My brother just turned 21 and in an attempt to stumble to his bed and pass out, dumped a beer in his laptop. Now he needs a new computer for cheap and I said I'd build him one. He's a college student and doesn't need anything fancy, just something for music, writing papers, and running some software from the university.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tomorrow
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: homework (office programs), music & general storage
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS (free from school)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, microcenter
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
OVERCLOCKING: Onboard graphics will do, and i may try and OC before he gets it.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: whatever the onboard graphics will do
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: none
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B $30.99
Foxconn TLM436-CN300C-01 Black / Silver Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case 300W Power Supply
look for mini-ITX and pico-ITX motherboards. they're tiny and perform these tasks properly. also the little cases for these boards look mostly great. if you want it to run faster get SSD instead of a hard disk.
He basically wants it as cheap as possible, $325 for this build as I have it. As far as performance goes it is what it is. I was just wondering if there was a way to do it cheaper. Barebone system? A SSD is way to expensive and looks aren't important to him, he just wants something that works.