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August 20, 2009 12:10:33 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next month

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet, taxes, basically not gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: All required

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Would prefer newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: Really don't have any.

OVERCLOCKING: I would like to stay away from it but if needed perhaps.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Would like 1080p but would settle for lower. A MONITOR NEEDS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is for a family member which I will be building. I'm considering just looking at Best Buy or something for a package but I decided to see what I can get here. Although there won't be any gaming I'd like it to have a decent graphics card so that the PC could last a while. Everything will be needed including OS, monitor, mouse/keyboard.

Thanks.

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August 20, 2009 12:30:02 AM

I just purchased parts to build a HTPC (home theater pc) for under $300 that has HDMI with audio out on the motheboard. I'm reusing a HDD and need an optical burner, but I figure that puts you close to $300 (no OS).

That seems like something up your alley. For basic things, you don't need anything spectacular.

Athlon II Regor 240
780g HDM mobo
2-4GB RAM
Small HDD
Decent PSU (Antec, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, etc) - can be included in case
Inexpensive case
Optical Drive

Peripherals will add - monitor, etc (22" LCD for less than $150, keyboard and mouse combos for pretty cheap as well).

Let me know if you want some help picking out some of the parts. I'm sure we can keep you well below your price range.
August 20, 2009 12:36:30 AM

DVD drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case/PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... It comes with an antec EA380.

HDD: They have a good deal on the WD 640GB black right now http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo/CPU combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... could probably find something cheaper if you don't need a WS aspect monitor.

OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Comes with a Windows 7 coupon, you will want to use that.

All comes out to 610 bucks shipped for me.

You could also switch out that case/psu combo with these.

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 20, 2009 12:45:42 AM

Thanks guys. Seems like you both have about the same idea. I'm liking the parts you listed macabre. I guess I'll wait a few days and see if anyone has any objections.
August 20, 2009 12:54:08 AM

hibbiejibbie3 said:
Thanks guys. Seems like you both have about the same idea. I'm liking the parts you listed macabre. I guess I'll wait a few days and see if anyone has any objections.


Nobody will. the only thing you could do there is go cheaper, which I could do. I only didn't because you said between 600-800 dollars. If you have any other questions post them here, or send me a private message if you wish.
a b C Monitor
August 20, 2009 1:25:09 AM

If you don't mind the extra price, then it is better than the Regor, but it doesn't look like it's a necessity for his/her uses.
August 20, 2009 1:29:14 AM

Mmk. Yeah you're right. I could put the extra money to good use for something else. Thanks to all. The build posted will do just fine.
August 20, 2009 2:02:16 AM

The motherboard is a Micro ATX one just so you know.
August 20, 2009 11:32:03 AM

The 550 is definitely better if you want to spend the extra money.
August 20, 2009 5:32:52 PM

Hey thanks all. I may consider a smaller case for it since yeah it is a mATX motherboard. I'm also going to safely assume that this would probably be a better deal than say going to Best Buy and buying one of their computer bundles.
a b C Monitor
August 20, 2009 6:27:50 PM

hibbiejibbie3 said:
I'm also going to safely assume that this would probably be a better deal than say going to Best Buy and buying one of their computer bundles.

Keep in mind that you're asking this question in a "homebuilt systems" forum. You're not going to find many fans of retail shops around here. :) 

A build that you put together yourself will have higher quality components than an OEM build.
August 20, 2009 6:49:24 PM

Very true shortstuff_mt. Most of us here are much bigger fans of building and not buying.
August 21, 2009 3:44:36 AM

Well that's definitely understandable. Shame on me haha.
August 23, 2009 5:38:26 PM

I picked the PCP&C PSU that macabre also suggested
(PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817703018 )
and I think that there is only one SATA power connector on it. Being that the DVD drive and the HDD are both OEM those won't come with adapters right? and if not then would the motherboard include any? or should I get a retail optical drive? Oh and I used the parts from the build macabre stated.
a b C Monitor
August 23, 2009 5:43:46 PM

Looking at the pictures of that power supply i see atleast 2 sata power connectors, i dont know if there are any molex to sata adapters as most power supplies offer atleast two strings of each which is usually plenty.
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