APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month BUDGET RANGE: <600
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Web Surfing, "Low End Gaming", Open Office
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States
PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference.
OVERCLOCKING: Doubtful SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Whatever resolution that can be provided under $150
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My friend wants a PC for mostly low end gaming and homework. By low end gaming I mean Diablo II, Halo PC, and other undemanding games. I don't think he would boost the graphics settings hardly any. I tried piecing something together myself, but it came to more than $500, not including the OS, monitor, or case. Also, he thinks it would be cool to have a 1TB hard drive. Nor for storage, just for the ability to think, "I have a 1TB hard drive."
Ok Here is what i would do... First go quad core... duel cores are finished...
Two He is going to have to go 500gb hard drive for cost reasons when you have more money then you can have the bragging rights of 1tb plus you want a solid drive on a cheap one. So here is what i put together with EVERYTHING including monitor case and os plus everything else. 660.... its close to your 600 range.
LITE-ON 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model iHAP122-04 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827106281
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181
Open Box: LG W1943TB-PF Black 18.5" 5ms(GTG) 16:9 Widescreen LCD Monitor
Item #: N82E16824005121R
What about the core i3? Are the integrated graphics able to play the games I listed?
Also, I don't quite understand OEM Windows. Is it basically the same thing as the normal retail version?
As for cases and monitors, I'll let him choose. I will recommend him the Antec Two Hundred, and the monitor you listed. I'll probably mod in a window on the two hundred and throw in a cathode for lighting goodness.
Total: $572 after rebates, before shipping, taxes.
This build is much more up to date with the AM3 board and DDR3 RAM. In addition, you get a SATA optical (IDE is dying), faster RAM, a better case and a quality PSU. Of course, that doesn't matter if the the monitor needs to be included in the $600...
Integrated graphics should be able to play those games. However, you will be spending a lot more for the CPU and the board. It's better to stick in a cheap GPU.
And there is a motherboard in bigstott's build. It's in a combo with the CPU.