$600~650 Home Office PC


BUDGET RANGE: $600-650 (before rebates)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Office Use(MS office & Quicken), Internet Browsing, Multimedia usage(view picture and webvideos)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, microcenter, any reputable site

PARTS PREFERENCES: must have windows 7 professional, and 2 hard drives


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 (may upgrade to 720 or 1080 at some point)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like a quiet case but not crucial. Possible upgrade paths would be ideal.


Parts I've picked out so far:

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 ~$75

MoBo: Gigabyte AM3 780G USB 3.0 ~$95

RAM: G.Skill RipJaws 2x2gb DDR3 cas7 ~$120

PSU: Antec EW 380W ~$50

HDD: Samsung f3 Spinpoint 500gb x2 ~$110

Optical: Sony 24x SATA DVD burner ~$22

Case: CM Elite 335 RC ~$50

OS: Win 7 Professional 64-bit OEM ~$140

Total=~$662 (+$6 shipping)

I would welcome any comments and suggestions on the build above. Mainly looking for possible places to cut cost with out sacrificing too much. Thanks in Advanced!
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  1. Certainly not a big deal, but you can go with a optical/case combo with the case you picked out. Saves five bucks or so, but hey, thats more in your pocket.

    Lite-On DVD Burner & CM ELITE 335 RC - $67

    Also, is there any fundamental reason you need two HD's? RAID, one as backup, etc? It would be cheaper to do a single 1TB drive or a 500 GB & 250 GB.. just wondering.
  2. Looks good, but make sure you look around for combos.
    Here's one that gives you a more capable PSU (same series, but 430W instead of 380W) and a marginally better case at a combined price of $95, with free shipping, saving you ~$11 total?
    I do wonder a bit about the RAM. That's a set I would pick for a mid- to high-end non-LGA1366 build. Consider getting this set. It sports the same latency, but runs at 1333MHz (you really don't need it to run 1600MHz unless you're overclocking). The appeal is that it uses lower voltages. Same price, though you do have to pay $3 shipping. It's worth it in the long run, IMO.
    That puts you at about $654, I think.
    My last suggestion is to consider an 890GX board like this one. This particular mobo is $30 more (+$3 shipping), but you might find it a worthwhile investment, like the ECO series RAM.
  3. Thanks for the suggestions so far!

    @dksite053 The second harddrive will be for back up and storage.
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