< $400 Bargain Non-Gaming: Media Server, Online Vid, Programming

I'de greatly appreciate your advice on a bargain media server type computer that I'm going to put together. Budget is what it is: just moved so cash is low and need is high ... old computer stayed at old house. This will be my only computer at the new place.


BUDGET RANGE: < $400 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Media server through X-Box 360, Online Video, Internet Surfing, Programming (Linux and Visual Studio)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (I don't have speakers, but I have a home theatre system with audio in that i could use to save budget), may be able to skip the OS if necessary and use Ubuntu or similar, but want to explore Windows 7 option.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: wherever i can find the best deals


PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference, unless I can somehow get a Xeon based system in this price range (not sure if possible) [Why? The experience would benefit some products we use at work]


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not


Thank you for all your advice in advance!
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  1. believe it or not you can build a pretty decent system for 400$ I just put together a basic gaming rig for 350$

    I am kind of a newb when it comes to all this stuff but I would go with a good price motherboard + quadcore cpu build and just get 2 or 4 gigs of memory for now, make sure you will have room to put more ram in the future, newegg has the best combo deals, im sure you could find a nice xeon based setup there, what helped me save money was looking at items in generes of "Free shipping" Combo deals, price range selections. I purchased a radeon 4650 for like 55$ and it works awesome for all the games I play usually on high settings with my dual 22' displays.

    AMD X2 5600+ (54$)
    4GB gskill 800mhz memory (89.99)
    Radeon 4650 512mb version (40-50$ i cant remember)
    Thermaltake spirit heatsink, (14$)
    WD caviar green 500gb 32mb cache (50$ free shipping)

    I just build my brother a budget build for under 200$ because all he does is surf the web and use microsoft office

    amdx2 5600+ & thermaltake heatsink for 70$
    I put a Foxcon am2 motherboard with onboard video
    (36.99 with free shipping and it works awesome!)
    2x1gb 667's for 35$
    roswell black basic looking case 20$ with free shipping
    samsung dvd burner for 26$ with free shipping
    wd green cavier 500gb for 50$ with free shipping

    oh and I just got him a cheap 350watt psu it was like 20$, I did my homework on it first though because I didnt want to get him something that would break.

    I hope this helps, if not dont get mad at me lol
  2. Thanks VeXun11. Any and all suggestions are helpful! Anyone else?
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