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December 27, 2010 4:14:44 AM

Looking to build a computer for under $400. I am looking to just get used to build computers. This computer will be used for going on the internet, writing paper, and just regular daily things. Not too much into gaming for this one. Again I just want to build this one to start out on and later will try to build a high end pc. I have the monitor, speakers, keyboard, and mouse. Thanks in advance for all your help.

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December 27, 2010 4:25:33 AM

This @ $280AR would serve u needs as is hehe

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December 28, 2010 3:59:20 AM

thanks for the help.
I was thinking this build

LG DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive Black SATA Model GH22NS50B
Item #: N82E16827136216
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$15.99

Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black SECC / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811133094
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$44.99

Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136358
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$49.99

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ...
Item #: N82E16817341017
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$30.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$69.99

AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103872
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$77.00

OCZ Onyx OCZSSD2-1ONX32G 2.5" 32GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820227510
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
-$3.00 Instant
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$76.99

BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813138283
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model PSD34G1333K
Item #: N82E16820220537
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
-$20.00 Combo
$81.98

Subtotal: $416.93
Total after rebates and promo code: $370.93
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December 28, 2010 9:44:19 AM

Hmm you'd best hit a Sandforce based SSD rather than that one and 30GB is kindda tight?
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December 28, 2010 3:42:09 PM

Is this one better?

LG DVD±RW SuperMulti Drive Black SATA Model GH22NS50B
Item #: N82E16827136216
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$15.99

Rosewill DESTROYER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, comes with Three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm ...
Item #: N82E16811147144
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$49.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136319
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$64.99

ASUS M4A78LT-M AM3 AMD 760G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131672
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$69.99

SeaSonic S12II 620 Bronze 620W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817151096
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$10.00 Instant
$79.99

A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-2G
Item #: N82E16820211409
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$48.99

AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103872
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$77.00

Subtotal: $406.94
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December 28, 2010 3:51:08 PM

The psu on both of those is way overkill for no gpu.
I would switch out that hdd to a samsung spinpoint 1tb or even a seagate 7200.12 1 tb, as they run on 500gb platters making them faster. They are also cheaper.
Bat's build is really the best bang for your buck. It is a really nice build for under 300

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December 28, 2010 6:50:28 PM

You will not need a 600 watt PSU. 350-400watts will sufice
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December 30, 2010 7:53:09 AM

Ya for IGP rig that Antec 380 80+ Bronze is awesome and also remember if u hit a 760G/IGP chipset = Radeon 3000 integrated graphics unlike HD 4250 on 880Gs so no Universal Video Decoder (UVD) and could come back to haunt ya for Bluray/HD DVDs and is less suited for HTPC duty so at least hit better IGP equivalent to a 780G/HD 3200
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