UPDATED!! New budget home computer under $400

I would like to build a new home computer to replace my old Dell Dimension 4550. I only have about a $400 budget right now, but would like the system to be upgradable for years to come as I don't replace my computer very often. The computer would mainly be used for browsing the internet, word processing, pictures, music…..the normal home uses. I need everything except mouse, keyboard and monitor. This will be my first build and I don't know where to start. I plan on running Windows 7 OS, Microsoft Office 2010, and occasionally AutoCAD.

All suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. ASRock 880GXH/USB3
    AMD Athlon II X3 445 + G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB + OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W
    Rosewill Blackbone Black + LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA


    You can also get this combo with a bigger HDD:

    for a total of $384.93.
  2. Thanks,
    It looks as though this motherboard will provide lots of upgrade capabilities and a 550W PSU should be big enough for anyhting I need to do.

    On a side note, I see a lot of DIYers using AMD CPUs.....Are they more user friendly for the DIYer?
  3. That PSU is overkill but it's cheap in that combo. AMD is much better for budget systems.
    If you want SATA 3 on the mobo you can get this board:
    The current hard disks are far for using the speed provided by SATA 2, maybe in the future that will be useful.
  4. Thanks for the all the advice guys!

    Here is what I have so far:

    ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard

    AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX

    XFX HD-567X-ZNF3 Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

    OCZ Signature 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3SG1600LV4GK

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    Rosewill Blackbone Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

    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

    After combo deals and mail in rebates the total is just under $400 plus $23 shipping.

    Will this system work? Do I need to buy anything else.....cables, etc?

    I can download a full version of Windows 7 from under my university's software agreement. Can I burn it to a disk and use that for this new build, or do I need to buy a system builders version?
  5. Why a dedicated video card, are you gaming on the PC?
  6. Not now, but I do have kids. Just looking toward the future. Would you recommend getting an intergrated mobo and spending the money somewhere else?
  7. The Samsung Spinpoint F3 is better. That RAM is in a combo deal? Link the combos.
  8. Quote:
    16MB Cache better than 32MB? Just asking IDK.

    Yep, the Samsung is faster because it has only 1 platter. Stick with the G.Skill combo, OCZ RAM is not very good.

    Get this video card

    and this mobo
    or that one

    le spelling
  9. Can you please explain why I should change these components. I am not questioning your opinion, just trying to learn.

    Thanks for all the help.
  10. The Asrock has SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0, the Gigabyte has USB 3.0 - both are more modern. Gigabyte is a better brand, the Asrock is more modern. Both have good reviews. The Sapphire GPU has better cooling and it's cheaper. The Samsung is faster and newer. G.Skill is better than OCZ.
  11. Thanks.

    How about the downloaded OS I have.....Will that work?
  12. I need some help. When I changed the SATA mode from IDE to AHCI in my bios the hard drive and DVD drive on longer showed up. Do I need to install drivers for AHCI SATA mode?
  13. leave it in ide mode
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