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Please recommend me a desktop online ($650 budget plus shipping)

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July 6, 2010 4:08:23 AM

Well, after being stubborn against the advice of my friends/family/several forums, I decided to follow them. I was shocked at the price of ibuypower.com because it was too good to be true. It turned out it was... The shipping was 120$ making it 770$. I can't buy a pc+ shipping anymore than $650. Can anyone recommend me a desktop from any website that is $650 including everything?

Minimum= wireless network(other family member using modem)/fairly good score on cpubenchmark(1500 or higher)/fairly good graphics card

Edit:o h yeah, when I mean everything I mean everything. I just almost customized one that was $647 then it didn't have windows...
a c 82 B Homebuilt system
July 6, 2010 5:12:39 AM

You can build your own for that and get a decent system. Although that is pushing it with a monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers. Are you up for assembly or do you know anyone who will do it for you?
a b B Homebuilt system
July 6, 2010 7:53:03 AM

danielong1 said:
Well, after being stubborn against the advice of my friends/family/several forums, I decided to follow them. I was shocked at the price of ibuypower.com because it was too good to be true. It turned out it was... The shipping was 120$ making it 770$. I can't buy a pc+ shipping anymore than $650. Can anyone recommend me a desktop from any website that is $650 including everything?

Minimum= wireless network(other family member using modem)/fairly good score on cpubenchmark(1500 or higher)/fairly good graphics card

Edit:o h yeah, when I mean everything I mean everything. I just almost customized one that was $647 then it didn't have windows...




You did'nt mention what it's gonna be used for.

Also , do you want an Intel/AMD based system?

If it's just for home/office usage , this is what you should be looking at (if you are in the USA)

Decent performance @ your price point...

CPU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...]

HDD : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...]

PSU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...]

MONITOR : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...]

KEYBOARD+MOUSE : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...]

SPEAKERS : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...]

DVD+-RW : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...]

As I said earlier,this will be an extremely decent computer to own . Just add a decent case/cabinet of your choice within your budget & you are good to go.

Don't go for branded PC . You don't know what goes into them . Also , they overcharge . ASSEMBLE YOUR OWN .

That way , you'll get YOUR chosen product , at a very agreeable pricepoint.


You don't have to choose the exact products/brands but try sticking to these specifications if you can (if you choose intel over amd).

CPU : E5400 (70$)

Mobo : Asus P5KPL-AM (55$)

RAM : 2 GB DDR2 800 (44$)

HDD : 500 GB , 3 gb/s 7200 rpm , 16 mb cache (56$).

PSU : Antec basiq 350 watts (you wont need any more wattage than that) (29$)

MONITOR : Choose your own from the page in the link , based on your price point . (Remember , minimum

requirement = 30000:1 contrast & 5 m/s refresh rate---below that , the screen will look shabby , & washed out &

moving objects would leave a trail behind even though you might get a bigger screen for the same price).

KEYBOARD &MOUSE : try sticking to logitech (19$)

SPEAKERS : You can do a lot worse than creative (20$)

DVD WRITER : Make sure it's multi layer multi format (24$)

CASE : Pick one according yo your taste/budget/requirement . Should'nt cost you more than 50$.

(choose one without power , you are buying it separately)

Hopefully , I've been of some help.
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a c 82 B Homebuilt system
July 6, 2010 8:09:29 AM

LGA 775 is hard to recommend unless it is to upgrade an existing system. For the money you will get more out of an AMD Athlon II x2 or x3 based system. There is no point in building from new with a dead socket. Also your RAM link goes to SD cards. You have to include Windows as well since he already mentioned that in his post.
a c 82 B Homebuilt system
July 6, 2010 8:37:44 AM
a b B Homebuilt system
July 6, 2010 9:25:57 AM

@ anort---upgraded my ram link already...

well , win 7 home premium upgrade costs 100$

Here's the link - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...]

And btw...that's a terribly outdated monitor , just look @ the specsheet...

Get a 19/18.5 inch one for about 150-160$ from my link...that should be much more easy on the eye.

Also why are you suggesting such an expensive psu for this build ? He doesnt need even close to 400 watts , and

Antec is just as good , and you know that .

@ danielong1 : Apart from that , basically , it's your choice as I said earlier.

