APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: sometime this month BUDGET RANGE: No more than $400 Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet, music, pictures
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: all parts needed
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I like newegg, but whatever has the best prices is fine
PARTS PREFERENCES: once again, whatever is the best price
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: doesn't need to be great, read my additional comments
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I just finished building my computer about 2 months ago, and my mom loved it so much she asked if I could build one for my 15 year old brother for Christmas. I asked her what her budget was and when she said $400 I told her it might be tough. All he needs is a computer to do his homework on, surf the net, download music, and manage his pictures. If it's possible to do for $400 or less, I'm all for it, but if not let me know. This will need everything, including an OS, keyboard, mouse, speakers, and monitor.
You'll need to up your budget, I believe. After you take out $110 for the OS, $100+ for the monitor, and $35+ for the keyboard/mouse/speakers, you won't have enough left over for the parts (I don't believe). Here's a try.
yeah, I didn't think it was possible. I'll let my mom know and see if she wants to up her budget. Though, I was wondering something about the OS...I am currently using Windows 7 on mine, and I got it free when I bought Windows Vista, is there any chance I could (legally) use my vista on his computer, and if so does that change things as far as the budget goes?
The Windows 7 license is an upgrade license. Once you validate Windows 7, the license for Vista becomes invalid. So no. You cannot (legally) install Vista on your brother's system
With a budget of only $400, (also looking at the system usage) you'd probably be better off getting a pre-fab system. If Mom's willing to up the budget, then you can go ahead and look at building.
I'm with Wolf on this one. If 400 is the limit, go prefab. I think Walmart has a cheap box, without monitor for 300, then drop 100 on a monitor. I'm sure there are more out there that would work, but with such a low budget, a big box supplier is probably the best bet.
-Also with the home builts, people are suggesting semi-unreliable parts and no name manufacturers. If you go with pre-built you would at least get some type of warranty.