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Home Office PC, <$400 budget

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December 27, 2010 5:45:49 AM

Hi TH community. This is my first post, but I've been reading this forum for some time. I am trying to build an office PC for my daughter. No gaming, just school projects and web surfing.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks

Budget Range: $400 including taxes & shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: (MS Office, surfing the internet (tons of tabs in the same time???), maybe flash games)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:, Amazon, Microcenter (I'm in NJ so i have to pay 7% taxes if I by from newegg & 3.5% from Microcenter)

Country of Origin: NJ, USA

Parts Preferences: none, but I guess AMD is cheaper

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1080p

Additional Comments:


Here is what I've picked so far:

Items from Newegg

Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB), $41.99

Combo: $58.98. After rebate $46.98.
Thermaltake TR2 W0070RUC 430W ATX12V
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD, (would like to have a software)

Combo: $134.98. After rebate $124.98.
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Items from Microcenter:

AMD Athlon™ II X4 640 & MSI 785GM-P45 AM3 785G mATX, $95.99

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB, $44.99

Total w/shipping & taxes: $398.38, after rebates $376.38.

The questions are:

1. If all the parts are compatible
2. If Onboard video is enough for 1080p monitor
3. And if the RAM memory will work on that motherboard from the start, I don't have any spare ram to boot the pc and change the settings in the bios, so I would like to put everything together, boot the pc up and then go to bios and change whatever I need for ram to work properly.

Thanks in advance.

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December 27, 2010 5:54:21 AM

do you already own the OS?
December 27, 2010 5:59:38 AM

No, but it is included in the case combo
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December 27, 2010 6:52:27 AM

Everythings compatible and onboard graphics CAN run HD 1080p footage, RAM is also compatible.
December 27, 2010 3:17:12 PM

One more question. If I want to add video card in the future, something like GTX460/HD6850, will that PSU be enough?
December 27, 2010 4:37:39 PM

Found this in a combo: Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply

It is not 80 PLUS Certified, but it's a 600W. Is it OK?

@mosox. That V3 case comes to $34.99 after rebate. Is the Rosewill CHALLENGER worth $20 more for my needs?
December 27, 2010 7:17:30 PM

case is fine. Thermaltake is a reliably 2nd or 3rd tier PSU company
December 28, 2010 1:31:18 AM

Didn't see that, get the Thermaltake V3.
December 28, 2010 11:20:04 PM

Thanks everybody for your help & time. Reading all the comments and thinking little bit more about the build, I decided to change couple things & need your opinion.

First the case, we do have a dust problem & I would like the case to be somewhat quiet, so here is some options:
Both cases have air filters, I don't know witch is quieter. Or if you can recommend something else.

Second, PSU. I would like to get a reliable unit (with option to add video card later)
CORSAIR Builder Series CMPSU-600CX 600W.
Antec NEO ECO 520C 520W.
And other units in same price range.

Some of these options were recommended before.
December 29, 2010 10:35:44 PM

Thanks again for help.

For some reason I can not select the best answer.
January 19, 2011 2:51:48 AM

I have to revive this thread. I was going to get the Microcenter PCU & MB combo:

Athlon II X4 640 & MSI 785GM-P45, but that MB is always out of stock. Looks like all the other ones are in stock. What mobo would be the best option.

I was looking at:
Asus M4N68T-M V2, NVIDIA GeForce 7025 Video Chipset:

Asus M4A78LT-M, ATI Radeon 3000 Graphics Chipset:

Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H, ATi Radeon HD4250 Graphics Chipset:

Or maybe get something without onboard video and get HD 5450 ($25-30 after MIB on NEWEGG).

I will be getting this PSU:
January 19, 2011 2:59:14 AM

I would get the Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H