$500 office build

Approximate Purchase Date:

Budget Range: $500 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: work (multiple windows and programs open), internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: probably not

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 is good enought for my needs

Additional Comments: i am trying to spend less than $500 on a full build capable of handling multiple open programs and firefox tabs open at the same time.
this is what i put together:

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
COOLER MASTER ELITE 335 RC-335-KKN1-GP Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437504.11-119-161

hec HP485D 485W ATX12V Power Supply - No Power Cord - OEM
AMD Sempron 140 Sargas 2.7GHz Socket AM3 45W Single-Core Processor SDX140HBGQBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514336

ECS GeForce6100PM-M2(V3.0) AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135246

Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT12864AA800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148163

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD2500AAJS 250GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136113

LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136177

Hanns·G HW-191APB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1 Built-in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254023

Total=439.84 with 1.93 spent on shipping (i hate shipping charges)
Any suggestions and comments are very much appreciated.
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  1. Single Core Processor won't handle multiple programs and tabs very well, you have $60 bucks to play with, I'd at least attempt to squeeze in a dual core.
  2. Just as an example

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.514333

    uses a similar (more powerful PSU) and a dual core for maybe $30 more.
  3. thanks for the advice. will add that to my cart. so with this new build are there any compatibility issues i should be worried about? this is my second build and im still a novice when it come to computer building.
  4. $489AR?


    List of enhancements

    1. 4GB DDR3 RAM/platform: the sun has gone down on DDR2 platforms and no reason to hit it for fresh/new builds
    2. 80+ Bronze PSU
    3. 3.1 ghz triple core
    4. HD DVD/Blu Ray capable integrated HD 4250 graphics + ATI Surround View feature for multi display set up
    5. Seagate 7200.12 hdd (which together with Samsung F3 500 is > buy than even WD 500 Black now)
    6.
    Quote:
    full build capable of handling multiple open programs and firefox tabs open at the same time.

    monster improvement over a Sempron 140 hehe
  5. batuchka said:
    $489AR?
    http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/Untitled-1782.jpg

    List of enhancements

    1. 4GB DDR3 RAM/platform: the sun has gone down on DDR2 platforms and no reason to hit it for fresh/new builds
    2. 80+ Bronze PSU
    3. 3.1 ghz triple core
    4. HD DVD/Blu Ray capable integrated HD 4250 graphics + ATI Surround View feature for multi display set up
    5. Seagate 7200.12 hdd (which together with Samsung F3 500 is > buy than even WD 500 Black now)
    6.
    Quote:
    full build capable of handling multiple open programs and firefox tabs open at the same time.

    monster improvement over a Sempron 140 hehe



    ^ +1

    Great build for the price. I am not going to even try to do better lol.
  6. I'd rather grab a WD black than a Shitgate ... I lost over 3 tb of data in less than 6 months ... Over 10 drives failed.

    Used many spinpoint and WD black WITHOUT ANY HITCH

    I do not recommand any purchase of seagate in any near future.


    Why do you think newegg's combos ALL have seagte hdd ? Because newegg know they suck !

    Why does acer ships their computers with seagate ? Because seagate suck just as much as acer so they both take the cheapest parts to fill for a few moments the need of the customer and then ouppsss... it's dead, well , it's no more under warranty, but we've got this nice computer for you.

    IMO, Acer suck, but seagate is worse (and acer is really in deep hole for I ... ) so don't even ask where seagate is)

    Other than that, nice config :)

    Drop an extra 20$ to get 1 more core and you'll be fine for a long time :)
  7. batuchka said:
    $489AR?
    http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/Untitled-1782.jpg

    List of enhancements

    1. 4GB DDR3 RAM/platform: the sun has gone down on DDR2 platforms and no reason to hit it for fresh/new builds
    2. 80+ Bronze PSU
    3. 3.1 ghz triple core
    4. HD DVD/Blu Ray capable integrated HD 4250 graphics + ATI Surround View feature for multi display set up
    5. Seagate 7200.12 hdd (which together with Samsung F3 500 is > buy than even WD 500 Black now)
    6.
    Quote:
    full build capable of handling multiple open programs and firefox tabs open at the same time.

    monster improvement over a Sempron 140 hehe



    as always, ^^ he wins :D
  8. Thank you all for your kind words :P Oh ya the mobo + OS combo is now $12 less today hehe
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.534034
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