Intel (my build) or AMD (anort's)

Apart from the cpu & mobo , every thing else is interchangeable . So pick and choose whatever suits

your fancy , and fits your wallet :) 

@ anort---if LGA 775 is hard to recommend , then plz suggest LGA 1156/1366...After all , it's all 'bout the money , honey
a c 82 B Homebuilt system
July 6, 2010 10:02:44 AM

Quote:
well , win 7 home premium upgrade costs 100$


Upgrade from what?? It is a new computer there is nothing to upgrade.

No that is not the best monitor but it averages 5 stars out of 450 reviews and is in his price range. His TOTAL budget including shipping is $650.

Expensive power supply? It is $29 after rebate.......... that is damn cheap for a PSU that will run a 5850. The same price I might add as your Antec 350. Might as well give him some upgrade room.

Also you are sticking him with a dead socket , 2gb of obsolete single channel DDR2 RAM and onboard graphics..........barely enough for Windows 7 to run smoothly. I have him playing most games at 1440 x 900. And while we are being technical you have a dual core at 2.7ghz while I have a dual at 3.0 ghz not to mention the storage grade hard drive you have vs the performance one for the same price I recommended.

Why the hell would I recommend LGA1156/1366........he could not get more than a motherboard, CPU and RAM with his budget.

It is not my fault you first post was incomplete and not a good value. This website and those who post here try to give the best advice possible. So yeah I and just about anyone else will try to correct what we know is wrong.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 6, 2010 11:27:41 AM





You are right about the upgrade part...that was my oversight...your link is correct , though I'm not sure 'bout the 64 bit part for a general non-techie.


I was being sarcastic about the sockets . Please read my post...I said "it's all 'bout the money , honey" meaning you
need the budget for cutting edge stuff.

same thing 'bout the ram , single channel is cheaper than dual channel.

Also , I said it in my first post itself , AMD is indeed the way to go . mine is an option if he indeed wanted to go the intel way
a b B Homebuilt system
July 6, 2010 11:28:15 AM

Here's the list I got together:

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152181


1 year: $9.99
2 year: $16.99
$54.99

Acer X203Hbd Black 20" 16:9 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
Item #: N82E16824009158

-$25.00 Instant
$149.99
$124.99

ECS IC780M-A2 (V1.0A) AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813135250
-$5.00 Instant

$15.00 Mail-in Rebate13-135-250 $64.99
$59.99

POWERCOLOR AX5550 512MK3-H Radeon HD 5550 512MB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
Item #: N82E16814131355
-$5.00 Instant

$15.00 Mail-in Rebate14-131-355 $69.99
$64.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
Item #: N82E16820231276
$102.99

Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply
Item #: N82E16811129065

Logitech Black USB Wireless Desktop MK300 Keyboard and Mouse
Item #: N82E16823126069

-$33.00 Combo
$139.94
$106.94

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor ADX240OCGQBOX
Item #: N82E16819103688

-$10.00 Combo
$159.98
$149.98
Subtotal: $664.87
$30.00 in MIR equates to 634.87. Add 20 dollars for this DVD Drive
Total before shipping comes to 654.87. It's probably the best I can do
July 6, 2010 7:21:39 PM

Wow thanks guys for all the advice. This topic will be useful for other people browsing this site with the same dilemma. I will be using it for light gaming/projects. I forgot to say that I already have a monitor and I could borrow some speakers. Thanks calguyhunk but the one I could buy at bestbuy is better.. I'm stuck between cmcghee and anort's build. Here's the link to the one I could buy. Edit: (it's probably better because of the $150 save in speakers/monitor)

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+Inspiron+Desktop+/+A...

(The 2nd review is sort of fishy. I believe he downloaded a virus or watched some of lala)
a c 82 B Homebuilt system
July 6, 2010 8:24:12 PM

Ok with no monitor in the budget we can do alot better.

We keep the keyboard and mouse:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And power supply:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Better motherboard:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Better processor:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Free with Processor:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Burner:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Better video card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Grand total of $683.90 with $45 mail in rebates making a total of $638.90 with about $25 shipping.


Edit: Crap I was in a hurry and forgot a case. Something cheap would add about $40 to $50. I will come back later and see if I can find any combo deals.

Edit 2: Revised to include case.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 12, 2010 12:41:36 AM

Please mark this as solved if there is nothing further you need.
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