$500-600 Budget Build, First timer Need help/suggestions

Hey guys, This is my first time building a computer. I am wondering if any of you guys can give suggestions or help me out on building a computer. This computer will mainly be used for home use, such as surfing the net, watch a few movies here and there and music. Pretty much the basics. My budget will be from $500-600 bucks. I won't need keyboard, mouse, monitor or speakers.


Approximate Purchase Date: (Soon)


Budget Range: (500-600) Before / After Rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: (surfing the internet, watching movies, music, basics)


Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (newegg.com)


Country of Origin: ( US)


Parts Preferences: by brand or type (none)


Overclocking: no


SLI or Crossfire: no


Monitor Resolution: (1024x768)


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  1. If you already have a case, we need to know which one so that suggested parts fit -- or at least what form factor motherboard it can hold.
  2. Well I guess I will probably need a new case as well. Thanks for the heads up. Gonna edit my post.
  3. This is about all you need for surfing and watching videos. The case features a highly rated 380W 80+ PSU (EA-380D). The integrated video accelerates 1080p video with no problem. Everything else is fast, high-quality and top rated.

    GIGABYTE GA-H55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3530
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.523536
    Combo: $205.99

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231180
    $79.99

    Antec NSK 4482B Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129072
    $64.99 after $10 off w/ promo code EMCZYZX86

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
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    LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106334
    $19.79 after 10% off w/ promo code BHD102010

    Total: $440.75 + tax & shipping

    Upgrades to consider:

    Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129024
    $119.99 - this is a great, easy case with a bigger PSU in case someday you want to add a video card

    LITE-ON Black 4X Blu-ray Disc Reader SATA Model iHOS104-08
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  4. Quote:
    System Usage from Most to Least Important: (surfing the internet, watching movies, music, basics)

    Every month i have an ECR (El Cheapo Rig) config that precisely not only meets but far exceeds the needs u had just stated :P

    $261AR
  5. ^+1

    Great deal batuchka
  6. Thanks for the suggestions guys. Quick question, Do you guys think I'll get my moneys worth if I were to build one my self or buy one pre-built say from bestbuy or any other store when it comes to comparing the parts with a $500 home-built or a $500 store-built? Without worrying about labor since I have always wanted to build one.

    Thanks guys
  7. You will always get much better quality rig building it yourself when you spend the same amount money that you would spend at a big box.
  8. Just make sure you read the reviews and do the research on the parts you are building with. Not all parts are created equal like anything else in life. Going the cheapest route can cost you more in RMAs, return shipping, time, frustration and eventually money than spending upfront on good quality proven parts.
  9. Well asking such question in the Homebuilt sub forums dun be surprised if DIY ftw rings supreme :P
  10. batuchka said:
    Quote:
    System Usage from Most to Least Important: (surfing the internet, watching movies, music, basics)

    Every month i have an ECR (El Cheapo Rig) config that precisely not only meets but far exceeds the needs u had just stated :P

    $261AR
    http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q205/batuchka/Untitled-2332.jpg


    Batuchka, how come I don't see a power supply with the case combo you listed?
  11. Whoa free PSU with casings are a disaster waiting to happen - even in my ECR i would make a point to squeeze in an entry level 80+ certified one - this one actually allows one to slot in a GTX 460/HD 6850 and game away hehe
  12. Alright Educate me.

    If I buy everything in your ECR package I should be good to go? I'm thinking of getting that and spend more money on a nice monitor.
  13. Yes and the reason for just a single 2GB stick RAM is to keep 3 DIMM slots wide open for upgrades. If needs change the 'nest' of 500W 80+ PSU and a Rana 445 is sturdy/capable enuff to slot in a HD 6850 and game on hehe
  14. Omg the fail in this thread, why would you suggest a guy on a 500-600 dollar a budget a 200 dollar mobo are you mentally challenged?

    He'd be fine with a Gigabyte GA-P55-USB3 for God sake
  15. I don't see any $200 motherboard suggestions here. Maybe the fail is with your eyes?
  16. I also don't see a 200 mobo =[
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