>$600 Basic System Build


BUDGET RANGE: $500-600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Watching movies/TV shows (would like to be able to output from the video card via HDMI out to my TV which doesn't seat very far away), Recording music (it's pretty basic..I just use Cubase and never have more than 8-10 tracks), Basic browsing. (Youtube HD, Hulu, etc.)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS, HDD.



OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (Haven't tried before, but I believe I have enough general knowledge to give it a try.)


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just want a workhorse..not looking to do much gaming necessarily. But like I stated earlier..It would be nice to have HTPC like capabilities..be able to download HD videos and play them on my TV which sits 6ft. away or so.

Thanks. :)
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  1. Did I leave something out? Or is it too vague?

    I'm really open to anything.
  2. Nah, chances are nobody's seen your thread yet. Be patient and you'll get replies.

    Does ATX or mATX matter to you? I was thinking 785G with onboard video would save you enough over a 790 motherboard to net you a good Phenom II quad core to put in this.... Let me see what I can do here.
  3. Ok I built something that comes to $601 before shipping... It's a start and you can go cheaper on the processor to compensate for your budget. You could also go for a different choice of DVD/Blu-Ray than what I have as well. And I chose a case that's more than some others, but I LOVE this case.

    Case: Antec P180

    Motherboard: Asus 785G

    Power Supply: Corsair 400

    Processor: Phenom II X4 955 Black

    Memory: Corsair XMS DDR 3 4GB Kit

    Blu-Ray: LG Blu-Ray reader

    DVD Burner: LG DVD Burner

    Total before shipping and tax = $601

    Hard drive and OS you said you had already so.

    This processor is $15 less, also nice.
  4. Thanks for the reply. I really appreciate it.

    ATX or mATX doesn't matter to me.

    Would the onboard video on the 785G have any problem handling high quality HD video files? XvidHD etc..?

    Also, No need for the Blu-Ray reader. All the video I playback will be downloaded..maybe I can look into one later. Also, forgot to mention in the first post..I have a Sony Dual Layer-DVD Burner that I'll be able to use in this build also. So, that frees up a bit of extra funds.

    Thanks again.
  5. Ya that HD4200 is a great IGP for an HTPC. I gotta check real quick but I think that the ASUS board as HDMI out as well, if not then the Gigabyte 785G probably has HDMI out.
  6. OK I double checked the ASUS board, it does have HDMI out. I removed the Blu-Ray and DVD drives from the wish list on newegg, comes to $485 total.
  7. On the cheap, you'd get by just fine with an Athlon II X3 435, but it looks pretty good.
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