Cheapest PC Possible

Alright, I'm going to try to keep this short and simple. I need a computer, it will be used for internet and internet only hence I need the cheapest one.
I need all parts except monitor, mouse, OS and keyboard

Prefrences: Onboard GPU so its cheaper(kinda obvious), no fancy mobos( I dont plan on doing upgrades..ever). Dont care about AMD/Intel as long as its cheap...........I know i used the word "cheap" alot but I dont want this computer to catch fire or fall apart after few days of use. Thanks

EDIT: Just had a quick though, would it actually be cheaper to buy a pre-build computer from a store? hmm i dont know.
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  1. It could be cheaper to go after a Lost leader deal but not nearly as fun as building one for yourself. I see you're not new to these forums. I bet you could build a basic box for 300$ or less on newegg. Or buy a netbook if all you need is internet
  2. g048989h said:
    It could be cheaper to go after a Lost leader deal but not nearly as fun as building one for yourself. I see you're not new to these forums. I bet you could build a basic box for 300$ or less on newegg. Or buy a netbook if all you need is internet


    I forgot to say that im from UK so cant use newegg and Im not sure what lost leader deal is. Cheapest netbook i could find is about 200 quid, im sure i could build one for cheaper..Also i tend to use http://www.overclockers.co.uk I foud a pre build pc on there for about 160 ( http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS-275-OK&groupid=43&catid=1078&subcat= ) quid and another one for 120 ( http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=FS-273-OK&groupid=43&catid=1078&subcat= ) not sure if this one has a psu tho....so If i cant build a pc for less than 120 ill proly get one of them two
  3. Ok, I've cut all the corners I could (in good conscience) for this build.

    Definitely last-generation, but will suffice for the stated purposes. I've had good results with ASRock boards.
    ASRock 760GM-GS3 AM3 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    Model #:760GM-GS3
    Item #:N82E16813157215
    $54.99 $54.99

    Once again, for the stated purposes, this CPU will be sufficient. I don't think going to a single-core is a good idea at all, as varied and complex as online content is getting.
    AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX250OCGMBOX
    Model #:ADX250OCGMBOX
    Item #:N82E16819103903
    $58.99 $58.99

    A single stick will only run in single channel mode, but you specifically said "cheapest." You can always add another stick if you like.
    G.SKILL NS 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-2GBNS
    Model #:F3-10666CL9S-2GBNS
    Item #:N82E16820231395
    $24.99 $24.99

    I am satisfied with the quality of the cheap Rosewill cases, having bought a half dozen different ones and having no problems with any of them.
    Rosewill R218-P-BK Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Model #:R218-P-BK
    Item #:N82E16811147073
    $29.99 $29.99

    Buying a cheap PSU is never a good idea. This one lacks a PCIE power connector, but with no expansion plans ever, that won't matter.
    SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
    Model #:SS-300ET Bronze
    Item #:N82E16817151086
    $39.99 $39.99

    For performance, the F3 is better, or a WD Black or Seagate 7200.12. Once again, where "cheapest" is the operative word, this choice should suffice.
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Model #:HD322GJ/U
    Item #:N82E16822152244
    $42.99 $42.99

    One optical drive is much like another. LG, Lite-On, Asus, Sony; none have performed notably differently or given me any grief.
    LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM
    Model #:GH24NS50
    Item #:N82E16827136177
    $17.99 $17.99

    Subtotal: $269.93

    Under $300. If you want to spend $300, get the additional RAM stick and a 380W Antec Earthwatts PSU, which would give you the option, if you ever changed your mind, of running a more powerful video card.
  4. Those two machines you linked would likely be unsatisfactory due to anemic CPUs.

