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February 26, 2011 1:42:19 AM

I am building my first computer. I have four kids so my budget is small. My budget is around 300 dollars. I just want it to be able to stream videos well. I would like to be able to stream HD, but this is not necessary. I am thinking a decent onboard video card will do, as I am not a big gamer.

I would like it to have--

3.0 Ghz processor speed.
4 gigs of ddr3 ram
a good video card recommendation(if a decent onboard is not suitable)

I have a case and will probably just go to the local computer shop for a cheap used DVD drive.

I will also be running the Linux based Ubuntu as an OS.

If you could provide a list of components needed for a build that would be great(minus a case and a dvd drive)

P.S. Please don't blast the obvious lack of computer jargon knowledge. Ubuntu has recently turned me onto computer building and programing. So I am very new!
February 26, 2011 4:17:52 AM

Well your budget is very low however on the plus side of things you stated that you are not a gamer (requiring a beefy graphics card).Also you mentioned that you already had a case and could get a DVD drive from some place else.However DVD burners are quite inexpensive from a online retailer usually only $20 to $30 for a new one.So you might want to reconsider that option.

Newegg is a great U.S. (and Canadian) retailer for computer parts (I assume that you reside within the USA (or even Canada) since you previously mentioned dollars.

For your $300 budget lets find you a RELIABLE power supply first.
You don't need a beefy graphics card so 300 to 400 watts would be quite adequate.
Here is a power supply that fits that need,is inexpensive,highly rated (by customer satisfaction) and reliable.

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

About $48.00 with free shipping.

Next of all what about a hard drive any preferences ?

Here is a inexpensive one a older model but with a fairly good customer rating.

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

About $42 with shipping

That leaves you with $210 left over

Now onto the motherboard I am going to select a reliable brand model for you.
Reliable brands are like ASUS and Gigabyte.By the way no need for a discrete graphics card as this as an excellent on board IGP capable of even good older Windows gaming in lower resolutions although you will be using Linux.
So you can save money on not having to purchase a discrete graphics card.

GIGABYTE GA-880GM-D2H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

About $70 with free shipping after the Mail in rebate or $80 without the rebate (if you're lazy).

That leaves you with $140 left over for the CPU and RAM.You can get 4 Gigabytes of DDR3 RAM 2 X 2 GB sticks about under $50 so lets skip to the CPU so consider the best AMD CPU under $90 or so

AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$77 with Free Shipping

I could have chosen a slightly faster Athlon II X3 CPU like the 450 or 455 but it's not listed under the support for that motherboard (CPU's currently supported).
No big deal as it will give you $13 left over to play with or $3 left over if you don't use the previous mentioned rebate on that one item.

O.K. that leaves you $63 (or 53) left over for the memory
Basically any DDR3 memory here compatible with your motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...(2%20x%202GB)

To select the right memory go to the motherboard manufacturers support website for that particular motherboard and see which memory has been tested to work (That's the best idea).You can search Gigabytes website and look under the products,select the chosen motherboard etc. or
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...

Download their Memory Support List and cross reference it to the memory sold at newegg.




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February 26, 2011 9:52:52 PM

A friend of mine is offering to sell me an already built computer at my budgeted price range. Is this better bang for my buck, or do you still like your build better? I will probably go with whichever you say. Also unless you think that this is just a stellar that my friend offers I may go with your build anyway for the joy of saying I put it together myself. Thanks for your help.

Motherboard – ASUS M2N-32 SLI Deluxe

Ram – 6 gigs ddr2 ram

Video Card – NVIDIA GeForce 9300GS 

Onboard sound card – SoundMax Digital HD audio

Processor – AMD 9600 quad-core processor with a speed of 2.3 ghz

Wireless network adapter – RealTek wireless 802.11/g 54mbps(built-in)
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February 26, 2011 11:22:47 PM

He's trying to sell you a very outdated rig...JJ's build is pretty rock solid
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February 27, 2011 12:38:52 AM

Oh man you budget is to low
4GB of ram triple channel this is expensive memory and is not that great
3GHz CPU not sure what cpu are you looking for
PSU power supply it depends how much you want and what you want to run like a decent graphic card maybe a 300W
mother board
DVD CD drive
the case
look around compare prices but with $300 its not much you can do
better to buy a used pc and upgrade it

Computer case
Power supply
Motherboard
Processor
Memory RAM
CD/DVD ROM
Graphic card
Monitor
Keyborad
Mouse
go to newegg.com and see what you like
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February 27, 2011 4:55:47 PM

jj463rd said:
Well your budget is very low however on the plus side of things you stated that you are not a gamer (requiring a beefy graphics card).Also you mentioned that you already had a case and could get a DVD drive from some place else.However DVD burners are quite inexpensive from a online retailer usually only $20 to $30 for a new one.So you might want to reconsider that option.

Newegg is a great U.S. (and Canadian) retailer for computer parts (I assume that you reside within the USA (or even Canada) since you previously mentioned dollars.

For your $300 budget lets find you a RELIABLE power supply first.
You don't need a beefy graphics card so 300 to 400 watts would be quite adequate.
Here is a power supply that fits that need,is inexpensive,highly rated (by customer satisfaction) and reliable.

Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

About $48.00 with free shipping.

Next of all what about a hard drive any preferences ?

Here is a inexpensive one a older model but with a fairly good customer rating.

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

About $42 with shipping

That leaves you with $210 left over

Now onto the motherboard I am going to select a reliable brand model for you.
Reliable brands are like ASUS and Gigabyte.By the way no need for a discrete graphics card as this as an excellent on board IGP capable of even good older Windows gaming in lower resolutions although you will be using Linux.
So you can save money on not having to purchase a discrete graphics card.

GIGABYTE GA-880GM-D2H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

About $70 with free shipping after the Mail in rebate or $80 without the rebate (if you're lazy).

That leaves you with $140 left over for the CPU and RAM.You can get 4 Gigabytes of DDR3 RAM 2 X 2 GB sticks about under $50 so lets skip to the CPU so consider the best AMD CPU under $90 or so

AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX445WFGMBOX

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$77 with Free Shipping

I could have chosen a slightly faster Athlon II X3 CPU like the 450 or 455 but it's not listed under the support for that motherboard (CPU's currently supported).
No big deal as it will give you $13 left over to play with or $3 left over if you don't use the previous mentioned rebate on that one item.

O.K. that leaves you $63 (or 53) left over for the memory
Basically any DDR3 memory here compatible with your motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...(2%20x%202GB)

To select the right memory go to the motherboard manufacturers support website for that particular motherboard and see which memory has been tested to work (That's the best idea).You can search Gigabytes website and look under the products,select the chosen motherboard etc. or
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=...

Download their Memory Support List and cross reference it to the memory sold at newegg.

Good afternoon jj463rd

Was very interested in your reply to Moparty from yesterday for a decent, low budget non gaming build. Have been looking at various sites and reading forums, and am just getting more confused the more I research. Dadiggle had a suggested build a little later in the thread, would appreciate any thoughts that you might share. Am also planning on Ubuntu OS and I think I would like HDMI to hook up to my 22" Vizio in my office. E mail, web surfing, streaming Burn Notice without constant buffering.

Thanks in advance for your help

Stew
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February 27, 2011 4:56:52 PM

This topic has been moved from the section CPU & Components to section Systems by Mousemonkey
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