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Cheapest Bargain System possible

Last response: in Systems
September 22, 2010 5:30:27 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next 2 weeks

Budget Range: As cheap as possible (how low can we go?) Would like it under $300 -- lower if possible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet, YouTube, Word Processing

Parts Not Required: monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire:no

Monitor Resolution: whatever

Additional Comments: Just looking to build a bargain machine as a secondary computer -- internet, especialy youtube very important.
September 22, 2010 5:46:17 AM
September 22, 2010 5:53:11 AM

Take a look at the following article

If you drop the graphics card , and substitute a motherboard with a 785g or 880g chipset that has onboard graphics you would be close to $300
A micro -atx board will be fine and save money too
This one
ASRock 880GM-LE AM3 AMD 880G Micro ATX
is a decent price and has the better 880g

That price doesnt include windows ...........
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September 22, 2010 6:04:39 AM

AMD Athlon II X2 255 $64

MSI 880GM-E41 $75

Samsung F4 320GB $43

Mushkin 1333MHz 2GB $36

Antec 300 + EA380W $85

Total: $303

Note you can get the 500GB Samsung for $12. Also for $15 you can get an AsRock board but I wouldn't recommend it.
September 22, 2010 4:19:09 PM

Athlon II X2 245 + Biostar A880G $93.98 + $10 MIR

Geil Value 2GB DDR3 1066 $36.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 250GB + NZXT GAMMA Case $69.98 + $2.99 Shipping

Cooler Master Elite 460 PSU $29.99 + $1.99 Shipping

Lite-On DVD Burner $19.99

Total $255.91 - $10 MIR = $245.91

Alternately, since you say you're mainly just surfing internet, youtube and word processing a netbook/nettop would be plenty sufficient with the benefit of a small foot print, lower power usage and built in wifi. The only downside is they don't have a built in disc drive. If you need one you can use a usb drive or share one from another PC through the network.

Zotac MAG Barebones Nettop w/Atom 330, Nvidia ION and includes 160gb HDD and 2GB ram $279.99

Total $279.99

Zotac ZBOX Barebones Nettop w/Atom D510 and Next-Gen DDR3 Nvidia ION GPU $209.99 + $20 MIR

Samsung Spinpoint MP4 320GB 7200RPM Laptop HDD $39.99

G.Skill 2GB DDR2 800 SO-DIMM ram $36.99

Total $286.97 - $20 MIR = $266.97 (I recommend this one.)

All of these builds can run 1080p and have plenty of processing power for your usage. The nettops have dual core atoms and are hyperthreaded which make up for their lower speed. If you want to do some major gaming, I'm not talking about browser flash games and the like, you should stick with the desktop. The nettop can handle minor gaming easy.