I need your valuable suggestion regarding assembling and preparing a full-fledged low cost PC costing something around $ 350-400. Is it possible to have a PC in this amount. I would like to have AMD processor and ATI cheap-set MBoard.
Combo with AMD Athlon II X4 640, 4 GB of DDR3 1333 by G.Skill, a Rosewill case w/ 500W PSU, and an MSI 880G motherboard with a built in 4250. $281.99. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...
the PSU is not the best, but it shoudl handle what we're giving it here, with no real video card.
Junk bin? You're not serious (ok, maybe the Foxconn stuff). There is nothing junk bin about Antec, Crucial, Intel, G-Skill or Shuttle.
Tell me how suggesting Mushkin sticks, Biostar motherboards, Rosewill PSUs and Seagate harddrives isn't junk bin.
What's your build? Have you actually ever BUILT it? The e3300/G41 combination scores a WEI 5.9 for the CPU (a $39.99 CPU @ MicroCenter) and the graphics WEI 4.3. That is plenty for an office PC.
But, yes, it would absolutely spank my builds all the way at the electric meter. Maybe all that extra wattage can help the Folding@Home folks or keep his office warm since to OP won't be making any use of it for actual computing.
Here's an AMD/ATI build since the OP asked for it. Still nothing from the Rosewill PSU/Biostar motherboard/Mushkin RAM real junk bin but somehow it manages to stay under $350. You'll also have to find something else to warm you on those cold winter nights.
It even has parts I have actually used to build systems.
I'll take Antec, Kingston, Gigabyte and WD over Rosewill, Mushkin, Biostar and Seagate any day. I'll also take low-power, low-cost, high quality builds that do what the customer needs over high-power, overkill and mediocre quality.
Sure Intel is quality but come on Atom vs Athlon? lol
I was pretty skeptical myself so I bought a Gigabyte GA-D525TUD board and put together a little PC to see if it could handle the day-to-day of surfing the web, using OpenOffice, uploading/watching pictures and home videos, etc. I put a 2GB stick in it and installed Win7 HP on a 400GB WD drive I wasn't using and out in in a mini-ITX case with a 150W PSU. I figured if it didn't work out then I'd just use the board in a home server build when Vail comes out.
I've been really pleased with the performance for those tasks. It even does a good job of playing Flash games on some of the kids websites my kids like. It's obviously not going to play games or run 1080p video but that's not what I need it to do. AFAICT, neither does the OP.
Trust me, I was pretty surprised how well the Atom worked out. To me it shows you don't need a lot of horsepower for those everyday tasks. If that also means saving $100+ over a traditional desktop build, not including the reduction in power draw, that's a good thing too.
The thing is I've actually built these systems and used them so I can say first hand they work for the intended use.
Technology uses 10% of the world's energy supply. We should be thinking what's the least we need to perform the tasks we do. We don't need 600W PSUs and discrete graphics cards with 1GB of RAM to run Word.