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Budget PC, around 700$..Help appreciated!

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February 20, 2010 10:34:12 PM

Hi! I'm looking to help my older brother out with building a computer for his birthday. He should be getting around 700$...

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: March 1st

BUDGET RANGE: Around 700$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Surfing internet, downloading, watching movies, games.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I Need all parts, including: OS, keyboard and mouse, speakers, monitor, etc.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: No preference

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference

OVERCLOCKING: Not at all

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not familiar with SLI or Crossfire...Or what they do/are...lol!

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like it to look sleek, modern, and be relatively quiet. Preferebly all black. LED lights would be cool as long as it isn't prone to overheating.


I appreciate the help! Thanks!

More about : budget 700 appreciated

February 20, 2010 10:54:17 PM

Hey t3tr1s!


So let's see, you need a working computer for around $700. Not bad.



I know an online configurator that will offer the following for $835 shipped to your house, working, OS installed, etc.


CoolerMaster Elite 310 Case
600W Power Supply
AMD Phenom II X4 945 (3.0GHz QUAD CORE)
Asus M4A78LT-M
4GB DDR3 Corsair RAM @ 1600MHz
ATI Radeon 5770 (Direct X 11!)
320GB Seagate Barracuda Hard Drive
LG 22X CD/DVD Burner
Windows 7 Installed
Mouse
Keyboard
Speakers


That's... not bad for $835. Trust me! You can add a Monitor for $100 ~ :( 











So t3tr1s, you want to build your brother a computer and I'm here to help. $700~ you say? Let's go to NewEgg shall we? :D  I'll post again in 10-15 Mins!
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February 20, 2010 11:22:52 PM

Okay t3tr1s, you're giving your brother a Computer, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, and Speakers for around $700~. I think I did it!




CD/DVD Burner - LG 22X CD/DVD Burner ($23)
Computer Case - HEC 6T ($30)
CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 945 @ 3.0 GHz (QUAD CORE) ($134)
Hard Drive - 500GB Seagate Barracuda ($55)
RAM Memory - A-DATA 4GB DDR3 @ 1333MHz ($97)
Motherboard - GIGABYTE GA-MA770T ($67 ($10 Mail-In Rebate!))
Power Supply - OCZ 600W ($55 ($10 Main-In Rebate!))
Video Card - ATI Radeon HD 4850 ($94)


Operating System - Windows 7 ($105)







Grand Total after Shipping + Taxes: $728.93

With Mail-In Rebates?: $708.93






You still need a Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, and a Monitor.


You can find a mouse for $5, a keyboard for $10, and some speakers for $10.
You can find a good quality monitor for $90 - $100









If you want t3tr1s, I can downgrade a couple parts for you and see what I can do. I'm just trying to future proof this the best I can >_<!
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February 20, 2010 11:25:36 PM

That looks great, I think he wants around a 20" monitor. Basically no gaming will be used on the computer, so graphics cards don't need to be great or even average I suppose.

What monitors would you recommend?
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February 20, 2010 11:48:06 PM

t3tr1s said:
That looks great, I think he wants around a 20" monitor. Basically no gaming will be used on the computer, so graphics cards don't need to be great or even average I suppose.

What monitors would you recommend?




No gaming? That means I can cut the ATI Radeon HD 4850 right out of the picture! ($-94)




If worst comes to worst t3tr1s, I can give you a free NVIDIA 7900GT from EVGA (supports HD and stuff). If you still want a video card, get a cheap ATI Radeon HD 5450 for $35 (It has DirectX 11 Support!)






So, our Grand Total now is: $628.36, $608.36 after Mail-In Rebates! This gives us some good breathing room for a Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, and Speakers. My suggestions:



Keyboard - GENE Basic Keyboard ($11)
Mouse - Logitech RX1500 ($15)
Speakers - Logitech S210 ($13)


If we add that to our cart, our Grand Total is: $670.06, $650.06 after Mail-In Rebates!






So let's find a good LCD 20' Monitor for your brother. How about:

Acer X230H 20' (1600x900 Resolution) ($125)




If we add that to our cart, our Grand Total is: 803.79, 783.79 after Mail-In Rebates!





Grrr! I failed you t3tr1s! I got you a lot of name-trusted brands and pound-for-pound parts. I was aiming for more like $730 :(  If you want, I can actually down-grade the CPU a little bit if your brother isn't going to be doing hard-core stuff on it. That might suit the wallet better :D 
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February 21, 2010 12:06:40 AM

t3tr1s, I did it!






Instead of getting an AMD Phenom II X4 945 @ 3.0 GHz (QUAD CORE), you can get something just as good!



How about an AMD Phenom II X2 545 @ 3.0GHz (DUAL CORE)?






Grand Total after Shipping + Taxes: $736.38, $716.38 after Mail-In Rebates!







You have options t3tr1s! I can get you an AMD Athlon II X4 @ 2.8 GHz (QUAD CORE), or 2.6GHz for (+$20/+$10) if you prefer a Quad-Core to a Dual-Core.






If you really want to be daring and nerdy, buy the motherboard seperately and buy this AMD Phenom II X2 550 @ 3.1 GHz (DUAL CORE). It will cost you about (+$30), but this BLACK EDITION of AMD's Phenom has two un-locked cores. That's right, you can make this a Quad-Core if you know how. There are guides online on how to do it. If this seems too daunting, go with what I suggested above. You'll be more than happy.




Let me know if you need anything else t3tr1s! :D 
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February 21, 2010 12:08:53 AM

Necromentia you crack me up.
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February 21, 2010 12:12:13 AM

:D  How so Whitefang?



Also, t3tr1s, I have a code that expires 2/28/2010 for $5 off your order. I'll give you it in case you want to save more. I hardly shop at NewEgg since my sponsors supply my needs.



Grand Total: $731.38, $711.38 after Mail-In Rebates!


>=] Just thought I'd help someone out!
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February 21, 2010 2:59:33 AM

Oh just the way you type is great. that's all. keep it up :p 
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