I have a challenge for all of you. My boss approached me and asked if i could build him a computer for his new home office, its not going to be used for intensive tasks, its primarily for storing music, pictures, videos, and for his son to play learning games on. Now i need to give him an estimated price soon, so i was hoping you guys could help me whip together a good cheap rig for him. Rebates and combos dont count in this game, combos will likely change before i start getting parts, and rebates take too long to come in so dont factor those in. I want to see how cheaply this can be done, but using good quality components, no raidmax PSUs or ECS motherboards. Im also going to need some suggestions for good cheap cases, probably going to be microATX mid towers for size and price reasons, but it needs to be a good, solid, and quiet case.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Early Spring BUDGET RANGE: How low can we go?
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Storing music, pictures, home videos, internet browsing, and very low level games
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, and OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: Good quality, minimal price
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: unsure, will not be used for gaming above a 3 year old's level
^ I was going to mention something like that. I was shooting for as low as I could get it and still consider it a decent workstation for what the OP mentioned it would be used for, but if you took the cheapest parts from both my and batuchka's builds, you'd come out at just about $270.
If you spent a little extra to install an F3, maybe put it in a nicer case, maybe install another 2GB of RAM, you'd have a much better machine that'd still cost under $400. That's what I'd do, at least.
I like it too, except for the ODD's very poor reviews. How about replacing it with this Lite-On? Only $5 more for a much higher rating, 24x maximum write instead of 22x, and LightScribe as an added bonus.