Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Budget PC under 500$, start from scratch

Last response: in Systems
Share
November 18, 2010 4:31:50 AM

I need a computer to replace my dying Acer 5920 laptop. I want a desktop, because I plan to use a netbook for carrying around and not a big laptop. So my desktop needs to be my primary computer. I am not a techie, but I love experimenting with various OSes.


Approximate Purchase Date: By Black Friday


Budget Range: Under 500$, include all costs, prefer to avoid rebates


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Browsing the net, watching videos, work on word/excel/ppt files, will be mostly running Gentoo Linux, so will be doing some compiling as well


Parts Not Required: Need All


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any site is OK


Country of Origin: USA


Parts Preferences: quad core CPU (don't mind if its Intel or AMD, whichever offers the best bang for my buck), 17-20" monitor. Would not hesitate to buy refurbished if its worth the risk.


Overclocking: Maybe


SLI or Crossfire: Maybe


Monitor Resolution: The higher the better

November 18, 2010 6:18:48 AM

No rebates, quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB HD all in a small package.

I recommend that you choose your own keyboard and mouse since personal preference differs greatly from person to person, the ones shown are what I would personally buy in that price range.

And don't forget the Monitor is on special til the 22nd, so at least order that if your not decided by then because its a good deal.

November 18, 2010 11:37:41 AM

With 500, you're wasting your money
Related resources
November 19, 2010 2:46:32 AM

@General M00n, thanks for that build. Just realized that I have a 1 TB portable WD USB hard drive that I got from costco for a 100$, and that I could use that as my primary hard drive. So i might have 50$ or about to spend on the other parts.

@Reaper2794, I don't understand what you are getting at here. I just have a tight budget, and so I am looking to build a rig based on that. Do you think that spending a bit will give me a far better desktop..?

Thanks.
November 19, 2010 8:06:37 AM

Dam, newegg has slowed down to a crawl. I'd personally buy a better PSU and case. Like a Antec Earthwatts 380W which is 80 plus bronze certified meaning its very power efficient, because that's probably your only weak point at the moment compared to all the other parts.

And for "Browsing the net, watching videos, work on word/excel/ppt files, will be mostly running Gentoo Linux" the only other thing that will make a noticeable difference would be an SSD drive. Other than that, spending more money on more expensive stuff won't really make a difference.
November 19, 2010 9:43:47 AM

BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G + AMD Athlon II X3 445
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA + HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Acer G235HAbd 23''
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$495.93

Monitor with speakers if you don't have
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

November 19, 2010 3:48:46 PM

jaydoc said:
@General M00n, thanks for that build. Just realized that I have a 1 TB portable WD USB hard drive that I got from costco for a 100$, and that I could use that as my primary hard drive. So i might have 50$ or about to spend on the other parts.

@Reaper2794, I don't understand what you are getting at here. I just have a tight budget, and so I am looking to build a rig based on that. Do you think that spending a bit will give me a far better desktop..?

Thanks.


Yes DEFINITELY, and this'll be WAY better for future proofing your PC, with just 200-250 more, we can get you a much better build

The parts people have suggested here and low quality and unreliable parts, and for a reason

Save a little more, yeah waiting sucks, and no one wants to pay more, but patience is a virtue :)  and money is... well... it's money... duh XD
November 19, 2010 6:00:11 PM

mosox said:
BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G + AMD Athlon II X3 445
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA + HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Acer G235HAbd 23''
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$495.93

Monitor with speakers if you don't have
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



+1 to mosox's config :lol: 
November 20, 2010 1:35:39 AM

@mosox: yea that's nice and all, but where is the case, keyboard & mouse? The Antec Neo 400W is only vanilla 80 PLUS not bronze certified.

Here is an updated build without a hard-drive since you say you already have one.

AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz & BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 Micro ATX Motherboard - $165

HEC Blitz Case & LG SATA DVD Burner - $50

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB RAM - $57

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D 380W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified PSU - $45

eMachines E233Hbd Black 23" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - $150

Microsoft Black USB Wired Desktop 600 Keyboard & mouse - $28

Totals to $495

@Reaper2794: Your kidding right? What parts do you consider to be low quality in the posted builds? Maybe the PSU in the Foxconn case, but otherwise I don't see anything "dodgy".

And like I said before, the only other thing that will make a noticeable difference would be an SSD. Otherwise spending more money on a faster CPU or a discrete video-card won't do anything for "surfing the web", especially when running an efficient Linux OS.
November 20, 2010 1:52:20 AM

Biostar, Foxconn, Hanns

If he saves some more, he'll be able to get a better build, and I think itll be worth it, if you have that much, you can patient and save a little more, I know from experience since Ive had to be patient for a long time
!