I'm planning on putting together a PC for a family member, but I don't really know much about... well... lower end parts. What he's looking for is just something quiet that can basically take the place of an old dell laptop and do some web browsing and financial stuff on. This isn't a gaming PC whatsoever... in fact, all I want is integrated graphics as of right now.
I know this is probably a tough one on this budget to get a decent PC, considering it's $200 for a decent monitor. Maybe it's even better just to buy something from HP this time around, but I figure you guys can at least come up with something a little better...
Total after the monitor would be $566.79 shipping included w/o any rebates, $536.79 after rebates.
Later on you can add another 2GB stick, up to 4 sticks are supported for 8GB (doubt you'd need that though.)
This doesn't include Windows 7 though, although it costs $99.99 from newegg, if that costs too much then simply downgrade the processor to an Athlon II X2 250, save $10 and you'll only be ~ $25 over budget, if you count rebates.
Those both look pretty much like what I had in my cart earlier, actually... I think that I had a little better Athlon II, though, and a cheap 790-series mATX mobo. I'll look into what was posted here, though, and put the best of what I see together and give you an update.
Finding a full ATX tower for under $70 would be extremely difficult. The cheapest full tower I found on newegg looked like an alien with a ton of lights and it was $69.99. Other than that, the next cheapest were Broadway Com Corp cases for $79.99. Cases that cheap don't come with PSU's either so you'll have to buy one separate as well.
The Zaria looks a little tight to me, and I've heard some bad things about Gigabyte cases, too. Right now, I'm running in a CoolerMaster CM690 II Advanced, and it's a great case, so I'm tempted to go with the centurion. Sorry, Timop... I do like that case, but it just doesn't look much like a typical office computer. Thanks, though...
Here's what I've got so far. Is there anything I'm missing if I'm starting from scratch? Anything obvious? Oh, and I figure I'll put an old GeForce 8400 GS in it from an old Dell I had... it's better than nothing I figure...
Well, I thought about it, but that's not always the case, especially if you've done a lot of research and know what you're doing. I'd rather spend about a hundred more for a good, brand-name motherboard, some decent RAM, and a faster (but smaller capacity) hard drive than whatever HP gives you. It would be different if they used quality parts, but I don't even think they give you Windows with it anymore... just some stupid 'restore disk' prefilled with their nice mix of bloatware.
I just had a lot better build put together for probably $20 less with an Athlon II x4 630 and a better motherboard, too... I'll put a pic up here in a sec. Maybe someone else would be able to use, it, too...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Antec VSK-2000 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model ADX635WFGIBOX
GIGABYTE GA-785GMT-USB3 AM3 AMD 785G USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
This is a bit more expensive that budget but it gives you a very good motherboard with decent integrated graphics, DDR3 and USB 3.0 support, a quad core processor for multitasking, a decent case, a highly rated PSU and peripherals.
Well, I'll make one last attempt to keep this thread alive...
That's my last update for this. If you see anything wrong, have any comments, or anything to say at all about this build, say it now. I'll be ordering this before the end of the month, so this is probably going to be my last update unless someone comes up with something better.