because the mb has the best onboard graphics available , and can even play games
The OP isn't a power user. So the $60 AMD 7850 chip will do. A better mobo should be used with at least 4 memory slots. Look at Gigabyte, MSI or Asus.
BTW: Best Buy sells pre-built Compaq with AMD X2, 3GB RAM, etc for $370 - ready to run. But its limited to 4GB (fine) and doesn't include DVI/HDMI output. But includes vista but includes coupon for Windows7.
I'm building this computer for my dad. For my own build, I have much greater needs.
Anyway, on a side note (I want to upgrade my own build), is the Q6600 still one of the best Quads you can buy in the $250 range? Actually I think it costs like $200, but say I had $300 to spend on a quad, and I still have a 775 mobo, what would you suggest?