Budget Home PC under $500

Approximate Purchase Date: I can purchase now, but will probably continue research until the end of June.

Budget Range: I am trying to go sub $400, but right now I am at about $450 without shipping.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet, schoolwork/word processing, streaming video.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Does not matter to me, but it seems there is no choice but NewEgg.

Country of Origin: Tampa, FL. or USA if that is what you mean.

Parts Preferences: I have been leaning towards the popularly reliable brands to complement an AMD processor. Seems to be any brand that starts with an A- AMD, Asus, Antec, ..., but I am here for advice.

Overclocking: This is my first build ever, so that might be asking a little much, but I am open to it.

SLI or Crossfire: I do not think this will be necessary or in my budget at this point, but I would like to perhaps have the option to add another video card.

Monitor Resolution: Plan on buying a 30"-36" TV/Monitor to use, but that is outside of the scope of my advice request at this point.

Additional Comments: Quiet and energy efficient is something that I am considering, but not at the expense of too much cost.

Here is where I am at, but I am not really set on too much other than the price. No gaming other than some free internet games when I get a little bored during some HW or writing a paper. Definitely needs to have an HTPC type element to it so I can watch movies and possibly add a TV tuner later to use with a 30-something inch Vizio or whatever. Seemed like a good idea to have USB 3.0 and SATAIII 6 Gbit/s along with plenty of video and audio outputs. Anyways:

Antec NSK 4482B Case w/ PSU

AMD Athlon II X4 645


4GB Crucial RAM (Maybe 6GB would work a little better? I feel the least educated about RAM and I am not even sure what type I need like number of pins or 1066 or 1333 or all that.)

Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB

Lite-On iHDS118 48X + 18X SATA DVD Drive (considered a BD reader combo drive here, but not important enough for the cost difference I saw.)

Again, this is my first build, so any advice probably won't hurt.
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  1. In another similar post someone suggested this deal: http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/hp-pavilion-customizable-amd-desktop-pc-deal/22573.aspx

    I think building one seems fun, but isn't this cheaper and easier?
  2. If I were you this would be my build of choice!

    A good quality case without spending much $$

    Xigmatek ASGARD II B/O CPC-T45UE-U01 Black / Orange 0.8 mm SECC / Aluminum and Aluminum Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    For Power Supply, I would choose something from Corsair's Builder Series. Cheap, reliable and with enough Watt for your system!

    CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    For CPU a Quad Core Athlon II X4 will do the job for you!

    AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX640WFGMBOX

    For motherboard I go with a 880G + SB850 Chipset from Gigabyte with SATA & USB III and HD 4250.

    GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

    For Memory I would go with an 8GB Dual Channel Kit! Memory and SSD are the ones who give you the 2011 PC Feeling :kaola:

    2 x CORSAIR 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMV4GX3M1A1333C9

    And a reliable and fast HDD for your files

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    SUM 404$ With MIR!
  3. I am looking more into driving the price down, but I do not want to sacrifice usability.

    I see this open box mobo on NewEgg: BIOSTAR A880GU3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138300R
    I figure I can do without SATAIII, but it has USB 3.0, which is cool and it's also micro ATX. Anyone have anything bad so say about Biostar?

    Along those lines as well, anything wrong with a AMD Athlon II X4 630 or even a AMD Athlon II X3 445 to save a little more?
  4. 400$ Is a very good price considering that for your use, you will keep this build for a lot of years..99% you won't upgrade anything..My opinion is that under 400$ you start losing perfomance and high quality parts!
  5. So this seems to be a pretty good system for $295:

    AMD Athlon II X4 635 Propus 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor ADX635WFK42GM

    G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS

    LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM

    Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply

    Now minus a hard drive because I found a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 40GB laying around. How big is Win 7?
  6. Here is where I am at now, added a monitor and keyboard/mouse, but kept it around $500.


    AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor
    BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.660253

    G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231394

    LITE-ON Black 4X BD-ROM 8X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Internal 4X Blu-ray Reader Model iHOS104-06 - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827106325

    APEX TX-373 Black Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case 300W Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811154079

    Recertified: Western Digital AV RFHWD3200AVJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal AV Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136811

    Total- $240


    Refurbished: Vizio E320VA 31.5" LCD HDTV - 720p, 1366x768, 16:9, 50000:1 Dynamic, 8ms, 4 HDMI, (Refurbished)

    Microsoft 2LF-00001 Wireless DeskTop 800 Keyboard and Mouse Combo - 2.4 GHz Wireless, 15 Feet Range, USB 2.0 Receiver, Optical, 1000dpi, Black

    Total- $280

    Grand Total- $520 +S&H
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