$300 Basic Build

I'm sick of my sorry old computer and need to build one. The sooner the better, like today haha. I already got monitor, keyboard, and mouse, so basically just the desk top. Would like to purchase through Whoever that is going to piece up the list, I would like to request a 4gb memory. Mostly just using it for surfing, downloading, burning, photoshop, and microsoft office.

I'm guessing this is my need to get list:
power supply
hard drive
DVD Writer

Sorry, but I'm a complete noob when it comes to computer. I saw an cheap build thread a month ago but now some of the combo and deals are obsolete so I can't go off of that. I would like somebody to peice me a setup that will handle my simple needs. Thanks in advance.

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP

Budget Range: (300-350) After Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (surfing the internet, watching movies, music, basics)

Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: (

Country of Origin: ( US)

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (none)

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: (1024x768)

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  1. Well, for $300, a dual core CPU and a low end GPU would fit the budget perfectly.

    I'm starting to get a de ja vu feeling about this $300 build... :lol:

    For price, the AMD platform is the better option. With 300 bucks, you can get a decently clocked dual core CPU and better performing IGP. But since you do graphic, an IGP just won't cut it.

    So here's the big picture:

    Motherboard: If you're not a power user, get a basic motherboard with just 2 slots of DDR3 RAM (max. 8GB), it's usually cheap, around $50. ASRock usually made fine yet cheap ones. I recommend the ASRock 770DE3L model.

    GPU: A simple 512MB HD4650 should give you enough edge before you decided to upgrade. It should also be around $40.

    Memory: A value 4GB of DDR3 RAM costs around $50. Don't mind using heat spreaders if you don't OC.

    DVD RW: Any will do. It's cheap anyway. Costs around $15

    HDD: A 500GB costs nearly as cheap as the 250-320GB, so you might want to get one. In this case, bigger is ALWAYS better. Should be around $40.

    PSU: A standard 350-400W from reputable brand should power up the rig nicely. Get a cheap but trustworthy one from FSP, Enermax or Thermaltake. Seasonic would be better, but just get the cheapest from any reputable brand. It should cost no more than $40, make that $30 (AcBel's 350W CE2 series) if you're lucky.

    Case: Any will do: A $40-50 standard case is more than enough for such basic rig. Even a $20 one if you're tight on budget (HINT: I build 4 Internet cafe PCs using $10 cases, but keep it a secret, okay? ;) ). But if you don't mind using old parts, just use your old case. Same goes for your HDD and ODD if you have any.

    Finally, the CPU: Get at least a n Athlon 2.8GHz II X2 240, the higher model the better. Buy the fastest your budget permits you. It should be around $50. I heard they even sell them for $40 somewhere, but definitely not in my country.

    There you have it. With a little bit of luck, you can even get those parts under $300. I heard US is famous for cheap computer parts, you can use that to your advantage.

    You're probably wondering, why didn't I give you any links to Newegg? Simply because I don't buy from them. More like can't, since I'm not from US. So I guess you just gotta hunt those combo offers and discounts by yourself. :P

    Good luck!
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    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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    ASRock M3A770DE AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
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    PowerColor AX4650 1GBK3-H Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814131360
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    Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ...
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    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9
    Item #: N82E16820145260
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    AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX
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  3. Thanks a ton.

    Anyone has more input, would like to see all my options before I start ordering tomorrow.
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