    A "Loss Leader" is an item priced very low (possibly below cost, hence "loss") in order to attract customers into a store. There, it is hoped that either they will buy additional, more profitable items, or they can be convinced to spend more on an obviously better choice.
  5. I would just get the one for 120. Trying to find value parts in that price range will be very difficult.
  6. OK so I followed the links and see the Primo Submission for 170 and the Nova for 120. I guess the Submission is best as the Nova has a Atom CPU. I'm not sure what 170 quid is in USD. If its anywhere near the 269.00 jtt283 put together I would vote that you build one from a UK site similar to his build. It would be substaintially better quality and leave you happier in the long run.
  7. Good build, and good reasoning behind it.
  8. g048989h said:


    Thanks for the suggestion.. its not as cheap here as it is in UK so i will never spend as low as 250 dollars
    Im wondering why u chose the atholon over http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=CP-350-IN&groupid=701&catid=6&subcat= also why cant i get a cheaper motherboard? thrers a cheaper AM3 one http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-028-AK&groupid=701&catid=5&subcat= and even a cheaper one if I go with the intel cpu http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MB-156-MS&groupid=701&catid=5&subcat=
  9. You mention this build, and I think you should just go for it. If it doesn't have a PSU (which I doubt) you only need to add a few dollars more.

    Or you can use the same build minus the Barracuda and change for cheaper HDD.
  10. If anyone could suggest any other builds..Im also willing to use Scan.co.uk and Ebuyer.co.uk
  11. dude, I don't know. I went to your site, I thought a quid was a pound, I thought you were buying in quids or Pounds. I thought the prices listed were in Quids or Pounds. I'm obviously not very aware of where you are and what version of money your going to be spending, or what version of money the parts were listed in. What are they in?? Euro's?? The list added up to around 250.00 in whatever money type they are listed in.
    So I picked the AMD parts because you typically get much better price to performance with AMD and they are hard to beat in a really low cost build. The Celeron CPU is fine but IMHO the AMD is better, has double the L2 Cache and runs 400MHZ faster stock
    I picked the MB for the AMD chipset, the expanded RAM (16GB Max VS 8GB Max)
    The Intel CPU and MB are fine, how much would you save going with Intel 4 or 5$, WOW I never thought I'd be talking about saving money with Intel
    The ASRock MB is fine too but has that nVidia chipset and the FSB is slower.
  12. g048989h said:
    dude, I don't know. I went to your site, I thought a quid was a pound, I thought you were buying in quids or Pounds. I thought the prices listed were in Quids or Pounds. I'm obviously not very aware of where you are and what version of money your going to be spending, or what version of money the parts were listed in. What are they in?? Euro's?? The list added up to around 250.00 in whatever money type they are listed in.
    So I picked the AMD parts because you typically get much better price to performance with AMD and they are hard to beat in a really low cost build. The Celeron CPU is fine but IMHO the AMD is better, has double the L2 Cache and runs 400MHZ faster stock
    I picked the MB for the AMD chipset, the expanded RAM (16GB Max VS 8GB Max)
    The Intel CPU and MB are fine, how much would you save going with Intel 4 or 5$, WOW I never thought I'd be talking about saving money with Intel
    The ASRock MB is fine too but has that nVidia chipset and the FSB is slower.


    your right dude quid is a pound. I like your build, but im sure i can get a cheaper am3 mobo
  13. K1ash3r said:
    I like your build, but im sure i can get a cheaper am3 mobo

    If an AM3 socket is the criteria for the mobo, I guess the ASRock N68C-S UCC is one of the cheapest you can get.
  14. Have you considered CraigsList?

    If all you really are going to be doing is browsing the web, I know I see used old full systems that can do that just fine for $100 around where I live.

    Nothing fancy or great for alot of things, but it works and saves you lots of hassle of building.
  15. zenmaster said:
    Have you considered CraigsList?

    If all you really are going to be doing is browsing the web, I know I see used old full systems that can do that just fine for $100 around where I live.

    Nothing fancy or great for alot of things, but it works and saves you lots of hassle of building.


    Whats CraigsList? and unfortunately I dont think I live where you live.
  16. MSI 880GM-E41
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/244433
    AMD Athlon X2 245
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/168975
    Kingston DDR3 2GB 1333MHz
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/147903
    Samsung SH-S223 22x DVD±RW
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/145450
    Samsung SpinPoint F3 500GB
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/146252
    Coolermaster Elite 330 Case With Coolermaster Elite 460W PSU
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135101

    £215.99
  17. Buy a used computer.

    Take the money you save and get high speed internet.
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