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Need help bulding a solid computer for around $500 (not for gaming)

Just looking to upgrade from my 10 year old desktop to a new one so I can multi task and watch vids without freezing so much. Any help is appreciated very much, thanks.
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  1. You're looking at a budget buy so start by checking out all the AMD Phenom II Processors. You probably only need a 3 or maybe a 4 core one, if you don't wanna game at all. Find a motherboard with any integrated VGA and just get 2 gigs of the best RAM you can put in the motherboard. Post your set up when you've finished and I'll check it out to see if it's compatible. Did that help?
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    If you live in the US/CA I'd assume Newegg.

    So here is my take

    CPU+RAM:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.556244

    Motherboard:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157197

    PSU:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151094

    HDD:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152244

    CD/DVD ROM:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    Total: 362.93$ + 14.52$ Shipping
    Total: 377.45$

    Well Shipping is to my address, so... Could be different where you are.

    Umm the reason for the CPU is because with 3 cores you'll be able to multi-task, it also saves you some money going with AMD. Also the fact that the Rana is a pretty good CPU and it defiantly is no slouch. The Motherboard is because the things you want to do with this new computer only require the bare minimum of a graphics card. So with this onboard video you save money, plus you can use any monitor/TV running 1080P. Also, the board offer USB 3 and will future proof you for next year. The ram, well it's in a combo, it's cheap and not bad at all for the price, what more could you ask for. The PSU is because it's a great brand, great effiency and probably the best "cheap" PSU out there. You don't really need anymore than 500 watts should you follow my build. The Case is just a great case, intake/exhaust fans just what you need. Plus it's not a bad brand.

    Umm anyway, your going to have to spend the rest on the OS, so assuming you pay full price it's 80$-ish so total would be around 450$-ish. Which country do you live in?
  3. Thanks a ton for the quick reply and great information. I live in the US. Also, could you recommend any 1 terrabyte harddrives that aren't too expensive? I wanted one with a lot of storage room for all my vids and music.
  4. OH OK then this HDD, great cheap and fast. Better than any WD out there. (It not better than them all but still ya catch my drift)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&Tpk=f3%201tb

    There is a combo for Windows Professional 64-bit to total at 150$ if you want to.
  5. Thanks again for your help. Just wondering, which case were you talking about when you said "The Case is just a great case, intake/exhaust fans just what you need. Plus it's not a bad brand. "
  6. woops.... Forgot to put the link XD The total was after the case was added, so if you don't get the case it's only like.... 330$.

    It's a rosewill destroyer case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147144
  7. Best answer selected by gotbeefinyotaco.
  8. aznshinobi said:
    woops.... Forgot to put the link XD The total was after the case was added, so if you don't get the case it's only like.... 330$.

    It's a rosewill destroyer case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147144


    Thanks :D
  9. if you can you could get a motherboard that supports acc and unlock a 4th core on that athlon in fact i did it with the exact same proccessor last week
  10. -_- Asrock boards do offer that.... It's different from every manufacturer. Only Gigabyte and MSI call it ACC. Asus calls it Unleash or something like that, and Asrock UCC.
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