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Basic budget build

Approximate Purchase Date: No rush, probably within a week or so

Budget Range: $300-$400 USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web browsing, word processing, possibly light gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg or tigerdirect

Country of Origin: U.S.

Parts Preferences: Leaning towards AMD dual core (nothing fancy needed) and an inexpensive brand name board with AM3 socket.

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1440 x 900

Additional Comments: A tentative build for a friend with light computing needs who wants a desktop. He wants a basic setup with modern hardware. The purpose of this post is get feedback on any potential compatibility conflicts or other precautions as this is my first build (and post, hello everyone!). So here it is:

ASUS M4A78LT-M Motherboard

Antec VSK-2000 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W Power Supply

EVGA 512-P3-1212-LR Vid card

Extra 120mm case fans

Hard Drive

DVD Burner

AMD Athlon II X2 255 Regor 3.1GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
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    ok, you can go a bit cheaper on all of this

    Get the AS Rock 880 Motherboard: $59.99

    X2 250: $59.99

    4 GB G.Skill DDR3-1333: $59.99

    1 TB Seagate 7200.12 drive: $54.99

    Seasonic 300W PSU 80+ Bronze: $39.99

    Rosewill microATX case with 1 120mm fan back: $29.99

    LG DVD Burner: $16.99


    $267 total.
  2. Spintpoint F3 instead of Seagate.....
    Maybe an after market GPU....
    Do you need an OS?
  3. the spinpoints f3 isn't on sale for the price of a 500GB drive right now, the Seagate is. Its a little slower than the samsung, but $54.99 instead of $69.99 is worth the slightly slower speed.
  4. $30-40 on a Video Card could really help.

    And for an OS, you can either spend $99 on Windows 7, or go look for an cheap copy of Windows XP.
  5. XP 64 bit is like 70ish.....

    Quote:
    the spinpoints f3 isn't on sale for the price of a 500GB drive right now, the Seagate is. Its a little slower than the samsung, but $54.99 instead of $69.99 is worth the slightly slower speed.
    ah, my bad....
  6. My mistake, I forgot to mention that we have a copy of Windows 7 64 bit ready to install. For those who replied so soon thank you for the feedback!
  7. ah! then get what Squirrel recommends
  8. don't get a $30/40 video card, they will be worse than the built-in 4250 on the 880 motherboard.

    you really don't need anything more than the on-board for what you are doing. If you decide you need to go with heavy duty gaming, you should upgrade from the 300W to the 520W (an extra $20), and get at least the GTS 450 or HD5770 ($129ish for either). Any lesser cards will be pointless for gaming, and won't be better than onboard for office stuff, internet, flash games, etc.
  9. ScrewySqrl said:
    ok, you can go a bit cheaper on all of this

    Get the AS Rock 880 Motherboard: $59.99
    +1. ASRock has always done well by me.

    X2 250: $59.99
    Meh. To save a buck, ok, but I'd probably choose the 260 at least, the X3 445, or X3 740BE (plus a HSF) if budget allows.

    4 GB G.Skill DDR3-1333: $59.99
    +1. I haven't bought a lot of it, but I've never had to return a G.Skill stick.

    1 TB Seagate 7200.12 drive: $54.99
    +1. Not remarkably slower than the F3.

    Seasonic 300W PSU 80+ Bronze: $39.99
    -1. Great PSU for an office PC, but limits any possible GPU upgrade. A $45 380W Antec Earthwatts will power a HD5770.

    Rosewill microATX case with 1 120mm fan back: $29.99
    +1. The Rosewill cases are plain but functional, and I've never run into a QA issue on any of them.

    LG DVD Burner: $16.99
    Ok.

    $267 total.


    Nice price, even with changes.

    Edit: "possibly light gaming" to me implies that a HD5670 would be sufficient, but it would depend on the title(s), resolution, and desired settings.
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    Edit: "possibly light gaming" to me implies that a HD5670 would be sufficient, but it would depend on the title(s), resolution, and desired settings.
    prob...
  11. Best answer selected by brotech.
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